Originally posted on RedSoxLife  |  Last updated 2/22/13
Entering his sophomore season with the big club, first season as everyday starter Will Middlebrooks has some big shoes to fill. He is following in the footsteps of fan favorites Kevin Youkilis and Mike Lowell. Middlebrooks was called up to the major leagues on May 2nd, 2012 when Youkilis was placed on the DL and instantly started to perform. Once Youkilis was healthy he and Middlebrooks battled for the starting position at the hot corner. Middlebrooks proved to be the more consistent player leading to a trade of Youkilis, who ended the season with the Chicago White Sox before signing as a free agent with they New York Yankees. Middlebrooks played in 75 games after being promoted to the club before he was hit by a pitch on his hand breaking a bone and ending his season. Offensively Middlebrooks performed exceptionally well hitting .288, 15 home runs, and 54 RBI's. He struck out 70 times and drew 13 walks. His offensive WAR (wins above replacement) was 1.1 meaning that offensively if ...
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