Originally written on Football Extra Points  |  Last updated 11/16/14
It’s been a little over a calendar year since the Red Sox called up Will Middlebrooks to the majors. Kevin Youkilis went on the DL, and Middlebrooks took over and won the hearts of Boston fans, even in the midst of a miserable season for the Sox. In his first 41 games, he hit .326/.365/.583. It was a fantastic line, especially for a rookie. His performance, coupled with injuries to Youkilis, caused the Red Sox to trade the veteran to Chicago for some mediocre prospects. Since that trade on June 24, Middlebrooks finished up the year .244/.277/.423 in 34 games. Not the largest sample size, but also not a thrilling performance. ​Still, Middlebrooks was a fan-favorite last year, a lone bright spot on a bad team. A quick glimpse at Middlebrooks’ 2012 peripheral stats show that maybe the team jumped the gun on handing him the hot corner position for the foreseeable future. His Batting Average on Balls in Play (BABIP; an indicator of luck) was .335, which shows that more of his ba...
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