Of the thousands of prospects who have not been mentioned in the top 10 over the first two months of the season, Mookie Betts has been asked about more than any of them, and it's not particularly close. The fifth-round selection of the Boston Red Sox in 2011 was considered more of a mid-tier prospect coming into the 2013 season, but after a quality 2013 campaign and a standout performance in the Arizona Fall League, Betts became one of the hottest names in all of minor league baseball.
He's continued that hot streak in 2014 with Double-A Portland, posting a .361/.443/.572 line with six homers and 20 stolen bases through Saturday, and he came just five games away of tying Kevin Millar's and Kevin Youkilis' team record of most consecutive games reaching base when he failed to reach base on Sunday against Trenton.
There's no denying Betts' talent, but I've left him off the list because I've been under the impression that we won't see his bat in Boston before 2015. After taking a closer look and talking to some scouts, I still believe that's the case, but the chances of his being called up are far greater than I had previously thought.
"[Betts] absolutely has a chance to contribute this year I think," an NL West scout said. "I can't say he's a lock, because I don't know what Boston's plan is and there's no obvious landing spot for him to come up to, but I know that his offensive skill-set is too good for him not to be potential contributor in 2014. It's just a matter of finding a place."