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Analyzing Mookie Betts' impact for this season; new No. 1 on top-10 list
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."
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