Red Sox

The Baseball Show Podcast: Five Red Sox selected to AL All-Star team

baseball_show.png
NBC Sports Boston Photo

The Baseball Show Podcast: Five Red Sox selected to AL All-Star team

Lou Merloni and Evan Drellich break down this week's latest Red Sox news and storylines on the Baseball Show, presented by Twin River Casino:

0:18 - Five, count 'em, five Red Sox will represent the team in the All-Star Game on July 17: Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez, Chris Sale, Craig Kimbrel and Mitch Moreland. Evan and Lou dive into the All-Star voting and discuss how valuable each of the Sox' All-Stars have been this season.

5:13 - After pitching well during the month of June, David Price has struggled in his two starts in July, including an absolute disaster at Yankee Stadium last week. Evan and Lou discuss what has contributed to Price's sudden meltdown.

10:34 - Andrew Benintendi has certainly progressed in his second full season in the majors, but is the young outfielder an untouchable asset? Lou and Evan debate if both Benintendi and Mookie Betts are off limits or not for future trades.

CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE

Michael Chavis compared to former NL East second baseman

Michael Chavis compared to former NL East second baseman

Michael Chavis' hot start for the Boston Red Sox has gotten attention. He has performed better than expected and surprisingly has been able to handle the defensive duties at second base for the Sox. His accelerated development has excited many, and it seemingly bodes well for his future.

And now that he has been in the big leagues long enough, Chavis is drawing comparisons to other pro players. Recently, he was compared to a long-time NL East second baseman.

“He reminds me of Dan Uggla,” said one scout per Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe. “It’s not perfect defensively but it’s effective enough, and he hits. He’s a good athlete.”

That's an inspiring comparison for Chavis, as Uggla was once one of the better offensive second basemen in the MLB.

Uggla played 10 years in the majors and early on in his career, he was one of the few power-hitting second basemen in the league. He had at least 27 homers in each of his first six seasons, and he finished his career with 235 dingers. His career average was just .241, but was a better contact hitter in his first five seasons, recording a .263 average. He also had a 33-game hit streak in 2011, so he consistently hit the ball.

If Chavis can provide the Red Sox with the power punch that Uggla had and solid enough defense, that would be huge for their future. Given that he has already cracked seven homers in just 89 at-bats, he seems well on his way to doing that. And right now, he's holding up well at second base, so perhaps he can lock down that position moving forward.

It's also possible that Chavis could have a better and longer career than Uggla. The former Marlin, Brave, and National didn't break into the league until he was 26. Chavis is only 23.

In the piece by the Globe, Abraham also identified Daniel Murphy (.298, 124 homers in 11 seasons) as a player comparable to Chavis. If he continues to hit as well as he has, these comps will certainly be warranted.

TOMASE: Time for Chavis to make the adjustment>>>

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Celtics easily on your device.

Report: Sandy Leon to return from paternity leave on Monday

Report: Sandy Leon to return from paternity leave on Monday

Sandy Leon was placed on paternity leave on Friday following the birth of his daughter. As expected, his absence isn't going to be very long.

According to Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic, Leon is scheduled to return to the Red Sox on Monday, along with starting pitcher David Price, who will be activated off the Injured List.

Leon, 30, is hitting just .200 this year, but his defense and game-calling have both made a difference for the team. The Red Sox are 9-3 in games that he has played in this year (7-3 in starts).

It's unclear if Leon will be in the lineup right away, especially given how hot Christian Vazquez (.531 average in the last 10 games) has been, but Leon will certainly be back on the bench at the very least.

Leon's return also means that Oscar Hernandez will likely be sent back down to the minors. Hernandez was only hitting .111 combined between AA and AAA this season so he was just added to the roster as an emergency catcher with Leon out.

Swihart DFA challenged Vazquez, and he's delivering>>>

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Celtics easily on your device.