22-Year-Old Shortstop – Boston Red Sox
2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Coyle was showing off a good bat in April and May before injuries derailed his season. First, a knee injury killed two and half months, then an August elbow did him in. Through it all, he hit 14 homer...
Sean Coyle Contract Information:
Signed a $1.3 million contract with Boston in Aug. 2010.
Coyle has been working out at third base during spring training, WEEI.com reports.
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Boston Red Sox Roster
MajorsBadenhop, Burke (P)
AAABarnes, Matt (P)
AABachanov, Jon (P)
A+Betts, Mookie (2B)
AButtrey, Ty (P)
RookieAlmonte, Jose (P)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Coyle had a nice second half of 2012, his first season at the High-A level, indicating he can make adjustments to the advanced competition. He shows pretty good power for a second basemen. He still has trouble with pitch recognition and balls on the outer third of the plate. An ability to cover the plate and hit to all fields is necessary for continued advancement, as he's an average fielder with average range. Still, he's got the good makeup that drives him to meet challenges. He'll finish the upcoming season at Double-A, but we're not sure he'll start there.
Coyle, 20, finished his first full season of professional ball at Low-A Greenville showing to be a capable defender at second base, some speed on the bases, and good power numbers as a middle infielder. Half of his 95 hits were for extra bases. The season began slowly and he had to deal with a mid-season HBP that required some dental attention, but he responded with a good second half. Continued refinement in his approach and selectivity at the plate, perhaps generating more base hits, is what we'll be looking for in 2012.
The Red Sox (and a million dollars) pried Coyle away from North Carolina last summer and he began his professional career in the rookie Gulf Coast League and continued on to the Fall Instructional League. Along with good speed and instincts on the base paths, Coyle has a smooth swing and displayed an advanced approach at the plate. Defensively, he'll begin as a second baseman with potential to develop as a shortstop or third baseman. Acclimating to the professional level is the order for Coyle in 2011. The Red Sox will look for an ability to hit to all fields and how he handles professional off-speed stuff this season.