Mookie Betts, Outfield, Boston Red Sox, #50


Date of Birth: 10/7/1992
Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee
Current Salary: $566,000

Mookie Betts, outfielder for the Boston Red Sox, signed with the team for $750,000 in 2011. He played in Boston's minor league system from 2011 through part of 2014. In 298 games, he batted .315 with 352 hits, 163 RBIs, 92 stolen bases, and 137 strikeouts to 174 walks. Defensively, as a second baseman in 230 games, he made 624 assists, 147 double plays, 483 putouts, and 32 errors.

Betts joined the Red Sox for 52 games in 2014. During that time, he batted .291 with 55 hits, 12 doubles, 1 triple, 5 home runs, and 7 stolen bases. Defensively, he played 14 games at second base, 28 games in center field, and 12 games in right field.

In 2015, his first full season in the major leagues, Betts batted .291 with 174 hits, 42 doubles, 18 home runs, 21 stolen bases, and 77 RBIs in 145 games. As a center fielder, he made 335 putouts and 4 errors in 133 games.

Betts had an outstanding year in 2016, batting .318 in 158 games. He had 214 hits, 42 doubles, 31 home runs, 26 stolen bases, and 113 RBIs. He didn't fare as well in the postseason, batting just .200 with 2 hits in 10 at-bats in 3 games. Defensively, as Boston's right fielder in the regular season, he made 346 putouts and just 1 error in 157 games. Those numbers along with a .997 fielding percentage earned him his first Gold Glove.

Betts won his first Silver Slugger award in 2016. He also won the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year award.

Career batting statistics for Betts through 2016 include:

  • 355 games played
  • 443 hits
  • 96 doubles
  • 54 home runs
  • 54 stolen bases
  • 208 RBIs
  • 193 strikeouts to 116 walks
  • .304 batting average

Career fielding statistics for Betts as an outfielder through 2016 include:

  • 161 games played in center field, 180 games played in right field
  • 788 putouts
  • 7 errors

Personal Life

Betts' uncle, Terry Shumpert, played in the major leagues from 1990 through 2003.

Betts' parents deliberately named him Marcus Lynn Betts so that his initials would be MLB.

Sources for Information
Wikipedia - Mookie Betts
ESPN - Mookie Betts
Baseball Reference - Mookie Betts