Mark Hoyle came through yet again and sent me the 2015 Topps Factory Team Set recently. The set included 17 cards, many of which were of players that have yet to appear in a lot of sets for the Red Sox. Here they are:
2. Wade Miley. After a few really rough starts, Miley has seemingly turned a corner. What I like best about him is how fast he pitches, unlike Clay Buchholz who can be maddening.
3. Christian Vazquez. Unfortunately Vazquez is out for the season. Blake Swihart has stepped in and has played okay, but his hitting has yet to come around.
4. Rusney Castillo. He was just called up over the weekend, and will likely be sticking around.
5. Koji Uehara. Koji has been Koji this year so far, which is great.
6. Clay Buchholz. After a terrific first game, Buchholz has been wildly inconsistent.
7. David Ortiz. The home runs are there so far this year, but his average is way down.
8. Junichi Tazawa. Tazawa does not appear in a lot of sets, so it is great to see him show up in this. Hopefully he will also be in the regular set. He has been showing up in some higher-end sets recently with autographs.
9. Hanley Ramirez. Ramirez has been the team leader in home runs this year. He was doing great until he had a little bit of an injury. Hopefully he will get back to knocking balls out of the park soon.
11. Mike Napoli. After a slow start, Napoli has exploded recently, hitting four home runs over the weekend against the Angels, the team that never really gave him a chance.
12. Joe Kelly. Kelly seems to let a rough inning completely ruin each game he pitches. He has been a little frustrating.
13. Dustin Pedroia. Pedroia has been having a fairly typical season for him, with quite a bit more power.
14. Justin Masterson. Like Ramirez, Masterson was a young player when he was originally traded away from Boston. Unlike Ramirez, Masterson's homecoming has not been nearly as positive.
15. Xander Bogaerts. His hitting has come around and he is starting to look like the star he was supposed to be.
16. Rick Porcello. Porcello has been the best starter for the Red Sox so far this year, but that is not really saying all that much.
17. Matt Barnes. Other than a rough night Friday, Barnes has been pretty decent out of the pen. I am not sure if his future is in the bullpen or the starting rotation, but it has been good to see the Red Sox develop a decent pitcher again.
Thanks for the set Mark!