Saturday, August 19, 2017
1. 2017 Bowman's Best Xander Bogaerts. Bogaerts continues to make a push. Among the current team, Bogaerts is currently third-most, behind Dustin Pedroia and Mookie Betts. It had been pretty close between Betts, Bogaerts, and Jackie Bradley Jr. for awhile, but Betts pulled away and now Xander is pulling away from JBJ.
2. 2017 Bowman Chrome Rafael Devers. Devers has proven he belongs in the Majors. He is the next big star of the team after his game-tying home run in the ninth inning off a 103 mph fastball by Aroldis Chapman.
3. 2017 Bowman Chrome 2017 ROY Favorites Andrew Benintendi. Benintendi has emerged from his slump and hit three home runs against the Yankees last weekend and he has continued his hot hitting. Any other year he would be a top contender for the Rookie of the Year, but Judge, despite his recent struggles, has had too good of a year.
4. 2017 Diamond Kings Hanley Ramirez. This is a short-printed card and I really like the Diamond Kings set. It would be nice if Hanley would hit down the stretch this year the way he did last year.
5. 2017 Diamond Kings Originals Pedro Martinez. An insert from the same Diamond Kings set. Martinez is still the most recent Red Sox player to go in to the Hall of Fame with a Boston hat on. Curt Schilling or Roger Clemens may get in soon.
6. 2017 Donruss Rookies Yoan Moncada. I am still disappointed Boston traded Moncada, but getting Sale was a huge help to the team, and quite frankly, I would rather have Sale. Certainly right now, but we'll see in the future.
7. 2017 Topps Bunt Programs Rick Porcello. Porcello has struggled a bit this year, but his record is worse than his year would suggest. He really has not been THAT bad.
8. 2017 Topps Allen & Ginter Hand-Drawn Art Xander Bogaerts. I'm not really sure what these cards are. The back almost suggests it is something like a relic. Still, another Bogaerts.