Last week, we put you to the question to divine the future of the third base position for the Red Sox, asking who would be the team’s starter at that position in 2016. To my surprise, Will Middlebrooks was the overwhelming favorite, pulling half of the vote despite an uneven-at-best performance in 2013. Hitting whiz Garin Cecchini — my own vote in this one — garnered only 26% of the vote, and you snarky folks had the long-gone Mike Lowell nearly double up Xander Bogaerts, 15% to 8%.

    Who will start at third base for the 2016 Boston Red Sox?
  • Will Middlebrooks (50%)
  • Garin Cecchini (26%)
  • Mike Lowell (15%)
  • Xander Bogaerts (8%)
  • Other (Trade, FA Signing, etc) (1%)
  • This week’s question regards the farm system; on March 7, Fire Brand’s Josh Cookson took a look at the organization’s likely AAA starting rotation and how it stacks up against some major league rotations. The Pawtucket rotation is stacked, with all five pitchers projecting as major league contributors down the road. During the course of the season, it’s more than likely one or more of these pitchers will be called upon to contribute in some capacity at the major league level; we saw this last season with brief appearances by both Brandon Workman and Allen Webster. With that in mind, this week’s poll asks: which of the Pawtucket starting pitchers will see the major leagues first?

      Which Pawtucket starter will pitch in the majors first?
  • Matt Barnes
  • Anthony Ranaudo
  • Brandon Workman
  • Henry Owens
  • Allen Webster
  • As always, submit your answer in the Poll section on the right side of the home page, and we’ll have the results for you next week!