The Y-D Red Sox turned into one of most popular teams in the league in the past decade after seeing star players like Gordon Beckham (Chicago White Sox) and Buster Posey (San Francisco Giants). Riding on their success, Y-D created a "Y-D Sox Nation" this past off-season to give members special privileges in exchange for a membership donation. At the home run-friendly Red Wilson Field, you will notice a much larger scoreboard this year, and I imagine there will be quite a race to hit a home run off of it. On the pitching staff, Cape League fans will recognize Tyler Hansen (St. John's), who is the brother of Craig Hansen (Harwich '04 and former Red Sox prospect). By the way, Craig is currently pitching for the Indianapolis Indians, AAA affiliate of the Pirates. At 6'7" with a fastball reaching the mid-90s, Tyler is sure to intimidate opposing batters. On paper, he is the star of the pitching staff with a 3.71 ERA and 85 strikeouts in 94.2 innings. Surprisingly, Tyler is not the tallest member of the pitching staff. As Right Field Fog notes, the Red Sox could put together quite a basketball team. Right-handed reliever Alex Meyer (Kentucky) is listed at 6'9".
Catcher Beau Taylor (Central Florida) looks like he will share duties behind the plate this summer. He hit an impressive .354 with 7 HRs and 35 RBIs in the spring. Returning catcher Ben McMahan (Florida) had a pretty good summer last year for Y-D batting .241 with 3 HRs. Tyler Hanover (LSU) will return to the Sox after his All-Star season last year. Hanover hit .332 with 16 doubles this spring.
One of my favorite players to watch will be Joe Panik (St. John's), who hit .374 with 10 HRs in the spring and also has a sharp glove in the infield. But, the most interesting player could be Dusty Robinson (Fresno State). He should have a lot of fun at Red Wilson Field since he hit .308 with 16 HRs and 60 RBI. As one of the most highly touted power hitters in the league, he could put up big numbers.