Biggest Surprise Player After 1st Week: Boston Red Sox

We continue our look at the biggest surprise players around baseball after the extremely small sample size of one week. 

For the Boston Red Sox, their winter didn't exactly spark a lot of promise amongst pundits and fans, after losing stalwarts Xander Bogaerts, JD Martinez and Nate Eovaldi. But a very late offseason deal brought in the center fielder they so desperately needed, and also provided them with one of the biggest early-season surprises in baseball.

Adam Duvall: Week No. 1 Surprise

Duvall signed a one-year, $7M deal in late January with the BoSox, after a down season with the Atlanta Braves that saw him hit just .213 with 12 home runs and a .677 OPS in 86 games. That was after a 2021 season in which he mashed 38 homers and posted 113 RBIs. 

Let's just say he looks a lot more like the 2021 version of Adam Duvall than the 2022 version. 

Through his first six games, he's batting .458 with 3 bombs, 12 RBIs, a league-leading slugging percentage of 1.042, and league-best OPS of a ridiculous 1.578. 

On Thursday, all he did was crush a tie-breaking, 3-run HR in the 6th to lead the Red Sox to a 6-3 win over the Detroit Tigers. 

Pretty nice last-minute pickup by the BoSox this offseason. 

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