The Red Sox are in a good spot. Not only are they the defending World Series champions, but they have a ton of young talent on their roster that has yet to be untapped.
Jackie Bradley, Jr. Xander Bogaerts. Will Middlebrooks. The list goes on.
But with youth comes inexperience and perhaps an unsettling feeling of the unknown. But Farrell doesn't see the negatives in it.
"I think it's more exciting, because these are players that we're well aware of from the first day that they signed a pro contract that have come through the system," Farrell said. "In each case they've gotten a number of at-bats at the big league level. Will obviously more than the others. But I thought that when Jackie came back to us later in the year, there were much more consistent at-bats."
Perhaps Bogaerts has the highest ceiling of all, and everybody got a little glimpse of it in the postseason. Farrell already thinks Bogaerts can handle shortstop full time.
"Xander, we've got to be careful of starting to compare him to certain players, but I think what he showed us is a tremendous amount of poise, a kid who's extremely talented, and we feel like he can play shortstop every day."