Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
With Coco Crisp traded, center field is all his - and he'll have to prove he can get on base enough to use his incredible speed. Cowed by the inside fastball last season, Ellsbury could not measure up offensively to his lofty reputation. This season, he'll look to improve on his .280 average and .336 OBP from the leadoff spot. If he does, Tommy Harper's club record for steals (54) will be in jeopardy.
(Globe Staff Photo / Barry Chin)