June 13, 2024

Boston Red Sox catcher Connor Wong looks to the dugout during a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs Friday, July 14, 2023, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Connor Wong established himself in 2023 during his inaugural full season as the starting catcher for the Boston Red Sox.

Wong recorded a slash line of .235/.288/.385 with nine home runs across 126 games, showcasing his growth as a major leaguer and generating anticipation for his return to the field in 2024.

Expressing eagerness, Wong told reporters during Red Sox Winter Weekend in January, “Looking forward to getting going again. Obviously, a longer break than we wanted to. Definitely had some more motivation this offseason.”

As he steps back into the batter’s box, the 27-year-old is focused on refining his offensive approach.

“Still a lot of swing-and-miss,” Wong acknowledged. “Trying to cut back on that. Aim for more consistent at-bats and feeling confident in putting together a quality plate appearance.”

While demonstrating promising moments behind the plate, including throwing out 18 potential base stealers, Wong recognizes there are still areas in his game that need refinement, according to the Red Sox catcher.

“Defensively, there’s a lot of things I think I didn’t do well last year,” Wong conceded. “Some of the receiving aspects, and the blocking techniques weren’t up to par. I’m working on getting into different positions and improving glove angles.”

Having developed a familiarity with the internal arms that constitute the majority of the Red Sox starting rotation, Wong expresses confidence in the capabilities of those pitchers.

“We trust our guys,” Wong affirmed. “Each one of them brings different abilities to the table. If we follow our plan for progress, we expect improvement in every game this year.”

Like many members of Boston’s roster, Wong represents another young player whom the Red Sox are relying on to enhance his performance in 2024.

Connor Wong a fixture behind plate for Red Sox after entering year as  question mark to be healthy contributor - The Boston Globe

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