Hanley, Sandoval bring balance to Red Sox lineup

Key additions to team with Ortiz, Pedroia in Boston's starting nine

Hanley, Sandoval bring balance to Red Sox lineup

BOSTON -- Red Sox manager John Farrell has until April 6 to put together his first starting lineup of 2015. But he already has a pretty good idea of how it will best fit together.

Left-right balance in the middle of the order should lead to a big improvement for a lineup that didn't produce nearly enough in 2014. Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval are the key additions.

The starting rotation has a new look, thanks to three new faces.

As MLB.com's Spring Training primer continues, here is a look at the way the lineup, rotation and bullpen could shape up coming out of the gate.

2015 Spring Training: Red Sox

2014 record
71-91, fifth place in the American League East

Projected batting order
1. CF Mookie Betts:
.291 BA, .368 OBP, .444 SLG, 5 HR, 7 SB in 2014
2. 2B Dustin Pedroia:
.278 BA, .337 OBP, .376 SLG, 7 HR, 53 RBI in 2014
3. DH David Ortiz:
.263 BA, .355 OBP, .517 SLG, 35 HR, 104 RBI in 2014
4. LF Ramirez:
.283 BA, .369 OBP, .448 SLG, 13 HR, 71 RBI in 2014
5. 3B Sandoval:
.279 BA, .324 OBP, .415 SLG, 16 HR, 73 RBI in 2014
6. 1B Mike Napoli:
.248 BA, .370 OBP, .419 SLG, 17 HR, 55 RBI in 2014
7. SS Xander Bogaerts:
.240 BA, .297 OBP, .362 SLG, 12 HR, 46 RBI in 2014
8. RF Rusney Castillo:
.333 BA, .400 OBP, .528 SLG, 2 HR, 6 RBI in 2014
9. C Christian Vazquez:
.240 BA, .308 OBP, .309 SLG, 1 HR, 20 RBI in 2014

Projected rotation
1. Clay Buchholz, 8-11, 5.34 ERA in 2014
2. Rick Porcello, 15-13, 3.43 ERA in 2014
3. Joe Kelly, 6-4, 4.20 ERA in 2014
4. Wade Miley, 8-12, 4.34 ERA in 2014
5. Justin Masterson, 7-9, 5.88 ERA in 2014

Projected bullpen
Closer: Koji Uehara, 26/31 saves, 2.52 ERA in 2014
RH setup man: Junichi Tazawa, 2.86 ERA in 2014
LH setup man: Craig Breslow, 5.96 ERA in 2014

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.