Talent evaluators love Mookie Betts.

Two scouts who follow the Red Sox told The Boston Globe’s Alex Speier, unsolicited, on Tuesday the idea that Betts could start the season in the minors simply is crazy talk.

“Not have him as your center fielder and leadoff hitter? Are you kidding me?” one of the scouts told Speier. “This guy could be an All-Star. This guy could be an All-Star this year. He could have been Rookie of the Year last year if he’d had more at-bats. He could be their best player.”

There’s been no indication the Red Sox are considering starting the season without Betts on their roster. The most likely scenario, as Speier notes, is that Betts will bat leadoff for Boston on Opening Day.