The Red Sox have a number of roster selections to make earlier than Tuesday’s 6 p.m. deadline, or come December, they’ll lose a few of their finest pitching expertise within the Rule 5 Draft.
Luis Perales, Wikelman Gonzalez, and Shane Drohan are the likeliest candidates to be added. They’re pitching at such a degree that groups wouldn’t have an issue giving them a spot on the 26-man roster for your complete season, because the draft stipulates.
There’s nearly zero probability the Red Sox depart Perales unprotected. Though he’s solely 21 years previous and spent the 2023 season in Low- and High-A, he’s the No. 1 pitching prospect of their system.
Gonzalez, named Red Sox Minor League Starting Pitcher of the Year for 2023, is one other all-but-sure factor. Over 25 begins between High- and Double-A this yr, he posted a 3.96 ERA and struck out 168 batters throughout 111 1/3 innings.
Drohan, 23, earned an early promotion to Triple-A by posting a 1.32 ERA throughout six Double-A begins. Though he struggled to the tune of a 6.47 ERA over 21 video games (19 begins) as soon as on the high degree of the farm, he’s nearer to Major League-ready than any high pitching prospect, so the Red Sox will nearly actually add him to the roster.
With their reinstatement of outfielder Jarren Duran and right-hander Wyatt Mills from the 60-day injured listing final week, the 40-man roster presently stands at 37, completely tailor-made for this trio of arms. The Red Sox may additionally resolve to designate gamers for task earlier than Tuesday night’s deadline thereby opening extra spots, probably to guard prospects resembling Triple-A standout Grant Gambrell or Zach Penrod, the hard-throwing lefty who was simply named an Arizona Fall League Fall-Star.
Noah Song, returned to the Red Sox after the Philadelphia Phillies took him in final yr’s draft, is one other potential protectee.
Brainer Bonaci appeared a lock for a 40-man roster spot earlier than he was positioned on the restricted listing in early October for violating the league’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy.
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The Red Sox must navigate this pivotal offseason with no key member of their scouting division.
As first reported by ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel on Monday morning, Justin Horowitz is leaving Boston for Pittsburgh, the place he’ll be the Pirates’ new director of newbie scouting,
Horowitz first joined the Red Sox group as a baseball operations intern in 2012. By September 2020, he was particular assistant of newbie scouting.
The American League East noticed a number of different personnel modifications on Monday. The New York Yankees introduced James Rowson as their new hitting coach, whereas the Mets launched their new supervisor, longtime Yankees bench coach, Carlos Mendoza.
The ripple impact of Terry Francona’s retirement continues for the Cleveland Guardians. After three seasons with the membership, DeMarlo Hale is returning to Toronto. After serving because the Blue Jays’ bench coach from 2013-18, he’s again as affiliate supervisor underneath John Schneider.
Hale’s lengthy baseball resumé consists of teaching stints with three AL East groups over the past 20 years, and a number of other years as Francona’s right-hand man, first with the Texas Rangers, then Red Sox, and at last, Guardians. Francona introduced him to Boston because the third-base coach in 2006, then promoted him to bench coach in November 2009. Hale spent the 2012 season because the Baltimore Orioles’ third-base coach, six seasons in Toronto, and two with the Atlanta Braves earlier than reuniting with Francona in Cleveland in November 2020.