Mar 12, 2015; Bradenton, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Keith Couch (74) throws a pitch during the seventh inning of a spring training baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at McKechnie Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
Keith Couch – HOT!
Couch was part of that dominate Portland staff in 2014 along with Owens, Johnson and Rodriguez, so he packed up and moved his belongings to the Pawtucket area.
The 25-year-old right-hander now has the opportunity to impress – something he certainly did not accomplish in April and May. And, Couch is off to a good June start with three starts that resulted in a 1-1 record and a 2.50 ERA in 20 innings.
Couch features a sinking fastball that can top out at 93 mph to go with a decent curve and a questionable change-up. Couch, at this point, is a borderline prospect who needs to continue to build on his last three positive starts.
Can he help Boston? At this point anyone with a pulse is a possibility.