May 25, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Boston Red Sox pitcher Heath Hembree (37) delivers a pitch during the eighth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. The Twins win 7-2 over the Red Sox. Mandatory Credit: Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY Sports
Heath Hembree has had a few goes at breaking into the Red Sox bullpen and the results show why he was shipped to Pawtucket. His two-year stat line is about as attractive as a Blobfish – recently voted the world’s ugliest creature (thankfully, I was not on the list).
The Hembree in Boston stat line is 16.1 innings pitched, 19 hits, 11 runs, seven walks and nine fanned. That gets you a WHIP of 1.59 and an ERA that is a Joe Kelly like 6.06. Acquired for Jake Peavy the initial flurry of PR was the Red Sox had a “steal” by grabbing the fifth round Giants selection of 2010. That nine game stint with the Giants was a beauty with 7.2 innings and 12 Ks – a 0.00 ERA.
Hembree features a Fastball at 70% of the time with an average of a shade over 93 MPH. The rest of the Hembree repertoire is a slider (25%) and a change. Now 26-years-old the last real shot with Boston is on the horizon. Can this former top ten Giants farm hand get it together?
At Pawtucket, Hembree sits at 0-5 with seven saves. The losses on the surface are disappointing, but at Pawtucket losses are as common as parking tickets in Boston. What stands out is a K per inning and a BB/9 of 2.9. The Whip sits at 1.06 and the ERA checks in at 2.32.
Expect Hembree to get one final long look.