Red Sox sign pitcher Sean O’Sullivan to minor league deal


Boston Red Sox start bringing in minor league free agents by signing journeyman righty Sean O’Sullivan to a minor league deal

The Red Sox have started the process of bringing in minor league free agents, signing journeyman righthander Sean O’Sullivan to a minor league deal with an invitation to major league camp. The 28 year old California native was drafted in the third round of the 2005 draft by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He is six foot one and weighs 255 pounds.

O’Sullivan has seen major league time of slightly over two seasons with the Angels, Kansas City Royals, San Diego Padres, and most recently the Philadelphia Phillies. He has also pitched in the Toronto Blue Jays system. In 2013, in 25 innings, O’Sullivan pitched 25 innings with a 3.96 ERA but only about four strikeouts per nine innings. The last two seasons have been poor for O’Sullivan who had a 6.13 ERA for Philadelphia over the span of 83.2 innings. Certainly their poor performance led to his frequent use (15 starts) despite his ineffective results, in order to eat some innings and evaluate all the players then on the team.

More from Red Sox News opines that O’Sullivan’s most effective pitch is the 12-6 curveball on which he garners many hits and misses. It is perhaps because he rarely throws the curveball that he gives up so many runs. His fastball tops out about 91 mph, and with the exception of the curveball, it is among a bevy of well-hit offerings he tosses up to the plate.

O’Sullivan will be minor league depth in the starting rotation at AAA Pawtucket, most likely, depending on the needs of the Red Sox minor league system.  He is 52-35 with a 4.29 ERA over 623 AAA innings (115 starts).

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