Red Sox: What if Boston never traded for Eduardo Nunez?

BOSTON, MA - JULY 29: Eduardo Nunez
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BOSTON, MA – SEPTEMBER 18: Dave Dombrowski (Photo by Rich Gagnon/Getty Images)
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Shaun Anderson before getting traded to Giants

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Shaun Anderson is a 22-year old pitcher playing in high A ball now for the Giants. Before being traded, Anderson posted a 3-0 record with a 2.79 ERA in seven games as a starter. He also struck out 37 batters over 38 2/3rd’s innings pitched. Since the trade, Anderson has a 1-1 record in two games. His ERA is 3.68 and he has surrendered five runs, three earned in 7 1/3rd innings pitched.

While he isn’t 18 years old anymore, there is still hope inside the organization that he can materialize into a starter with a little more seasoning. If he doesn’t pan out over the next couple seasons one of three things will happen. Anderson could potentially be a part of a trade to another club, he could get converted to a reliever, or the nightmare scenario, never make it out of the minors. Only time will tell if he can make the adjustments necessary to be successful.

Gregory Santos before getting traded to Giants

Gregory Santos was the second piece acquired by the Giants in the Nunez deal. Santos is only 17 years old and has posted great numbers while playing in the Dominican Summer League. Before the big trade in 2016 he posted a 3-3 record with a 4.17 ERA with 25 K’s in 41 innings pitched. After making some tweaks for 2017, he has improved drastically to the tune of a 2-0 record with a 1.06 ERA and has 29 strike outs in 34 innings pitched.

Of the two players, Santos has the higher upside primarily based on age at the moment. While both have the opportunity to shine for an otherwise underwhelming minor league system, you should keep your eyes on this youngster in the future.

With those stats in mind, we have to take a look at Nunez in Boston. Was he worth it?