Red Sox: 2018 Spring Training Non-Roster invitee snubs
By Hunter Noll
The 24-year-old has had his problems in the minors, especially the last two seasons. Both in Double-A, his batting average against has been especially alarming. The numbers don’t tell the entire story though.
Over the last few years, Teddy Stankiewicz has had some truly dominant games. In those games, he shows why the Red Sox should believe in him. He has the ability to go deep into the games and has a great mixture of pitches to do it with. The right-hander doesn’t allow too many walks and limits home runs.
At the moment, the Red Sox have a surplus of starting pitching. Nevertheless, injuries happen (any Boston fan can attest to that). Due to that, there’s always a chance the Red Sox are down a few starters. When that happens, Boston will be scrambling for help, and Stankiewicz could be moving up the list.
With Stankiewicz moving closer to a Major League debut, it would be smart to give him some more hands-on experience against the talent he would face.
Last season, he was given 1/3 of an inning in Spring Training. With two years of Double-A under his belt, now seemed like the perfect time to give him some more. I’m not just saying that because I want to make Stankonia puns either (although I can’t act like I’d be upset about the chance).