Where are they now from the Red Sox 2020 roster?
Just where are they now from the 2020 Boston Red Sox? What has happened to some of the more notable roster names from the truncated 2020 season? Occasionally I take a peek at just who is doing what and where. Many that have been expelled from that squad are still in the league and can be seen on the diamond on any given night.
First off is a failure that surprised me. I thought José Peraza would excel in Boston. A $3 MM failure who has surfaced with the New York Mets. Peraza has seen duty primarily at second base (30 starts) for the Mets but has also been seen infield duty at short and third. Peraza is hitting just .213 but the righty has slugged six home runs in his 48 games.
Kevin Pillar is also with the Mets and did have a nice statistical run with the Red Sox hitting .274. The Red Sox shipped Superman to the Rockies and eventually received righty, Jacob Wallace, in return. Wallace has been thumped around in Greenville (A+). Pillar signed with the Mets and is hitting .214 with eight home runs.
Zack Godley was a Chaim Bloom risk/reward move that had no reward. The former 15 game-winner never panned out in Boston. Godley surfaced briefly with the Brewers and subsequently was dismissed. Cleveland stepped in and Godley is with their Triple-A affiliate.
When is the hot streak going to start? Jackie Bradley Jr. has been in a real batting funk as a Brewer. The defense is still elite and the hitting is substandard with JBJ posting a paltry .167. That said, the Brewers are in first place and if Bradley is true to career form expect him to go on a tear.
Andrew Benintendi is having a season that is in line with his career totals. Nothing special from the former first-round pick. Benny is at a 102 wRC+ and has nine home runs for the Royals. Defensively Benintendi is currently at a -3.5 UZR/150.
I really thought that Tzu-Wei Lin had a solid future in Boston as a utility player. Lin will never hit for a high average or slug home runs, but seemed to play for the moment moving a runner along. Loved his defense and bunting ability, but the Red Sox cut Lin loose. Lin appeared in one game this season with the Twins and is now in Triple-A at St. Paul.
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There is a risk of thinking of a player as they used to be and not as they are. I fell into that trap with two-time All-Star catcher Jonathan Lucroy. Lucroy played in only one game for the Red Sox before eventually being cut loose. Since then Lucroy has made the rounds and has just resurfaced with the Braves.
Also in the catching moving around department is Deivy Grullon who the Red Sox brought in for one game. The 25-year-old is built low to the ground and tips the scales at 240 lbs. The righty hitter has been a regular on the waiver wire with five passes since getting canned by Boston. Grullon is now with Tampa and in Triple-A with Durham.
Nate Lowe welcomed Domingo Tapia to The Show with a home run. Despite that MLB beginning, Tapia impressed albeit in only five games. The hard-throwing right-hander could have been considered part of the possible 2021 bullpen mix, but the Red Sox shuffled him to the waiver wire. Tapia pitched in two games for the Mariners this season before being sold off to the Royals. Tapia is now with Omaha (AAA).
Another possible Bloom reclamation project was right-hander Robinson Leyer who had three other organizations in his past history. Leyer pitched in just six games but had an amazing statistical line. A 26.5 K% and a 23.5 BB%. Leyer is now with St. Paul (Twins – AAA) and still whiffing hitters and giving up a load of free passes.
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