Other Red Sox Relievers
Ryan Brasier: Brasier has had an absolutely fascinating journey to the bug leagues, but has made himself into an incredible boring pitcher. There are a million other mid 90’s fastball/slider right-handed relievers, and like the rest of them, Brasier is best served in the sixth or seven innings.
Austin Davis: Davis is the possessor of a career 5.50 ERA and walks and strikes out hitters at fairly average rates. He doesn’t have the stuff of Diekman, the control of Strahm or the swing-and-miss slider of Taylor, so his spot on the roster is tenuous at best.
Kutter Crawford: After making his major league debut as a starter last season, Crawford rode a strong spring training performance to one of the last bullpen spots. His stuff has played up upon his move to relief, topping out at 97.5 in an outing against the Pirates.
Phillips Valdez: Every team has a reliever that rides the shuttle between Triple-A and the Majors, and Valdez is that guy for the Red Sox. There’s nothing special about his profile, but he’s a functional arm that can pitch meaningless innings.
Tyler Danish: With Chris Sale getting placed on the 60-day DL, Danish was chosen to fill the last spot in the Red Sox bullpen. Given that he hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2018 and barely hits 90 on the gun, it’s hard to see exactly what the Red Sox see in him.