Boston Red Sox Prospects: Who should be “untouchable” in trades?
Red Sox fourth-ranked prospect, Brayan Bello (starting pitcher)
I’m going to be honest, this one probably needs even less explanation than the Marcelo Mayer part. When’s the last time the Boston Red Sox had an elite pitching prospect that worked out? Or even just an elite pitching prospect in general? Jon Lester?
Lester is now retired. He hasn’t pitched for the Red Sox since 2014. And he was initially called up in 2006. So it’s been a long time.
Brayan Bello is that guy. He has overpowering stuff. An electric fastball with tons of movement, a devastating slider, and a changeup that absolutely disappears. And anyone that’s ever read something I’ve written on a pitcher knows I love a good changeup.
Bello was on a warpath in Double-A to start the year. That warpath included throwing a no-hitter. He’s already been called-up to Triple-A and made two starts there. The righty has given up two runs in six innings in each of his starts. Oh, and he’s struck out 10 batters both outings too.
In 45 2/3 innings this season Bello has a 1.97 ERA, .155 BAA, 0.90 WHIP and a stupid 62 strikeouts. At both Double-A and Triple-A hitters have look absolutely overmatched all year long.
It’s hard to come by pitchers with this nasty of stuff, especially when it comes to starters. Boston is in desperate need of some pitching for their long-term plans. Bello needs to stick around. This is the type of guy you could have at the top of your rotation for years and years. He just turned 23 on May, 17 too. So there’s a long and eye-watering bright future ahead of him.
If Boston decides to trade Bello, I can guarantee fans will be questioning the move within the next year as they see him looking great in the Majors for another team by the start of the 2023 season.