Projecting the Boston Red Sox 2023/2024 rotation

BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 22: A general view of the stadium as the sun sets before a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park on September 22, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 22: A general view of the stadium as the sun sets before a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park on September 22, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images) /
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BOSTON, MA – JULY 26: Josh Winckowski #73 of the Boston Red Sox pitches in the first inning against the Cleveland Guardians at Fenway Park on July 26, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA – JULY 26: Josh Winckowski #73 of the Boston Red Sox pitches in the first inning against the Cleveland Guardians at Fenway Park on July 26, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images) /

Can Josh Winckowski’s sinker lock up a rotation slot?

Right-hander Josh Winckowski came to Boston as part of the three-team trade that sent Andrew Benintendi to Kansas City. Winckowski was pressed into service with the rash of rotation casualties and did a commendable job.

Winckowski relies primarily on a fastball and slider and has dabbled with a curve and change-up. His ability to induce ground balls with his sinking fastball is essential. Get it up; it can go out mighty quick, but Winckowski has shown the ability to be a solid potential contributor this season and beyond.

Drifting back to the 1970s, the Red Sox had another righty with a nasty sinker, Bob Stanley. Stanley was primarily noted for his bullpen work, which may be a possible future for Winckowski.

Stanley spent his entire 13-year MLB career with the Red Sox, with his most successful duty being out of the bullpen. Multiple innings were a specialty for Stanley, and Winckowski could slide into a similar role with the current Red Sox.