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 24: Brayan Bello #66 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning at Fenway Park on July 24, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo By Winslow Townson/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA – JULY 24: Brayan Bello #66 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning at Fenway Park on July 24, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo By Winslow Townson/Getty Images) /

Brayan Bello has potential Ace talent

Brayan Bello got lit up like a Fourth of July fireworks display, but the gloss was not removed. This kid has the tools to be a solid MLB starter and slide into a number two slot in the future rotation. Bello did not panic over his rough MLB introduction, which is a good sign.

Bello has the usual prerequisite of a high 90s fastball, a change-up, and a slider. Bello is at work on a curve and, more importantly, at work on location. In the minors pitching mistakes often induce no numerical pain, but in the majors, they become statcast material.

Bello is somewhat of a physical throwback since he is lean, lanky, and checks in around six feet. I found his style of throwing relatively relaxed and a comfortable motion which is the antithesis of Sale’s.

Just who does Bello remind me of? I wish I could say Pedro Martinez, but a Martinez is rare. Physically I can see the resemblance to Clay Buchholz. Buchholz heater sat in the mid-90s, had a nice curve, and a change-up. Unlike Bello, Buchholz tossed a no-hitter in his second MLB start but then had two seasons of tepid results before surfacing as a solid starter.