Boston Red Sox prospect watch 8/29/22: Injury scare and lack of call-ups
Injury scare and lack of call-ups bring down the Boston Red Sox Prospect Watch
Welp, the Boston Red Sox are at least making some progress in this category. We’ve been waiting for them to start the process of accepting their fate, and taking a look at some of the prospects in the minors.
Let’s be honest. There is no need for some of the veterans who are playing so poorly to still be taking a roster spot. What are players like Austin Davis, Ryan Brasier, and Kevin Plawecki (legend but let’s be honest) really bringing to the table?
Why not see what Andrew Political, Zack Kelly, Frank German, Connor Wong, Ronaldo Hernandez, Triston Casas, and others can do in the Majors? Especially with some decisions for the 40-man roster needing to be made this offseason.
On Sunday Boston did DFA Davis and Hirokazu Sawamura (that one was a little more shocking). They recalled Kaleb Ort and are finally giving Kelly a look in the Majors.
Kelly has a 2.72 ERA, .191 BAA, and 1.19 WHIP in 49 2/3 innings pitched in Triple-A this season. The right-handed pitcher has racked up an insane 72 strikeouts compared to just 25 walks (and most came in a couple of starts early in the year). Kelly dominated last season as well, and this MLB debut is long overdue.
Brayan Bello made his best appearance in the Majors this week, which was cool. The right-handed starter gave up just two runs on six hits and one walk over five innings. He also struck out a career-high (in the Majors) seven batters. If he can pump out a few good starts to end the year, that would give fans something to really get excited about for next season.
As of this being written though, that’s it. We will likely see more moves over the next week. But the lack of call-ups has been surprising. Throw that in with an injury scare (that we’ll get to later) and this was a rough week for the Prospect Watch. There were still plenty of positives though, and (as I get complaints about it pretty often) everyone knows I love to be positive.