2 Red Sox players moving up the depth chart, moving 2 down

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Red Sox depth chart: Garrett Whitlock is moving up as he shows he belongs in the rotation

After a lackluster season debut from Garrett Whitlock, he’s moving up the depth chart following his strong outing on Sunday versus the Los Angeles Angels. Seven innings of one-run ball is impressive for anyone in this day and age.

Considering the way the rest of the Red Sox starters have performed, there’s a good case that Whitlock becomes the staff’s ace by the end of 2023. It’s certainly a bit premature just 11 starts into his MLB career. Success as a reliever in both 2021 and 2022 should have the Red Sox sticking with this younger arm in hopes of getting the most from him while he’s hot.

It’s not always easy to tell where certain pitchers fall on the proverbial depth chart. In Whitlock’s case, it can be even more difficult.

Staffed with veterans Chris Sale and Corey Kluber at the top due to experience, the Red Sox rotation could very easily get turned upside down by the time the year is through.

Knowing Whitlock was stolen from the New York Yankees in the Rule 5 Draft makes it even sweeter each time he steps on the mound and performs at a high level. Thoughts of sending him to the minors or even to the bullpen should be put on hold for now. Whitlock can pitch. The Red Sox need to get every inning they can from him.