3 Red Sox who won’t make the Opening Day roster, but will contribute a lot in 2023
By Tim Boyle
2) Red Sox pitching prospect needs more big league innings Brayan Bello
It may be an injury which ultimately leads to Brayan Bello not making the Opening Day roster. When healthy, an assignment back to Triple-A makes the most sense. The Red Sox were quick to promote him last year. He experienced his share of growing pains, going 2-8 with a 4.71 ERA in 11 starts and a pair of relief appearances.
Bello is someone who could benefit from another half season in Triple-A. The Red Sox will have room for him in the rotation and bullpen. Preferably, it’s the starting rotation where they should place him.
The Red Sox are looking at a potential Opening Day rotation with Corey Kluber and Chris Sale at the top followed by Nick Pivetta. Tanner Houck and Kutter Crawford both have minor league options. The Red Sox should have each of them on a tight leash with players like Bello prepared to replace either as needed.
Consistent trips to the IL for Sale in recent years could open up yet another spot in the rotation for them. Expecting to get through this year with only five starters will be a mistake. Bello will get his chance. Keep your fingers crossed the results are better this time around.
Expect to see Bello when the weather and Chaim Bloom’s seat get a little hotter.