6 Red Sox pitchers who could make a surprise impact in 2023

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Red Sox pitcher Wyatt Mills
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Wyatt Mills: Mills joined the Red Sox after an under-the-radar trade with the Royals, hoping for a Schreiber-like breakout season

When the Red Sox traded for Wyatt Mills, the subsequent move to make room on the 40-man roster was to designate veteran Eric Hosmer for assignment. At the time, there was far more emphasis placed on the departure of Hosmer than the addition of Mills.

The 2022 stats for Mills don't exactly jump off the page (29.1 IP, 4.60 ERA, 1.33 WHIP). The 28-year-old righty who throws from "down under" has made 39 career appearances across 2 big-league seasons with the Mariners and Royals.

Wyatt Mills' arm slot looks very familiar, too; it didn't take long for comparisons to be made to Red Sox reliever John Schreiber. The video overlay of the two guys throwing a pitch seems pretty convincing, but you can be the judge of that.

For the record, John Schreiber's career stats were unimpressive, just like Mills, entering the 2022 season (5.97 ERA in 31.2 innings). The Red Sox might just catch lightning in a bottle again in 2023 with Wyatt Mills. Only time wil tell.