Rumors are circulating around the league that Alfredo Aceves and Felix Doubront are named the 4th and 5th starters for the upcoming season. Right now, if this holds up, I couldn’t be more elated. Not only does Aceves finally get the chance to prove himself in the rotation, but Daniel Bard, the leading candidate for the 4th starter spot coming into the spring, heads to the bullpen. I was having trouble finding things about this team that I liked, but I just fell in love with our bullpen. Bard to Melancon to Bailey? That’s a lights out back end of the bullpen right there. Albers is no slouch either, so the bullpen depth just got fantastic. Read on for more!
I’m going a bit off topic here, but you guys should check out the band “Lansdowne and the Streets”. They’re a Red Sox themed band that pretty much only sings about the Red Sox. In September of last year Peter Abraham called their song “Breathin’ Uneasy” as the official song of the collapse. They’ve released a few more songs since them and I recommend you check out their songs, they’re really good.
By Nick DiBattista
It’s been said that if you have a heartbeat and throw left-handed, a major league roster spot will find its way to you. Former starter (and temporary closer) Franklin Morales finds himself out of the wicked confines of Coors Field and in the thick of the Red Sox bullpen this spring, mainly as their lefty specialist.
If first round draft selection were an indication of future performance, the Red Sox wouldn’t be former 6th overall selection Andrew Miller’s third team.
The Backstory: Andrew Miller was drafted by the Tigers 6th overall and given a guaranteed $6.45 million deal. Not even a month into that deal, Miller made his major league debut against the Yankees. Miller never showed any consistency in Detroit, who traded him to Florida for Dontrelle Willis and Miguel Cabrera. Almost 3 full (and equally ineffective) years later, Miller was traded again—this time to the Sox for reliever Dustin Richardson.
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Mike Aviles SS
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Jacoby Ellsbury DH
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Will Middlebrooks 3B
Lars Anderson 1B
Juan Carlos Linares CF
Josh Kroeger RF
Alex Hassan LF
Pitching: LHP Felix Doubront, RHP Michael Bowden, RHP Vicente Padilla, RHP Junichi Tazawa, RHP Brandon Duckworth, RHP Will Inman.
Brett Gardner CF
Russell Martin C
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Raul Ibanez DH
Andruw Jones RF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Bill Hall 2B
Jayson Nix LF
Pitching: RHP Ivan Nova, Mariano Rivera, Boone Logan.
Today we are taking a look at the proud owner of the longest last name in baseball history.
The Backstory: Salty was taken in the first round of the 2003 draft by the Atlanta Braves. In 2007, on his 22nd birthday, he made his major league debut. However, because he was blocked by All Star catcher Brian McCann, the Braves viewed Salty as expendable and he was included as part of the blockbuster trade that sent Mark Teixeira to Atlanta. (more…)
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Pitching: LHP Jon Lester, RHP Aaron Cook, RHP. RHP Doug Mathis, RHP Justin Germano, LHP Justin Thomas, RHP Tony Pena Jr.
Pitching: LHP Dava Eveland, RHP Chris Tillman, RHP Luis Ayala, RHP Darren O’Day
Pitching: RHP Alex Wilson, LHP Drake Britton, RHP Chorye Spoone, RHP Chris Carpenter.
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The Backstory: In 2008, Scott Atchison signed a minor league contract with an invite to Spring Training. A week later he signed a deal with the Hanshin Tigers in Japan, and the Red Sox sold his contract to him. In December 2009, Atchison signed a one year contract with the Red Sox and was called up on May 5th, 2010. In 2010, Atchison manged an ERA of 4.50 and a WHIP of 1.28 in 60 innings of work. He looked a lot better in 2011, posting a 3.26 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP in 30.1 innings. While he wasn’t a big part of the bullpen, his performance was not one to complain about; he is a solid bullpen guy.
Last Season Review: Scott Atchison looked good in 2011, going 1-0 with a save with a 3.26 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. His FIP was a stellar 2.70 and his xFIP is 3.81. He managed a 0.8 WAR in only 30.1 innings of work, which is pretty impressive.
Looking ahead: Atchison is going to have to earn a spot on the Red Sox roster in Spring Training this year. His spot on the roster is far from guaranteed and he’ll have to show that he can replicated 2011 if he wants a spot on the roster. His chances will definitely depend on how the rotation shapes out. If both Bard and Aceves make the starting rotation, he should have a spot on the roster as the bullpen will be much shallower should both Bard and Aceves be starters in 2012. If just Bard is in the rotation, then it’ll be a lot harder for Atchison to get a spot on the roster. Atchison is very good against righties, so his ability to consitantly get righties out should help him out.
Conclusion: While Atchison isn’t going to break any records or going to be the best reliever for the Sox, he’s a quality reliever who stays healthy and is relatively versatile. Should he make the roster he’ll be an asset to the Red Sox bullpen once again in 2012.
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Pitching: RHP Daniel Bard, RHP Alfredo Aceves, RHP Clayton Mortensen, RHP Matt Albers, RHP Junichi Tazawa.
Pitching: RHP Wade Davis, RHP Burke Badenhop, RHP Josh Lueke, RHP Albert Suarez, RHP Romulo Sanchez.
Many moons ago, Lou Punto was drafted by the Boston Red Sox. One could say he never made an impact on the big league team, but if you ask the Red Sox new super utility man, he might beg to differ. Nick Punto, today’s player profile, was raised by the former Red Sox draft pick to be a baseball player.