The Boston Red Sox made note of who they are sending back to the minors as they announced their first round of roster cuts. The players who are moving back are left-handed pitcher Drake Britton, shortstop Deven Marrero and infielder/outfielder Justin Henry. According to the team, the Red Sox still have 57 players–including 17 non-roster invitees–at training camp.
In 2011, Britton was struggling with Salem in the Carolina Leagues. 2011 saw him have a poor record at 1-13 and a 6.91 ERA. Needless to say, his disappointing season made Boston take a hard look at his production in 2012. While playing for the Sea Dogs last year, Britton started improving with a better 4-7 record and dropped his ERA to 3.72. He was able to rack up 76 strikeouts in a little over 84 innings. The Boston pitching staff was watching Britton’s performance in these past few days, where he played two games. He gave up three runs and a total of five hits in a little over three innings. If Drake continues to improve in Pawtucket this year, he could get a call up this season to the big leagues.
Marrero had one hit from two at bats this Spring Training. Boston’s number one draft pick last year was working out with other Red Sox prospects Jose Iglesias and Xander Bogaerts. The three would all perform drills together. This was Marrero’s first stint at a major league camp for Spring Training and he hopes to continue this trend. Now he will be playing in a minor league system while Boston follows the young player’s progress.
Lastly, Henry, who used to play in the Detroit Tigers minor league system, is a .293 career hitter. During the few games he played for Boston during Spring Training this year, he struggled at the plate. He had one hit at eight attempts. The Red Sox are looking to move him to play in Pawtucket this season.