After this year’s MLB Rule 5 Draft, the Boston Red Sox organization had two less relievers. The Red Sox decided to not protect Ryan Pressly and Josh Fields from the draft by adding them to the team’s 40-man roster. Fields was taken as the draft’s first overall pick by the Houston Astros. Pressly was taken fourth overall by the Minnesota Twins.
Fields had an outstanding season in the Red Sox minor leagues, between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket. In a combined 42 games, the right-hander was 4-3 with 12 saves, posting a 2.01 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 78 strike outs over 58.1 innings. A top franchise like the Red Sox doesn’t have much room on their 40-man roster and in turn he was picked up by another team.
This spring Fields hasn’t performed the same in Astros’ spring training. However, he has struck out more than he has walked, which is something he struggled with before last season. The Red Sox may have the opportunity to get the pitcher back from his current team, if he doesn’t make the opening day roster. However, the Astros are a team with room on their big league roster and will likely keep him. That is unless he falls on his face in Houston.
Pressly spent five seasons in the Red Sox minor league system, before being selected in the Rule 5 Draft. After having fairly good seasons for three years, the right-hander started to really struggle. However, the organization saw promise in him and promoted the prospect to Double-A and converted him into a reliever. In 14 relief appearances for the Portland Sea Dogs, the reliever posted a 2.93 ERA.
So far this spring for the Twins, Pressly has been impressive. It is likely the pitcher will make the opening day roster. However, if he doesn’t he will return to the Red Sox and they will be more than happy to take him.
If both pitchers make their respective club’s opening day rosters, the Red Sox may have missed out on some good arms. However, if they both fail in the majors and get sent back to the Red Sox, they may not care to get them back. It will just cap off the awful 2012 season, if they both succeed with their new teams in 2013.