When asked who would get the start in the Boston Red Sox‘s final game before the All-Star break Sunday, manager John Farrell narrowed it down to three rookies.
What is worse than the fact the Red Sox can’t even figure out who is going to start in four days is the fact that the three pitchers have a grand total of 5.2 innings pitched at the big league level in their careers combined, and they have allowed eight runs in those minimal innings.
The most “experienced” of the options is Steven Wright. Wright is a 28-year-old knuckle ball pitcher whose lone big league appearance only lasted 3.2 innings, where he gave up six hits, four walks and five runs against the same opponent the Red Sox face Sunday, the Oakland Athletics.
Another option would be a guy who made his major league debut last night, going two innings in relief and allowing three runs on four hits, Brandon Workman. Workman is a 24-year-old righty who has a major league level fastball and changeup, but scouts still feel his curve needs work.
The third option the Red Sox are considering starting is 24-year-old southpaw Drake Britton. Britton has a total of one start above AA, coming this past Tuesday, when he went 5.1 innings, giving up five runs on 10 hits in his AAA debut.
This is just more proof the Red Sox must make a deal or two for starting pitching sooner than later.