Prospect Josh Winckowski made his big league debut on March 7th against the Atlanta Braves. He quietly pitched a scoreless inning in relief. At 6-foot-4, 220 pounds and just 22 years old, there have reports from camp that Winckowski has some really good pitches. He was an acquisition from the New York Mets as part of a three-team trade. Furthermore, this is an example of Chaim Bloom’s ability to find undiscovered talent and more stars. Coming from the Tampa Rays, they do that all of the time. He was second in command there and looks to have a good start on this rebuild for the Sox.
Who is Josh Winckowski?
One thing Bloom recognizes is that you have to have a good bullpen. The reason rests on starters on strict pitch counts and the advent of the opener. Guys like Josh Winckowski are very valuable, as was reflected in how quickly he was plucked in the draft. The Toronto Blue Jays drafted Winckowski in the 15th round of the 2016 MLB Draft. He came out of Estero High School in Florida. Winckowksi pitched three years in the minors before being traded on 1/28/21 to the New York Mets. He was part of a prospect package to free up financial space for the Mets to try to sign Trevor Bauer. As a result the Mets were part of a three team trade that the Red Sox made for Andrew Benintendi.
The Sox just reassigned 12 players to the minors. Winckowski was one of those names. He leaves with the scoreless inning under his belt as a lasting impression. With a little seasoning and getting more familiar with the Red Sox organization, he should get the call to Fenway soon. He will benefit with all of the others who will be assigned to Worcester this year. Worcester is the new home of AAA baseball with brand new Polar Park to open this year. The Sox players will have access to a state of the art facility to help them in their development.