Henry Owens, Brian Johnson Soon to Join Rotation

Prior to a third straight pitching debacle against the Chicago White Sox, manager John Farrell just casually mentioned to the media that both Brian Johnson and Henry Owens should get the call in the next week. These starters are ranked No. 4 and No. 5 respectively overall in the Boston Red Sox farm system

“We’re going to stay on turn through the weekend,” Farrell said according to NESN’s Ricky Brian Johnsondoyle. “Monday being the off-day, we’ve got the ability to adjust going forward. But as we’re taking a look at (recently recalled outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr.), our goal and our intent is to see Brian Johnson and probably Henry Owens at some point. So, all that is on the horizon.”

With pitchers Joe Kelly (2-6, 5.94 ERA), Justin Masterson (4-2, 5.62 ERA) and Rick Porcello (5-11, 5.81 ERA) struggling for most of the season and knuckleballer Steve Wright being a 30-year-old journeyman who is more of a spot starter than a long-term option in the rotation, it makes sense to bring up the young pitchers to see if they should be kept or dealt this off season.

Eduardo Rodriguez has proven that he has some work to do, but has pitched admirably while up with the Boston Red Sox this season to the tune of a 4.26 ERA in 11 starts to go along with a 6-3 record and a 52:20 K:BB ratio. The 22-year-old should be in the starting rotation to start the 2016 season

The Red Sox already got a look at Johnson last week as he went 4.1 innings while allowing four earned runs. He may have walked four batters in the outing and thrown more curve balls than fastballs, but the prospect proved he could pitch even with less than stellar stuff on the mound. The fastball topped out at 90 and he can’t blow away anyone, but he showed strong composure for a 24-year-old.

As for Owens, the 23-year-old had a tough go of it to start the 2015 season in Pawtucket, but is 1-4 with a 2.86 ERA over his last 10 starts. Over that span, he has walked just 18 and struck out 54 in 63 innings of work, including a couple nine strikeout contests on July 10th and July 18th in which he allowed three earned runs over 13 innings of work.

The Red Sox need to see which of these lefties will be a mainstay going forward and what better time than now when the team is all but mathematically eliminated from postseason contention.

Rubby De La Rosa Poised For Strong 2015 Campaign

rubby de la rosaHigh on young pitching talent and low on spots, the Boston Red Sox have the framework for a solid rotation next season. Of course, they will likely add a big name to help their young talent, but there is still plenty of talent nonetheless. Among this talent is 25-year-old flamethrower Rubby De La Rosa who is in position for a breakout season.

2014 has been a productive year for Rubby De La Rosa who is proving himself as one of the most reliable pitchers on the team. Posting a 4.01 ERA in 16 starts totaling 92 innings, he has struck out 64 men while walking 33 giving him the lowest ERA on the starting staff. Joe Kelly trails him shortly with a 4.13 ERA. As time goes on, De La Rosa who will be 26 next year will only get better.
lebron zoom generation
In his last outing on Sunday, De La Rosa tossed four innings surrendering three runs on seven hits while all the runs came off of one swing — a Jose Bautista home run. In addition, he fanned and walked a pair of batters. Other than one pitch, De La Rosa put together an impressive outing.

As for his goals for next season, De La Rosa keeps it simple and does not mince words.
nike air jordan sandals
“Health and championship,” he said in an interview via Twitter when talking about his goals.

This year also marks the first year De La Rosa has been fully healed from his Tommy John surgery he underwent in 2011. He sat out the majority of 2012 tossing just a few relief outings and in 2013, he was on an innings limit and ended up tossing just 91.2 innings because of it. 2014 marks the highest workload ever for Rubby De La Rosa as he has now tossed 152 innings between Boston and AAA Pawtucket. In 2015, that number will be pushed even further as De La Rosa will be tested as a full-time member of the Red Sox rotation.
nike zoom lebron 9low
As for a championship, that is a great goal. Boston may be in position to bring home another title next season with all the young talent that is emerging, along with the veterans who are already there and may be brought in. Of course, the 2015 roster could use another front-line pitcher, but other than that it looks to be shaping up well.