Pat Light Promoted to Pawtucket

As the Red Sox finish up their draft responsibilities as they look to pick up some future All-Stars in the draft, a pitcher in their minor leagues has been making noise this season, after a move to the bullpen. 2012 draft pick Pat Light has been promoted to AAA Pawtucket after a hot start at AA Portland this season.

The Red Sox chose Light as the 37th pick in the 2012 Draft, a draft that includes current Pat LightPawSox players Deven Marrero and Brian Johnson. Marrero and Johnson were both more known that Light among the fans I feel the past few season as they both progressed much faster than Light. Light was a starter in 2013-2014 where he struggled with getting batters out.

Born in New Jersey, Light attended Monmouth University, Light looks to be another arm PawSox manager Kevin Boles can use out of the bullpen. Boles has not seen Light pitch yet, so his first appearance with the PawSox will hopefully be an eye opener. Light’s switch to the bullpen this season has had a great impact on his stuff as he only has to go through a lineup maybe once a game, so they are not seeing all of his pitches.

Before this season Light had never appeared in a game above AA, and now he is one more step to the big leagues, where the Red Sox bullpen continues to look for reliable arms past Koji Uehara and Junichi Tazawa. Light excelled in Portland with an ERA 2.43 in 21 games with the Sea Dogs collecting 3 saves. The stat that sticks out is only 8 earned runs in almost 30 innings of work with a WHIP of 0.98. Last year as a starter Light had an ERA of 4.83 in 25 starts.

Many players from the 2012 MLB Draft are already making noise in the big leagues including Carlos Correa and Joey Gallo just in the last week. Michael Wacha was taken in that draft as well and looks to be the next ace of the Cardinals right now with Adam Wainright down for the year. The game Pat Light pitches in will be his first in AAA, and soon could be pitching on the mound at Fenway.

Former 1st Round Pick Pat Light Working in Relief

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The switch to relief can either be viewed as a blessing for some pitchers or as a slap to the face for others. Sometimes it means a team does not believe in a starting pitcher, while other times they simply believe that a guy will perform better out of the bullpen. For Portland Sea Dogs pitcher Pat Light, it appears as though Boston likes him better in a relief role.

pat lightRoughed up a bit in his first outing in relief, Light had a better showing on Tuesday for the AA club when he allowed just one hit in two innings of work while striking out four.
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Hopes were high for the 24-year-old Light when the Boston Red Sox shelled out one million dollars as his signing bonus. A standout at Monmouth College, Light pitched well for the Lowell Spinners in his first professional season— in a limited innings role.

When the Red Sox drafted him that high, it was clear that they loved his stuff because there were bigger names still available at that time (Joey Gallo comes to mind). He throws in the 92-95 MPH range comfortably so perhaps the Red Sox expect an uptick in velocity out of the bullpen.
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After posting an 8.89 ERA in ten appearances for the Greenville Drive two years back, Light had a much better year last year for the high-A Salem Red Sox. He posted a 4.93 ERA in 22 starts but his strikeouts were down— way down. It got to the point where he struck out a batter once in every more than two innings.

Obviously the Red Sox do not want to see a guy they invested so heavily in tank which is why they took no chances, sending him to the bullpen this year. AA is a make-or-break level so if Light wants to make it as a professional baseball player, it will have to be as a relief pitcher and it will have to be this year.
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