Teddy Stankiewicz Emerges As Sea Dogs Ace

In 2013, Teddy Stankiewicz was drafted in the 2nd round by the Boston Red Sox, one round after fellow Portland Sea Dogs teammate Trey Ball. He played college ball at Seminole State and finished his senior year with a 2.52 ERA upon being drafted. stankiewiczPreviously, he had been drafted by the Mets in 2012.

Stankiewicz began his career in the Red Sox organization in 2013 with Lowell, where he recorded a 2.29 ERA at the age of 19. Over the next three years, Stankiewicz progressed through the ranks, spending a year at Greenville, Salem, and Portland respectively.

However, the first season in Portland was not as planned. In 2016, the 6’4’ righty went 5-9 with a 4.71 ERA in 25 starts. It was his third consecutive season with 25+ starts. That kind of consistency has been key to his progression through the minor leagues.

At one point, Stankiewicz was among SoxProspect.com’s Top 20 but has since fallen out of that list due to the constant income and outcome of prospects in the system.

But sometimes it’s the unsung heroes that contribute significantly.

So far in 2017, Stankiewicz has two no-decisions but has 13 innings pitched in two starts, a 2.77 ERA, and a 1.38 walk per nine innings ratio. Although teams spray hits against Stankiewicz, he has a 1.08 WHIP.

Stankiewicz’s Makeup

His stuff isn’t unhittable, but it gets the job done. He has a slider at about 81-84 MPH and a change-up at 84-86. His curve ball has an 11-5 break and can be thrown anywhere in the count to steal strikes. The fastball tops out in the low-to-mid 90’s and prevents him from walking hitters. Overall, he is confident on the mound and definitely has room for growth.

SoxProspects.com summarizes that Stankiewicz has the “Potential to be an emergency spot starter or long relief type. Won’t be flashy, but will throw strikes and utilize four-pitch mix to get outs. If [his] command doesn’t improve and secondary pitches don’t develop, will have to move to the bullpen. Lacks an above-average offering, which limits upside. Fastball and slider combination shows [the] most potential. Understands how to pitch. Strong makeup.”

Even though the Red Sox will obviously resort to Henry Owens or Brian Johnson before him for spot starts, Stankiewicz has emerged as the ace of the Double-A club. If he continues to improve his stuff and keep the ERA down, he could find himself in Pawtucket.

Eduardo Rodriguez: Next Big Thing For Red Sox?

eduardo rodriguezAmidst a hopeless 2014 season, the Boston Red Sox’ phone rang off the hook on July 31st this year. Among the men dealt was left-handed reliever Andrew Miller. Miller was dealt to Baltimore in exchange for pitching prospect Eduardo Rodriguez.

After posting a less-than-impressive 4.79 ERA in 16 starts for the AA Bowie Baysox this year, things changed drastically for the Venezuela native.
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Upon joining the Red Sox organization, Eduardo Rodriguez drastically changed his season around. Posting a 0.96 ERA in six regular season starts totaling 37.1 innings, he struck out 39 men while walking just eight.

In the playoffs, Rodriguez tossed a pair of quality outings as well—including one in AAA Pawtucket. Split between the two, he went 13.2 innings allowing four runs putting his post-season ERA at 2.63.
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Although the Andrew Miller trade may have flown under the radar a bit because of the Jon Lester and John Lackey deals, it still has the potential to be the best trade.

Rodriguez projects to be a Major League starter who could make his big league debut as soon as next season. The lefty tops out at 97 mph and will showcase his talent in Pawtucket next season.
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In an organization filled with young pitching talent, good may not be good enough for Rodriguez—he will need to pitch great. Turning 22 next season, he is much younger than most of his competition, giving him an edge in the age department. Still, he will need to out pitch Anthony Ranaudo, Allen Webster, Henry Owens, Edwin Escobar and Matt Barnes to make it to the big league level. Luckily, Rodriguez is capable of doing so.

Maybe Eduardo Rodriguez will be one of the young guys who impresses enough at the big league level in order to pitch there on a regular basis because right now, not many of the Red Sox rookies are doing just that.
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