Pitching may be among the Boston Red Sox top priorities—and they might not have to look much further than their own system to find quality talent.
Guys like Brian Johnson, Henry Owens, Matt Barnes and Eddie Rodriguez may highlight the system as top prospects, but reliever Zeke Spruill, among others, could be interesting options for the big league club. Once a starter now working in relief, Spruill gives the PawSox flexibility as a multi-inning reliever.
For the past two seasons, he logged big league time with the Arizona Diamondbacks— 32 innings in 12 appearances (three starts). His 4.24 ERA in the big leagues might not stand out, but as far as relievers go, he is an innings eater.
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Coming over to Boston from an Arizona Diamondbacks club who lost 98 games last year, it is fair to say he is glad he has a chance to contribute to a winning organization.
“I thought it was a great opportunity for me,” he said of the trade prior to Friday’s game.
The Red Sox have yet to call Spruill up, but it is only a matter of time before they need his services at the next level. After all, most of the relievers they call up only pitch in long relief.
“I don’t know about it giving me an edge or anything like that,” says Spruill. “But it does give me more availability to pitch more if necessary.”
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Without a say in the matter, Spruill is not a full-time reliever; a role he is still getting adjusted to. This past off season, he worked to tune things up a little bit in order to have a more successful season.
“My delivery,” he said was what he worked on the most. “Being able to throw all of my pitches from the same arm slot and making sure I’m staying calm and collective on the mound. You’ve got to make sure you’re even-keeled.”
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