John Farrell lays out implications of trades on remaining Red Sox roster
|08.02.14 at 1:57 am ET|
Considering the number of moving parts on the Red Sox roster over the last two days, it’s completely understandable that Red Sox manager John Farrell might need a little reminder as to who went where.
“Let me bring out my scroll,” Farrell joked in response to a question about the team’s roster moves.
On the day after the busiest trade deadline day in franchise history, the Red Sox moved a lot of pieces and called up a significant number of players to fill in the cracks. Anthony Ranaudo was called upon to make his major league debut. Alex Wilson, Tommy Layne and Mookie Betts were also called up to fill needs in the bullpen and outfield, respectively.
Given the number of moving parts on Thursday and Friday, there are a considerable number of players whom the roster moves will have a ripple effect.
Among the players that were most directly affected by the trades was Ranaudo, who makes his first major league start after a strong season so far in Triple-A Pawtucket, posting a 2.41 ERA, 99 strikeouts, 49 walks and a .205 opponent batting average.
“[Ranaudo is] who has continued to build on a breakout year last year,” Farrell said. “Has thrown the ball very consistently, very well while at Triple-A all year.
“The one thing you hear while he was in Pawtucket is that he’s gotten a high percentage of his outs on fastballs,” Farrell said. “He’s gotten some swing and miss. He’s been able to tighten up his breaking ball a little bit more than a year ago and that’s part of his overall progression. The ability to throw a breaking ball behind the count has been more readily available to him and has pitched with a lot of confidence throughout the year.”
Joe Kelly, acquired alongside Allen Craig for John Lackey, will join the Red Sox on Saturday. Farrell is looking forward to watching the righty pitch.
“Looking forward to seeing Joe Kelly. A young guy that had the hamstring issue that caused him to miss some time early, but this is a power arm right hander that we’re excited to have,” Farrell said. “He’ll insert into the rotation once we get through this next turn, likely when we get into St. Louis. That’s yet to be determined, the exact date, but our rotation is youthful, but all with very good stuff.”
Due to the influx of outfielders currently on the major league roster, Daniel Nava, who is hitting .349/.400/.397 in the month of June, will likely see a reduction in his playing time. Farrell says, given Nava’s success at the plate, the outfielder will find a way into the lineup.
“We’ll look to take advantage of Daniel Nava’s abilities,” Farrell said. “I’m not going to say that we’re in a strict platoon [with Craig], but at the same time, we’re going to make sure that Daniel gets on the field.”
The crowded outfield also impacts the playing time of super-utility man Brock Holt. Farrell is not concerned about getting his leadoff hitter time in the lineup.
“Brock is going to be available to play center field against some left-handers,” Farrell said. “He’ll be on the left side of the infield against some right-handed starter so I see his alignment being in those three positions, center, short and third base.”
The trade of Stephen Drew also allows Xander Bogaerts to slide back to shortstop, a position he strongly prefers over third base.
“He’s going to go back to the position he’s most familiar with,” Farrell said. “We agreed that the defensive component of his game was improving prior to the signing of Stephen drew and I say improving he was showing better range, particularly to the glove side so he’s going back to a position of familiarity”
The move of Bogaerts back to shortstop also opens up third base for Will Middlebrooks, whom Farrell has looked forward to watching.
“He’s been able to get regular at-bats to get his timing down,” Farrell said. “Hopefully some of the injury bug that has followed him is behind him. Really, an opportunity to take advantage of his skills. The opportunity is in front of him right now.”
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