Boston Red Sox Pitching Depth Looks More Promising with Hector Velazquez Passing Henry Ownes
Hector Velazquez showed some promise in his 1st professional start tonight for the Pawtucket Red Sox tonight. He went 4.2 innings on 4 hits, 4 runs, 3 earned runs, 2 walks and 6 strikeouts on 79 pitches (52 strikes).
The biggest take away from tonight for Velazquez was that he was pounding the strike zone, something that Henry Owens has struggled with. For a player who is pitching in the minor leagues, you’re not looking at results. You’re looking to see if they can keep their team in the game and pound the strike zone.
It looks like Velazquez can do that in professional baseball. I can confidently say that he has passed Henry Owens on the depth chart for the Boston Red Sox in the starting pitching department. The main reason I say that is Velazquez can throw strikes.
To compare Velazquez to a player you have already seen in a Red Sox uniform, it would be Sean O’Sullivan. O’Sullivan could give you 5 innings of quality ball and keep you in the game. The both relied on control and pounding the strike zone. Once they begin to lose it, they would be hit hard. When you’re throwing around 92-93 that is going to happen.
Kyle Kendrick is the 1st pitcher the Red Sox are going to call up if someone can’t make a start in Boston but as of June 15th he can opt out of his contract. If he opts out, the 1st pitcher the Red Sox call up from AAA Pawtucket might be Hector Velazquez assuming that David Price isn’t back in the rotation. Otherwise it will be Drew Pomeranz.