There’s still another three weeks until September call-ups. The wild card race still hangs in the balance, and the Red Sox will likely be competing right until the final day. With no moves made at the deadline, any improvements will have to come internally.
So who are some of those internal options? Well, on both sides of the ball, there is potentially intriguing players who could contribute to this major league team.
Poyner has been between Boston and Pawtucket a plethora of times. Red Sox fans are fairly familiar with Bobby. He had an impressive 3.22 ERA last year in 20 appearances for Boston. Although his short time in the majors this year has been anything but impressive, he does have a 3.47 ERA in AAA and has finished 14 games.
Another lefty in the pen is never a bad thing. Especially for a bullpen that has struggled at times, mostly finishing things out. Hopefully Poyner gets a few opportunities with the big league club in September and can prove he deserves to stay like I believe he does.
Not exactly a game-changing name, but definite potential to be a solid bullpen arm. Although his one big league appearance was a disaster (3 ER, 1 IP), his numbers in the minors have been outstanding. Between A+ and AAA over the last three years, he’s posted an ERA under three.
This year in Pawtucket he has been unstoppable. In 53 innings, he’s posted a 1.36 ERA and a 1.019 WHIP, to go along with 50 strikeouts. Those numbers deserve a promotion no matter who it is.
The performance against Toronto in July was rough, but if he can shake it off and put it behind him, he has a chance to be a good arm in the Red Sox pen for years to come.
Probably the guy who deserves to be on this list the least. Not because he’s not deserving of a September call-up, but because he should’ve never been demoted in the first place.
He was hitting .333 in his 70 plate appearances, and also had two home runs, each of which was a deciding factor in their respective games. His .862 OPS is the best of any Red Sox player who’s been attempting to fill in at second base this year.
He was sent down to make room for Mitch Moreland, which is fair, but he has absolutely earned his spot on Boston. His bat has stayed hot down in Pawtucket, and I expect him to come in September (or maybe even sooner) and have an instant impact at the bottom of the lineup.
The question most of you may be asking is, who? Curletta is a first baseman who can also play right field, and Boston claimed him from Seattle back in May. The 25 year old is a former sixth rounder, and doesn’t offer a whole lot of potential going forward.
However, he is worth having on a major league roster to see if his power translates to the big leagues. He hit 23 homers last year in double A, so the strength is there. Yet this season the power numbers have regressed, as have his overall numbers.
The other reason for his likely promotion is his place on the 40 man roster. Curletta, along with Tzu-Wei Lin and Hernandez, are the only three position players on the 40 man who aren’t on the big league club.
The Red Sox don’t need a ton of bench help, but there’s really no harm in taking a risk and bringing Curletta up to see what you can get out of him in low pressure situations.