The Best Candidates to Upgrade the Red Sox Rotation

#1 Option: The Best Choice – Eduardo Rodriguez

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Farrell explained to Christopher Smith of MassLive.com that Eduardo Rodriguez was not a likely candidate to pitch Sunday in Seattle because he started for the PawSox last night. That is a case of unfortunate timing because otherwise the 22-year-old has pitched to results deserving of a major league call up on a team in need of rotation help. The lefty who pitched to a 0.96 ERA in Double-A after coming over to Boston in the lopsided Andrew Miller trade last summer was promoted to Pawtucket and has continued to baffle minor league hitters.

Rodriguez has a lively fastball that sits in the mid 90’s but can touch the upper 90’s when he reaches back. He also has a slider that bites hard and a change-up with plus potential according to SoxProspects.com. He has surpassed Owens as the best pitching prospect in the Red Sox system and has the makings of a very good starting pitcher, with the power stuff that the Red Sox are completely lacking outside of Kelly. He has shown impressive command to compliment his fastball this season too, and has the ability to be a strike out pitcher. His fastball could work in a major league bullpen right now, and if his slider continues to improve alongside his change-up he could see time as a starter sooner rather than later.

2015 Stats (Triple A): 2.86 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 8.8 K/9, 1.3 BB/9

Probability: High

Impact: Medium

Risk: Low

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