September call ups are upon us and October is right around the corner. Often times there are obscure players that shine in the spotlight, such as Dave Roberts in 2004. Though, the Red Sox haven’t clinched a playoff spot yet, let’s pick some guys that could be surprising us come October, shall we?
Is he real? Does he exist? According to the Pawtucket roster, he is very much alive and well. According to scouts, he’s touching 92-93 on his fastball. Meanwhile, his slider and sinker look very much like he was using in Seattle. He’s posted five straight scoreless outings and though he may only be at 80% – we would prefer him over a 100% Matt Barnes, or Heath Hembree.
An unsung hero last year in Cleveland, Davis was picked up for literally a bag of baseballs and some outfielder that didn’t even crack the top 40 prospect ranking in our system. Former GM, Ben Cherington, may not have made this trade, but with Dave Dombrowski he pulled the trigger. The man can run with 26 stolen bases this year at the young age of 37, I can envision him stealing a huge base similar to Dave Roberts and Quintin Berry before him.
Now I’m kind of playing it safe, but Drew Pomeranz has been the best pitcher on the Red Sox, not named Chris Sale this season. Not many of us expected much from Drew, but with a 3.23 ERA and a 14-4 record on the year, he has been everything we could have hoped for. Not to mention a 2.20 ERA since June 25! Hey Sox fans, remember when we wanted Drew gone? Yep, Dombrowski is making us eat our words right now.
Look for these guys, and others, to breakout as the Red Sox make a run towards October glory.