Due to the lack of activity during this offseason, it would be a prudent time to take a look at some young arms that could
Here are some of the pitchers to keep an eye on: Chandler Shepherd, Jalen Beeks, Ty Buttrey.
The Red Sox currently have depth issues at starting pitcher. They have Eduardo Rodriguez on the DL, leaving Brian Johnson, Hector Velazquez, and Roenis Elias to get the first looks at the 5 spot in the rotation.
If the Red Sox were to lean on a Minor League arm, Jalen Beeks would probably receive the first call.
Beeks was picked in the 12th round of the 2014 draft out of the University of Arkansas, and was a teammate of outfielder, Andrew Benintendi. The lefty features a 4 pitch arsenal that includes a fastball, changeup, curve and cutter.
Beeks will not overpower hitters, but experienced posting a 3.86 ERA in Pawtucket and a 2.19 ERA in Portland. He could provide depth for the rotation, or be a possible left-handed pitcher for the bullpen.
Ty Buttrey was a 4th round selection in the 2012 draft. The young pitcher has quickly moved up the ranks of the Sox minor leagues, reaching AAA last season.
Buttrey was recently added to the Red Sox 40 man roster in order to be protected from the Rule 5 Draft.
Buttrey has the big body that relievers should have and his three-pitch selection of fastball, change-up, and slider, also fit the prototypical reliever profile.
The right hander has flashed the potential to reach triple digits with his fastball and should excite Red Sox fans if he were to reach the big leagues.
As the Red Sox bullpen stands, Buttrey is definitely a great pitcher to have to protect any of the relievers should a need arise.