Red Sox Pipeline: Young Arms to Watch in 2019

Despite popular opinion, there won’t be any young Red Sox arms that crack the Opening Day roster.

There was plenty of speculation that the Boston Red Sox would break camp with a very young, very promising bullpen. Rather, Alex Cora decided to keep the youth in the pipeline in hopes of late season contributions.

Here is a list of promising relievers that may very well make their MLB debuts this season.

Durbin Feltman

The TCU reliever is one of the most popular prospects within the Red Sox season. He was drafted in the 3rd round by the Boston Red Sox, which was probably the steal of the draft for the Red Sox. Most expected Feltman to be on the Red Sox roster in September of last season, but why rush the kid early on in his career?

With Craig Kimbrel no longer with the Red Sox, we could potentially see Feltman on the Red Sox roster pretty early on in the season. The hard-throwing prospect flashed potential in his Spring Training debuts, but will wait before making his MLB debut.

While Feltman waits official assignment, it would be likely that he opens 2019 with AA Portland.

Darwinzon Hernandez

The young lefty put on a show for the Red Sox this Spring Training. As a starting pitching prospect, it was impressive to see him excel in a relief role throughout the spring. There was legitimate consideration for Hernandez to make the Opening Day roster due to his success and left-handed availability; however it wasn’t the final decision.

Alex Cora determined that the young lefty would be relegated back to starting duties in Portland to begin the season. Despite the recent assignment, don’t be surprised to see Hernandez if Bobby Poyner or Brian Johnson falter.

Travis Lakins

Lakins may very well be the first minor league arm to be called upon in 2019. He had a very impressive campaign in 2018, and an impressive Spring Training debut, but was sent to Pawtucket to begin the season. The current state of the bullpen relies heavily on the known commodities of Tyler Thornburg, Heath Hembree, Hector Velazquez, and Brandon Workman. However each of the aforementioned relievers have their question marks and may be on a short leash with the promise of young Travis Lakins.

The Boston Red Sox may have their bullpen set for Opening Day, but don’t be surprised if it resembles a bit of a revolving door until a permanent rotation is determined.

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