Despite a brutal sweep for the Red Sox, the youth movement was on full display at Fenway.
It was the third time in the span of a calendar week that the Red Sox promoted a highly touted prospect to the active roster. First it was Michael Chavis, who has been filling in admirably due to the injury-riddled middle infield in Boston.
On the Tuesday, it was both Darwinzon Hernandez and Travis Lakins that were added to the active roster. Both players made appearances throughout Spring Training, but were relegated to the minors before the season. Enjoy the highlights from the youngsters on a day in which the out-performed the majority of the veterans.
Darwinzon Hernandez – 1st MLB Strikeout
It was announced before the game that the Red Sox would be promoting a Spring Training favorite as the 26th man for the double header. With Hector Velazquez starting, he was quickly needed out of the bullpen and showcased the immense talent that will make him a favorite in Boston down the road.
He mowed down four Detroit Tigers in his debut, but was re-assigned to Portland after the conclusion of the contest.
The first of many!#RedSox No. 4 prospect Darwinzon Hernandez, who racked up 134 strikeouts in 107 @MiLB innings last season, got Jeimer Candelario swinging for his first #MLB strikeout.— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) April 24, 2019
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Michael Chavis – 1st MLB HR
Tuesday was the first day that the Red Sox number one prospect was able to really showcase his abilities. With the current roster state, Chavis was awarded multiple starts and flashed the raw power that makes him one of the most exciting prospect within the organization. In Game One, he just missed on a couple of homers, but didn’t miss this one in the second contest.
It was a light-tower shot and the first of many for the young Red Sox prospect.
Travis Lakins – 1st MLB Strikeout
Perhaps the least-known of the three prospects, Lakins had one of the more impressive debuts. He struck out the first batter of his outing and was able to escape a less-than-ideal situation that he had inherited. The Red Sox reliever may carve out a role for himself on the active roster due to the heavy struggles that have occurred in the bullpen.
It certainly won’t be the last time we see a Travis Lakins highlight this season.
Striking out the first batter you ever face in @MLB is a pretty big 💪.— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) April 24, 2019
Here's a look at Travis Lakins' first #MLB K, including some high heat to end the at-bat.
He's the #RedSox's No. 17 prospect: https://t.co/k7ug6AG8E6 pic.twitter.com/i5HNuuUGE6