The Red Sox bullpen carousel continues as they’ve added a promising young arm, once again.
It was announced Tuesday afternoon that the Boston Red Sox have added Darwinzon Hernandez to the active roster. It’s not the first time that he’s been with the big league club this season, but the first since Hernandez was switched to a full time bullpen role.
Big news: Darwinzon Hernandez promoted and Ryan Brasier optioned to Pawtucket. Dombrowski began talking about Brasier as a closer option last November. Shows how unprepared the Red Sox were with this bullpen entering the season (they needed to sign someone and they didn’t)— Christopher Smith (@SmittyOnMLB) July 16, 2019
For the second consecutive day, the Boston Red Sox have been active in making internal improvements to the current state of the roster. Yesterday it was the removal of Eduardo Nunez off of the active roster; however this time the focus shifted to the bullpen.
Ryan Brasier was a nice story last season, but his advanced stats showed that he was fortunate due to a BABIP below league minimum. In 2019, that statistical regression has been on full display as he’s posted a 4.24 ERA. While converting 7 of 10 save situations, Brasier has struggled to be consistent out of the Red Sox bullpen and had largely been relegated to mop-up duty.
Darwinzon Hernandez was recently shifted to the bullpen while in Pawtucket to harness in control issues. As a bullpen arm, the intriguing prospect has walked a mere one batter over 4.1 innings and has struck out six. He has the makings of an elite left handed option that flashes a high 90’s fastball and wipeout breaking stuff. A Hernandez and Josh Taylor combination should signal the future of the Red Sox bullpen, from the left side.
Fortunately for Ryan Brasier, he has available minor league options, otherwise this very likely would’ve yielded a DFA. It took the entire first half of the season, but Alex Cora and Dave Dombrowski are acting with a sense of urgency – now it’s time for the club to follow suit.