There will be plenty of Red Sox roster moves in the coming weeks.

It’s the farewell season to the annual September pilgrimage for Triple A players to make their Major League debut’s. Effective in 2020, the maximum number of roster spots will shift from the traditional 40, to only 28. However for this season, the Boston Red Sox can provide a boost through their farm system in order to bolster the active roster.

Here’s a quick preview of potential names:

There are a handful of players, currently in Pawtucket, that have played a solid amount for the Red Sox already. Ryan Brasier, Marco Hernandez, Tzu-Wei Lin, and Hector Velazquez have all played considerable innings for the Major League club and should be among the first couple of players to receive a trip to Boston.


Pack Your Bags

Bobby Poyner:

Red Sox fans are familiar with Poyner, as he’s appeared with the club a few times over the last two seasons. While last season featured a lengthy stay, Poyner was beat out by Brian Johnson and Josh Taylor as the two left-handers on the active roster. Regardless of performance, it will be highly likely to see him back at Fenway in a couple of weeks.

Trevor Kelley:

While he was a AAA all star, Kelley had a short-lived Major League debut in Toronto. The sidearm pitcher allowed 3 ER over 1 IP in his debut, which is slightly different than the 1.36 ERA that he’s posted over the course of a year in Pawtucket. It’s quite likely, given the Red Sox bullpen struggles, that Kelley will get another chance to prove himself when the rosters expand.

Mike Shawaryn:

What a difference a couple of performances make! After posting eight consecutive scoreless innings in Boston, Shawaryn allowed 11 ER over his next two outings. The dismal performances ballooned his big league ERA to an 8.53. Ironically, the reliever was likely an outing, or two, away from locking down a legitimate role with the Sox before imploding against the Blue Jays and Yankees.

It remains to be seen whether, or not, his long term role will exist in the bullpen or rotation; however Red Sox fans will need to be familiar with Shawaryn. He should be back at Fenway in a few weeks.

Travis Lakins:

Are you sensing a trend? Perhaps that’s because of the massive turnover that’s existed within the Red Sox bullpen in 2019. Lakins, a September call up snub last season, received his opportunity this season. Over seven outings, Lakins posted a 5.79 ERA, but became a victim of options and was sent back to Pawtucket.

He’s been a very solid reliever after his transition to the bullpen and will likely become a staple of the Sox ‘pen in the coming seasons.

Maybe Next Year:

Bobby Dalbec:

There were many, including this very author, that wouldn’t have been surprised to see the top Red Sox prospect moved at the recent Trade Deadline. Instead of a blockbuster, Dalbec earned a promotion to Pawtucket and stands one step away from his Major League debut. While it would be highly entertaining to see a young Red Sox slugger, he truthfully wouldn’t receive enough playing time. Yes, he launched 20 homers this season, but he’d be competing with Michael Chavis, Sam Travis, Mitch Moreland, and possibly Steve Pearce, for playing time.

Dalbec isn’t a member of the 40 man roster, which will require a retroactive move. We’ll see him at Fenway sooner-than-later, but it likely won’t be in 2019.

Tanner Houck:

It was a bit of a surprise when Dave Dombrowski made the move to switch Houck to a full time reliever, putting him on the fast track to Boston. Regardless, the hard throwing reliever has posted a 2.00 ERA in Pawtucket and flashes the tools to become an effective member of the Red Sox bullpen. As of now, he also is not a member of the 40 man and would require a roster move. It certainly could happen, but it doesn’t seem likely now.

Additionally, the Red Sox will need to revisit whether they want their former first round pick to remain a reliever, or revert back to the starting rotation. There are too many moving parts, which will likely leave Houck a year away from his big league debut.

Durbin Feltman:

The pride and joy of Section10 listeners around the country has had a bit of a down season. After dominating the lower minor league levels, Feltman has struggled to find consistent control in Portland – yielding a 5.14 ERA. There’s plenty of upside with the hard throwing reliever, but the consistency factor would provide far too much risk unless the Red Sox fall out of playoff contention.

Again, he’s not a member of the 40 man roster and is likely another season (or two) away from Fenway.