Today, the Boston Red Sox decided to trade for Drew Pomeranz, according to Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribue. The southpaw will make an instant impact to his new team. He made the 2016 National League All-Star team because of the way he has thrown the ball this year. This will boast the Red Sox chances on winning the American League East, but a great chance on winning it all, as they have the offense and bullpen to be dominate. The rotation has been inconsistent all year, but they are starting to get on a hot streak, which would be deadly to the Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles, and any other big team in the American League.
In addition, Drew Pomeranz is showing why he was the fifth overall pick selected in the 2010 draft. In 17 starts, he has thrown 102 innings and earned a record of 8-7 with a 2.47 ERA. He is having a career year in many numbers, but he has definitely shown others that he can strike hitters out, as he has already picked up 115 strikeouts. His WHIP is just over one (1.059). This year, he has also been valued high due to his WAR being a three.
Furthermore, he will join a rotation that is ranked 19th in all of baseball. The Red Sox rotation mostly has only included David Price, Rick Porcello, Steven Wright on a day-to-day basis. It will be interesting how much the Red Sox use Pomeranz, as he has never thrown 146 2/3 innings in a single season between the Majors and Minors combined. That total came all the way back in 2012 and has been followed by single-season innings totals of 112 2/3 (2013), 115 1/3 (2014) and 88 innings (2015).
Also, a plus for the Red Sox in acquiring the southpaw is that he is controllable. He will enter his first year of arbitration next year and do not be surprise that he makes a lot from arbitration, so the Red Sox extends him after this year to a nice deal that benefits both parties.
Finally, according to Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald, the Red Sox will send top right-handed pitching prospect Anderson Espinoza to the San Diego Padres. He is the Red Sox fourth best prospect in their minor league system. Overall, he is one of the better prospects in all of baseball. Espinoza is only 18 years old and he was at Low Single-A this year. This year, he has posted a 5-8 record, 4.38 ERA in 17 starts and threw 76 innings. He has struck out 72 batters, which is a lot for a Low Single-A pitcher at this point of the season. For Padres fans wondering what this kid brings to the table, he looks like Pedro Martinez. He is a smaller pitcher (6’0″, 160 pounds), but has great command to his lethal arsenal, which he has a fastball that sits around 94-97 mph, a tight curveball and sinking changeup that are advanced for a teenager. His three pitch mix will grow and show why he can be an elite pitcher over time. Lastly, Espinoza repeats his mechanics well, which allows him to put his pitches where he wants.