While the rest of the league was enjoying a few days off, the Red Sox got up, came into work, and acquired an additional starting pitcher. Left-Handed Pitcher Drew Pomeranz was acquired from the Padres in exchange for top Right-Handed pitching prospect Anderson Espinoza who is currently ranked among the top 20 prospects in baseball.
The Padres acquired Pomeranz, 27, from the A’s this winter for the now-bargain price of Yonder Alonso and Marc Rzepczynski. After talking his way into the rotation mix in Spring Training, Pomeranz has broken out as the ace of the San Diego staff and fulfilled a good deal of the potential that pundits believed him to possess when he was selected fifth overall by the Indians back in 2010. In 102 innings this season, the first-time All-Star has posted a 2.47 ERA with 10.1 K/9, 3.6 BB/9 and a 47.8 percent ground-ball rate. He’ll immediately slot into the middle of the Boston rotation and can be controlled for another two seasons beyond the 2016 campaign via the arbitration process. Not only does he have two years of club control left, he’s earning just $1.35MM in 2016, which will help to suppress his future arbitration salaries despite this season’s breakout.
Pomeranz is under team control until after the 2018 season.
Espinoza, 18 is currently the youngest player in the Class-A South Atlantic League. He sports a 94-95 mph fastball that can hit as high as 99, as well as a plus change-up and curve-ball. He reportedly repeats his delivery well, which allows him to locate effectively.