This season, non-roster pitchers the Boston Red Sox have invited to spring training include Randor Bierd, Fernando Cabrera, Kris Johnson, Casey Kelley, Adam Mills, Edwin Moreno, Joe Nelson, Brian Shouse, Jorge Sosa, and Kyle Wieland.
No stranger to AL fans, right-hander Fernando Cabrera brings a career 5.12 ERA to BoSox spring training. That’s the good news; the bad might just be that – after what was more of a sip of water than a cup of coffee with the club in 2009 (8 innings, no decision, with an 8.44 ERA) – Cabrera’s ERA has been steadily increasing, due no doubt in part to off-season arthroscopic surgery on his pitching elbow at the start of the 2008 season, when he was with the Orioles.
A former Ray, right-hander Joe Nelson sports a career 4.07 ERA in 149 games with 145 Ks in 143.2 innings pitched. Another former Ray, left-hander Brian Shouse brings a very promising 3.72 ERA over 467 games in 16 seasons. But former everything Jorge Sosa, most recently a National, has some experience letting games get away late, as – for example – in a 9-4 loss to the Cubs in August last season. Replacing Ron Villone in the bottom of the eighth inning, Sosa was charged with five of the six Cub runs in the game.
In 19 games with San Diego in 2009, right-hander Edwin Moreno posted a 1-3 win-loss record and 4.84 ERA. Area needing improvement: his tally of 3 home runs and 15 walks in only 22.1 innings.
2009 clearly indicated Boston’s need for solid pitching. If you can get to a few spring training games, give these four an intense once-over; one or more is likely to make the club.