Sunday, March 9, 2014
Much is said about the Boston Red Sox pitching depth in the majors and in the farm system.
One certainty arises from such depth: You can't keep everybody.
The Red Sox decided that Brock Huntzinger was not among their up-and-comers. Boston allowed Huntzinger to become a free agent and he signed a minor league deal with the Baltimore Orioles on Monday.
Huntzinger, 25, pitched most of the last three seasons with the Sea Dogs. he was promoted to Pawtucket at the end of the 2012 season but began the 2013 season back in Portland. Huntzinger had done nothing wrong, the Red Sox said, but depth had bumped him back to Double-A.
Huntzinger compiled a 2.32 ERA in Portland and was promoted back to Pawtucket. His numbers looked fine in Triple-A: 1.43 ERA; 37 K's and 16 BB's in 37 2/3 innings. But it was not enough to convince Boston to put Huntzinger on the 40-man roster.
He became a minor league free agent after this past season and Baltimore scooped him up.
Huntzinger was a third round draft pick in 2007 out of high school. He converted from starter to reliever shortly into the 2012 season.
For more on Huntzinger see our 2012 story.
Kevin Thomas covers baseball and basketball for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He wisely moved to Maine in 1994 after working for the St. Petersburg Times. He is married to Nancy and they have nine children.
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