June 5, 2011

On Baseball: Building of a bullpen never ends

By Kevin Thomas kthomas@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Hill had been awesome since being called up May 5, allowing three hits and no runs in nine outings (eight innings).

Franklin Morales is a left-hander obtained from the Rockies. He pitched three innings (five hits, four runs) before going on the disabled list.

Fourteen relievers.

Now you understand why teams stockpile pitchers in the offseason.

"You have to go and (get) guys," Francona said. A reliever's effectiveness "comes and goes."

There are other options in the minors, all of whom require a spot on the 40-man roster.

Here are four of them:

• Andrew Miller. The one-time left-handed prospect is trying to rediscover his form with the Red Sox. Has 39 strikeouts in 47 1/3 innings, but also 34 walks.

• Kyle Weiland. The right-handed prospect was used as a starter in Portland last year and now in Pawtucket. Has 57 strikeouts and 23 walks in 52 innings.

• Tommy Hottovy is a left-hander who began the season with Portland, his record sixth year on the Double-A roster. He was promoted May 14. In six Triple-A outings (8 1/3 innings), Hottovy has a 1.08 ERA, with 10 strikeouts and one walk.

• Alex Wilson, like Weiland, is considered a future reliever although he's being used as a starter in Portland. The Red Sox like his stuff, namely a fastball that hits 97 mph and a major league slider. Has a 2.92 ERA, and 46 strikeouts/15 walks in 52 1/3 innings.

The bullpen construction, similar to the road work in Maine, will continue through the summer.

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