Workman To Start, Britton Joins Pen

Boston Red Sox v Seattle MarinersThe Red Sox will have their number 12 prospect Brandon Workman on the mound to start the final game of the three game series against the Oakland Athletics. Workman was promoted during this road trip to help in the bullpen. He made an appearance against the Seattle Mariners on July 10th where he pitched two innings allowing three runs on four hits. All the damage was done in his first inning and could be chalked up to nerves for his MLB debut. In the second inning he regained his composure and had a 1-2-3 inning. In those two innings he struck out 4 batters and showed a mid 90’s fastball to go along with an absolutely devastating curve-ball. Workman gets the start in place of Allen Webster who has been sent down after several rough starts. This season in the minor leagues Workman has pitched in both Portland and Pawtucket. In 16 starts he is 8-2 with a 3.21 ERA. He has struck out 108 and walked only 30.

To add a little more excitement for the Red Sox in this finale Drake Britton has been recalled, sending Jackie Bradley Jr. back to Pawtucket. For today Britton will be available to pitch out of the bullpen. Britton was considered an option to start today’s game by John Farrell.  This season in the minor leagues Britton has pitched in both Portland and Pawtucket recording a 7-7 record with a 3.77 ERA in 18 games. In those 18 games he has struck out 85 while walking 37.

Between this MLB game in Oakland and the Futures Game in New York City, The Red Sox could have 5 future stars playing in the national spotlight. This should be an encouraging day for the Red Sox farm system, as it shows how much talent is on the cusp or already ready to contribute at the MLB level.

Tyler Moore- MLB Contributor-Title Town Sports

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