June 25, 2022


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Red Sox Promote Jeter Downs, designated James Norwood

Red Sox Promote Jeter Downs, designated James Norwood

The Red Sox announced on Monday that they have called up the possibility Jeter Downs From Triple-A Worcester and Right Rhombus James Norwood for commissioning.

This will be his first major league game with Downs when he first steps onto the field to play a game. obtained together Alex Verdugo And the Connor Wong In the trade that sent Mocky Pets And the David Price For the Dodgers, Downs is widely ranked among the sport’s top 100 prospects, but has seen his stock plummet after a pair of poor performances at Triple-A. In 53 games so far with WooSox, the 23-year-old Downs has only made .180/.297/.397 with a strike rate of 31.1% in 222 plate appearances. This actually represents a modest improvement over his struggles in a larger sample during the 2021 campaign. Overall, he now has 627 triple-A board appearances with .187/.281/.355 to show.

Despite these difficulties, Downs will get his first major league appearance and give the Sox some extra depth while both are Christian Arroyo And the Enrique Hernandez on the list of injured. Major league teams that had 14 bowlers also need to cut their staff down to 13 starting today, and Downs was already on the 40-player roster, making it an easy name to remember. They’ll need a place of 40 men once Arroyo is off the Covid-related list anyway, so hiring Norwood and briefly giving Downs a taste of Majors is a sensible – albeit potentially short-lived – path for now.

Norwood, who was acquired by the Phillies for money over the weekend, has not appeared in a match with the Sox before what is now his third DFA in the past three months. The 28-year-old spent the bulk of spring training with the Padres but was assigned the task late in camp and later was traded to Philadelphia for minor league player Kervin Pichardo. Norwood showed great speed, an ability to miss bats and a talent for keeping the ball in park during 17 1/3 innings with the Phils. However, it also walked a lot of hitters, struggled for the ropes of the runners (both hereditary and those allowed to hit the base), and generally resulted in a lot of difficult contact.

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In those 17 1/3 tires with Philly, Norwood was marked for an 8.31 ERA, causing his career mark to rise by 44 1/3 round to 5.48. It’s certainly possible that Norwood’s 96.8 mph average swipe-ball and division speed that comes in with a 42.7% puff rate will make him look off another team, whether that’s via concessions or some other small deal. He’s out of small league options, so any interested club would need to include him in a roster of 40 players. The Red Sox will have a week to trade Norwood, try to pass him through outright concessions, or be released.