Details on 3 pitchers Red Sox add to 40-man roster

The Red Sox today filled their 40-man roster by adding three pitchers, all of whom would have been eligible for the Rule 5 draft had they not been added to the roster. There are no real surprises among the three new additions, as each one pitched in Triple-A this season and could be ready for a big league role next season. Previously this offseason, the Red Sox added two more minor league players to keep them from reaching minor league free agency. 

Here are the new additions:

Jalen Beeks

  • Left-handed starter
  • 24 years old

This year: Split between Double-A and Triple-A, finished with 155 strikeouts and a 3.29 ERA in 145 innings.
Why he was added: He’s emerging as one of the better upper-level starters in the minor league system. After 17 Triple-A starts, could be a big league option immediately, and he’s now considered one of the better prospects in the organization.
Next year: Likely a source of rotation depth in Pawtucket, especially if fellow lefties Brian Johnson and Roenis Elias become bullpen options.

Chandler Shepherd

  • Right-handed reliever
  • 25 years old

This year: Spent all season in Triple-A with 68 strikeouts and 18 walks across 59 2/3 innings.
Why he was added: Ranked as the Red Sox’ No. 21 prospect by MLB Pipeline, pitched well enough in Triple-A to suggest he’s big league ready. Would have been a real risk to be selected in the Rule 5 and could play a role immediately. 
Next year: Similar to the role Austin Maddox and Ben Taylor played this season, could bounce back and forth from Triple-A while trying to prove himself in the big leagues.

Ty Buttrey

  • Right-handed reliever
  • 24 years old

This year: Spent most of the year in Double-A with a stint in Triple-A, then pitched well with a 2.16 ERA in the Arizona Fall League
Why he was added: Got a high bonus as a high school draft pick and moved from the rotation to the bullpen last year. He’s moved in and out of prospect Top 30 lists and saw his strikeout rate improve this season.
Next year: Got 10 games of Triple-A experience this year but could join Shepherd on that Triple-A shuttle to provide bullpen depth, while hoping to take a step forward that suggests staying power.

These two players were previously added to the roster this offseason:

Bryce Brentz

This year: Hit 31 home runs and slugged .529 in Triple-A but did not receive a September call-up.
Why he was added: With Chris Young now a free agent, the Red Sox have an opening for a right-handed platoon outfielder, and Dave Dombrowski has…

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