by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
It should come as no surprise that the Red Sox acquired a player capable of manning 3B, though early indications are that they will still give Rafael Devers an opportunity to claim the spot (and he took a step towards that yesterday, connecting on his first home run). Eduardo Nunez provides depth, in case he struggles, but also can play across the diamond and be utilized in a key utility role. As far as the cost, let’s take a quick look at who Boston had to part with in return:
Shaun Anderson – Right Handed Pitcher
A 2016 third round pick, Anderson has the prototypical size for a starting pitcher (6’4”, 225 lbs.) and has fared well across two levels of Single-A. Over 97.1 IP he owns a 3.42 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 7.9 K/9 and 2.7 BB/9. However the process of turning him into a viable starter could be a long one, as he was utilized as a reliever in college. The stuff is there, as MLB.com described:
“Anderson has enough pitches to make it as a starter and the Red Sox want to see what he can do in that role. He has some feel for a fading changeup and can mix in a decent curveball to give hitters a different look. He lives in the strike zone and is tough to hit when he uses his tall frame to create downhill plane.”
The bullpen experience will be important, as he is already 22-years old and could move extremely quickly if the Giants decide to shift him back into a relief role. Considering the relatively pedestrian strikeout rate thus far, it wouldn’t be surprising if that’s where he ends up.
Gregory Santos – Right-Handed Pitcher
Signed in 2015, Santos is still just 17-years old and playing in the Dominican Summer League. Clearly he’s a long ways away, but these notes from Baseball America are intriguing:
“Santos, who signed for $275,000 at just 16, was already touching 93 mph with good angle even at that tender age. He projects as a starter, impressing the Red Sox with his ability to spin a curveball, and is a projectable athlete with room to grow but far, far away from the majors. He has generated ground balls at a rate of 82 percent this season.”
Of course he’s also struggled with his control (15 BB in 30.0 IP), something that was an issue in ’16 (26 BB over 41.0 IP). Obviously he has some time to develop in that regard, and while there may be some intrigue it is going to take years before we know if the Giants acquired a true asset here or not.
Sources – MILB.com, Baseball America, MLB.com, Baseball Reference
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