Boston's starting rotation has been mostly dreadful this season, delivering a combined ERA north of 5.00. When you consider the rogue's gallery of pitchers who've made starts for the Red Sox this year — Miley, Porcello, Masterson, Buchholz, Kelly and Wright — it's actually kind of remarkable that the team is only five games under .500.
Into this swamp of mediocrity now steps Eduardo Rodriguez, one of the more intriguing left-handed pitching prospects in baseball. Rodriquez, 22, has been called up for a Thursday start at Texas. He's been fantastic in eight starts at Triple-A Pawtucket so far this season, posting a 2.98 ERA and 1.10 WHIP, striking out 44 batters in 48.1 innings while issuing only seven walks. Rodriguez was acquired from Baltimore in the Andrew Miller deal last year, and he began pitching brilliantly as soon as he left the O's system. Over a half-dozen appearances for Double-A Portland last season, heRead More »from Closing Time: Red Sox prospect Eduardo Rodriguez gets the call