Wednesday may be an off day and the day after the trade deadline for the Red Sox, but the team has certainly kept themselves busy with a slew of roster moves.
Highlighting these moves would be none other than Durbin Feltman, the team’s third round pick in this year’s draft out of TCU, being promoted to High A Salem.
Feltman, a righty reliever, has pitched with both short season Lowell and full season Greenville in his first professional season.
In just four games with the Spinners, Feltman tossed four perfect innings in four different appearances while striking out seven.
After getting promoted to the Drive on July 10th, things have not gone as smoothly for the former Horned Frog in Greenville as they did in Lowell. Still, he posted a 2.57 ERA and .214 BAA in seven appearances from July 11th up to the 29th.
According to SoxProspects.com, Feltman is a three pitch type pitcher out of the bullpen:
Fastball: 94-96 mph. Has reportedly topped out at 99 mph. Ball explodes out of his hand and pitch has late life. Tough to square up. Command still needs some improvement, but already shows above-average control profile. Potential plus-plus offering.
Slider: 84-86 mph. True power breaking ball. Pitch shows hard bite and depth though the zone. Gets over well and finishes the pitch. Able to throw in the zone and out depending on the situation. Potential plus-to-better pitch with the potential to miss bats at the highest level.
Changeup: 85 mph. Clear third pitch. Lacks feel, looks like a fastball he takes something off. Using sparingly. Below-average potential.
Given how fast he has progressed through the Red Sox system, it would certainly not be surprising to see Feltman up with the big league club sometime this season, whether it’s when rosters expand in September or beforehand.
Feltman, 21, signed with the Red Sox for $559,600 on June 14th after being selected with the 100th overall pick in the 2018 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
To go along with the Feltman promotion, other minor moves Boston has made over the last 48 hours include releasing Adam Lind, promoting Kole Cottam and Jarren Duran to Greenville, and promoting number 17 overall prospect Travis Lakins to Triple A Pawtucket.