Following a 7-4 loss in the first of a two-game doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday, the Red Sox have added top pitching prospect Darwinzon Hernandez to the active roster as the club’s 26th man for Game Two.
Hernandez, 22, had begun the 2019 season with Double-A Portland, where he posted a 1.80 ERA and .222 batting average over two starts and 10 total innings pitched for the Sea Dogs.
Added to Boston’s 40-man roster for the first time last November, the Venezuela international really opened eyes during Red Sox camp this past spring, as he allowed just one earned run over six outings (two starts) and 11 frames of work.
Still, I believe the main issue for Hernandez is his control. Granted, I have not watched a lot of what he’s done outside a handful of Grapefruit League games, but, according to MiLB.com, the left-hander has allowed seven total walks in two Eastern League starts this season. That’s good for a BB/9 of 6.3, which is not great.
Optioned to Double-A Portland to develop more as a starter, it appears that Hernandez will see some time as a reliever once Hector Velazquez’s start comes to an end Tuesday. He will be optioned back to the Sea Dogs at the conclusion of Tuesday night’s contest.