Grant Gambrell, Boston Red Sox launch hopeful from Andrew Benintendi’s trade, has an “arsenal of power” and “the chance to be a workaholic”
NEW YORK – Baseball chief officer Chaim Bloom has said that Red Sox new pitcher prospect Grant Gambrell has the chance to be a workaholic, whether as a starter or reliever. At the moment, Bloom sees him as a starting prospect.
On Friday, the Red Sox acquired 23-year-old right-hander as well as 18-year-old pitcher Luis De La Rosa as two players who will later be named in three-team trade Andrew Benintendi. They also added 19-year-old corner fielder Freddy Valdez as a player who would later be named the Mets.
Boston traded Benintendi to the Royals on February 10. He received Kansas City outfielder Franchy Cordero and 22-year-old Mets prospect Josh Winckowski when all three teams agreed to the deal.
“A big, physical kid,” Bloom said of Gambrell. “The arsenal of power. It has two different fast balls, a break ball and a change. And he’s a guy who, thanks to the strength he has, is fortunate enough to be a workaholic to some extent. Still obviously a long way to go for him.
Gambrell is 6 feet 4 inches tall and 225 pounds. He’s 2-1 with a 4.37 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 0.190 batting average, 18 strikeouts and seven walks in five starts (22 ⅔ innings) in the game. High In this season.
It’s likely the Red Sox will send him to High-A Greenville.
“I would expect him to be on par with us as we get to know him,” Bloom said. “But he was a starting pitcher and has a chance to continue in that role into the big leagues. We will obviously see how it goes.
“I think what happens when you get these types of players is that there are a lot of different paths they can take,” Bloom added. “And it’s great to add talent to the organization. In these two guys (De La Rosa and Gambrell) we think we have two guys who have a shot at being starting pitchers in the big leagues. And you have to fill your system with starting leads to have the pipeline that we want to have in terms of the constant flow of launching our system.
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