The Red Sox officially have added a pair of left-handers to their system, with fifth-rounder Corey Littrell (out of the University of Kentucky) and 19th-rounder Gabe Speier (Dos Pueblos High School in California) both joining the system.
The 6-foot-3 Littrell went 6-5 with a 3.72 ERA in his junior year at
Kentucky, but his stuff was particularly eye-opening in the Cape League
following his sophomore year (12.0 strikeouts per nine innings despite a
5.11 ERA). Given his four-pitch mix (a fastball that was 89-93 mph on
the Cape, but more typically around 88 mph as a junior this year;
curveball; slider; changeup), the Sox plan on developing him as a
“He’s a guy that can throw strikes,” Sox farm director Amiel Sawdaye
said recently on “Down on the Farm.” “He presents an out pitch, he’s a
left-hander with a four-pitch mix, he’s athletic, a guy we liked coming
into the year and we were really excited to get him because we do feel
that he has the potential to start.”
Pretty much just an FYI.