It’s obvious that this Red Sox lineup doesn’t need any help offensively. They’ve scored the most runs in baseball at 229, 15 ahead of the Cubs. Their team batting average of .298 is also by far the best in the league. Therefore, it may make some Sox fans a bit surprised to hear that the team has decided to send down a pitcher and call up a position player.
The man they designated for assignment on Monday is the journeyman Sean O’Sullivan, who tanked in his brief chance with the Sox, compiling a 7.94 ERA in three appearances. The player joining the big league club is Marco Hernandez, the “player to be named later” in the deal where the Sox discarded the infamous Felix Doubront.
The 23-year-old Dominican shortstop bats from the left side and, in 24 Triple-A games this season, has batted .333 with 12 runs, one homer, and one stolen base. Overall, he has a .282/.320/.393 line in seven minor league seasons plus 90 stolen bases, although that rises to .292/.330/.420 if you look at Hernandez’s stats in 291 plate appearances at Triple-A.
Hernandez had two cameos with the Sox in April, going 1-2 with a walk and a stolen base. I doubt he was expecting to be back at Fenway Park this soon, but he’ll be happy with the return to the big leagues and opportunity to prove he can ultimately be a cornerstone of the Sox infield (though he’ll definitely be spending plenty of time of the bench at the moment). Given that Eduardo Rodriguez‘s return is imminent, the team had no use for O’Sullivan anymore. I don’t mind the fact that they used that open roster spot to give a promising prospect a chance.