Heading into Saturday’s recreation towards the Tampa Bay Rays, all eyes have been on the mound as Boston Red Sox pitcher Garrett Whitlock ready to make his first profession begin.
Now a star bullpen arm for Boston, Whitlock got here up as a starter within the New York Yankees group earlier than the Red Sox selected him within the Rule 5 Draft. But he had solely been used out of the bullpen up till Saturday, a job during which he actually match. But now the Red Sox might have an issue on their palms, as Whitlock proved as terrific as a starter as he’s out of the ‘pen.
“It was a lot of fun,” Whitlock stated. “I hadn’t done it in an actual game since 2019 (in the minor leagues) so it was kind of fun to get back doing that again.”
The 25-year-old put collectively an awe-inspiring efficiency, mowing down Rays batters and no-hitting them by three innings, fanning six. The solely hit he surrendered was a double to Brandon Lowe to steer off the fourth inning, his second time by the order. He completed with seven strikeouts and the one hit by 4 full innings.
While the Red Sox fell in 10 innings, Whitlock was a vivid spot.
“You come to expect that from him,” stated bench coach Will Venable, who’s serving as performing supervisor amid Alex Cora’s COVID-19 analysis. “Any situation you put him in, he is who he is. Calm, collected. He was the same today, just in a different role. But same Garrett.”
Venable stated the staff was assured with the place Whitlock got here out of the sport, having thrown 48 pitches (33 strikes) by his 4 innings.