The Red Sox
will have some new faces in major league camp this spring training.
Reliever Pat Light, infielder Marco Hernandez and lefty pitcher Williams Jerez were added to the 40-man roster by the Red Sox Friday.
To make room on the 40-man roster, the Red Sox designated infielder Josh Rutledge for assignment, and pitcher Anthony Varvaro was outrighted off the major league roster (electing for free agency).
Rutledge played in 39 games with the Red Sox after being acquired from the Angels for Shane Victorino. The 26-year-old hit .284 with a .671 OPS. Varvaro had been on the 60-day disabled list after undergoing elbow surgery in May, having made just nine appearances for the Red Sox in 2015.
Light’s addition might be the most intriguing of the bunch considering he owns a fastball that routinely lives between 96-98 mph. The former supplemental first-round pick in 2012 draft (he was compensation for Jonathan Papelbon signing with Philadelphia), showed promise early in ’15 upon moving to the bullpen for the first time.
But after turning in a 2.43 ERA in 21 relief appearances with Double-A Portland, Light struggled with his command at Triple-A Pawtucket. The righty walked 26 in 33 innings, finishing his 26 games with the PawSox with a 5.18 ERA. He is currently
Light — who has also battled issues in regards to tipping his pitches, but did hold righty hitters to just a .186 batting average in ’15 — is currently pitching for Caguas in the Puerto Rican Winter League.
The 23-year-old Jerez should also garner some attention in big league camp this spring, having come off a season in which he was named the Red Sox Minor League Pitcher of the Year. In 41 combined relief appearances between Single-A Salem and Greenville, and Double-A Portland, the coverted outfielder held opponents to a .156 batting average.
Hernandez, 23, stood out in his first year with the Red Sox organization, having been traded from the Cubs for Felix Doubront. The infielder hit a combined .305 between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket, primarily playing shortstop.