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Friday, 03 January 2014 18:15

Why 2014 could be difficult for Boston Red Sox Alex Wilson

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The Boston Red Sox clearly made adding to their bullpen a top priority this offseason and now have compiled enough depth to have one of the strongest bullpens in baseball.

Despite that, it leaves the question where does former second rounder and right handed relief pitcher Alex Wilson fit into the mix for a possible spot in the bullpen. Wilson, who made his major league debut last spring for Boston is considered to be an option as a middle relief pitcher for the Red Sox but remains behind newly acquired Burke Badenhop and possibly Brandon Workman for those spots. Also Wilson has the tough task of coming back from a sprained right thumb that costed him the final 71 games of the regular season and all 16 postseason games.

Last year, he impressed during his first two months with the Red Sox consistently getting ground ball outs before struggling in June and July posting a 5.68 and 16.20 ERA in those months respectively. Despite, that Wilson does provide the versatility that the organization values and he could start the season with Triple-A Pawtucket and be one of the first bullpen arms called up if an injury occurs. It is will also be a big for him as he is now 27 and needs to show the Red Sox if he can be a long term answer in their bullpen.

Expect him to be a setup man for the Pawsox this year and play an important role in their bullpen.