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40 in 40: Badenhop, Burke

PREFACE: I've decided to bring back the "40 in 40" Series from a few years back. During the series we'll be looking individually at each player on the Red Sox 40-man roster each day for the next 40 days. This should take us right up to the Red Sox home opener on March 31st against the Orioles so you can consider this a kind of a "count-down" to opening day. We'll be going alphabetically so a certain Aruban native is coming soon!

Enjoy

-BZ

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Badenhop, Burke - #35

Position: Relief Pitcher

Bats: Right, Throws: Right

Age: 31

Size: 6'5", 220 lbs

Acquired: Traded by Milwaukee to Boston on 11/22/2013 for Luis Ortega

Contract: 1 yr, $2,150,000 (FA-2015)

Comments: Badenhop came over from Milwaukee in an of-season trade to help solidify what was an already solid relief corps for the Red Sox. Badenhop is a groundball specialist with a career 54.6% GB rate and can be used in relief situations with runners on-base. Recently he has shown an ability to keep runners off-base wih back-to-back 1.73 BB/9 marks in 2012-2013. He doesn't strike-out a ton of batters but relies more on his defense to back him up by inducing weak contact with off-speed stuff. Badenhop has moved away from pitching with an inadequate fastball earlier in his career to an 89 mph splitter and an 80 mph slider as his primary offerings although he'll still throw the fastball now and the to keep hitters honest.

Facts/Notes:

  • Badenhop was actually traded with current teammate Andrew Miller from the Tigers to the Marlins in the Miguel Cabrera trade in 2007.
  • While standing 6'5" Badenhop is actually only the 4th tallest Red Sox coming in behind Andrew Miller, Anthony Ranaudo and John Lackey.
  • Badenhop was originally drafted by the Tigers in the 19th round of the 2005 Amatuer Draft out of Bowling Green University

Season Outlook: Badenhop will be a part of John Farrell's deep relief arsenal and will likely be looking at the 6th/7th innings and some situational appearances when outs are needed with men on base.

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