The Red Sox are going to slowly drop their roster down over the next couple of weeks, as Opening Day draws closer. This most recent wave is a smaller one, with just two players moving out of major-league camp, both of whom you knew were going to begin the season in the minors. The Boston Globe's Peter Abraham first reported the news on Twitter.
Marco Hernandez is on the 40-man roster, so he has a chance of making it to the Sox this summer, but for now, he's been optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket. Hernandez is just 23, but he's been in the minors since 2010 when the Cubs signed him out of the Dominican Republic as an international free agent. He was the player to be named later that the Sox received in the Felix Doubront deal with Chicago, and while he's not about to blow you away at any one position, there is a potential future here where he's a big-league utility player.
Kyle Martin is the other roster cut, with the right-handed reliever headed to minor-league camp. You might not know who Martin is, but don't feel bad: he's one of the deeper cuts of our prospect coverage here. He was drafted in the ninth round in 2013 as a senior with a well under-slot bonus that was part of what helped the Sox secure a $440,000 deal with 30th-rounder Nick Longhi.
He's an actual relief prospect, though, as the 6-foot-7, 220 pound righty has seen his strikeout rates climb as he's gone up the organizational ladder. His 2015 featured some weird splits, with right-handed opponents hitting him hard, but some additional time in the upper minors might help him fix that. It's still too soon to know if there is a future big-league reliever here or just a guy who got pretty close, but Martin certainly has some of the necessary skills to get to the majors.
Boston's roster is now at 46, with 34 players from the 40-man still in camp.