With over a month gone in the minor-league season, the promotions are coming hot and heavy. Monday marked a relatively big and surprising promotion, with 2016 third round draft pick Shaun Anderson moving on up to High-A Salem.
Red Sox RHP Shaun Anderson promoted from Single A Greenville to High A Salem. 2016 3rd rounder had 2.56 ERA, 8.6 K/9, 2.6 BB/9 in 7 starts.— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) May 15, 2017
Anderson, a 22-year-old righty out of the University of Florida, has only seven starts under his belt in Low-A but has been impressive in those outings. He’s tossed 38 2⁄3 innings over that span and has a 2.56 ERA to go with 37 strikeouts and 11 walks. It’s a bit of an aggressive promotion, but we’ve seen this organization be aggressive with college arms before — just ask Travis Lakins.
Anderson features a five-pitch mix with a fastball, cutter, slider, curveball and changeup, although the cutter and slider can be pretty similar. Although he was a reliever in college, that was because the Gators’ rotation was stacked. He has clearly looked pretty good as a starter since turning pro. This is obviously just one step up the ladder, but the Red Sox must be confident in his abilities against more advanced hitters.
Daniel Gonzalez is moving back down to Greenville as a corresponding roster move. If you recall, he was just recently promoted to Salem after Lakins was sent up to Portland, but after just one start in High-A he’s back to Greenville.