After promoting Jalen Beeks to Pawtucket on Saturday, the Red Sox followed that up with a couple more moves down on the farm on Sunday. Probably the most exciting move was the promotion for Mike Shawaryn to High-A Salem.
Shawaryn, the former ace at the University of Maryland, was selected by the Red Sox in the fifth round of last June’s draft. After spending his first professional season in Lowell, he began this year in Low-A Greenville and looked outstanding at that level. His 3.88 ERA isn’t anything to write home about, but he’s shown a great ability to control the strike zone. Over his first 53 1⁄3 innings, the righty has 78 strikeouts with just 13 walks. Shawaryn will join former Greenville rotation mate Shaun Anderson in Salem.
Further up the ladder, the Red Sox also promoted reliever Ty Buttrey to Triple-A Pawtucket.
Buttrey, a right-handed reliever, was taken in the fourth round by the Red Sox back in 2012. He was a starter at the time, and remained in that role until last season. His first two seasons, both in short-season leagues, looked good, but the numbers quickly took a turn for the worse in 2014 and 2015. He did make nine starts in 2016, but transitioned the bullpen and has looked good in that role. He’s thrown 24 2⁄3 innings in 15 appearances with the SeaDogs this season and has a 3.28 ERA with 37 strikeouts and 10 walks. He joins a crowded PawSox bullpen that includes a lot of guys vying for a chance in the majors.
The final move made by the Red Sox on Sunday was the signing of Elih Villanueva.
This is not a move you need to be excited about, as Villanueva is a 30-year-old righty who made one major-league appearance with the Marlins back in 2011 and has spent the start of this season in Independent League ball. His last stint in affiliated ball was with Baltimore’s organization back in 2015 when he struck out fewer than four batters per nine innings at Triple-A.