We are back for Episode Six of the Red Sox On Deck Podcast, your go-to source for everything prospects on the Over the Monster Podcast Network. On this episode, Shelly and Bob open with an ever so brief news and notes. Bryan Mata has resumed a throwing program after a month of rest with a small UCL tear. Are the Red Sox delaying the inevitable or is this the best approach for Mata’s return? The Alternate Site practices have begun in Worcester at the brand new Polar Park. Players are excited about the setup and we are less than a month away from Triple-A games at the new ballpark.
Real games are being played and a lot has happened with the rookie-eligible major leaguers. Are we worried about Bobby Dalbec’s slow start? Can we go a week without talking about Tanner Houck’s slider and whether he should stick in the rotation? (No.) What is 33-year-old rookie Hirokazu Sawamura bringing to the table?
Next, we previewed Noah Song and his unique situation as an electric baseball prospect who doubles as a U.S. Naval Officer, currently at flight school. Shelly and Bob reviewed his pitching repertoire, as well as the wide range of outcomes that we could see from Song.
Finally, we talked about the final rookie-eligible big leaguer, Garrett Whitlock. Whitlock came over as a Rule-5 player from the Yankees and will need to stick with the big league club all year, which shouldn’t be a problem the way he’s thrown in his first two relief outings.
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