Last week, the Red Sox called Colten Brewer up as they went back to a three-man bench with an extra pitcher in the bullpen, with the righty expected to take on a mop up role. He made just one appearance before Brandon Workman triggered his opt out and the team decided to give him a chance. To make room on both the active roster and the 40-man, Brewer was designated for assignment, meaning any team could take him on their roster by putting in a waiver claim. It turns out no one pulled the trigger, as Brewer has apparently cleared waivers and was outrighted to Worcester.
The #RedSox today outrighted RHP Colten Brewer to Triple-A Worcester.— Red Sox (@RedSox) June 7, 2021
This is not a major surprise, although I could see a case for someone claiming Brewer. He can throw multiple innings out of the bullpen, he can get ground balls, and he has a minor-league option available. But at the end of the day, he’s never really performed in the majors, and that’s what ultimately matters. Brewer has a career 5.04 ERA in 91 innings.
He hasn’t really pitched much at all this year in either the majors or the minors, but the results haven’t been great in his limited chances. Still, it’s better to have that depth in the organization than not. For now, Brewer will be in the Worcester bullpen, and he’ll be looking to earn another chance later in the year. I wouldn’t bet on seeing him again any time soon, but stranger things have happened.