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Meet The New Guy: Wyatt Mills

That’s one helluva name and one helluva throwing motion.

Who is he and where did he come from?

He’s Wyatt Mills, sidearmer, Gonzaga alum, and guy who shares the same badass cowboy name with an LA-based artist who specializes in abstract portraiture that straddles the line between pop art and neo-expressionism:

Please Hold, by not our Wyatt Mills

The Red Sox acquired him in a trade, sending Lawrence, MA native and UCONN alum Jacob Wallace the other way and DFA-ing Eric Hosmer to make room on the 40-man roster.

What position does he play?

He’s a right-handed middle reliever, the least interesting role on a baseball team, made slightly more interesting by virtue of his throwing motion.

Is he any good?

As a big leaguer, he’s been horrible, as evidenced by the fact that he’s already 27-years-old but has only thrown 42 total innings. HOWEVER! . . . he’s shown promise throughout his climb up the minor league ranks, maintaining a groundball rate over 50% at every level and putting up a 2.60 ERA over 62.1 AAA innings.

He’s a tall sidewinder with a low release point that looks like it would be hell on righties. Like most relievers, he’s a slider-fastball guy, and while righties struggle to make good contact off him, lefties have absolutely destroyed him to the tune of a .365/.397/.596 slash line. In other words, he turns every lefty he faces into Juan Soto.

Show me a cool highlight.

Here’s an extended look at him in the minors, taken a few years ago from right behind home plate. How the hell do any right-handed batters hit him??

What’s his role on the 2023 Red Sox?

He’ll get a chance to win a back-end-of-the-bullpen job in Spring Training, but otherwise start the year in Worcester and make his debut when someone gets hurt.