Boston Red Sox

Boston Red Sox

ST PETERSBURG, FL - MAY 23: Detail of the Boston Red Sox logo on a jersey during the baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays on May 23, 2018 at Tropicana Field in St Petersburg, Florida. The Red Sox won 4-1. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

Craig Breslow and the Red Sox have yet to catch any sort of big fish, but a day after Breslow’s first big trade on the job, the 2023 Rule 5 Draft came with some more shuffling from the club.

And between Rule 5 picks and a trade as it relates to the draft itself, it was a three-transaction day for Breslow’s Sox.

  • Beginning with the ‘biggest’ loss for the club, the Red Sox officially lost pitching prospect Shane Drohan to Chicago, with the White Sox nabbing the lefty starter.

    The 24-year-old Drohan spent the majority of his 2023 season with Triple-A Worcester, where he recorded five wins, along with a 6.47 ERA, in 21 appearances.

    Drohan began the 2023 season with Double-A Portland, where he posted a 5-0 record and 1.32 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 34 innings over six starts ahead of a May promotion.

  • Red Sox pitching prospect Shane Drohan throws a pitch during his Worcester Red Sox debut on Thursday at Polar Park.

    Boston Red Sox pitching prospect Shane Drohan throws a pitch during his Worcester Red Sox debut on Thursday at Polar Park. (Photo Credit: USA TODAY Sports.)

    Drafted with a fifth-round pick (No. 148 overall) in 2020, the 6-foot-3 Drohan spent three seasons in Boston’s minor-league system after a three-year collegiate career at Florida State.

    In action for 77 minor-league games over that three-season run in the Boston organization, Drohan posted a 24-19 record, 4.32 ERA, and fanned 372 batters over 341.1 innings of work.

    Drohan’s minor-league accolades over that run included Eastern League Pitcher of the Month honors in Apr. 2023, a Futures Game selection in 2023, and ‘MILB.com Organizational All-Star’ nods in both 2021 and 2022.

    Drohan was the No. 19 ranked prospect in the Sox pipeline, according to MLB dot com. He was also the fourth player taken in this year’s Rule 5 Draft.

  • Apr 29, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; A view of the Boston Red Sox logo and a field bag during batting practice before the game between the Texas Rangers and the Boston Red Sox at Globe Life Field. Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

    Apr 29, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; A view of the Boston Red Sox logo and a field bag during batting practice before the game between the Texas Rangers and the Boston Red Sox at Globe Life Field. (Jerome Miron/USA TODAY Sports)

    Elsewhere in the Rule 5 Draft, the Red Sox suffered another loss, this time courtesy of St. Louis, as the Cardinals nabbed right-handed pitcher Ryan Fernandez from the club.

    The 25-year-old Fernandez had himself a busy 2023 campaign, with stops in Single-A Salem, Double-A Portland, and Triple-A Worcester, and 42 appearances in all over that three-stop season.

    Fernandez was certainly at his best in Portland, too, with a 2-1 record, 1.77 ERA, 26 strikeouts, and batters held to a .192 batting average in 20.1 innings with the Sea Dogs. That success did not follow Fernandez to Worcester, though, with the Florida-born reliever tagged for 38 hits, 21 earned runs and a 6.16 ERA in 26 appearances out of the Woo Sox bullpen.

    Fernandez, a 26th-round pick of the club back in 2018, had been in the club’s minor-league ranks for five seasons in total prior to his move to the Cardinals.

  • BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - MAY 20: A view of the Red Sox logo outside of Fenway Park on May 20, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

    A view of the Boston Red Sox logo outside Fenway Park on May 20, 2020. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

    But with two departures from the organization’s pitching depth chart, Breslow made a move to bolster the in-house competition, with the team adding Justin Slaten via trade with the Mets after New York selected Slaten from the Rangers with a Rule 5 selection.

    Boston’s move for Slaten came with lefty Ryan Ammons, along with cash considerations, sent to the Mets. Ammons was selected with a 10th-round pick in the 2023 MLB Draft.

  • Slaten, meanwhile, comes to the Red Sox after four seasons of seasoning in the Rangers’ minor-league ranks.

    A third-round pick in 2019, Slaten is coming off a 2023 season that featured a 5-3 record, 2.87 ERA, and 86 strikeouts in 59.2 innings between Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock.

  • Mar 17, 2017; Fort Myers, FL, USA; A view of the Grapefruit League logo on official Rawlings baseball at JetBlue Park. The Astros won 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

    Mar 17, 2017; Fort Myers, FL, USA; A view of the Grapefruit League logo on official Rawlings baseball at JetBlue Park. The Astros won 6-2. (Aaron Doster/USA TODAY Sports)

    The Red Sox also took some losses in the Minor League phase of the 2023 Rule 5 Draft.

    In the first round alone, the Red Sox lost four players in total between pitchers Jose Ramirez and Railin Perez, infielder Johnfrank Salazar, and outfielder Alexis Hernandez.

    Ramirez went to the White Sox and departs the Red Sox organization after making 20 starts for Single-A Salem in 2023. Perez, meanwhile, will join the Astros organization after putting up a 3.70 ERA and 69 strikeouts in 56 innings with Salem. Salazar hit .286, along 10 home runs, 83 RBIs, and a .776 OPS in 160 games over three seasons in Boston’s minor-league system, and will be moving to the Cards’ pipeline. Hernandez, who will join the Blue Jays’ farm, hit .267 with three home runs in 46 minor-league games last year.

    Boston’s first-round pick of the minor league portion did see them rob their rivals of a catcher, with Michael Gasper selected from the Yankees’ minor-league system. The switch-hitting catcher is a Merrimack, NH native, and is coming off a 2023 season that featured a .246 average, seven home runs, 28 RBIs, and 10 stolen bases in 74 games split between Double-A and Triple-A.

    Other losses from the Boston pipeline included pitchers Ryan Miller (to the Angels) in round two, infielder Ryan Fitzgerald (to the Royals) in round three, and pitcher Brock Bell (to the Reds) in the fourth round.

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