The Red Sox have been busy acquiring new players this past week, but not all of their moves have been via free agency. The team picked up two minor league pitching prospects on Thursday through separate transactions, which will add depth to the farm system.
The 24-year-old Kaminska was a 25th-round pick of the Florida Marlins in the 2007 draft. He reached as Triple-A for the Marlins until being included in the Gaby Sanchez trade with the Pirates this past July.
Kaminska began his career as a starter, but began transitioning to a relief role in 2011. His move to the bullpen was likely necessitated by his lack of overpowering stuff. He was not chosen in the recent Rule 5 Draft, allowing him to be sent to Boston.
During six professional seasons, Kaminska has a career record of 30-28 with a 4.22 ERA. Although he went 9-4 in 2012 while pitching at three different levels, he had just a 4.19 ERA and allowed 98 hits in just 81.2 innings. It’s doubtful that he will offer anything more than minor league organizational depth.
McGeary was once a highly-regarded prospect, but has seen his star dim in recent years. He was taken in the sixth-round of the 2007 MLB Draft by the Nationals out of Roxbury Latin High School in Roxbury, Mass. He committed to play college ball for Stanford, but according to the Washington Post’s Barry Svrluga, was lured to the pros after Washington gave him a $1.8 million signing bonus.
Injuries and poor control have prevented McGeary’s career from taking off in the way it was once envisioned. He has appeared in a total of just 62 games during his six-year career, and only 21 combined games during the past three seasons. He had Tommy John surgery in the summer of 2010 and has not been able to get on track since.
McGeary has a career record of 8-18 with a 4.97 ERA. Working primarily as a starter, he has struck out 212 batters in 242.2 innings, but has averaged an unsightly 5.3 walks per nine innings.
The Scouting Book indicates McGeary has a low-90s fastball and a decent changeup with good command. Two-pitch pitchers are usually best in the bullpen, and McGeary could see a shift to relief this upcoming season.
McGeary has never made it above Single-A, but will be just 24 at the start of next season. There shouldn't be high expectations for him, but given his once bright future, he still might have a chance to become a productive pitcher if he can stay on the field.
Neither of Boston’s most recent acquisitions will be lauded as big moves, but adding young players always sparks hope that they can turn into productive major league players. With any luck, one of these diamonds in the rough will turn the corner and reward the Red Sox for their belief in their abilities.
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