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Rubby De la Rosa (right) shaking Ryan Lavarnway's (left) hand
Several pitchers in the minors have made major improvements in 2013 and/or have just played really well. Below are the ones who stand out the most for the Boston Red Sox.
Rubby De La Rosa
Even though he gave up two solo shots in his second inning of work with the Red Sox, De La Rosa is still a great asset for this team to have down the stretch. He throws a fastball in the mid- to upper-90s and has a great changeup. The young righty has the potential to be something great.
The 24-year-old has a 4.23 ERA in 20 starts with the Pawtucket Red Sox and has struck out 74 in his 76.2 innings of work.
Owens dominated with Salem to the tune of a 8-5 record with a 2.92 ERA in 20 starts. He compiled 123 strikeouts in 104.2 innings before making the jump to the Portland Sea Dogs.
In only one start with the Sea Dogs, the 20-year-old lasted six innings without giving up a run and struck out 11 batters while only walking two and giving up four hits. He got the win and looks to continue his domination in his next start.
Britton has already shown what he can do in the majors with only one run allowed through 11.1 innings of work with the Red Sox this season. He has struck out 10 with only one walk, and his strike throwing has kept many hitters off balance.
Another pitcher who made the jump to the majors and succeeded is Workman. He has an ERA under 3.00 in his three career starts and has saved the bullpen arms a couple of times when working out of the pen for several innings at a time.
Huntzinger is another young gun in the Red Sox' farm system. Even though he has been used a reliever, he has shown dominance in Portland and Pawtucket.
With the Sea Dogs, he accumulated a 2.32 ERA and 13 saves to go along with his 3-0 record. With Pawtucket, he has gone 2-1 with a 1.88 ERA in 18 games. He has 29 strikeouts in 28.2 innings of work.
At 25, Huntzinger could see some time in the majors in September even though he isn't currently on the 40-man roster.
Before getting the call on August 4 to the Paw Sox, Ranaudo succeeded in Double-A Portland with an 8-4 record and a 2.95 ERA in 19 starts. He struck out 106 batters in 109.2 innings of work.
In his one start with the Paw Sox, the 23-year-old struck out five in six shutout innings while only allowing four hits. He didn't walk a batter. He may get a spot start in September if the Sox think he is ready.
Although he may be a 2013 draft pick, Stankiewicz has done pretty well for himself with the Lowell Spinners. He has four career games started with a nifty 1.29 ERA. It may only be seven innings, but he has six strikeouts compared to zero walks.
If he can keep this up, he might see some major league action as soon as 2015.