The Red Sox announced Tuesday that they’ve acquired minor league left-hander Josh Taylor from the Diamondbacks as the player to be named later in the trade that sent infielder Deven Marrero to Arizona back on March 24.
Originally signed by the Phillies as a non-drafted free agent, Taylor was traded to the D-backs alongside right-hander Chris Oliver back in the 2015 trade that sent the top international bonus slot from Arizona to Philadelphia. He’s in his first full season as a reliever after struggling as a starter in the minors and has pitched to a 2.81 ERA with a 20-to-5 K/BB ratio in 16 innings, albeit as a 25-year-old pitching against younger competition at the Class-A Advanced level. Alex Speier of the Boston Globe tweets that Taylor is headed to Boston’s Double-A affiliate in Portland, Maine.
Last season, Taylor worked to a 4.96 ERA with 8.4 K/9, 4.2 BB/9 and a 49 percent ground-ball rate in 98 minor league innings — 97 of which came at the Double-A level. He’s not considered to be among the D-backs’ 30 best prospects by either MLB.com or Baseball America.
The Marrero pickup, thus far, has provided the Diamondbacks with some quality glovework at multiple infield positions but netted sub-par value with the bat. In 56 plate appearances, Marrero is hitting just .196/.250/.235, with a triple representing his lone extra-base hit of the season. Of course, he’s played sparingly and can’t be sent down to sharpen his approach with regular at-bats, given the fact that he’s out of minor league options.
aww wow. 255 years old and still putching
I mean, if you’re going to give it to me, you’ve got to at least spell “pitching” correctly! 🙂
I appreciate the heads up all the same, ha, thanks.
touche good sir
I’m impressed a 255 year old can still suit up.
A truly remarkable accomplishment and a testament to modern medicine!
It’s fixed, ha, thanks.
If I’m correct. He was old enough to fight in the American revolution. He must’ve dodged the draft to play baseball.
At the onset of the Revolutionary War, he would have been 13 years of age, which would likely put him as a drummer boy at the onset of the war, but a young private as it dragged on.
Now, the late 18th century rebellions, like Shay’s or the Whisky rebellion he would have been right in the middle of.
Come on guys. MLBTR staff work hard. Is your typing error free? Not from what I’ve seen in a lot of comments. And what’s with the age discrimination? Geez…..
I don’t ever mind being corrected in a friendly or humorous way. I’m fully aware that our process here at MLBTR leaves us exposed to having typos — it’s an occasional price to pay for having a shorter editorial cycle than most outlets where typos will happen with considerably less frequency.
In that regard, it’s nice to know that I can check the comments, and if I have something dopey in a post — say, suggesting that an unknown prospect has been alive and kicking for two and a half centuries, for instance — that I’ll likely have someone correcting it so I can update. I’d much prefer that to perhaps glazing over the typo, as writers are often prone to doing when they’ve been staring at a screen for 7 hours (as I have presently).
I appreciate you coming to my defense, of course, but as long as the corrections are good natured as opposed to someone berating me for a relatively minor goof, they’re welcome.
A 255-year old still pitching? That’s impressive! (I’m joking and I can clearly understand what you mean, I just want to be here before any of “those people” say something)
Marrero did hit a home run… he just over ran the runner on first. Feelsbadman.
Jeez even someone over 200 pitches better than me.
High strikeout rate but high hit rate. Will be interesting to see what happens but I wouldn’t make any bets.
I don’t see anything that stands out on Josh Taylor’s minor league stats. Is he a submariner or have a unique delivery?