The Red Sox selected right-hander Norwith Gudino to the club’s roster earlier tonight, per a club announcement. Gudino is serving as the club’s 27th man during tonight’s game against the Mets after the clubs completed yesterday’s suspended game earlier today. Gudino will take the 40-man roster spot that had been previously vacated by right-hander Jake Faria, who was designated for assignment earlier this week.
Gudino, 27, would make his major league debut by getting into tonight’s game. Gudino’s professional career began with the Giants back in 2015, though he wouldn’t get his first taste of full-season baseball until 2018. That year, he posted a 4.41 ERA in 79 2/3 innings across three levels while mostly pitching out of the rotation. Gudino moved to relief in 2019, and dominated to a 0.53 ERA in 33 2/3 innings of work.
The right-hander did not pitch in 2020 due to the cancelled minor league season, but received his first taste of upper-minors action in the 2021 as he pitched to a solid 3.90 ERA in 60 innings split between Double-A and Triple-A. Unfortunately for Gudino, he’s struggled significantly the past two seasons. He posted a brutal 8.87 ERA in 47 2/3 innings at Triple-A for the Giants last year before electing free agency this past offseason and signing on with the Red Sox on a minor league deal.
His results at Triple-A with the Red Sox have improved relative to those he posted with the Giants last year, though his 5.54 ERA in 52 innings while swinging between the bullpen and the rotation still leave something to be desired. That being said, his peripheral numbers have taken a significant turn for the worse in 2023. After posting strikeout rates around 30% in the upper minors throughout his career, that figure has plummeted to just 12.2% in 2023, a figure nearly matched by his 11% walk rate.
Despite these flaws, Gudino will get a chance in the majors with Boston, where he could be called upon to provide length in a bullpen where other multi-inning options such as Nick Pivetta and Josh Winckowski are relief on for late-inning roles.