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Red Sox send 3 pitching prospects to Mets

Ty Anderson
July 31, 2017 - 12:07 pm

He waited until trade deadline day, but Dave Dombrowski believes he’s found the bullpen help the Red Sox desperately need with the acquisition of Mets reliever Addison Reed.

The 28-year-old Reed, who is a free agent after this season, comes to Boston with a 2.57 ERA, 48 strikeouts, and 19 saves (21 save opportunities in total) in 49 innings this year.

Naturally, as trade deadline prices tend to be, Reed’s acquisition came at a seemingly high cost, as the Red Sox needed to ship three pitching prospects -- Gerson Bautista, Jamie Callahan, and Stephen Nogosek -- to make this deal work for the Mets.

Of the three, the 22-year-old Callahan, who ranked as the No. 23 prospect in the Red Sox system according to MLB.com, is considered the closest to MLB ready.

A straight-up dominant reliever with Double-A Portland to begin his season, with a 4-1 record and two saves with 20 strikeouts and a 1.38 ERA in 13 innings pitched, Callahan has since pitched in 22 games for the Triple-A PawSox. In Pawtucket, the 6-foot-2 righty has posted a 1-1 record with four saves, along with 36 strikeouts and batters hitting .250 against him in 29 innings. Callahan has a fastball that regularly hits the mid-90s, and has developed a strong slider and split-finger that forces hitters to not sit on the heater.

Originally a starter, Callahan, who was named South Carolina’s top high school prospect in 2012, was a second-round pick (87th overall in 2012) of the Red Sox.

A 22-year-old international free agent, Bautista’s value comes with a fastball that flirts with the upper-90s (and has reportedly hit 100 MPH before). At the same time, the Dominican-born Bautista’s lanky build -- he’s listed at 6-foot-2 and 170 pounds -- as well as his rather erratic arm has him pegged as a ‘lottery ticket’ to many scouts.  Rule-5 Draft eligible (along with Callahan) this winter, Bautista has spent his 2017 campaign with High-A Salem, compiling a 3-2 record and four saves with a 5.16 ERA in 27 games played.

Bautista’s fastball does have its effectiveness, however, despite hitters posting a .292 batting average against him, with 53 punchouts in 45 ⅓ innings.

A sixth-round draft pick of the Red Sox in 2016 after a collegiate career with the Oregon Ducks, and ranked as the No. 18 prospect in the organization according to MLB.com, the 22-year-old Nogosek ended his 2016 season with stints between Lowell and Greenville. But in his first full pro season, Nogosek has continued to split time between the Sox’ various A classes, with 13 saves and 45 strikeouts in 35 ⅓ innings for Greenville this season, along with a 2-1 record, six saves, and 18 strikeouts in 13 appearances for High-A Salem.