Boston Red Sox Trade Jake Peavy to San Francisco Giants
The Boston Red Sox have finally traded Jake Peavy, sending him to the San Francisco Giants. Peavy, who holds a 4.72 earned run average, has taken up a spot in the rotation all season for a Boston pitching staff that is very deep. It is presumed that Brandon Workman will take his spot in the rotation.
The Giants have been looking for a starting pitcher since they lost Matt Cain to injury. Peavy has struggled with the Red Sox, even though his record is a result of the worst run support in baseball.
Peavy has a 3.3 BB/9 rate this year and has struggled with walks. Other than that, he hasn’t been bad and fills a spot for the Giants. In return, the Red Sox got two pitching prospects.
Heath Hembree is 25 years old and had pitched nine games in 2013 to a 0.00 ERA and has three saves in the majors. He has a 10.5 K/9 in Triple A Fresno. Meanwhile, Edwin Escobar is just 22 years old in Triple A and the second ranked prospect for the Giants. He currently has a 5.11 ERA.
The Red Sox are very close to falling out of the race with a loss to Tampa Bay last night, but it’s not the end since they have strong pitching and this is not a sell move. However, if they trade Jon Lester or Koji Uehara next, it will signify the end.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 26, 2014
Edwin Escobar, lhp
Despite his mighty struggles this season, the Giants remained optimistic about Escobar because of his youth and his advancement. At 22, he’s nearly five years younger than PCL average. He struggled with his breaking ball early in the season, leading to a glut of walks. A solidly built guy, he has a feel for pitching and has a three-pitch mix when at his best, sitting at 92-93. The Futures Game certainly wasn’t a good audition, as he gave up three hits and a run in his one inning, throwing 26 pitches and exhibiting a slow arm.
Heath Hembree, rhp
Unlike Escobar, Hembree impressed in his all-star showcase, throwing a scoreless inning for the PCL in the Triple-A All-Star Game in Durham. But it’s been an up-and-down season for the man once expected to be the Giants’ closer of the future. Hembree’s a hard thrower who has struggled to command the zone and has yet to harness an effective offspeed pitch. He’s alternated good month and bad, starting with a strong April. But his home and road splits are stark, as he assembled an 0.56 ERA at home, but a 6.17 on the road with all five of his homers allowed. At his best, he pitches at 92-94 with a slider that flashes above average.