By: Andrew Parker
The Boston Red Sox farm system is ranked dead last in the MLB, which is what a World Series win will cost you these days. However, having a farm system that is dead last doesn’t necessarily mean there aren’t prospects who are capable of making a huge impact to the team. There has been a former first round pick making strides in Portland this year that could be on a fast track to the MLB in September.
Tanner Houck was the Red Sox first round pick in 2017, out of the University of Missouri. The Collinsville, IL native is on a quick route to the MLB possibly sooner than most think.
Houck put together his second consecutive quality start Monday night, and it is coming at a crucial time for the Red Sox as they face a tough start to the season, especially for starting pitching.
With the big league club coming out of the gates slow, you could see many new faces earning a call-up this season. Michael Chavis, Darwinzon Hernandez, and Travis Lakins were among the first round of call-ups to see action out of the farm system. If the record continues to get worse and players perform below expectations, faces like Houck could be next.
The Red Sox currently rank 28th in ERA, which is something that can’t continue to be a theme. If the Red Sox pitching can’t figure it out, expect to see Tanner Houck sooner rather than later.
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