The Red Sox have purchased the contract of right handed pitcher Hector Velazquez from the Mexican League.
With there already being a competition for the final two spots in the starting rotation, Velazquez is a pickup that will be more for organizational depth in the minor leagues. He did, however, receive an invitation to big league camp.
The 28 year old most recently played for Mayos de Navojoa in the Mexican Pacific Winter League where he started 14 games. Over the course of 85.1 innings he posted a strong 2.32 ERA and had 87 strikeouts.
As he’s heading into camp, he also appears to be riding a hot streak. Over the course of his last four starts this winter, he only gave up five runs while striking out 22 batters. Those games weren’t just a fluke, however, because he had five starts this winter where he shutout the opposing team.
Over the course of seven seasons in the Mexican League, Velazquez made 136 appearances (all but 16 of which were starts) on his way to a 43-29 record with a 3.76 ERA and 6.9 strikeouts per nine innings.