Red Sox prospect Josh Winckowski to make MLB debut Saturday vs. Orioles

Welcome to The Show, Josh Winckowski.

The Boston Red Sox pitching prospect, acquired from the New York Mets in last year’s three-team Andrew Benintendi trade, is set to make his MLB debut on Saturday. Barring a change of plans, he’ll start Game 2 of the doubleheader vs. the Baltimore Orioles.

Winckowksi says he has eight or nine people coming tomorrow for his start. Found out it’d be a possibility earlier in the week and got official word yesterday. He’ll be starting the second game.

— Jen McCaffrey (@jcmccaffrey) May 27, 2022

Winckowski currently is ranked as Boston’s No. 13 prospect, per MLB Pipeline. Through seven starts (31.2 innings) with Triple-A Worcester this season, the right-hander is 1-1 with a 3.13 ERA and 0.85 WHIP. He’s struck out 34 batters and walked only six.

“The stuff is really good,” Cora told reporters Wednesday, according to “The stuff is a lot better than last year. He’s aggressive. He’s not afraid. He has a lot of confidence. This is a guy who, he understands metrics and the whole process right now. He puts it into the game. I know he has been throwing the ball well and everybody’s excited. If it’s him, it should be a fun day.”

Nathan Eovaldi will get the Game 1 start vs. Baltimore with first pitch set for 12:10 p.m. ET. Game 2 is scheduled for a 6:10 p.m. start. 

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