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 itâd be a possibility earlier in the week and got official word yesterday. Heâll 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 MassLive.com. “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.