July 8, 2011

Kyle Weiland Will Make MLB Debut, Start Sunday

Kyle Weiland will make his major league debut on Sunday when he starts against the Orioles.

Weiland, a 24-year-old right-hander, was a third-round pick in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft. In 17 starts for Pawtucket this season, he has a 3.00 ERA. Over his last 10 starts, Weiland has allowed more than two earned runs only once. In his last two outings, both against the Rochester Red Wings, he allowed only two earned runs and seven hits in 14.2 innings, walking no one while striking out 18.

Terry Francona:
It's his day and he's lined up for it and he's really been doing well. As much as has gone wrong with some health, this is the flip side where it's really exciting. I'm kinda looking forward to it.
Sox Prospects Scouting Report:
90-95 mph fastball complemented by a nice high-70s curveball and a solid-to-plus 79-83 mph changeup. Fastball comes in two-seam and four-seam varieties. Two-seamer has great late life. Attacks the zone with good command of his fastball - doesn't make a lot of mistakes with it and uses both sides of the plate. His curveball has plus potential and also has some variability to it. When he throws it arm side, it shows sweeping curveball action, but when he goes across the plate it buries more like a slider. ... His delivery is somewhat unconventional - a little long on the back end, but his motion is smooth coming to the plate. ... However, his motion is very slow and he has allowed a lot of stolen bases. Projects as a late-inning impact bullpen arm, with the ceiling of a third starter.

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