Brad Boxberger Demoted | The Process Report

Brad Boxberger Demoted

Although Brad Boxberger was optioned after Friday’s game (with a corresponding move to come), the 25-year-old impressed during his brief stay in St. Petersburg.

Boxberger, who came over in the Alex Torres-Logan Forsythe trade, appeared in three games for the Rays, in which he notched four innings, allowed one hit, walked two batters, and fanned four. The former USC Trojan showed promise beyond his statistics.

True to form, Boxberger showed a three-pitch mix, including a quality changeup that he threw to anyone at anytime. He took advantage of his deep arsenal by pitching backward to start at-bats more often than he had in the past, including to four of the eight batters he faced on Friday night. Though Boxberger still hasn’t mastered pitching to his glove side with the fastball, he did obey the old pitching axiom of down early and up late. Most of his two-strike pitches were elevated fastballs, which is an effective strategy, even for someone whose fastball tops out around 94 mph.

Otherwise, Boxberger was as advertised. With some further refinement he has the chance to become a late-inning reliever. As such, the question isn’t whether he can cut it in the majors; the question is when he’ll get the opportunity to do it on a permanent basis.

One Comment

  1. Jason Hanselman wrote:

    I was very impressed. I had high expectations and he did not fail to meet them. We’ll be seeing more of Boxy Brown sooner rather than later. Does any other team operate an 8-man pen the way the Rays do? It’s nice to have guys like Boxy and Belly down in Durham just waiting to come in, get three outs, then hop back on the shuttle.

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