Red Sox Sign RHP Trevor Hildenberger

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Bargain Bin Shopping Continues For Bloom

The Boston Red Sox have agreed to terms with former Twins reliever Trevor Hildenberger on a minor-league deal.  The deal will include an invite to big league camp.  Hildenberger, 29, has spent his entire career with the Twins after being selected by the club in the MLB Draft in 2014. 

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One thing Red Sox fans will find interesting about Hildenberger is his delivery.  He’s very unorthodox with his delivery on the mound.  One comparison would be former Red Sox Chad Bradford. 

MLB Sweatshirts at Fanatics.comThe new Sox righty adopted his funky delivery in college, according to an interview with SB Nation.  His college coach at Cal asked him if he ever thought of throwing side arm versus over the top/high three quarters.  “So I dropped down, just kind of started kind of swinging it side arm, like I was a shortstop turning a double play or something.  And it felt good!  I was pretty close to the strike-zone.  So my coach was like, 'Alright, that’s how you throw now' ", said Hildenberger. 

Hildenberger is 9-11 over his career with a 5.35 ERA.  He was limited to only 22 games last season, where was 2-2 and had a 10.47 ERA before heading to the IL with a flexor mass strain. 

While his numbers will make Red Sox fans groan, there are some things to look at from a positive perspective regarding Hildenberger. 

I noted his funky mechanics on the mound.  The majority of his pitches tend to push down.  In 2017, 58% of hitters hit the ball on the ground when he was on the mound. 

This move shouldn’t be looked at as anything more than depth.  The one-time Minnesota prospect had shown promise as a key piece in the Twins bullpen.  Known as “Hildy” to teammates, he should compete for a spot in the bullpen. 

The Red Sox have also just added former Marlins righty Austin Brice on Friday. 

As Bloom continues to shop the bargain bin, he might strike lightning in the bottle.  Hopefully new pitching coach Dave Bush can work with Hildy and he contributes. 



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