Red Sox Player Profile: Austin Brice

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Red Sox Roster Preview: Austin Brice

The Syndicate's Red Sox Writers and Red Sox Podcast to be Named Later Hosts will be profiling a different Sox player each day to get you ready for the 2020 season.  Today's featured player:


Austin Brice 


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A righty breaking-ball specialist, Austin Brice enjoyed the best season of his young career last year.  Chaim Bloom has clearly taken notice of 27 year old's stuff, as he made a minor trade for Brice this offseason.  One of the stars of Sox Spring thus far, Brice has pitched 5.2 innings with 0 earned runs, 10 strikeouts, and a 0.53 WHIP.   


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Position(s): Relief Pitcher

2020 Opening Day Age: 27
Bats/Throws: Right/Right
Height/Weight: 6'-4" / 235 pounds
Acquired Via: Trade. Sent to Boston for minor leaguer Angeudis Santos.
Contract Status: Pre-arbitration eligible.  Arb-eligible in 2021, free agent in 2024
2019 Stats: 44.2 IP, 3.43 ERA, 1.231 WHIP, 9.3 K/9, 3.6 BB/9, 0.4 WAR

2019 Season
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Last season, Austin Brice produced a quality year for the Miami Marlins, with a solid 3.43 ERA and an above average WHIP of 1.231.  The ERA and the 44.2 innings pitched were career bests for Brice.  While many advanced stats show he got quite lucky, it is still easy to get excited about the results.  Brice's fantastic slider and deceiving arm slot make him an incredibly interesting candidate for the Boston bullpen.

2019 Key Stat

In 2019, Brice threw 348 sliders (identified by Statcast as curves) and held batters to a batting average of .172.  While this success is key, it should also be noted that over a third of the hits off those breaking balls resulted in home runs (4 HR / 11 Hits). 

BSS Red Sox Podcast TBNL 2020 Outlook

Brice does not have much of a track record, but if he continues his successful spring it will be tough for Boston to keep him off the roster.  He has been able to use his unique arm slot to keep hitters off balance and should continue to show a quality breaking ball.  His success will be reliant on his other pitches' (4-seam and sinking fastballs, change-up) performances.  Look for Brice to contend for a spot in the Red Sox bullpen.  If he is able to earn a spot, he could be a key middle reliever and an important part of potential bullpen days. 

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