Red Sox Player Profile: Brandon Workman

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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:

Brandon Workman

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Workman is one of the longest tenured members of the Red Sox, having pitched as a rookie on the 2013 World Series team.  He has battled arm injuries and bounced back and forth between Boston and Pawtucket for most of his career.  He took a major step forward in 2019 when he emerged as a reliable late inning reliever from the dumpster fire that became the Red Sox bullpen in 2019.  He finished the season as the team’s closer after the failures of Matt Barnes and Ryan Brasier.

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·       Position(s): Relief Pitcher
·       2020 opening day age: 31
·       Bats / Throws: Right / Right
·       Height / weight: 6’-5” / 235 pounds
·       Nickname: Work
·       How acquired: 2010 Amateur Draft University of Texas at Austin.
·       Contract status: Signed through 2020 - 1 year / $3.5 M -  Free Agent in 2021
·       2019 Stats: 10 – 1, 1.88 ERA, 71.2 IP, 104 Ks, 45 BBs, 1.033 WHIP,  WAR 3.2

Embrace the past in Retro-Style with Cooperstown Collection jerseys and apparel from MLBShop.com2019 Season:  Workman was a question mark to make the team out of spring training last year, but with the struggles of Barnes and Brasier, he gradually found his way into increasing higher leverage situations.  Workman relied primarily on his curveball, which is his best pitch, but it also got him into trouble with walks and putting runners on base and extending innings.  More often than not he was able to pitch out of the jams, but they were jams of his own making.

2019 Key Stat:  .121 Batting Average Against – tops in the Major Leagues for relief pitchers in 2019.  However, Workman’s 5.7 walks per nine ratio ranked ninth overall in the majors for relief pitchers.

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The Red Sox brought in no back-end of the bullpen help in the offseason, so Workman goes into spring training with the closer job being his to lose.  Relievers often come out of nowhere to have great seasons, then just as quickly slide back into mediocrity – see Brasier as a prime example. 

With limited options at their disposal, the Red Sox will need Workman to continue to develop.  If he can cut down on the number of walks allowed while maintaining his effectiveness, he is a bargain closer at $3.5 M.  He is also heading into free agency after the 2020 season, so another good season will be in his best interest as well.

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