Bryce Brentz looking to find role with Red Sox – Boston Globe
BALTIMORE — Bryce Brentz turns 26 in December and this season is his fifth in the Red Sox organization. His career is at that uncomfortable stage where he will soon be too old and experienced to be considered a prospect.
A supplemental first-round pick in 2010, Brentz also faces the challenge of finding a role in an organization suddenly crowded with outfielders and righthanded hitters.
Brentz was called up on Wednesday in Pittsburgh and doubled in his first major league at-bat in the fifth inning when he pinch hit. But his future with the Red Sox is cloudy. Brentz could get traded or conceivably even squeezed off the 40-man roster over the offseason.
“You can beat yourself to death worrying about who the team has and where you will end up. I can’t worry about that,” said Brentz, who didn’t play in the Red Sox’ 7-2 loss to the Orioles on Saturday night. “We have a lot of great outfielders, so just getting called up was special for me. I’m trying to enjoy this and whatever happens I’ll deal with that for now.”
Health is the biggest concern for Brentz. Knee surgery in 2013 and a severe hamstring strain this year limited him to 160 games over two seasons. But he still managed 31 home runs in 666 regular-season at-bats. Over five seasons, Brentz has 83 homers. His power is legitimate.
“That’s a tool you can’t forget about,” Sox manager John Farrell said. “Bryce is a guy who can impact games with his bat. We saw that in spring training.”
Brentz also finished the minor league season well, something that will be in his favor when decisions are made.
Brentz was out from May 16 to July 17 with a strained right hamstring. He played seven games in the Gulf Coast League and two …read more