Boston Red Sox: Brayan Bello not ready for the big leagues

Boston Red Sox pitcher Brayan Bello (66) Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports
Boston Red Sox pitcher Brayan Bello (66) Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports /

When Brayan Bello was promoted to the Boston Red Sox last week, everyone was excited. Some even thought it was exactly what the Boston’s pitching staff needed at the time. It all made sense, right?

He was dominating at the AAA level with the Worcester Red Sox. Boston’s starting rotation was down four starters. So Bello got the call up.

But after two starts at the major league level, both of which came against the Tampa Bay Rays, it’s very clear that Brayan Bello is not ready to pitch for the Boston Red Sox just yet. Bello struggled in both his starts against the Rays, and was sent back down to Worcester yesterday to make way for Chris Sale.

Brayan Bello’s lack of control preventing him from succeeding with the Boston Red Sox

The big thing about pitching in the MLB is hitting your spots when it matters the most. Brayan Bello did not do that effectively when he pitched for the Boston Red Sox. He had six walks and a hit by pitch over his eight innings of work. He’s averaging almost a walk an inning. That’s not good!

You need to be able to trust a guy to throw a strike in a big situation. It was clear in his first two starts that Bello could not do that yet, at the MLB level anyway. Going back to Worcester will allow Bello to be able to work on his control, especially with his off speed stuff. The young right hander really struggled to get his third pitch going in his slider, but if he can get that under control, he figures to be in good shape.

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Brayan Bello does have a bright future with the Boston Red Sox

Before we get too carried away thrashing on Bello, let’s make something very clear here with Brayan Bello. Two MLB starts at 23 years old does not define his Major League career. A lot of people out there will overreact after seeing a short sample size. Those people need to take a breath and relax!

Alex Cora had good things to say about Bello after his two starts. It pretty much mirrors everything a lot of knowledgeable Red Sox fans are saying. The talent is there. The stuff is certainly there. Now it’s time to learn and fine tune some things in Worcester. That’s certainly not a bad thing considering the kid is only 23 years old.

The bottom line is this: Brayan Bello wasn’t ready to be up at the Major League level yet. The move made all the sense in the world. Promote the kid up who’s been dominating AAA hitters. But once he got here, it was clear the nerves were there and the execution wasn’t where the Red Sox hoped it would be.

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Now that Sale is back with the club and Nathan Eovaldi appears to be getting there too, Bello can use this time to reflect. Reflect on what went wrong and make some adjustments to be ready when he gets called up in the future. This is certainly not the last we’ve seen of Brayan Bello on the Boston Red Sox.