The Boston Red Sox are off to a slow start to the 2022 campaign, but there were still some early season brights for the team.
One of the most exciting team developments so far this season has been Garrett Whitlock.
The 25-year-old pitcher has put together a very impressive rookie in 2021 and established himself as an extremely reliable arm for the Red Sox.
This season, it’s been more or less the same on the right-hand side.
Whitlock seems like the real deal, and to make matters better, it doesn’t even look like he’s even close to his ceiling yet.
A quick look at Whitlock’s 2022 season so far
The Red Sox have called on Whitlock five times so far this season.
Four of his appearances have come out of the bullpen, while his last outing was a debut.
As a reliever this season, he maintained a 0.93 ERA and 0.384 opposing OPS.
In his lone start, he pitched four shutout innings, allowing just one hit and stoking seven.
Overall, the youngster has a tiny 0.66 ERA, 1.84 FIP and 0.51 WHIP over 13.2 innings of work this season.
In his first appearance of the season, he allowed a run, but since then has posted 11.1 straight innings of scoreless work.
Garrett Whitlock, Expelliarmus Slider. 🪄 pic.twitter.com/HrAbubsvwy
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) April 23, 2022
Whitlock already has a bWAR of 0.9, and that number will surely increase as the season progresses.
here to stay
The Red Sox are treating Whitlock like a guy they have big plans for.
The team recently signed him for a contract extension in a move which has been very well received by fans.
—Red Sox (@RedSox) April 10, 2022
There has been a lot of talk about the idea of Whitlock eventually becoming a permanent starter, as he apparently has what it takes to thrive in that capacity.
The good news for the Red Sox is that they will obviously have plenty of time to figure out what kind of role he belongs in in the future.
For fans who haven’t been keeping up with Whitlock’s 2021 breakout season, it’s worth a read.
The New York Yankees essentially gave up on the Georgia native deciding not to protect him in the 2020 Rule 5 Draft.
The Red Sox grabbed him and he went on to make Boston’s 2021 Opening Day roster.
He ended up being one of the team’s most important players throughout the year.
During the 2021 regular season, he pitched at 1.96 ERA, 241 ERA+, 2.84 FIP, and 1.11 WHIP over 46 outings and 73.1 innings.
In the 2021 playoffs, he saw action in five games and allowed just two runs in 8.1 innings.
He was instrumental in the team’s run to the ALCS, and his success was undoubtedly one of the best storylines of the season for the Red Sox.
This year, Whitlock would certainly like to help his club go even further in the playoffs.
At 7-9, Boston does a disservice early on, but there’s still plenty of time for the team to get things moving in the right direction.
No matter what role Whitlock finds himself in, he’s sure to do everything in his power to help the Red Sox succeed.