June 15, 2013 at 11:29 AM
According to Kevin Thomas of the Portland Press Herald, Portland Sea Dogs right-hander Brock Huntzinger (pictured) has been promoted to Pawtucket and Portland has recieved Salem Red Sox righty Michael McCarthy to start tonight's contest against the Akron Aeros. A corresponding move will be made by Pawtucket in order to place Huntzinger on the roster, which is currently at it's limit of 25 players.
Huntzinger pitched 31 innings over 25 appearances of the Portland's bullpen this season while striking out 25, walking 12 and notching a system-high 13 saves. The 24-year-old earns his second promotion to Triple-A, as he surrendered two runs and struck out four over three innings with the PawSox last season after 71 innings in Portland in which he walked 24 and struck out 55.
McCarthy, whom the Red Sox selected the in 13th round of the 2011 draft, follows Matt Barnes as the second pitcher from the 2011 draft to reach Double-A Portland. The 25-year-old had a 4.72 ERA with 45 strikeouts and 14 walks in 55 1/3 innings with Salem while mainly serving as the club's piggyback starter. In three seasons in the system, McCarthy has struck out 143 while walking 52 batters over 165 1/3 innings between Lowell, Greenville and Salem.
Photo Credit: Brock Huntzinger by Kelly O'Connor
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