March 18, 2016 at 6:18 PM
Just three days after sending down seven players from big league camp, the Red Sox have cut two more, optioning infielder Marco Hernandez (pictured) to Triple-A Pawtucket and reassigning right-handed pitcher Kyle Martin to minor league camp.
Hernandez had an excellent showing in big league camp, going 11 for 19 (.579) and notching six doubles with a stolen base. Though Hernandez projects as a utility infielder, he has a chance to be successful in that role as he has shown the ability to play both shortstop and second base. He is coming off a strong offensive season between Portland and Pawtucket in which he batted .305/.330/.454 with nine home runs between the two levels.
Martin appeared in five games for the Red Sox this spring, allowing two earned runs and striking out five over six innings pitched. A ninth-round pick in 2013, Martin dealt with injuries in 2015 and only threw 42 innings with Portland, but the 6-foot-7 right-hander has the chance to see action out of the Red Sox bullpen as soon as this season. He throws in a mid-90s fastball, a changeup, and occasional slider. The fastball and changeup have above-average potential.
This pair of cuts trims major league camp roster to 46 players, including 12 non-roster invitees.
Photo Credit: Marco Hernandez by Kelly O'Connor