Welcome to our 2019 Red Sox in Review series. This is, as you can probably guess, where we will be reviewing all of the players who made at least a modest impact on the Red Sox in 2019. Every week day we’ll be deep diving into one player every day. For each edition we’ll describe the season in a sentence, look at the positives from the year as well as negatives, look back at our one big question from the season preview and look ahead to the 2020 season. We’ll be going in alphabetical order of the players on this list. You can look over that list, too, and drop a name in the comments if you think I left anyone out who should be mentioned here. Got it? Good. Today we focus on Hector Velázquez.
2019 in One Sentence
Hector Velázquez couldn’t stay on that tightrope he’d been walking in the first two years of his career, with the lack of stuff catching up and his ERA inflating above 5.00.
We typically talk about versatility in terms of position players, with players like Brock Holt and Ben Zobrist as guys who can play all over the diamond and just generally make life easier for managers. It’s not thought of as much in terms of pitchers since there’s…