In Major League Baseball, the term “utilityman” typically is reserved for positional players.
Hector Velazquez is making a compelling case to change that narrative, however.
The Boston Red Sox right-hander will start Sunday afternoon against the Tampa Bay Rays in place of the injured Chris Sale. It will be the fifth start of the season for Velazquez, who is 7-0 with a sparkling 2.77 ERA in 35 appearances overall.
The do-anything Mexican has played a crucial role in Boston’s success this year, and Dennis Eckersley considers him an “invaluable” member of the pitching staff.
To learn why, check out the “Red Sox First Pitch” video above, presented by Joseph Abboud.
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