Boston Red Sox pitching prospect Richard Fitts was nearly perfect when taking the mound for the Worcester Red Sox on Wednesday night.

The 24-year-old, who Boston acquired this past offseason in its (rare) trade with the New York Yankees involving outfielder Alex Verdugo, was sensational. Fitts, making his ninth start for the team’s Triple-A affiliate, threw seven innings against the Charlotte Knights before WooSox manager Chad Tracy called it a night for the right-hander.

But by that point, regardless of the result, Fitts left an impression.

Fitts had logged seven perfect innings before coughing up a single to Charlotte’s Oscar Colás to open up the eighth inning. He struck out seven batters, finished surrendering just one hit through seven innings and improved to 4-1 on the season with a 3.72 ERA, wrapping up a bittersweet, but still commendable 82-pitch effort in Worcester’s 5-2 victory.

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Last season, in New York’s farm system, Fitts spent the year in Double-A, pitching for the Somerset Patriots. There, Fitts went 11-5 with a 3.48 ERA and 1.14 WHIP, striking out 163 batters while allowing 22 home runs in 152 2/3 innings thrown before the swap from the Yankees to Red Sox.

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Fitts is ranked No. 10 among the top 30 prospects in Boston’s farm system, according to MLB Pipeline, placing him third among pitchers — behind right-handers Wikelman Gonzalez and Luis Perales.

Depending on how Boston’s big league rotation shapes out, Fitts could get a promotional call at some point this season from the Red Sox. Right-hander Garrett Whitlock is the only current member of the club’s starting rotation residing on the (15-day) injured list, dealing with a right elbow injury.

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