In a surprising move, Kyle Barraclough, who had a brief stint with the Los Angeles Angels in 2022, has been released by the Boston Red Sox as part of a series of roster changes this week. This decision comes after Barraclough struggled to find his footing with the Red Sox, raising concerns about his future in professional baseball.
Barraclough, known for his best seasons with the Miami Marlins, showcased his talent from 2015 to 2018, maintaining an impressive 3.21 ERA and an outstanding 29.8 percent strikeout rate during this period. However, his career took a different turn since then, as he moved through five different teams, including a short eight-game tenure with the Angels. During his time with the Angels, Barraclough managed to maintain a 3.00 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP.
Unfortunately, when he joined the Boston Red Sox, his performance took a significant hit. His strikeout rate dropped to 23.1 percent, and his ERA soared to a staggering 12.91, accompanied by a 2.61 WHIP, across just three games and 7.2 innings pitched. Barraclough struggled to make an impact, managing to strike out only four of the 46 batters he faced while with the Red Sox.
Despite these recent setbacks, the 33-year-old Barraclough may still have a chance to revive his career by signing a minor league deal with another team. His track record in Triple-A is notable, boasting a career 3.44 ERA over 170 innings.
In response to Barraclough’s release, the Boston Red Sox made corresponding moves by activating right-hander Zack Kelly from the 60-day injured list and optioning righty Nick Robertson to Triple-A. These roster changes signify the team’s commitment to maintaining a competitive lineup as they navigate through the season.