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Could Zeke Spruill make the Red Sox Opening Day Roster?

Zeke Spruill might just be able to slide his way onto the Boston Red Sox Opening Day Roster in 2015. Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Zeke Spruill might just be able to slide his way onto the Boston Red Sox Opening Day Roster in 2015.
Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The name Ezekiel Spruill might sound foreign, but he is as American as apple pie.

Acquired by the Boston Red Sox on December 12th in exchange for Myles Smith, a low-A ball pitcher, Spruill who goes by Zeke has allowed 16 earned runs in 34 career big league innings split between 2013 and 2014.

The 25-year-old given his ability to both start and relieve could make an interesting case to be a member of the Boston Red Sox bullpen in 2015.

Topping out at 95mph, Spruill was moved to the bullpen after the All-Star break in 2014 and reacted well to the change. He posted a 7.22 ERA in 11 starts for the AAA Reno Aces this past season as opposed to a 3.71 ERA in 17 relief appearances making it clear he is definitely better at one as opposed to the other.

With an open spot in the Boston Red Sox bullpen, Spruill might have a shot to crack his first big league Opening Day Roster of his career. Showing the ability to go multiple innings in the bigs, Spruill average a little more than 3.2 innings per outing in the big leagues last season, showing his potential as a mop-up man.

Competition for Spruill will be tough however, as he looks to compete against Steven Wright, Heath Hembree and Brandon Workman for that last spot in the bullpen. In that competition, Spruill's biggest disadvantage is the fact that he cannot throw a knuckleball.



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