On January 21st the Boston Red Sox traded RHP Travis Lakins to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for future considerations. 10 days later, Lakins has landed with the Baltimore Orioles being claimed off waivers.
In his rookie season with Boston, he appeared in 16 games with 23.1 innings pitched posting a 3.86 ERA while striking out 18 batters and walking 10. The 25-year-old spent the bulk of the 2019 season with Triple-A Pawtucket where he posted a 4.60 ERA in 45.0 innings pitched across 40 outings.
Lakins was drafted by the Red Sox in the sixth round of the 2015 draft. The former Ohio State hurler owns a 4.45 ERA in 260.2 minor league innings but took a jump forward in 2018 when he posted a 2.32 ERA in 54.1 innings across two levels.
The righty has four pitches but primarily uses his four-seamer, cutter, and curveball in that order followed by an occasional changeup. The pitch that hurt him at the big league level in 2019 was the cutter which batters hit .324 off on 147 pitches. His curveball was his most effective pitch holding hitters to an a.077 batting average on 77 pitches followed by his four-seam .206 on 157 pitches. His fastball sits around 95 mph, cutter around 90, and his curveball in the low 80s. Lakins has been considered a top 20 prospect in the Red Sox system the past couple of seasons but had a rough start to his pro career.
Two elbow fractures caused him to miss considerable time in 2016 and 2017 that also affected his ability to get to camp on time in 2018. Baltimore would have had a chance to get a great look at Lakins given that their minor league affiliate Norfolk Tides play in the same league as the PawSox.
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