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Reports: Bryce Brentz Nearing Return to Red Sox

Former Red Sox outfield prospect Bryce Brentz is coming home! The 2010 first-round pick is reportedly close to signing a deal, per WEEI's Rob Bradford.

There’s no such thing as too much depth, and the Red Sox reportedly close to bringing back an old friend. According to WEEI’s Rob Bradford, outfielder Bryce Brentz is nearing a return to the Boston Red Sox. Brentz last played for the organization back in 2017 with the Pawtucket Red Sox.

Bryce Brentz Nearing Return to Red Sox

Brentz initially joined the Red Sox organization when he was selected with the 36th overall pick in the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft. Climbing through the system, Brentz made his major league debut as a minor league call-up in the 2014 season. After spending 2015 with Pawtucket, Brentz played 25 games in the majors with the division-winning 2016 Red Sox.

Brentz spent 2017 in the minors, compiling 31 home runs while posting a .271/.334/.529 slash line in Pawtucket. Despite this success, the Red Sox dealt Brentz away prior to the 2018 season. Brentz started the year with the Pirates organization, but was placed on waivers before the season even began.

Brentz didn’t remain unemployed long, as the utility outfielder landed on the New York Mets AAA affiliate. Playing in just 55 games, Brentz posted a .264/.332/.580 slash line while hitting 15 homers.

Brentz has played in 35 major league games throughout his career. During that time, the righty posted a .287/.311/.379 slash line with an accompanying 84 wRC+. He’s nothing remarkable as a fielder, but he’s also not a liability at a corner outfield position.

Brentz will likely earn an invite to the major league camp, but at this point he’s a long-shot to break the Opening Day roster. The Red Sox have one of the best outfields in baseball in Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Mookie Betts. Additionally, they have enviable depth in J.D. Martinez and Brock Holt. In a perfect world, Brentz will spend the entire season with the Pawtucket Red Sox. However, should injury strike, Brentz is probably the top outfield option waiting in the wings.

Featured image courtesy of Zimbio.com
(Feb. 19, 2018 – Source: Elsa/Getty Images North America)
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