The Boston Red Sox lost one of their top minor league pitching arms on Saturday. According to MassLive‘s Chris Cotillo, the Red Sox lost right-handed pitcher Chandler Shepherd to the Chicago Cubs. Shepherd spent the past three seasons on the Red Sox 40-man roster but never earned a promotion to the majors.
Cubs have claimed Chandler Shepherd off waivers from the Red Sox.
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) May 18, 2019
Former Boston Red Sox Pitcher Chandler Shepherd Claimed By Chicago Cubs
Shepherd spent the past three and a half seasons with the AAA Pawtucket Red Sox. Shepherd struggled this season with Pawtucket, recording a 10.01 ERA and an 8.60 FIP in 29.2 innings of work. Shepherd gave up a concerning 3.34 home runs per nine innings while walking over four batters per inning. The only encouraging number was his 9.10 strikeout rate.
Throughout the course of his minor league career, Shepherd has pitched 383.1 innings to the tune of a 4.09 ERA, 3.81 FIP, and a 1.30 WHIP. His stuff has never been anything to write home about and the fact that he never made a major league appearance after spending three years in Pawtucket speaks to how the organization viewed him.