June 25th, 2012
Earlier in the day we talked about the Kevin Youkilis trade, but mostly from a historical perspective. Now we want to look at this trade in terms of what the Boston Red Sox actually got for Youkilis.
Zach Stewart: Stewart was drafted in the third round of the 2008 June Draft by the Cincinnati Reds and was quickly traded to the Toronto Blue Jays the following year in the Scott Rolen trade. Stewart was then traded to the Chicago White Sox in the deal that sent Edwin Jackson and Mark Teahen to the Blue Jays.
Stewart has been up and down between the minors and majors over the past two seasons, but hasn’t established himself at all in that time frame. In 97.1 career Major League innings, Stewart has a 5.92 ERA, 5.6 K/9, 2.0 BB/9, and a 50.3 percent Ground Ball Percentage. He has appeared in 31 games with 12 of those coming as a starter.
Stewart is still only 25-years-old, so there is still time for him to figure things out. Where he figures in with the Red Sox remains to be seen, but with all the injuries to the Red Sox rotation, I would imagine Stewart will be making spot starts here and there for Boston until some of their regulars come back. However, Stewart’s long-term role with Boston will most likely be pitching out of the bullpen as part of the underbelly of that group.
Stewart will start his Red Sox career in Triple-A.
Brent Lillibridge: In Lillibridge, the Red Sox get the ultimate utility player. Lillibridge has played eight positions for the White Sox in 2012. The only thing he hasn’t done for them is pitched.
After having a career year with the White Sox in 2011, Lillibridge has really fallen off with the bat in 2012. He went into Sunday’s game with a .175/.232/.190 slash line with no HR’s in 70 PA’s.
He’ll serve in the same utility role with the Red Sox that he did with the White Sox.
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