Brayan Bello Makes his First Career Start
On Wednesday July 6th, Boston Red Sox top pitching prospect Brayan Bello made his Major League debut against the Tampa Bay Rays. High expectations surrounded the 23-year-old prospect because of how well he moved up from Double-AA to Triple-AAA. Bello had a rocky first career start against the Rays, but will look to bounce back Monday against Tampa down in St. Petersberg. His pitching line went as followed, 4 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 2 Ks. This wasn’t the impressive start that everyone hoped for, but he had to get the jitters out. From his first start to his next scheduled start, you should notice the difference between both and how calm he will be pitching out on the mound again.
Bello Reflects on his First Career Start
“Yeah, I learned that they’re not the same hitters that you face down there in Triple-A,” Bello said. “You face batters who are very smart, selective hitters who are going to pick out the pitch they are going to hit, and that’s what I learned for my next outing.”
“Yeah, I didn’t really like my stuff at the beginning,” Bello said. “As the game went on, I got in a good rhythm with [catcher Christian] Vázquez and my stuff got better and that’s it.”
Red Sox Manager Alex Cora on Bello’s Outing
“Like I said [leading into the start], whether he went seven innings and gave up no runs, or three innings and seven runs, we still love the kid,” said Red Sox manager Alex Cora. “And we know what he means to this organization.”
What’s Next for Bello
As I had mentioned above, Bello will make his second career start on Monday against Rays down in Florida. Red Sox manager Alex Cora confirmed that they would give him another chance in the rotation, and see how he will do this time around. General Manager Chaim Bloom, along with Cora have a lot of faith in this young man especially the way he was pitching with the Worcester Red Sox and the Portland Sea Dogs. Pitching has been struggling as of late, Bello could be the spark that the rotation needs going forward.