Top Red Sox pitching prospect set to make MLB debut Wednesday

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With Rich Hill hitting the 15-day injured list after his last start, Alex Cora is once again in a spot where he needs to get creative with the starting rotation. Although Chris Sale worked his way up to four innings last time out and is scheduled to make his next start on Wednesday, he will throw for Worcester next, not Boston.

Instead, it appears the Red Sox are considering combating Tampa Bay’s Corey Kluber with their No. 1 pitching prospect. Prior to the first game of this series at Fenway vs. the Rays, Cora said Brayan Bello is an option to start on Wednesday. He’s not made a final decision, but Cora didn’t mention another option.

UPDATE: Bello himself said Monday night that he has been informed that he will indeed be called up.

The 23-year-old right-hander has been with the organization since 2018 and has moved up the ranks each season. After struggling to a 4.66 ERA at Double-A last season, he posted a 1.40 ERA in Portland before getting the bump to Worcester. Bello has posted a 2.81 ERA at the Triple-A level this season, all while maintaining his high strikeout numbers (12.6 K/9 in Worcester).

Ranked 75th among MLB.com’s top 100 prospects, Bello has a three-pitch repertoire: fastball, changeup and slider. Don’t be shocked if his fastball touches 100, and expect him to lean on his changeup more than his slider.