Red Sox Add Three To 40-Man Roster
RED SOX ADD THREE PLAYERS TO 40-MAN ROSTER
BOSTON, MA — The Boston Red Sox today purchased the contracts of catcher Luis Exposito, right-handed pitcher Stolmy Pimentel and infielder Oscar Tejeda from Triple-A Pawtucket, adding them to the 40-man Major League roster. With the moves, the Red Sox 40-man roster is now at 39.
Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein made the announcement.
Exposito compiled a .260 average (123-for-473) with 39 doubles, one triple, 11 home runs, 94 RBI, 65 runs scored and 55 walks in a career-high 125 games with Double-A Portland in 2010. The 23-year-old paced the Sea Dogs while finishing among Eastern League leaders in RBI (3rd) and doubles (4th) and caught 30 of 80 attempted base stealers for a league-best 37.5 percent caught stealing rate. Exposito has also played two games with Aguilas Cibaenas of the Dominican Winter League.
A veteran of five professional seasons, Exposito was selected by Boston in the 31st round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft. He is a .274 (413-for-1,508) hitter with 42 home runs and 244 RBI in 394 career minor league games in the Red Sox organization.
Pimentel, 20, went 9-11 with a 4.06 ERA (58 ER/128.2 IP) in 26 starts for Single-A Salem in 2010, compiling a team-high 102 strikeouts compared to 42 walks. He ranked among Carolina League leaders in ERA (9th) and starts (T-3rd) while finishing fifth among league starters with a .248 opponent average against (120-for-484). Pimentel placed eighth among qualifying Red Sox minor leaguers in ERA and tied for fourth in wins. The right-hander was also selected to participate in the 2010 All-Star Futures Game and retired both batters he faced while pitching for the World Team.
Signed by Boston as an international free agent on July 2, 2006, Pimentel has gone 27-21 with a 3.64 ERA (150 ER/371.1 IP), 326 strikeouts and 110 walks in 77 career minor league games (73 starts) over four seasons (2007-10) in the Red Sox organization. He was named Red Sox Minor League Latin Program Pitcher of the Year with the Dominican Summer League Red Sox in 2007.
The 20-year-old Tejeda spent the 2010 season with Single-A Salem, where he was named to both the Carolina League's mid-season and post-season All-Star teams. He ranked fourth in the circuit and second among Red Sox farmhands with a .307 average (156-for-508) and tallied 32 doubles, five triples, 11 home runs, 69 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 126 games, including a league-high 119 contests at second base. Tejeda also ranked among Carolina League leaders in sacrifice flies (1st, 10), hits (2nd), at-bats (5th), extra-base hits (7th, 48), runs scored (7th, 76), total bases (7th, 231) and slugging percentage (9th, .455). He has also appeared in nine games for Gigantes del Cibao of the Dominican Winter League.
Originally signed by the Red Sox as an international free agent on July 2, 2006, the infielder has hit .281 (427-for-1,517) with 19 home runs, 190 RBI and 41 stolen bases in 389 career games over four seasons (2007-10) in the Red Sox farm system.
BOSTON RED SOX 40-MAN ROSTER (39)
PITCHERS (18): Scott Atchison, Daniel Bard, Josh Beckett, Michael Bowden, Clay Buchholz, Taylor Buchholz, Robert Coello, Felix Doubront, Matt Fox, John Lackey, Jon Lester, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Andrew Miller, Hideki Okajima, Jonathan Papelbon, Stolmy Pimentel, Junichi Tazawa, Tim Wakefield.
CATCHERS (3): Luis Exposito, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Mark Wagner.
INFIELDERS (10): Lars Anderson, Brent Dlugach, Jose Iglesias, Jed Lowrie, Yamaico Navarro, David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, Marco Scutaro, Oscar Tejeda, Kevin Youkilis.
OUTFIELDERS (8): Mike Cameron, J.D. Drew, Jacoby Ellsbury, Ryan Kalish, Darnell McDonald, Daniel Nava, Eric Patterson, Josh Reddick.
— RED SOX —