BOSTON -- In need of bullpen help, the Red Sox today called up pitcher Robert Coello from Triple-A Pawtucket. This is his first stint in the majors.
The 25-year-old right-hander was recently converted from starter to reliever and posted a 7-6 record with one save and a 3.86 ERA this season between Double-A Portland and Pawtucket. Coello has recorded 130 strikeouts in 107 1/3 innings pitched this season. Since his call-up to Triple-A on June 12, he posted 79 strikeouts in 64 innings.
As a reliever with the PawSox, he owns a 1.40 ERA with 24 strikeouts in 19 1/3 innings over nine appearances.
“He’s kind of an interesting story,” said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. “It’s not the route a lot of guys have taken, but that doesn’t mean he can’t be successful. This will be interesting. He’s got a pretty good fastball. His secondary pitches are probably still in progress, still developing but it’ll be interesting to see how he does.”
Coello was selected by the Cincinnati Reds as a catcher in the 20th round of the 2004 draft. He was released by the Reds in 2006 and signed with the Angels. He was converted into a pitcher by the Angels in 2007 and spent that season in the Arizona League. In 2008, he was playing independent ball in the Golden League before signing with the Red Sox as a minor league free agent on Nov. 10, 2008.
Coello spent last season at Single-A Salem and made one appearance for the PawSox.
“I was excited when I got the call,” he said. “[Pawtucket manager] Torey Lovullo told me, ‘This is what you worked hard for.’”
He admitted he wasn’t expecting a call-up.
“Whenever the organization thought I was ready,” he said. “I was ready since I first signed. To get up here, to the major leagues, was my ultimate goal to be a Red Sox pitcher.”