Red Sox purchase contract of Velazquez

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FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Boston Red Sox announced Saturday that it purchased the contract of Hector Velazquez, a 28-year-old right-hander from Mexico.

Velazquez, of Sonora, Mexico, most recently pitched for the Mayos de Navojoa in the Mexican Pacific Winter League. There, he went 9-3 with 87 strikeouts over 85 1/3 innings, 14 starts and a 2.32 ERA.

While on loan from the Pirates de Campeche of the Mexican League, Velazquez also had a successful 2016 regular season. He went 5-1 with a 2.47 ERA and had 16 walks over 131 1/13 innings in 22 starts and 120 strikeouts. In 15 of his starts, Velazquez allowed two earned runs or fewer. In a single game, he never allowed more than four earned runs.

Velazquez, who has never played Major League Baseball, is on a minor-league contract pending a physical.

The Sox invited Velazquez to spring training.

Jess Dillon



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