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.