Josh Winckowski, Boston Red Sox prospect from Andrew Benintendi trade, has ‘heavy fastball,’ Matt Barnes says

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Josh Winckowski, the prospect who the Boston Red Sox acquired in Andrew Benintendi trade, pitched a perfect third inning in a Grapefruit League game against the Atlanta Braves on Sunday.

The 22-year-old righty retired Travis d’Arnaud on a grounder back to the mound, struck out Dansby Swanson swinging and got Austin Riley to fly out to right field.

He likely is to begin the minor league regular season at Double-A Portland. He could see some time at Triple-A Worcester as the season progresses.

“I was standing right next to him as he was warming up,” Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes said. “The ball was coming out good. Obviously he had a really good inning. Commanded the ball in the zone. Got ahead of guys, attacked hitters. It looks like he’s got firm, good stuff. It looks like the ball jumps out of his hand — really heavy fastball. That’s what it looks like to me. Obviously I’m not on the other end of it. But watching him from behind in the bullpen warming up and obviously the results speak for themselves in the game today, it looks like he’s got really good stuff.”

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