Red Sox prospect Kyle Weiland to debut Sunday

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Rather than turn to reliever Alfredo Aceves or add veteran Kevin Millwood from Pawtucket, the Red Sox have chosen 24-year-old Kyle Weiland to make his major league debut and start Sunday in Jon Lester’s place.

Weiland, a 2008 third-round pick out of Notre Dame, is 8-6 with a 3.00 ERA and a 99/37 K/BB ratio in 93 innings for Pawtucket this season.  He’s second in the International Legaue in strikeouts and fifth in ERA.

The plan could be for Weiland to make a couple of starts before Clay Buchholz comes off the DL.  His control is a little iffy, but he has a nice low-90s fastball with a curveball that serves as a strikeout pitch and a surprisingly good changeup.  If he gets better at spotting his fastball as times goes on, he could turn into a viable middle-of-the-rotation starter for Boston.

Phillies sign Trevor Plouffe to minor league deal

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Infielder Trevor Plouffe has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Plouffe asked for and was granted his release from the Rangers earlier this month.

Plouffe, 31, had a double and a home run in 17 plate appearances with Triple-A Round Rock to start the 2018 season. He spent last year with the Athletics and Rays, putting up a meager .198/.272/.318 batting line in 100 games.

Plouffe has mostly played third base throughout his career, but can also handle the other three infield spots and both outfield corners, so he’ll serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the Phillies.