PawSox Roster Update: Catcher Depth A Question With Dan Butler Retirement

PawSox Roster Update: Catcher Depth A Question With Dan Butler Retirement, Plenty Of Movement Coming

There are currently 31 days until the 2019 Pawtucket Red Sox season is underway. 

As Red Sox Spring Training continues the question of who will be on Pawtucket’s roster in 31 days often comes up. Looking at the official team roster generally provides some direction but not the full picture as illustrated below. 


Anyelo Gomez

Matthew Gorst

Trevor Kelley

Austin Maddox

Jenrry Mejia 

Erasmo Ramirez 

Andrew Schwaab

Mike Shawaryn

Carson Smith

Josh A. Smith

Domingo Tapia

Ryan Weber

Jordan Weems


Juan Centeno

Oscar Hernandez


Josh Ockimey

Tony Renda


Bryce Brentz

Rusney Castillo

Gorkys Hernandez

Cole Sturgeon

Based on Pawtucket’s official roster there are 21 players on the roster, 13 pitchers, 2 catchers, 2 infielders, and four outfielders. By all accounts Pawtucket will be in need of a third catcher, and 3-to-4 more infielders in addition to several more additions into the pitching core. 

And all of that is perfectly normal, minor league rosters tend to be rather unofficial up until their respective Opening Days. Despite that there are a few names that can be pencilled in ahead of Pawtucket’s Opening Day. 


Travis Lakins

Chandler Shepherd

Darwinzon Hernandez

Colten Brewer

Josh Taylor

Marcus Walden


Likely a signing yet to occur


Chad De La Guerra

Michael Chavis 

Marco Hernandez (Could be in extended Spring)

Jantzen Witte


Sam Travis 

There is plenty of movement that could occur especially on the Portland-to-Pawtucket side of things but one thing is clear, catching depth might be a problem. 

Boston will have Sandy Leon, Christian Vasquez, and Blake Swihart on their Major League roster. This leaves Pawtucket with Oscar Hernandez and Juan Centeno

With the retirement of Dan Butler the catching depth took a hit within the organization. Last season the organization brought in Mike Ohlman to help bolster the depth when Hernandez was suspended. 

Ohlman is currently a free agent and it is likely the organization could make a move to bring in a catcher with Major League experience to once again bolster their depth. 

Pawtucket’s roster will certainly fluctuate in the coming weeks so stay tuned to Trifecta Sports. 

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