William Cuevas

Position: RHP
Born: 10/14/1990
Height: 6'0
Weight: 160
B/T: R/R
Acquired: Signed as an international free agent (Venezuela) on July 2, 2008 (BOS).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
CURRENT SEASON STATS: 0-0 with a 6.17 ERA at Pawtucket (Triple-A), with eight strikeouts and four walks in 11.2 IP over two starts.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Contract purchased from Pawtucket April 20 when SS/2B Marco Hernandez was sent down, and LHP Edwin Escobar was designated for assignment.
MLB Debut Date: 4/21/2016

Debut Details
April 21, in a 12-8 loss to the Rays. The third of four pitchers, he took the loss, allowing two runs, both earned, on three hits in 2.1 IP, walking two. Cuevas came on in the top of the seventh inning with the Sox trailing, 8-7, and pitched a scoreless inning before his team rallied to tie the score in the bottom of the frame. In the eighth, he issued a one-out walk to Steven Pearce and then gave up a two-out RBI double to Steven Souza Jr., putting the Sox in a hole from which they would not recover. Cuevas came out to the start the ninth inning as well, issuing a leadoff double to Kevin Kiermaier before being replaced by reliever Noe Ramirez, who allowed the first batter he faced, Logan Forsythe, to single home Kiermaier for the first of the Rays’ three ninth-inning runs, closing the book on Cuevas.

Player Notes
Cuevas, who was sent back down to Pawtucket on April 22 to make room for reliever Roenis Elias, comes off a strong 2015 season in which he combined to go 11-7 with a 3.17 ERA over 26 starts between Portland (Double-A) and Pawtucket, striking out 128 batters in 136.1 IP while walking 55 and allowing 113 hits. Batters hit just .222 against him in that span, and he earned the Sea Dogs’ Pitcher of the Year honor with a 3.40 ERA over 19 starts for Portland. Although he is a native of Caracas, Venezuela, Cuevas has been pitching for the Colombian National Team in World Baseball Classic competition.

2080 Notes
2080 Baseball’s Chaz Fiorino summed up Cuevas in a scouting report from October 2015 on SoxProspects.com: “Athletic right-handed pitcher with three-pitch mix. Strike-throwing ability; confidence to throw secondaries in any count; lack of swing-and-miss offerings and below-average fastball limit ceiling; possible late bloomer physically to add strength and tick on fastball; current spot-starter potential; chance to emerge as fringe back-end starter.”