Courtesy of our friends-slash-hated enemies over at OverTheMonster, here's a quick profile on Craig Breslow -- from the persepctive of an expert Red Sox fan before they had to let him go.
Just hours before Breslow was claimed by the Indians, OTM writers Randy Booth and Allen Chace released their Over The Monster 2008 Season Preview, and sure enough, Breslow was among the 50 Red Sox major and minor leaguers profiled in it. Although originally drafted and signed by the Brewers in 2002, Breslow was on the Red Sox 40-man roster and pitching for Triple-A Pawtucket for all of the 2006 and 2007 seasons, aside from 13 games with the big-league club in late 2006.
I'm reprinting the entire Craig Breslow entry below, with kind permission of the authors. The full Red Sox season preview can be downloaded from this article.
Weight: 180 lbs.
Perhaps the smartest man in baseball, Craig Breslow is a strikeout throwing Yale graduate that will probably take up life as a biochemist after his baseball career is through. Nothing big, you know.
Breslow is the model "AAAA" player. He has had a load of success at the AAA level but hasn’t had the full opportunity to show his grit at the major league level. Breslow had his first taste of the bigs in 2005 with the San Diego Padres where he put together a 175 ERA+ in 16.1 IP. It wasn’t good enough for the Padres to bring him back though. The Red Sox signed Breslow on Feb. 4, 2006.
Breslow joined the Sox a few times in the 2006 season, but found a permanent home once September rolled around. He was regulated to mostly mop-up duty, but didn’t pitch poorly by any means: 12 innings, 5 earned runs, 12 strikeouts and 6 walks. Not bad but the Sox haven’t called him up since.
Personally, I’ve been waiting for the day the Sox call up Breslow and keep him up for good. He’s got a lot of talent and he’s shown that throughout his entire minor league career. He’s one of those players fans just want to see succeed. Pitch for pitch, Breslow is probably better than his similar major league counterpart Javier Lopez. 2008 may be the year Breslow gets his chance to shine.