Though Shepherd has worked primarily in relief at Pawtucket the past two seasons, the Red Sox elected to stretch him out as a starter this spring, suggesting he'll get the opportunity to join the Triple-A club's rotation to begin the upcoming campaign. The 25-year-old isn't considered a prospect of note in the Red Sox farm system, but his standing in the organization could change quickly if he's able to immediately thrive in a starting role for Pawtucket.
Shepherd has only started three out of 125 games he's appeared in over the course of his minor-league career, although he did start seven contests in the Mexican Pacific Winter League this offseason. During 34 appearances with Triple-A Pawtucket last season, Shepherd posted a 4.07 ERA and 1.30 WHIP with a 68:18 K:BB.
He worked primarily as a reliever at Triple-A in 2017, but started this winter in Mexico, so there may be swing man potential with the 25-year-old righty going forward. Shepherd notched a 4.07 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 68 strikeouts in 59.2 innings at Triple-A Pawtucket. Look for him to return to that level at the start of 2018, and he appears to be on track to make his big-league debut at some point this season.
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2015||AFA-Salem Red Sox||0||2||3.61||28||0||0||0||6||52.1||48||23||21||3||1||7||46|
|2016||AAA-Pawtucket Red Sox||1||2||3.71||18||1||0||0||1||34.0||28||14||14||3||0||8||23|
|2016||AA-Portland Sea Dogs||1||1||1.80||22||0||0||0||6||30.0||14||8||6||3||0||10||39|
|2017||AAA-Pawtucket Red Sox||1||5||4.07||34||1||0||0||2||59.2||59||31||27||5||1||18||68|