Andrew "AJ" Politi Worcester Red Sox Pitcher

       
 
Age: 26
Born: June 4, 1996
Birthplace: Long Valley, NJ
Height: 6-0
Weight: 195
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
   
Drafted: 15th round, 2018 by BOS
How Acquired: Draft
College: Seton Hall
High School: West Morris Central (NJ)
   

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AJ Politi photos by Kelly O'Connor
Pronunciation: pole-EE-tee 
First Pro Contract: June 14, 2018 (BOS)
Signing Scout: Ray Fagnant
Signing Bonus: $25,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2022
MLFA Eligible: November 2024
   
Pro Debut: June 20, 2018 (Lowell)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/22): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2022): MiLB contract
   
Twitter: -
Instagram: @aj_politi

 
 
 
 
 
     
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  Physical Description: Average frame with no remaining projection.

Mechanics: Max-effort delivery, throwing exclusively from the stretch from the first base side of the rubber. Throws from a three-quarters arm slot with hard recoil and head whack. Short arm action that puts a lot of stress on his arm and could lead to injury issues long-term.

Fastball: 93-95 mph. Straight and lacks plane, but has been effective against less advanced bats. Control has improved as he has moved up the ladder and now projects as fringe-average. Potential below-average command. Pitch plays below velocity grade due to lack of movement and inconsistent command. Potential solid-average offering.

Slider: 84-88 mph. Short, horizontal break. Will show sharp, cutter-ish movement at its best. Shows good feel for the pitch and willingness to use it against left-handed hitters. Potential above-average offering.

Curveball: 79-83 mph. Vertical, 12-to-6 shape, has more depth than slider. Inconsistent feel that sometimes gets better as outings go on. Potential fringe-average offering.
  Changeup: Mid-80s, show-me changeup. Did not use in outings scouted in 2022.

Career Notes: Senior sign in 2018. Jumped straight to High-A Salem in 2019. Participated in the 2018 and 2020 Fall Instructional League. Bounced between the rotation and bullpen in the second half of 2019 and worked as a starter for most of 2021 before moving back to the bullpen in September. Participated in 2022 Winter Warm-Up.

Summation: Potential up-and-down emergency relief arm with the ceiling of a middle reliever if he can improve command and consistency with all his pitches. Significant injury risk in delivery and faces questions about his ability to get left-handed hitters out at the major league level without a useable changeup, though progression of his slider has given him a pitch he is confident throwing against left-handed hitters.

Links
Scouting Scratch (10.16.2018)
Scout Chatter (11.30.2020)

Scouting Scratch: Breaking Down the Arizona Fall League Contingent (10.27.2021)
Scouting Scratch: Red Sox 2021 Rule 5 Preview (11.18.2021)
 
   
     
    Pitching Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l % era g gs sv ip h r er hr bb so whip k/bb k/9
2018 Seton Hall NCAA Coll --- 22 5 4 0.555 5.44 17 6 1 48.0 36 31 29 5 29 67 1.35 2.31 12.56
  2018 Lowell Spinners NYPL A- Bos 22 1 1 0.500 4.34 21 0 7 29.0 30 15 14 2 10 43 1.38 4.30 13.34
  2019 Salem Red Sox Car A+ Bos 23 5 2 0.714 3.55 33 5 1 78.2 56 37 31 4 37 96 1.18 2.59 10.98
  2020 Season Cancelled --- --- Bos 24 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
  2021 Portland Sea Dogs DNE AA Bos 25 6 9 0.400 6.36 21 15 0 75.0 77 59 53 11 38 89 1.53 2.34 10.70
  2021 Scottsdale Scorpions AFL Fall Bos 25 0 0 --- 6.35 10 0 1 11.1 15 9 8 0 8 10 2.03 1.25 7.94
2022 Portland Sea Dogs East AA Bos 26 0 1 0.000 2.03 12 0 4 13.1 7 4 3 2 3 20 0.75 6.67 13.50
  2022 Worcester Red Sox IL AAA Bos 26                                  
  2023 Worcester Red Sox IL AAA Bos 27     stats                            
   
     
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  Carolina League Pitcher of the Week (August 19-25, 2019)   SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (August 19-25, 2019)  
   

   
     
 
 
 
     
 
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