Jerry Cransick from ESPN has reported via Twitter that the Boston Red Sox will receive pitching prospect Aaron Kurcz as the player to be named later as part of compensation for Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein, who was hired from Boston.
Kurcz is a right-handed pitcher and was an 11th round pick for the Cubs as part of the 2010 MLB draft. The Red Sox also acquired pitching prospect Chris Carpenter for Epstein last month, and the move to send Kurcz to Boston is part of a swap of players to be named later that completes the transaction.
Just 21 years old, Kurcz is from Las Vegas, Nevada. He is 6 feet tall and weighs 175 pounds. Last season in Advanced Single-A Daytona Cubs, he had an earned run average of 3.28 and a WHIP of 1.23. He allowed six home runs in 82 innings, with 91 strikeouts and 34 walks.
He is expected to pitch in Advanced Single-A Salem Red Sox to start this season.