Red Sox add 2 pitchers, pair of OFs as NRIs

December 21st, 2021

BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox have added four non-roster invitees to the team’s 2022 Spring Training roster: pitchers Michael Feliz and Zack Kelly and outfielders Rob Refsnyder and Christin Stewart.

Red Sox Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom made the announcement on Tuesday.

Michael Feliz, RHP – Feliz, 28, is 17-9 with a 5.33 ERA (146 ER/246.2 IP) in 227 major league appearances (one start) between the Houston Astros (2015-17), Pittsburgh Pirates (2018-21), Cincinnati Reds (2021), Boston Red Sox (2021), and Oakland A’s (2021). The right-hander made at least 46 appearances in four consecutive seasons from 2016-19, including a career-high 58 in 2019. Signed by Houston as a minor league free agent in 2010, the Dominican Republic native made four relief appearances for the Red Sox in 2021, posting a 3.38 (2 ER/5.1 IP).

Zack Kelly, RHP – Kelly, 26, will be attending his first Major League Spring Training camp. The right-hander posted a 2.18 ERA (11 ER/45.1 IP) with 69 strikeouts over a career-high 36 relief appearances between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Worcester in 2021, his first season in the Red Sox organization. The Virginia native was signed by the Oakland A’s as a non-drafted free agent out of Newberry College (SC) in 2017. He is 13-11 with a 3.16 ERA (69 ER/196.1 IP) in 88 appearances (13 starts) in the A’s (2017), Los Angeles Angels (2018-19), and Red Sox (2021) organizations.

Rob Refsnyder, OF – Refsnyder, 30, has hit .224 (120-for-536) with six home runs and 35 RBI in 232 major league games between the New York Yankees (2015-17), Toronto Blue Jays (2017), Tampa Bay Rays (2018), Texas Rangers (2020), and Minnesota Twins (2021). Originally selected by the Yankees in the fifth round of the 2012 June Draft out of the University of Arizona, the right-handed hitter has appeared in 59 games in left field, 43 at second base, 41 in right field, 36 at first base, 22 in center field, and one at third base during his career. Last season, he batted .245 (34-for-139) in 51 games for the Twins, also hitting five home runs in 18 games for Triple-A St. Paul.

Christin Stewart, OF – Stewart, 28, has hit .225 (117-for-519) with 15 home runs and 59 RBI in 157 major league games, all for the Detroit Tigers (2018-20). Selected by Detroit in the first round (34th overall) of the 2015 June Draft out of the University of Tennessee, the Georgia native has made 134 starts in left field and 12 at designated hitter. A left-handed hitter, Stewart spent the entire 2021 season with Triple-A Toledo, where he hit .254 (77-for-303) with 21 home runs, 58 RBI, and an .877 OPS in 89 games.