Full name is Kutter Martin Crawford...Played baseball at Indian River State College (2015-16) and Florida Gulf Coast University (2017)...Selected to the All-Atlantic Sun Conference First Team in 2017. Ranked eighth in the NCAA with a 1.71 ERA, the second-lowest in FGCU single-season history...His 99 SO in 2017 were the most by any FGCU pitcher since Chris Sale (104 in 2009, 146 in 2010)...Held opponents to a team-best .194 AVG in 2017, the third-best mark in FGCU single-season history at the time...Graduated from Okeechobee (FL) High School...His older brother, Jonathon, was selected by DET in the first round of the 2013 June Draft (No. 20 overall).
Spent the majority of the season with BOS, going 3-6 with a 5.47 ERA (47 ER/77.1 IP) in 21 outings (12 starts) over three stints for the Red Sox...Led Sox rookies in innings pitched (77.1)...Became the fourth rookie pitcher since 2016 to make 12+ starts for BOS, joining Brian Johnson (13 in 2018), Tanner Houck (13 in 2021), and Josh Winckowski (14 in 2022)...Also made six appearances (four starts) for Triple-A Worcester, going 1-0 with a 5.18 ERA (14 ER/24.1 IP)...Made his first Opening Day roster after attending his first ML Spring Training. Was the only Red Sox player to make his first Opening Day roster in 2022...Earned his first career win on 4/10 at NYY after tossing two scoreless innings in relief (4 H)...Retired nine of 10 batters faced in three scoreless innings on 4/23 at TB (5 SO, 1 H)...Optioned to Worcester on 5/14. Made four appearances for the WooSox from 5/19-6/5 (3 GS, 13.1 IP, 11 R)...Recalled on 6/12 and threw five scoreless innings in his start that afternoon at SEA (H, 4 BB, 7 SO)...Optioned to Worcester on 6/19 but did not pitch prior to his recall on 7/4. Spent the remainder of the season in the majors...Following his recall on 7/4 recorded a career-high eight SO over 5.1 scoreless innings in relief that day vs. TB. Was just the second Red Sox since 1975 with 8+ SO in 5.0+ innings of relief, joining Casey Fossum (7/24/02 vs. TB)...Threw 5.0+ innings and allowed three ER or fewer in each of his five July appearances (four starts, 2.57 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, 28.0 IP, 20 H, 8 R, 4 BB, HB)...On 7/28 vs. CLE, retired 10 of his first 11 batters faced...On 8/2, limited HOU to one run over six IP to earn the win. Allowed a run in the first inning before tossing five scoreless frames...On 8/13, held NYY scoreless through the first four IP before allowing a two-run HR in the fifth inning. Did not allow a hit to his first 12 batters faced...Was placed on the 15-Day Injured List on 9/4 (retro to 9/1) with a right shoulder impingement and missed the Sox’ final 31 games of the season.
Made his ML debut (one start), but spent most of the season with Double-A Portland and Triple-A Worcester...Earned the Red Sox’ Lou Gorman Award, given annually to a Red Sox minor league player who has demonstrated dedication and perseverance in overcoming obstacles while working his way to the major league team...Ranked among Red Sox minor leaguers in strikeouts (4th, 131) and innings pitched (9th, 94.2)...Began the season with Portland (10 GS) before being promoted to Worcester on 7/27 (10 G, 9 GS)...Between the two teams, was 6-6 with a 4.28 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and .232 opponent AVG (94.2 IP, 45 ER, 82 H, 131 SO, 20 BB)...Threw at least 5.0 innings in 12 of his starts and at least 6.0 innings in five...Recorded a season-high 10 SO with 0 BB on 7/10 vs. Hartford (6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER)...Added to the ML roster on 9/5 and started that day vs. CLE (L, 2.0 IP, 5 R, 5 H, 1 HR, 2 BB, 2 SO)...Returned to Worcester the following day...Pitched for Estrellas of the Dominican Winter League following the season...Was 1-0 with a 0.42 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and .195 opponent AVG in 5 starts (21.1 IP, 15 H, 1 ER, 8 BB, 23 SO).
Missed the season after he underwent Tommy John surgery following the 2019 season
Was named a mid-season All-Star in 2018 with Single-A Greenville (South Atlantic League) and 2019 with High-A Salem (Carolina League)...In 2018, led Red Sox minor leaguers in strikeouts (157) and ranked 3rd in ERA (3.26).