Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Topps Now: September 15 and September 20, 2020

There were not a lot of Topps Now cards for the Red Sox in 2020.  There was not much to cheer about.  But, late in the season, the Red Sox brought up pitching prospect Tanner Houck, and he was extremely impressive.  His first two starts led to Topps Now cards.

The first card covers Houck's debut in which he pitched five shutout innings and struck out seven batters.  He continued his shutout streak in his second game, covered by the second card.  The first card was actually a blue parallel.  I bought the regular card, but this was sent instead, which I am definitely not complaining about.

Tanner Houck started this season on the roster, but it was always the plan that he would spend some time in the minors.  Houck had not pitched above Double-A.  His call-up last season was more due to need than him being ready, though he definitely did not appear over-matched.  This season has been a bit rougher on him though.  He could use some seasoning and then possibly be ready to stay by the end of this season.  It would be nice for the Red Sox to develop some pitching.  Houck looks like a real possibility.

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