Politi redshirted in his first year at Seton Hall and went 6-7 with a 5.04 ERA in the next three seasons. Despite his modest success and fastball velocity, the Red Sox liked his pitch data enough to draft him in the 15th round and sign him for $25,000 in 2018. He acquitted himself well as a multi-inning reliever in high Class A during his first full pro season, then posted a 1.27 ERA in five late-season starts that left Boston rethinking his long-term role.
Politi has added 2-3 mph to his fastball in pro ball and now deals at 92-95 mph and reaches 97. His four-seamer features some of the highest fastball spin rates in the system, creating armside run that eats up right-handers. His second-best offering is an upper-80s slider, and he also has made progress with a curveball while continuing to try to refine his changeup.
While Politi had success in the rotation last summer, his long-term future likely will be in the bullpen. There's a lot going on in his max-effort delivery, making it difficult to repeat and thus to command his pitches. He projects as a long reliever who may not need much more than another year in the Minors before he's ready for an audition in Boston.