The Red Sox have claimed outfielder/first baseman Steve Selsky off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski announced Wednesday.
Selsky, 27, appeared in 24 games and made nine starts in three stints with the Reds in his major league debut last season, batting .314 (16-for-51) with two doubles and two home runs. The right-handed batter recorded a hit in seven consecutive at-bats Sept. 24-27, and on Sept. 26 at St. Louis he went 5-for-5 with four RBI.
Selsky spent most of last season with Triple-A Louisville, making 39 starts in the outfield, 33 at first base, and eight as a DH. In 85 games there, he hit .280 (83-for-296) with an .822 OPS, 24 doubles, and nine home runs.
A 33rd-round pick of the Reds in 2011, Selsky has hit .295 (530-for-1,796) with a .379 on-base percentage in 537 career minor league games.
The move puts the Red Sox’ 40-man roster right at 40.