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October 31, 2007 at 5:51 AM

Bard continues to throw scoreless innings


10/31 Cup of Coffee: On Tuesday in the Arizona Fall League, Team USA blasted Mesa 10-2. Lincoln Holdzkom threw 1/3 of an inning giving up 3 runs on 1 hit and 2 BB. Jed Lowrie went 1 for 4 in the game. In Hawaii, Waikiki defeated Honolulu 9-1. Daniel Bard continued to lower his ERA throwing 1 1/3 scoreless innings. He did not give up a hit but allowed 2 BB. His ERA is now 0.75. Argenis Diaz went 1 for 4 in the game while Jason Place went 0 for 2 with a BB.
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October 30, 2007 at 6:13 AM

Mesa wins slugfest


10/30 Cup of Coffee: In the Arizona Fall League, Mesa edged the Saguaros in a slugfest 13-12. Daniel Haigwood started and went 3 innings. He did not allow a run on 3 hits and a BB. He had 3 Ks. Hunter Jones was credited with a blown save giving up 3 runs, 2 of which were earned on 2 hits and a BB. He had 1 K. Jed Lowrie went 1 for 5 with a run scored and a RBI. Jon Still went 0 for 2 with 3 BB and a run scored. There were no games played in the Hawaiian League. Argenis Diaz continues to lead the league in hitting with a .444 average. His OBP is .494 and his OPS is 1.022.
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October 29, 2007 at 7:27 AM

Sox sweep Rox to World Series win!


Led by a collection of seasoned veterans, home-grown talent, and international rookies, the Red Sox won their second World Series title in four seasons last night, finishing off a four game sweep of the Colorado Rockies. Former #1 prospect Jon Lester took home the win and former #1 prospect Jonathan Papelbon took home the save, while 3B Mike Lowell won the Series MVP, hitting .400/.500/.800 with a big home run in Game 4. Several former and current Sox prospects contributed to the playoff run. For the entire post-season, Dustin Pedroia hit .283/.348/.483 with 2 HR while playing some great defense at 2B; Kevin Youkilis hit .388/.475/.755; and Jacoby Ellsbury hit .360/.429/.520, winning America a free taco with a World Series stolen base. For the pitchers, Papelbon was near perfect in the playoffs, pitching 10 2/3 scoreless innings, striking out 7 and allowing only 6 hits. In three appearances, Lester posted a 1.93 ERA, striking out 8 in 9.1 IP. Manny Delcarmen also contributed with 4.1 post-season innings out of the pen. With such great contributions from the home-grown talent, the likes of Josh Beckett, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Manny Ramirez, David Ortiz, and several others locked up for 2008, and Clay Buchholz and Brandon Moss looking to join the big club full time in 2008, the future looks pretty bright. It’s a good time to be a Sox fan.

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at 7:03 AM

Diaz now hitting .444


10/29 Cup of Coffee: Well after getting only a couple of hours sleep with the timing of the games in Colorado, a tank of coffee might be more appropriate.Anyway before reporting the prospect news, a big congrats to the Boston Red Sox organization. It is almost hard to believe that many did not see this happen in their entire lives and we have been able to witness it twice in the past 4 years. Their were no games scheduled in the Arizona Fall League on Sunday while in Hawaii, Honolulu fell 8-6 to the North Shore. Argenis Diaz was the only Sox prospect to see action yesterday. He went 3 for 4 with a run scored and a RBI. He is hitting .444.
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October 28, 2007 at 7:18 AM

Bard lowers ERA to 0.84 in Shark loss


10/28 Cup of Coffee: In Arizona on Saturday, the Javelinas defeated Mesa 7-0. Jose Vaquedano threw 1 inning and gave up 1 run on 1 hit and a BB. He had 2 Ks. His ERA is now 2.70. Jed Lowrie went 0 for 4 with a BB. He is now hitting .174. Jon Still also went 0 for 4 with a BB. His BA is .119. Dusty Brown went 2 for 4 and is hitting .276 so far in the fall season. In Hawaii, Honolulu lost 8-3 to the North Shore. Jimmy James (1-2) started and took the loss. He lasted 5 innings giving up 3 runs on 6 hits and 2 BB. He struck out 4. His ERA is 3.68. Daniel Bard threw 1 scoreless inning of relief. He allowed 1 hit and a BB. He had 1 K. His ERA in the Hawaiian League is now 0.84. Argenis Diaz went 1 for 2 his lone hit being a double. His BA is .426. Jason Place went 0 for 4 and is hitting .238.
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October 27, 2007 at 7:40 PM

Second top independent player inked


The Red Sox have signed their second independent player in as many days, purchasing the contract of catcher Dennis Blackmon of the Joliet Jackhammers of the Northern League. Blackmon, a 24-year-old right-handed hitter, was ranked as the #5 independent league prospect by Baseball America, and grades out above average defensively, with a very strong throwing arm. He hit .289/.352/.426 (.778 OPS) with 10 doubles, one triple and nine HR in 289 AB (37 K/28 BB) over 81 games with Joliet in 2007.
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at 7:21 AM

Diaz goes 2 for 4 in Shark slugfest


10/27 Cup of Coffee: Yesterday the Arizona Fall League held their All Star game with the East coming out on top with a 3-2 victory. Playing for the East, Jed Lowrie went 0 for 2 with 2 Ks. Dusty Brown also went 0 for 2 and struck out once. Meanwhile in Hawaii, both Honolulu and Argenis Diaz continued to be hot. The Sharks banged out 22 hits enroute to a 16-6 win over North Shore. Argenis Diaz went 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored and a RBI. He is now hitting .424.
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October 26, 2007 at 7:34 PM

Sox sign top independent league prospect


Baseball America is reporting that the Red Sox have signed OF Daniel Nava, their top rated independent league prospect out of the Golden Baseball League. Nava, 24, a switch-hitter with power from both sides and decent speed, hit .371/.475/.625 (23 doubles, 3 triples and 12 HR in 256 ABs over 72 games) in right field for the Chico Outlaws and was named league MVP. He also led the league in outfield assists. In college (Santa Clara University) in 2006, Nava led the West Coast Conference in batting (.395) and OBP (.496) and was named all-conference.
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at 7:35 AM

Diaz continues to swing hot bat


10/26 Cup of Coffee: On Thursday, Mesa blanked Team China 6-0. Lincoln Holdzkom threw 1 scoreless inning allowing 1 hit. He gave up 1 BB and had 1 K. Dusty Brown went 1 for 4 and scored a run. Waikiki defeated Honolulu 5-3. Argenis Diaz continued to be hot at the plate going 2 for 3. He is hitting .419. Jason Place walked 3 times and scored a run.
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October 25, 2007 at 7:47 AM

Lowrie homers and drives in 4 in Mesa win


10/25 Cup of Coffee: In the Arizona Fall League yesterday, Mesa edged Scottsdale 9-8. Hunter Jones threw 1 1/3 innings of relief and did not give up a run on 1 hit. He did not walk a hitter while fanning 2. Jed Lowrie went 2 for 5 with a home run, 2 runs scored and 4 RBI. Jon Still went 0 for 4. In Hawaii, Honolulu defeated Waikiki 8-3. Agrenis Diaz went 2 for 5 with a run scored.
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October 24, 2007 at 2:44 PM

Lester likely game 4 starter


Barring the unforeseen, LHP Jon Lester will be the game four starter Sunday night in Colorado, Manager Terry Francona announced this afternoon. Lester threw a four inning simulated game on Tuesday. In other World Series news, SoxProspects.com #2 ranked prospect OF Jacoby Ellsbury will be in the starting lineup tonight at Fenway in centerfield in place of Coco Crisp, and RHP Kyle Snyder has been added to the Red Sox World Series roster in place of the ailing Tim Wakefield (shoulder).
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at 5:38 AM

Place homers in Sharks loss


10/24 Cup of Coffee: On Tuesday in the Arizona Fall League, the Peoria Saguaros defeated Mesa 9-3. Daniel Haigwood started and took the loss. He went 3 innings giving up 6 runs on 7 hits and 2 BB. He had 1 K. Jose Vaquedano threw 1 1/3 frames and did not give up a run or a hit. He did not walk anyone while recording 1 K. Jed Lowrie went 0 for 5 and fanned twice. Jon Still went 0 for 1 but scored a run. Dusty Brown went 2 for 3 with a BB. In Hawaii, Waikiki defeated Honolulu 6-5. Jason Place was the only Sox prospect to see action in the game. He went 1 for 4 with a home run.
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October 23, 2007 at 5:34 AM

Holdzkom throws perfect inning in AFL debut


10/23 Cup of Coffee: On Monday, the Mesa Solar Sox and the Phoenix Desert Dogs battled to an 11 inning 3-3 tie. Under Arizona Fall League rules, no game can go past 11 innings. Lincoln Holdzkom threw 1 perfect inning of relief recording 1 strikeout. Jed Lowrie went 0 for 3 with 1 BB. He scored a run and had a RBI. He is hitting .188. Jon Still went 0 for 1 with a RBI. He had 4 BB.
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October 22, 2007 at 8:16 AM

Pedroia powers Sox to pennant


Rookie 2B Dustin Pedroia and the Boston Red Sox capped a stunning comeback from a 3-1 series deficit to take game 7 by a score of 11-2 over the Cleveland Indians, advancing to their second World Series appearance in the last four seasons. Pedroia, who went 3-5 with 1 HR, 5 RBI, and 3 runs scored, launched his first career post-season home run off former farmhand Rafael Betancourt with Jacoby Ellsbury aboard in the 7th inning to push the Sox lead to 5-2, giving Sox fans a little bit of breathing room. Not finished, Pedroia delivered a bases clearing double in the 8th inning to push the lead to 9-2 and the blowout ensued. Kevin Youkilis drove the next pitch high off the Coke bottles in left to put the exclamation point on a six run 8th inning. With the off-season a distinct reality, Youkilis and Pedroia combined for 15 hits, 13 runs, and 11 RBI over the last 3 games of the ALCS to push the Sox into the World Series. Jonathan Papelbon recorded the last six outs of the game for his first career post-season save, helped along by two sparkling catches by Ellsbury and an over the shoulder catch by Coco Crisp to finish the game off in style. The Sox will take on the well rested Colorado Rockies at Fenway Park Wednesday night with ALCS MVP Josh Beckett set to take the mound in Game 1 of the 2007 World Series.

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at 6:16 AM

Bard throws another scoreless inning


10/22 Cup of Coffee: In the Hawaiian League on Sunday, West Oahu defeated Honolulu 5-4. Jimmy James (1-1) started and took the loss. He went 4 innings giving up 3 runs on 6 hits and 2 BB. He had 4 Ks. He allowed 2 home runs. Daniel Bard threw another scoreless inning. He did not allow a hit or a run. He did give up 1 BB. His ERA dropped to 0.93. Argenis Diaz went 2 for 3 with a RBI. He also walked once. Jason Place went 1 for 2 with a BB. He scored 1 run. The Arizona Fall League had no games scheduled on Sunday.
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October 21, 2007 at 8:10 AM

Lowrie scores twice and drives in 2 more


10/21 Cup of Coffee: On Saturday, second place Mesa defeated the Surprise Rafters 9-2. Craig Hansen threw a perfect inning of relief with 2 strikeouts. Jed Lowrie went 3 for 5 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBI. Dusty Brown went 2 for 5 with a RBI. Jon Still's struggles at the plate continued as he went 0 for 5. In Hawaii, the first place Honolulu Sharks defeated West Oahu 8-1. Argenis Diaz went 0 for 3 with a BB. He scored a run. Jason Place went o for 2 with 2 BB.
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October 20, 2007 at 7:24 AM

Bard lowers ERA to 1.04


10/20 Cup of Coffee: In Arizona, Mesa blanked the Peoria Szguaros 2-0. Hunter Jones was credited with a hold throwing 2 scoreless innings. He allowed 2 hits and a BB but did not record a strikeout. Jed Lowrie went 0 for 4 and is now hitting .125. Jon Still went 0 for 4 also and his average slipped to .185. Meanwhile in Hawaii, the West Oahu CaneFires defeated the Honolulu Sharks 7-2. Daniel Bard threw another scoreless inning. He did not allow a hit but did give up 2 BB. He also had 2 Ks. He lowered his ERA to 1.04. Argenis Diaz went 1 for 3 while Jason Place went 1 for 4.
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October 19, 2007 at 5:46 AM

Vaquedano throws scoreless inning


10/19 Cup of Coffee: In the Arizona Fall League yesterday, Mesa defeated Scottsdale 6-2. Jose Vaquedano threw a scoreless inning of relief allowing 2 hits. Jed Lowrie went 1 for 5 with a RBI. Dusty Brown went 0 for 4 and is batting just .077. The Hawaiian Winter League was idle yesterday.
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October 18, 2007 at 6:22 AM

Bard lowers ERA to 1.17


10/18 Cup of Coffee: On Wednesday, Mesa defeated Scottsdale 7-4. Designated for Assignment, Daniel Haigwood started the game and got the win. He went 3 innings allowing 1 run on 3 hits and a BB. He had 3 Ks. Craig Hansen threw 1 inning of relief. He did not allow a run on 1 hit and 0 BB. He had 2 Ks. Jed Lowrie went 1 for 5 with 2 RBI. Jon Still went 1 for 5 with a home run. In Hawaii, Honolulu blanked the North Shore Honu 2-0. Daniel Bard pitched an inning of relief and did not allow a run on 1 hit. He did not walk a hitter. Jason Place went 1 for 3 with a BB. He scored a run. Argenis Diaz went 0 for 2 with a run scored. He had 2 BB.
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October 17, 2007 at 6:28 AM

Jones continues to struggle in Arizona


10/17 Cup of Coffee: The Javelinas blasted the Solar Sox last night 9-1. Hunter Jones continues to struggle. He was charged with a blown save going 2/3 of an inning. He gave up 4 runs, 3 of them earned on 4 hits and a BB. He also allowed a home run while striking out 1. His ERA is presently 27.00. Jed Lowrie went 1 for 3 with a BB. He is hitting .100. Jon Still went 1 for 4 and scored the team's lone run. He also struck out 2 times. He is hitting .222. Dusty Brown went 1 for 4 and is hitting .111. In Hawaii, Honolulu blanked North Shore 2-0. Jason Place was the only Sox prospect to see action. He went 1 for 3 with a BB. He struck out once. He is hitting .261.
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October 16, 2007 at 10:04 AM

Red Sox claim Jay Marshall off waivers


According to a Red Sox press release, on Monday the team claimed soft-tossing lefty releiver Jay Marshall off waivers from Oakland and designated Daniel Haigwood for assignment. Despite spending the entire 2007 season with Oakland as a Rule 5 pick, the 24-year-old Marshall will likely start 2008 in Pawtucket. Haigwood will likely not be claimed by another team, and may end up re-upping with the Red Sox organization.

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at 6:18 AM

Diaz hitting streak now at 8 games


10/16 Cup of Coffee: On Monday, the Solar Sox defeated the Peoria Javelinas 9-3. Jose Vaquedano threw 1 inning of relief allowing 1 run on 2 hits. He did not walk a hitter and had 1 K. Craig Hansen pitched the final inning. He did not allow a run or a hit. He gave up 1 BB while striking out the side. Jed Lowrie went 0 for 4 with a BB. Jon Still went 0 for 2 with 2 BB. He scored 2 runs. In Hawaii, Honolulu fell to the North Shore 4-3. Jimmy James started the game and went 5 innings. He gave up 3 runs on 5 hits and a BB. He had 6 Ks. Jason Place went 1 for 3 with a BB. He scored 2 runs. Argenis Diaz went 1 for 3 with a RBI.
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October 15, 2007 at 6:58 AM

Diaz extends hitting streak to 7 games


10/15 Cup of Coffee: On Sunday, the Honolulu Sharks defeated Waikiki 5-2 to move into first place in the Hawaiian Winter League. Daniel Bard threw 2 scoreless innings of relief to record his second hold. He did not allow a hit during his 2 innings of work but gave up 1 BB. He had 3 Ks. His ERA now stands at 1.35. Argenis Diaz continued his hitting streak extending it to 7 games. He is 17 for 30 over that stretch. He now leads the League in hitting with a .450 BA with a OBP of .476 and a OPS of 1.051. Jason Place went 1 for 4 in the game. There was no action in the Arizona Fall League on Sunday.
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at 1:44 AM

Daeges, Bates win MiLB.com Awards


Leading a team distinguished for its offensive prowess, Lancaster OF Zach Daeges (pictured) put up a .330/.423/.579/1.002 line in 515 ABs (170 hits) and led the California League in five categories with 124 runs scored, 113 RBI, 55 doubles (a league record), 82 walks, and 298 total bases, earning himself MiLB.com Class A Advanced Offensive Player of the Year honors for 2007. Daeges, 23, spent the bulk of his time as the team's everyday left fielder, while occasionally filling in at first base and DH. He also hit 21 HR. His JetHawks teammate 1B Aaron Bates also earned MiLB.com's Best Class A Advanced Single-Game Performance recognition for his four HR (a Cal League record, later tied by teammate OF Brad Correll), five hit six-RBI game against Lake Elsinore on May 19.
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October 14, 2007 at 8:22 AM

Still homers in Solar Sox win


10/14 Cup of Coffee: On Saturday, the Mesa Solar Sox blanked Peoria 4-0. Jon Still went 2 for 3 with a home run. Dusty Brown went 0 for 3 with a BB. He also fanned once. Meanwhile on the island of Hawaii, the Honolulu Sharks defeated Waikiki 10-3. Argenis Diaz continued his hot streak going 3 for 5 with a triple, 2 runs scored and a RBI. He is now hitting .459. Jason Place went 1 for 3 with a double. He also had a BB.
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October 12, 2007 at 7:54 AM

Dustin Pedroia wins Larry Doby Award


Red Sox rookie 2B Dustin Pedroia took home the Larry Doby Award, sponsored by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. The Larry Doby Award honors the top rookies in each league. Pedroia will be honored along with all of the other winners at an event in Kansas City on January 12th. Red Sox fans hope this is the first of the award announcements for Pedroia after a spectacular rookie season which saw him overcome an extremely tough April to become a key catalyst in the 2007 Boston Red Sox World Series quest.



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at 5:47 AM

Diaz's bat continues to sizzle


10/12 Cup of Coffee: Last night in the Arizona Fall League, Mesa fell 9-3 to Surprise. Daniel Haigwood (0-1) started and took the loss lasting only 2/3 of an inning. He gave up 5 runs on 3 hits and 4 BB. Jose Vaquedano threw 1 1/3 innings of relief. He did not allow a run on 3 hits and a BB. Hunter Jones threw 1 inning and gave up 2 runs on 3 hits. He had 1 K. Dusty Brown went 0 for 1 and Jon Still was 0 for 2. In Hawaii, Honolulu edged West Oahu 8-7. Jason Place went 0 for 1 as a pinch hitter. Argenis Diaz continued to impress going 3 for 4 with 2 doubles and 3 RBI. He is now hitting .407.
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October 11, 2007 at 6:02 AM

Diaz continues to swing hot bat


10/11 Cup of Coffee: In the Arizona Fall League on Wednesday, Mesa lost 1-0 to Phoenix. Jon Still was the only Sox prospect to see action in the game. He went 0 for 3. In Hawaii, Honolulu battled to a 5-5, 11 inning tie with West Oahu. Jimmy James started and went 3 innings. He allowed 1 unearned run on 3 hits and a BB. He had 3 Ks. Argenis Diaz went 3 for 5 and scored 3 runs. He is now hitting .348.





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October 10, 2007 at 10:37 PM

Q&A with Sea Dogs Broadcaster Mike Antonellis


Portland Sea Dogs broadcaster Mike Antonellis has agreed to do a series of Question and Answer segments with SoxProspects.com moderator Mike Broxterman. Here is the final installment for 2007.

MB: Who is the most exciting player you’ve seen this season on the Sea Dogs?

MA: In years past I’d probably pick a position player but Clay Buchholz (right-handed pitcher) was something special. His first start of the year he lasted only four innings and that was his worst start he made with Portland. He really stood out amongst all the pitchers in the Eastern League. It was a privilege seeing him pitch this season.

MB: Who is the most exciting player you’ve seen on an opposing team this season?

MA: Connecticut ’s Eugenio Velez – this guy didn’t even start the season in Double-A and finished with a league-high 49 stolen bases and hit .298 (10th in the league). Velez was a tough out for Clay Buchholz and Michael Bowden. A switch-hitter with tons of speed and loads of potential, he could be a nice leadoff hitter for the Giants down the road.

MB: What was the most memorable moment/experience/game/play you had this season?

MA: In recent seasons this might be a hard question to answer but since the Sea Dogs played at Fenway Park in 2007 – that would be the moment. This was a great day not only for myself but everyone involved in the Sea Dogs’ Organization. The game was a thriller with Jay Johnson knocking in the game-winner with a walk-off double in the bottom of the ninth inning. Personally, to broadcast a game from the Fenway Park was the best thing I’ve even done in minor league baseball.

MB: Which Sea Dog showed the most improvement throughout the season?

MA: This is the best part of Double-A baseball, getting a chance to see players improve and develop throughout the season. I thought Iggy Suarez really turned his season around the last two months. When he arrived to Portland from Lancaster, he came in with big expectations but struggled a bit at the plate. He hit near .300 the final six weeks of the season and played the shortstop position at a very high level.

MB: Which player that no one talks about will have a nice major league career?

MA: I think Jeff Corsaletti will have a nice career in the big leagues; It might not be with Boston as the system is filled with outfield prospects. Corsaletti was very consistent right out of the gate to begin his tenure in Double-A. He started the season batting second but moved to the leadoff spot when Ellsbury was promoted to Triple-A. Corsaletti is a guy that wants to play everyday and worked very hard to improve his game.

MB: Is there one player that is considered the leader of the clubhouse?

MA: That’s a tough question to answer; I didn’t think this year’s team had anyone that stood out as a leader in the clubhouse. This is not a knock on this year’s team at all. In 2006, the Sea Dogs had more veterans that were with the team the entire season.

MB: What is the best pitch you have seen in Portland this season (if it is anything thrown by Clay Buchholz, please give the second best pitch also)?

MA: Clay Buchholz had the ability to win without having a consistent fastball. He has the best curve ball I’ve ever seen. The velocity and the depth of his curveball gives him a tremendous advantage, just ask Baltimore. His changeup has such late movement, making it very tough on opposing hitters. I wasn’t surprised at all he ended the season in Boston. A scout earlier in the season told me his was ready to be a fourth starter in the big leagues.

MB: Justin Masterson has had some stellar outings in Portland, and some that were underwhelming. What is the major difference in these starts?

MA: I think it’s just being more consistent with his sinker. In some of those starts where he struggled, he was able to get ground balls but they just found their way through. There were also some starts where teams just laid off his sinker. That happens when you advance from level to level. I think Justin will be fine.

MB: If you were a major league manager/GM, would you utilize Justin Masterson as a starter or a reliever?

MA: I’ve been told the best way to project a minor league pitcher in a future role is their velocity. For example, Clay Buchholz was able to keep his fastball in the low to mid 90’s his entire start. I think Masterson has that type of arm, making him a better starter. He should be able to work a lot of innings in the years to come.

MB: Most of the contributors of SoxProspects.com have either Masterson or Michael Bowden as the #3 prospect in the system. If you could have only one of those two, who would you chose (as a major league GM)?

MA: Michael Bowden would probably be the guy because of his age. At 20 years old, he was the youngest pitcher in the Eastern League in 2007. His mound composure didn’t look like a 20-year old. He worked hard in between starts and never let a bad outing get to him.

MB: Bubba Bell received rave reviews in Lancaster both as a player and a clubhouse leader. What is your assessment of the SoxProspects.com Offensive Player of the Year?

MA: I can remember the day Bubba arrived to the Sea Dogs, it happened when Portland was playing in New Britain . It was a really exciting day for the organization because there was a buzz about Bubba Bell all season with the eye popping numbers he put up in Lancaster. Despite playing in a hitter’s ballpark, you have to give him credit for the numbers he put up. I thought he did a great job with the Sea Dogs and was just starting to put together a strong finish but a quad injury cut his season short.

Once again, thanks to Mike Antonellis for the session, and we are looking forward to doing it again next season.
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at 5:42 AM

Arizona Fall League underway


10/10 Cup of Coffee: The Arizona Fall League began play yesterday and several Sox prospects saw action as the Mesa Solar Sox defeated Phoenix 7-3. Jose Vaquedano threw 1 inning of relief and did not allow a run or a hit. He gave up 2 BB. Craig Hansen threw 1 inning giving up 1 run on 3 hits. Jed Lowrie went hitless in 3 AB. Dusty Brown went 0 for 1 and had 2 BB. Jon Still went 1 for 4 with a BB. He had a double and scored a run. The Hawaiian Winter League did not play yesterday.
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October 9, 2007 at 9:34 PM

Buchholz to train at API to prepare for 2008


In preparation for the 2008 season, right-handed pitcher Clay Buchholz has decided to train at the Athlete's Performance Institute, which is part of the Andrews Institute campus in coastal Gulf Breeze, Florida beginning on October 28th. There, Buchholz will start a program to strengthen his shoulder as the plan is for him to start the season in the Red Sox rotation in 2008. He is expected to throw at least 190 innings in 2008 if all goes as planned. Buchholz finished 2007 with a 3-1 record in Boston with 1.59 era and 22 strikeouts in 22 2/3 innings pitched.

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at 6:53 AM

Bard throws perfect inning of relief in losing cause


10/9 Cup of Coffee: On Monday, the North Shore Honu defeated Honolulu 3-2. The Sharks record now stands at 3 wins and 5 losses. Argenis Diaz had another good game going 2 for 3 with a RBI. He is now hitting .278. Daniel Bard threw a perfect inning of relief. He lowered his ERA to 2.45.


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October 8, 2007 at 6:35 AM

Diaz has 2 hits in Sharks win


10/8 Cup of Coffee: The Honolulu Sharks broke out of their offensive slump and pounded the North Shore 15-1. Argenis Diaz was the only Sox prospect to see action in the game. He went 2 for 5 and scored 2 runs. He struck out once. The Sharks record now stands at 3-4.
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October 7, 2007 at 7:44 PM

Red Sox advance to ALCS


The Boston Red Sox advanced to the ALCS with a 9-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels this afternoon in Anaheim, California. Powered by back-to-back home runs by David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez, along with a vintage Curt Schilling performance, the Red Sox swept the best of 5 ALDS, holding the Angels to 4 runs in the 3 game sweep. Holding a 2-0 lead, the Red Sox busted the game wide open with a 7 run 8th inning to put an exclamation point on the ALDS. Schilling, in his first Postseason appearance since the 2004 World Series, held the Angles at bay over 7 innings giving up 6 hits and striking out 4. Hideki Okajima and Eric Gagne came on to finish off the game for the Red Sox, who advance to their 3rd ALCS in the last 5 seasons. Dustin Pedroia, Mike Lowell, and Jason Varitek paced the 7 run outburst with RBI doubles a piece. Top prospect Jacoby Ellsbury came on as a pinch runner for Ramirez scoring a run and grounding out in his only plate appearance. Next up for the Sox is either the Cleveland Indians or New York Yankees Friday night at Fenway Park. Boston's Ace Josh Beckett is set to take the mound.
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at 6:34 AM

Bard throws scoreless inning in losing cause


10/7 Cup of Coffee: Yesterday in the Hawaiian Winter League, Honolulu fell 5-1 to the North Shore Honu. Daniel Bard was the only Sox prospect to see action. He threw 1 inning and did not allow a run. He allowed 1 hit and did not walk a batter. He had 2 Ks. In the inning, he threw 15 pitches 11 of which were strikes.
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October 6, 2007 at 5:26 PM

Red Sox get Sean Danielson to complete Pineiro deal


According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Red Sox will acquire OF Sean Danielson from the St. Louis Cardnals to complete the previous deal that sent pitcher Joel Pineiro to the Cards on August 1. Danielson, 25, spent most of 2007 with AA Springfield, leading off and playing CF for the Cardinals. He hit .291/.370/.384 in AA this season with Springfield. He will likely begin 2008 in Portland and in the long term has some MLB potential as a utility OF in the late inning defensive replacement and pinch runner mold. the trad will be officially completed after the World Series.

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October 5, 2007 at 6:43 AM

Diaz continues to struggle offensively


10/5 Cup of Coffee: The North Shore Honu defeated the Honolulu Sharks last night 7-3. The Sharks record now stands at 2 wins and 3 losses. Argenis Diaz was the only Sox prospect to see action. He was hitless in 4 at bats and also fanned once. He is now hitting a paltry .100.
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October 4, 2007 at 4:37 AM

James sparkles in first start



10/4 Cup of Coffee: The Sharks edged the North Shore 2-1 behind the outstanding start of Jimmy James. He went 5 innings giving up 0 runs on just 1 hit. He allowed 1 BB and had 5 Ks. Daniel Bard threw 2/3 of an inning of relief. He allowed 1 run on 2 hits and 2 BB. He had 1 K.
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October 3, 2007 at 6:48 AM

Diaz hitless in 3 AB


10/3 Cup of Coffee: The Honolulu Sharks fell 3-1 to the North Shore last night. The only Sox prospect to see action was Argenis Diaz who went 0 for 3 with a strikeout. He is now hitting .167 with 1 hit in 6 at bats. The same two teams see action again tonight.
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October 1, 2007 at 6:38 AM

Place goes 0 for 4 in Sharks Win


10/1 Cup of Coffee: The Sharks evened their record at 1-1 with a 8-3 win over the Beachboys. Jason Place went 0 for 4 in the game with three strikeouts. Argenis Diaz made a defensive appearance in the game but did not see an at bat. Ryan Kalish is not listed on the Sharks roster on the Hawaiian League website.
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