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June 30, 2008 at 5:42 AM

Van Every homers 3 times in PawSox win


6/30 Cup of Coffee: On Sunday, Pawtucked blanked Rochester 10-0 in a game called in the 8th inning due to rain. Devern Hansack (4-8) threw 7 innings and allowed 2 hits. He had 8 Ks. Jose Vaquedano pitched 0.2 innings giving up 1 BB. Jed Lowrie went 2 for 4 with 2 home runs and 4 RBI. Gil Velazquez went 2 for 3 with a home run and 3 runs scored. Jon Van Every went 3 for 3 with 3 home runs and 5 RBI.

Trenton downed Portland 8-2. Michael Bowden (7-4) went 5.1 innings allowing 3 runs on 7 hits and 3 BB. He had 6 Ks. Daniel Bard pitched 0.2 frames and did not allow a run or a hit. He had 2 BB while fanning 1. Mike James threw 2.2 frames giving up 4 runs on 4 hits. He had 2 Ks. Daniel Haigwood went 0.1 of an inning allowing 1 run on 1 hit. He had 1 K. Zach Daeges went 2 for 3 with a RBI. John Otness went 2 for 4.

Lancaster outslugged Inland Empire 16-9. Blake Maxwell threw 3.2 frames allowing 4 runs on 5 hits and 2 BB. He had 1 K. Derrick Loop (1-0) went 2.1 frames giving up 4 runs on 3 hits and 2 BB. He had 3 Ks. Jason Blackey threw a clean 9th inning recording 2 Ks. Jason Place went 2 for 5 and scored 2 runs. Reid Engel went 2 for 4 with a home run, 2 runs scored and 2 RBI. Jon Still went 3 for 3 with a home run, 4 runs scored and 6 RBI. Josh Reddick went 3 for 5 with a home run, 3 runs scored and 2 RBI. Chih-Hsien Chiang went 2 for 5 with a run scored and a RBI.

In another slugfest, Greenville edged Asheville 13-12. Jose Capellan threw 5 innings allowing 2 runs on 7 hits and a BB. He had 4 Ks. Kyle Fernandes went 2.1 frames giving up 4 runs on 3 hits and a BB. He had 2 Ks. Javier Garcia went 0.2 of an inning allowing 3 runs on 3 hits. He had 1 K. Kyle Foster (2-0) went 1 inning giving up 3 runs on 6 hits. Chi-Hsuan Lin went 4 for 5 with a home run, 2 runs scored and 6 RBI. Mike Jones went 2 for 4 with a run scored and 2 RBI. Oscar Tejeda went 2 for 5 with 2 runs scored and a RBI.

The Lowell /Oneonta game was suspended in the first inning due to rain and will be finished prior to tonight's regularly scheduled game.

Player of the Night: Jon Van Every who had 3 homers and 5 RBI for the PawSox
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June 29, 2008 at 7:04 AM

Almanzar leads Gulf Coast Sox to win


6/29 Cup of Coffee: Saturday's games saw Rochester down Pawtucket 8-6 in 10 innings. The PawSox actually led by a run going into the bottom of the 10th. Charlie Zink went 6 innings giving up 5 runs on 9 hits and 3 BB. He had 4 Ks. Mike Timlin threw a perfect inning of relief fanning 2 of the 3 hitters he faced. Lincoln Holdzkom went 2.1 frames without allowing a run or a hit. He had 1 K. Jon Switzer (3-1) did not retire a hitter but allowed 3 runs on 3 hits. Joe Thurston went 3 for 4 with a run scored and 2 RBI. Jed Lowrie went 2 for 5 with a RBI. Gil Velazquez went 2 for 5 with a home run and 2 runs scored. Jon Van Every went 2 for 5 with a home run.

Trenton defeated Portland 7-4. Matt Goodson went 2 innings allowing 2 runs on 3 hits and 3 BB. He had 1 K. Carlos Vasquez threw 3 innings giving up 2 runs on 2 hits and 3 BB. He had 4 Ks. Chad Rhoades (2-2) went 3 frames allowing 3 runs on 4 hits and a BB. He had 2 Ks. TJ Large pitched a clean 9th recording 1 K. Zach Daeges went 2 for 5 with a run scored and a RBI. Sandy Madera went 2 for 4 with a run scored. Aaron Bates went 2 for 3 with a RBI. John Otness went 2 for 5 with a RBI. Mickey Hall went 3 for 4 with a run scored.

Inland Empire edged Lancaster 7-6. Tony Bajoczky went 7 innings allowing 3 runs on 4 hits and 2 BB. He had 3 KS. Josh Papelbon (0-3) threw an inning giving up 2 runs on 1 hit and 2 BB. He had 1 K. Chris Jones went 1 inning and gave up 2 runs on 3 hits and a BB. Lars Anderson went 2 for 3 and scored a run. Chih-Hsien Chiang went 2 for 3 with a run scored and 3 RBI.

Greenville defeated Asheville 4-1. Felix Doubront (8-5) threw 6 innings allowing 1 run on 3 hits and a BB. He had 7 Ks. Ryne Miller threw 2 scoreless, hitless innings giving up a BB. He had 2 Ks. Felix Ventura pitched a scoreless, hitless 9th giving up 1 BB. He fanned 1. Yamaico Navarro went 2 for 3 with a run scored and 2 RBI.

Vermont downed Lowell 5-1. Drake Britton went 3 innings giving up 1 run on 3 hits and 3 BB. He had 2 Ks. Charlie Rosario (0-1) went 2.2 frames allowing 4 runs on 5 hits and a BB. He had 2 Ks. Seth Garrison threw 2.1 scoreless innings allowing 2 hits while fanning 4. Kade Keowen went 2 for 4 with a RBI.

In the Gulf Coast League, the Red Sox defeated the Orioles 7-5 in 10 innings. Wang-Yi Lin went 4 innings allowing 2 runs on 4 hits. He had 1 K. Jorge Rodriguez threw 2 innings allowing 1 run on 2 hits and a BB. Pedro Perez (1-0) went 3 innings giving up 2 runs on 3 hits and a BB. He had 4 Ks. Dustin Mercadante pitched a clean 10th recording a K. Joantoni Garcia went 2 for 5 with a run scored. Andrew Frezza went 2 for 6 with 2 runs scored. Michael Almanzar went 3 for 3 with 3 runs scored and 2 RBI. Tyler Yockey went 3 for 5 with 2 RBI.

In the Dominican League, the Red Sox downed the Mets 11-5. Danny Dilon (2-1) went 5 innings allowing 1 run on 4 hits and 3 BB. He had 2 Ks.

Player of the Night: Michael Almanzar who went 3 for 3 with 3 runs scored and 2 RBI
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June 28, 2008 at 5:14 PM

Sox sign supplemental pick Price


The Red Sox have agreed to terms with supplemental first round pick RHP Bryan Price (#45 overall) for a reported $849,000 bonus, essentially slot value. The pick the Red Sox used to select Price was awarded as compensation for the departure of type-B free agent RHP Eric Gagne. Price, 21, was a senior draftee out of Rice University where he recorded a 4-4 record with a 3.72 ERA in 48.1 IP over 30 games (one start), allowing 20 ER on 38 hits and striking out 54 batters and issuing 27 walks. His arsenal features a 95 MPH fastball with good movement, a mid-80s hard slider and a third-pitch sinking change. Used as a reliever by the owls, Price is expected to be developed as a starter by the Red Sox.
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at 7:04 AM

Negron's 3 RBI help lead Drive to win


6/28 Cup of Coffee: Action on Friday saw Pawtucket down Rochester 4-2. Edgar Martinez (3-1) went 5 innings and did not allow a run. He gave up 2 hits and 4 BB while fanning 5. Michael Tejera threw 2 innings allowing 1 run on 1 hit. Miquel Asencio went 1 inning allowing 1 run on 1 hit. He had 1 K. Hunter Jones pitched a clean 9th inning to earn his 2nd straight save. He struck out 1. Joe Thurston went 3 for 5 and scored a run. George Kottaras went 3 for 4 and hit his 15th home run. Sean Danielson went 2 for 4 and scored a run.

Portland defeated Trenton 5-3. Kyle Jackson (4-1) threw 5 scoreless innings allowing 3 hits and a BB. He had 3 Ks. Daniel Haigwood pitched 1.2 frames giving up 1 run on 4 hits and a BB. He had 2 Ks. Mike James threw 1.1 innings giving up 2 runs on 3 hits. Beau Vaughn threw a clean 9th fanning 1 of the 3 batters he faced. Bubba Bell went 2 for 4 and scored a run. He is now hitting .307. Sandy Madera went 2 for 4 with a home run and 3 RBI. Aaron Bates and Mark Wagner each had a home run.

Inland Empire defeated Lancaster 9-6. Chris Jones went 3.2 innings giving up 4 runs on 8 hits and a BB. He had 4 Ks. Blake Maxwell (2-3) went 1.2 frames giving up 3 runs on 4 hits and a BB. He had 1 K. Richie Lentz went 1.2 scoreless innings allowing 1 hit and a BB. He had 2 Ks. Cody McAllister threw the final 2 innings giving up 2 runs on 2 hits. He fanned 3. Jason Place went 2 for 5 and scored a run. Josh Reddick went 2 for 4 with a home run and 2 RBI. Daniel Nava went 2 for 4 with a run scored and 2 RBI. Aaron Reza went 3 for 3 with a run scored and a RBI.

Greenville downed Asheville 9-3. Jose Alvarez (6-8) threw 5 innings giving up 3 runs on 8 hits and 3 BB. He had 2 Ks. Ryne Lawson threw 3 scoreless innings allowing 2 hits and 2 BB. He had 1 K. Javier Garcia threw a perfect 9th fanning 2 of the 3 batters he faced. Yamaico Navarro went 3 for 5 with a run scored and 2 RBI. Mike Jones went 2 for 4 and scored a run. Jared Stanley went 2 for 5 with 2 RBI. Kris Negron went 2 for 3 with a home run, 2 runs scored and 3 RBI.

Vermont edged Lowell 2-1. Hunter Strickland went 5 innings allowing 1 run on 2 hits and a BB. He had 3 Ks. Stephen Fife (1-1) threw 2 innings allowing 1 run on 2 hits and a BB. He had 2 Ks. Alex Hale threw a scoreless inning allowing 1 hit and a BB. Mitch Dening went 2 for 4. Kade Keowen went 2 for 4 and scored a run. Ronald Bermudez went 2 for 3.

In the Gulf Coast League, the Twins blanked the Red Sox 5-0. Cesar Cabral (0-1) threw 4 innings allowing 3 runs on 6 hits and 2 BB. He had 3 Ks. Mike Rozier went 2 innings giving up 2 runs on 2 hits and a BB. He fanned 3. Swen Huijer threw 2 perfect innings of relief. Dennis Neuman threw 1 scoreless inning allowing 1 hit. He had 1 K. On offense, the team had only 4 hits with no one having more than 1.

In the Dominican League, the Red Sox downed the Royals 7-5. Chris De La Rosa went 1 for 2 with a run scored and 4 RBI.

Player of the Night: Kris Negron who went 2 for 3 with a home run, 2 runs scored and 3 RBI







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June 27, 2008 at 12:25 PM

Greenville's Lin selected for Futures Game


Greenville OF Che-Hsuan Lin has been named to the World Team roster for the Futures Game which will be played July 13 at Yankee Stadium. With the Drive in 3008, Lin is .254/.348/.368 (.716 OPS) in 272 ABs over 68 games, and has 10 doubles and six triples to his credit along with 23 stolen bases (5 CS). Lin (19), a native of Taiwan, was signed by the Red Sox as an international free agent in June of 2007. He spent most of 2007 with the GCL Red Sox, going .263/.330/.459 (.787 OPS) in 43 games (4 homers, 10 doubles, 6 triples), before posting a .475 OPS in 11 games with Lowell. Lin is currently the eighth ranked prospect in the organization by SoxProspects.com.
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at 6:11 AM

Pauley earns 10th win allowing 1 run over 7 innings


6/27 Cup of Coffee: Pawtucket downed Richmond 4-1 on Thursday. David Pauley (10-2) went 7 innings allowing 1 run on 4 hits and 2 BB. He had 9 Ks. Mike Timlin threw a clean inning of relief. Hunter Jones earned the save pitching a scoreless inning allowing 1 hit in the 9th. He had 2 Ks. Chris Carter went 2 for 2 and scored a run. Dusty Brown went 2 for 4 with a RBI.

Portland blanked Connecticut 2-0. Kris Johnson (6-3) threw 6 scoreless innings allowing 2 hits and 2 BB. He had 4 Ks. TJ Large threw a scoreless inning allowing 1 hit and 1 BB. He had 1 K. Chad Rhoades threw a scoreless inning allowing 1 hit. He fanned 1. Beau Vaughn threw a scoreless 9th giving up 1 hit and a BB. He had 2 Ks. Bubba Bell went 3 for 4 and scored a run. Zach Daeges went 2 for 4 with a RBI.

Lancaster edged Inland Empire 6-5. Travis Beazley went 6 innings giving up 2 runs on 4 hits and 2 BB. He had 7 Ks. Bryce Cox threw 2 innings allowing 1 run on 2 hits. He fanned 3. Brian Steinocher (3-2) pitched the 9th and allowed 2 runs on 3 hits. He had a K. Josh Reddick went 2 for 5 with a run scored and 3 RBI. Chih-Hsien Chiang went 3 for 4 with 2 RBI.

Augusta blanked Greenville 8-0. Chad Povich (5-2) threw 5 innings allowing 6 runs on 6 hits and 2 BB. He had 2 Ks. Kyle Foster went 2 innings giving up 2 runs on 3 hits. He fanned 2. Kyle Fernandes pitched a 1-2-3 9th inning. David Mailman went 2 for 4.

Vermont downed Lowell 6-1. Hunter Strickland (0-1) threw 4 innings allowing 6 runs on 10 hits and 2 BB. He had 3 Ks. Kyle Weiland pitched 4 scoreless innings allowing 2 hits. He struck out 4. Mitch Dening and Kade Keowen each went 2 for 4.

In the Gulf Coast League, the Pirates defeated the Red Sox 4-1. Ryan Pressly (0-2) went 4.2 innings giving up 1 run on 6 hits and a BB. He had 5 Ks. Pete Ruiz threw 2 innings giving up 3 runs on 2 hits and 2 BB. He had 2 Ks. Jennel Hudson threw the final 2.1 frames and did not allow a baserunner. Andrew Frezza went 2 for 4.

In the Dominican League, the Red Sox defeated the White Sox 7-2. Manuel Rivera threw 6 scoreless innings allowing 1 hit and 2 BB. He had 7 Ks.

Player of the Night: David Pauley who earned his 10th win going 7 innings and allowing 1 run on 4 hits and 2 BB. He had 9Ks.
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June 26, 2008 at 8:07 AM

Roberto Feliz 3 HRs leads GCL onslaught


6/26 Cup of Coffee: Today's cup will be brief as Don is out sick this morning. Get well Don!

In Rhode Island, the PawSox hammered Richmond 10-1, and Clay Buchholz took home is 3rd win, pitching 6 2/3 innings, allowing 1 run on 5 hits, striking out 7. George Kottaras went yard twice, while Chris Carter and Bryan Pritz helped in the offensive attack with three hits a piece.

Portland fell to Connecticut 5-1, with Dave Gassner taking the loss. Dan Bard pitched 2 effective innings of relief and Iggy Suarez had 2 of the Dogs' 8 hits.

Felix Ventura took the loss and the blown save for Greenville, who lost 6-5 to Augusta. Jered Stanley and Ty Weeden each had two hits, and both Stanley and David Marks homered. Terumasa Matsuo started for the Drive, striking out 6, walking 2, and allowing 2 runs in 5 2/3 innings.

In NY-Penn League action, the Spinners downed Oneonta 7-1. Carlos Fernandez continued his offensive dominance, going 3-for-4 with a double and 2 RBI. Will Middlebrooks also chipped in 2 hits. Stolmy Pimentel, Mike Lee, and Lance McClain combined to only allow 1 run and 6 hits over 9 innings. Pimentel struck out 3 in 5 innings.

Down in Florida, the GCL Sox pounded the GCL Reds 16-5. Player-of-the -night Roberto Feliz went 4-for-5 with 3 homers and 7 RBI. In his first action of the year, Rafael Cabreja also had 4 hits. Bryan Peterson and Wilfred Pichardo also chipped in two hits each.

The DSL Red Sox also won, defeating the DSL Rays 6-4. Leonel Escobar had 3 singles and 2 RBI, and Roman Mendez was semi-effective in his second career start, allowing 2 runs in 4 IP, striking out 4.

Player of the Night: Roberto Feliz
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June 25, 2008 at 5:40 AM

Hansack throws 8 scoreless innings in PawSox win


6/25 Cup of Coffee: On Tuesday, Pawtucket downed Richmond 6-1. Devern Hansack (3-8) threw 8 shutout innings allowing 2 hits. He had 4 Ks. Jose Vaquedano pitched the 9th and allowed 1 run on 2 hits and a BB. He had 2 Ks. Dusty Brown went 2 for 3 with a run scored and 3 RBI. Sean Danielson went 2 for 3 with a RBI.

Portland edged Connecticut 6-5. Michael Bowden (7-3) went 7 innings giving up 3 runs on 5 hits. He had 6 Ks. Carlos Vasquez threw 1 inning and did allow a run. He gave up 2 hits while fanning 1. Mike James pitched 1 inning allowing 2 runs on 3 hits and a BB. He had 1 K. Bubba Bell went 2 for 5 with a home run. Tony Granadillo went 2 for 5 with a run scored. Sandy Madera went 2 for 5 with a home run and 2 RBI.

Augusta defeated Greenville 8-2. Jose Cappellan (1-1) went 4 innings allowing 4 runs on 7 hits and a BB. He had 1 K. Javier Garcia went 3 scoreless innings allowing 2 hits. He had 2 Ks. Jordan Craft went 0.2 innings giving up 4 runs on 4 hits and a BB. Felix Ventura went 0.1 innings allowing 1 hit. Kris Negron went 2 for 4 with a RBI.

Lowell scored a run in the 14 inning to down Oneonta 4-3 in the suspended game that was completed last night. Drake Britton went 5 innings allowing 1 run on 3 hits. He had 3 Ks. Dan Buller threw 2 scoreless frames allowing 1 hit and a BB. He had 1 K. Charlie Rosario threw 4 innings giving up 2 runs on 7 hits. He had 2 Ks. Mike Tomoleoni (1-0) went 3 scoreless innings allowing 1 hit and 4 BB. Mitch Dening went 2 for 6 and scored a run. Carlos Fernandez-Oliva went 2 for 6 with a RBI. In the regular scheduled game, Oneonta defeated Lowell 4-1. Yeiper Castillo (0-1) went 4 innings allowing 3 runs on 2 hits and 5 BB. He had 5 Ks. Seth Garrison threw 3 innings allowing 1 run on 3 hits. He had 1 K. Alex Hale threw a clean inning. John Hee went 2 for 3.

The DSL Red Sox lost 2-1 to the Blue Jays in 10 innings. Javier Jimenez threw 5 innings allowing 1 run on 5 hits. He fanned 4.

Player of the Night: Devern Hansack who threw 8 scoreless innings allowing 2 hits and 0 BB in PawSox win
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at 3:24 AM

Player of the Week, 6/16-22: Jeff Bailey


Pawtucket 1B/DH Jeff Bailey recorded six hits in 20 ABs last week, but four of them four home runs, posting a .300/.417/.900 (1.371 OPS) line, scoring seven runs while batting in four and was voted (position) Player of the Week for June 16-22 by the SoxProspects.com community. This is Bailey's third Player of the Week Award, he previously won for April 28-May 5 and May 12-18 and was SoxProspects.com Player of the Month for May 2008. In 254 ABs over 68 games with Pawtucket, Bailey is .315/.415/.657 (1.091 OPS) with 22 home runs, three triples and 17 doubles (57 RBI, 61 runs). Honorable Mention: Greenville C/DH Ty Weeden, who lost out to Bailey by one vote, going .455/.600/.1.091 with one home run and five RBI.
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at 3:10 AM

Pitcher of the Week, 6/16-22: Brock Huntzinger


In the first week of action, Lowell RHP Brock Huntzinger hurled 10 scoreless innings over two starts, striking out 11 (while issuing one walk) while holding opposing batters to an .184 average, earning himself one win and SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week honors for June 16-22. Over five innings against Tri-City (Astros) June 17, Huntziner allowed three hits and struck out seven and earned the win, while taking a no-decision, allowing four hits, one walk and striking out four against Vermont (Nationals) June 22. Huntzinger, 19, a 2007 third round pick, pitched seven innings last year for the GCL Red Sox and is currently the 33rd ranked prospect in the organization by SoxProspects.com.
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June 24, 2008 at 2:32 PM

Q&A with Stolmy Pimentel


An 18-year-old native of the Dominican Republic, Stolmy Pimentel is the youngest player on the Lowell Spinners’ roster. A right-handed pitcher who was signed by the Red Sox at the age of 16, Pimentel spent last season in the Dominican Summer League where he was named the organization’s Latin Pitcher of the Year. Pimentel is pitching in the United States for the first time in 2008. He made his domestic debut on June 20, striking out six, allowing two earned runs over five innings.

David Laurila: How would you describe yourself as a pitcher?
Stolmy Pimentel
: As a pitcher, I always like to stay positive before games and during games. I’m always working hard and ready to throw strikes. My best pitch is my fastball, and I also throw a curveball, a sinker, and a changeup.

DL: What does the Red Sox organization most want you to focus on?
SP
: They want me to work on my control.

DL: How difficult has it been to acclimate yourself to American culture and learn to speak English?
SP
: I like it here, and think that it is important to learn the language so I can understand and communicate with teammates and everyone else. I started learning English two years ago.

DL: Besides language, what are the most difficult adjustments for you living in the United States?
SP
: The most difficult thing is feeling alone, because I’m very far away from family and friends at home. The food is very different here, without as much flavor. The people are more respectful and polite here, always saying please and thank you. They also respect personal space more and don’t touch each other as much.

DL: You were only 16 years old when you signed with the Red Sox. What was that experience like?
SP
: I went out and pitched, and they saw me when I was young. They were impressed that I was young and had speed, that I had a good fastball. That’s when they started to get interested in me. The Red Sox were the only team I practiced with.

Thanks to Jenn VandenAkker of the Spinners staff for interpreting the interview.
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at 6:13 AM

Goodson throws 5 scoreless innings in Sea Dog win


6/24 Cup of Coffee: Pawtucket edged Richmond 7-6 in 10 innings on Monday. Charlie Zink threw 8.1 innings giving up 5 runs on 5 hits and 4 BB. He had 10 Ks. Jon Switzer (3-0) went 1.2 frames allowing 1 run on 2 hits. Jeff Bailey went 3 for 4 with 2 runs scored and 3 RBI. Jed Lowrie went 2 for 5 with a run scored and a RBI. George Kottaras went 2 for 5 with 2 RBI. Bryan Pritz went 2 for 5 and scored a run.

Portland defeated Connecticut 5-3. Matt Goodson (4-4) threw 5 scoreless innings allowing 2 hits and 2 BB. He fanned 4. Daniel Haigwood went 1.1 giving up 1 run on 1 hit and 2 BB. He had 1 K. Chad Rhoades went 1.1 frames allowing 2 runs on 3 hits. Beau Vaughn went 1.1 scoreless innings. He struck out 3. Ryan Khoury went 3 for 4 with a run scored and 3 RBI. Jeff Corsaletti went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI. Iggy Suarez went 2 for 4 and scored twice.

Hickory edged Greenville 4-3. Felix Doubront (7-5) went 4.2 innings allowing 3 runs on 7 hits. He had 3 Ks. Kyle Fernandes went 2.1 frames giving up 1 run on 4 hits. He had 2 Ks. Ryne Lawson pitched 2 perfect innings of relief. Ryan Kalish went 2 for 4. Luis Exposito went 2 for 4 and scored twice. David Mailman went 3 for 4 with a run scored and a RBI.

The Lowell - Oneonta game was suspended in the 12th inning with the teams tied at 3. The game will be concluded prior to tonight's scheduled game.

In the Gulf Coast League, the Red Sox blanked the Orioles 5-0. Pedro Perez threw 4 scoreless innings allowing 3 hits. He fanned 3. Swen Huijer threw a scoreless inning allowing 2 hits. Mike Rozier went 1.2 scoreless frames allowing 1 hit and 4 BB. He struck out 3. Jennel Hudson threw a scoreless, hitless inning allowing 3 BB. Michael Almanzar went 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored and a RBI.

In the Dominican League, the Red Sox edged the Yankees 5-4. Danny Dilon went 5 innings allowing 1 run on 7 hits.

Player of the Night: Matt Goodson who threw 5 scoreless innings in the Sea Dog win
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June 23, 2008 at 5:44 AM

Bailey homers twice in PawSox win


6/23 Cup of Coffee: On Sunday, Pawtucket got by Columbus 8-6 in 10 innings. Edgar Martinez went 5.2 innings allowing 2 runs on 3 hits and 2 BB. He had 7 Ks. Miguel Asencio threw an inning giving up 3 runs on 2 hits and 2 BB. He had 1 K. Michael Tejera did not retire a batter but allowed a run on 1 hit. Lincoln Holdzkom threw 2.1 scoreless, hitless innings allowing 1 BB. He fanned 1. Hunter Jones (3-2) threw 1 scoreless frame allowing 2 hits. He fanned 1. Jeff Bailey went 3 for 4 with 2 homers. Jed Lowrie went 2 for 4 with 1 run and 1 RBI. Keith Ginter went 2 for 3 with a run scored and a RBI. Bryan Pritz went 2 for 5 and scored a run.

The Portland / New Hampshire game was suspended in the 4th inning and will be resumed at a later date. Lancaster was not scheduled to play yesterday.

Greenville downed Hickory 10-5. Jose Alvarez threw 5.1 frames giving up 4 runs on 6 hits and 2 BB. He had 3 Ks. Kyle Foster went 1.2 scoreless innings. He gave up 1 hit while fanning 2. Ryne Miller threw 2 innings allowing 1 run on 2 hits and 2 BB. He had 1 K. Che-Hsuan Lin went 2 for 5 with a run scored and a RBI. Oscar Tejeda went 2 for 4 with a run scored and a RBI. Kris Negron went 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBI. Manny Arambarris went 1 for 4 with a grand slam homer.

Lowell edged Vermont 3-2. Brock Huntzinger threw 5 scoreless innings allowing 4 hits and a BB. He had 4 Ks. Stephen Fife pitched 2 perfect innings of relief recording 2 Ks. Lance McClain threw 2 innings giving up 2 runs on 3 hits. He had 1 K. Mitch Dening went 3 for 4 and scored a run. Ronald Bermudez went 2 for 3 with a run scored and a RBI. Carlos Fernandez-Oliva went 2 for 4 with a RBI.

In the Gulf Coast League, the Red Sox defeated the Twins 9-2. Wang-Yi Lin threw 3 innings giving up 1 run on 3 hits and a BB. Anatanaer Batista (1-0) went 4.2 frames allowing 1 run on 3 hits and 2 BB. He had 4 Ks. Dennis Neuman threw 1.1 scoreless, hitless innings fanning 2. Bryan Peterson went 2 for 5 with a run scored and 2 RBI. Michael Almanzar went 2 for 5 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBI. Chih-Hsiang Huang went 2 for 4 with a run scored and 2 RBI. Chia-Chu Chen went 4 for 4 with a run scored and a RBI.

Player of the Night: Jeff Bailey who went 3 for 4 with 2 home runs and 3 runs scored


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June 22, 2008 at 6:12 AM

Stanley goes 4 for 4 with 2 homers in losing cause


6/22 Cup of Coffee: Pawtucket defeated Columbus 6-2. David Pauley (9-2) went 7 innings allowing 2 runs on 5 hits and 2 BB. He had 5 Ks. Michael Tejera and Eric Hull each threw a clean inning with a K. Joe Thurston went 2 for 4 and scored a run.

Portland blanked New Hampshire 7-0. Kris Johnson (5-3) threw 6.1 innings and did not give up a run. He allowed 6 hits and 3 BB. He had 4 Ks. Daniel Bard threw 2.2 innings of scoreless relief allowing 1 hit. He had 2 Ks. Bubba Bell went 2 for 5 with a home run and 2 RBI. Jeff Corsaletti went 3 for 4 and scored a run. Sandy Madera went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI. Andrew Pinckney went 2 for 4 with a run scored and a RBI.

Lake Elsinore downed Lancaster 9-5. Chris Province (1-2) threw 4.2 frames giving up 6 runs on 6 hits and 4 BB. He had a K. Richie Lentz went 2.1 scoreless innings allowing a hit and a BB. He had 2 Ks. Blake Maxwell threw an inning giving up 3 runs on 3 hits and a BB. Lars Anderson went 3 for 5 and scored a run. Jon Still went 2 for 5 with a run scored. Argenis Diaz went 2 for 3 and scored a run.

Hickory defeated Greenville 8-5. Chad Povich (5-1) threw 4.1 innings giving up 5 runs on 3 hits and 4 BB. He had a K. Jordan Craft went 2.2 innings allowing 2 runs on 3 hits. He had a K. Javier Garcia went 2 innings and gave up 1 run on 3 hits. Ryan Kalish went 2 for 4 with a run scored. Jared Stanley went 4 for 4 with 2 home runs, 3 runs scored and 3 RBI. Ty Weeden went 2 for 4 with a RBI.

Vermont blanked Lowell 1-0 in 10 innings. Hunter Strickland threw 5 innings and did not allow a run giving up 1 hit. He had 5 Ks. Kyle Weiland threw 3 scoreless, hitless innings. He allowed a BB while fanning 2. Alex Hale (0-1) went 2 innings allowing 1 run on 2 hits and a BB. He had 2 Ks. The Spinners managed just 2 hits in the game.

In the Gulf Coast Leaague, the Red Sox downed the Pirates 5-2. Cesar Cabral (1-0) went 5 innings giving up 1 run on 2 hits and 2 BB. He had 6 Ks. Jeremy Kehrt threw 3 innings allowing 1 run on 1 hit. He fanned 3. Michael Almanzar went 2 for 5 with a run scored and a RBI. Chih-Hsiang Huang went 2 for 4 with a RBI. Thomas Di Benedetto went 2 for 4. Ken Roque went 2 for 4 and scored a run.

In the Dominican League, the Red Sox defeated the Cubs 11-6. Javier Gutierrez went 2 for 4 with a home run and 2 RBI.

Player of the Night: Jared Stanley who was a perfect 4 for 4 with 2 homers, 3 runs scored and 3 RBI
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June 21, 2008 at 3:08 PM

Q&A with Kyle Weiland & Lance McClain


Kyle Weiland and Lance McClain began their professional careers this week with the Lowell Spinners. Weiland, a 21-year-old righthander, was drafted by the Red Sox in the third round out of Notre Dame. McClain, a 21-year-old lefthander, was a 12th-round pick out of Cumberland University. Each talked about that experience prior to the Spinners opener on Tuesday night.

David Laurila: Your professional career gets underway tonight. What does it feel like to be here?

Kyle Weiland: It’s exciting, obviously; it’s what everybody dreams of doing. For all of us, with this being our first game, there’s nothing much like it, especially playing in an environment like the Spinners have here with 5,000-plus fans every game. This is the kind of place you really want to play at.

Lance McClain: It’s really just a dream come true; it’s something I’ve wanted to do since I was little. And what a place to begin a professional career -- this place is always sold out. It just means a lot.

DL: What was the signing process like for you?

KW: It wasn’t too difficult; we got it taken care of pretty quickly, They wanted me out here playing and getting developed right away, so we agreed on a couple of things and made it work. It was pretty easy, and I’m glad to be here.

LM: It was great. I was talking to a bunch of teams a week or two before the draft, and you don’t really know what’s going to happen, but it was very interesting and a very enjoyable time for my family, just soaking it in.

DL: The time between the draft and the start of the season is quite short. Have you had much of an opportunity to talk to the coaches yet?

KW: Just a little bit here and there, mainly getting to know them. I know they have a grace period here where they want to get a feel for who we are as players; they don’t do too much as far as mechanical adjustments right away. That will come, though.

LM: I haven’t too much, but I will. I’ve talked to Walter (Miranda) a little bit about pitching and stuff like that, but as far as expectations, not really. We haven’t got that far yet.

DL: How would you describe yourself as a pitcher?

KW: I’m a righty who throws a fastball, curveball and changeup. I was a closer in college, but I think they want to see me sort of develop into a starter role. We’ll see down the line where that ends up going, if I end up being a starter or reliever. I didn’t get too many innings in college, because I was a closer, so the main focus right now will be getting innings and working on specific things like locating my fastball and developing better command of my secondary pitches.

LM: I’m a guy who needs to locate his fastball and work off his fastball. My changeup is my best pitch. I’m not overpowering or anything like that; I have to locate to be successful. And I know that I still have a lot of learning to do. It’s a lot different here than in college, and I think there’s a lot more that I can learn about pitching.

DL: What do you think it will feel like to stand on the mound for the first time as a professional baseball player?

KW: I think it will definitely feel a little bit better than the first time I pitched in college, and that was outstanding. I’ll be in a whole new ballpark, in front of a whole new group of people, so it will be really exciting. It will be a great experience.

LM: I don’t really know. I’ve kind of been thinking about it, how I’m going to react, and I know that first pitch is going to be fun. It really hasn’t even hit me yet that it’s happening, but it’s really great to be here. I’m definitely ready for the season to get started so I can see what this is all about.
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Timlin to DL, Matsuzaka returns


The Red Sox have placed RHP Mike Timlin on the disabled list (left knee tendinitis) and will activate RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka to make this afternoon's start against the Cardinals. Matsuzaka landed on the disabled list May 30 with shoulder fatigue. Timlin last pitched June 16 at Philadelphia, allowing four earned runs on four hits and two walks in two-thirds of an inning.
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Buchholz allows 1 hit over 5 innings in PawSox win


6/21 Cup of Coffee: On Friday, Pawtucket downed Columbus 5-2. Clay Buchholz (2-1) went 5 scoreless innings allowing 1 hit. He had 6 Ks. Jon Switzer threw 2 scoreless innings allowing 3 hits and a BB. He had 4 Ks. Jose Vaquedano did not retire a batter but gave up 2 runs on 3 hits. Hunter Jones pitched the final two innings and did not allow a run on 1 hit. He fanned 3. Jon Van Every went 2 for 3. Chris Carter went 1 for 4 with a home run and 3 RBI.

New Hampshire defeated Portland 6-1. Dave Gassner (0-2) went 6 innings giving up 6 runs on 7 hits and a BB. He had 5 Ks. Carlos Vasquez threw 2 scoreless, hitless frames. He allowed 3 BB. Tony Granadillo went 2 for 3 and scored a run.

Lancaster edged Lake Elsinore 9-8. Adam Mills threw 5 innings giving up 6 runs on 10 hits and a BB. He had 3 Ks. Cody McAllister went 2 innings allowing 2 runs on 3 hits. He had 1 K. Jason Blackey (4-3) threw 2 scoreless frames allowing 2 hits and a BB. Jason Place went 2 for 5 with a run scored and a RBI. Jorge Jimenez went 2 for 5 with a home run and 2 RBI. Aaron Reza went 2 for 4 and scored a run. Argenis Diaz went 3 for 4 and scored 3 runs.

Greenville edged Hickory 5-4. Terumasa Matsuo went 4.2 frames giving up 4 runs on 5 hits and 2 BB. He had 1 K. Ryne Lawson threw 2.1 scoreless innings allowing 1 hit and a BB. He had 2 Ks. Felix Ventura threw 2 scoreless innings giving up 1 hit and 2 BB. He had 1 K. Che-Hsuan Lin went 2 for 3 and scored a run.

Lowell defeated Vermont 4-2. Stolmy Pimentel threw 5 innings allowing 2 runs on 5 hits and a BB. He had 6 Ks. Mike Lee pitched 2 perfect innings with 5 Ks. Seth Garrison (1-0) threw 2 scoreless innings allowing 1 hit. He had 2 Ks. Luis Sumoza went 2 for 3 with a home run and 3 RBI.

In their opening game, the Gulf Coast League Red Sox were trounced by the Reds 15-2. Ryan Pressly (0-1) went 3.1 innings giving up 4 runs on 5 hits and 2 BB. He had 4 Ks. Mike Rozier threw 2.2 innings giving up 4 runs on 6 hits and a BB. He had 3 Ks. Pedro Perez went 2 innings giving up 4 runs on 7 hits. Jennel Hudson went 1 inning and gave up 3 runs on 3 hits and a BB. Mike Almanzar went 2 for 5. Roberto Feliz went 3 for 4 and scored a run. Andrew Frezza went 3 for 4 with a run scored and a RBI.

In the Dominican, the Red Sox edged the Marlins 3-2. Victor De La Cruz (2-0) pitched 4 scoreless, hitless innings allowing 1 BB while fanning 4.

Player of the Night: Clay Buchholz who threw 5 scoreless, 1 hit innings with 6 Ks in PawSox win
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June 20, 2008 at 6:22 AM

Dent homers twice in Spinner win


6/20 Cup of Coffee: Columbus downed Pawtucket 4-3 on Thursday. Devern Hansack threw 6 scoreless innings allowing 4 hits and 2 BB. He had 7 Ks. Lincoln Holdzkom (5-2) went an inning giving up 4 runs on 5 hits. Miquel Asencio went 2 innings giving up 2 hits while fanning 1. Joe Thurston went 3 for 5. George Kottaras went 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored. Bryan Pritz went 3 for 4.

Portland defeated New Britain 10-4. Michael Bowden (6-3) went 5.2 innings allowing 2 runs on 5 hits and a BB. He had 5 Ks. Mike James went 2.1 innings giving up 2 runs on 4 hits. He had 3 Ks. TJ Large threw a scoreless 9th allowing 1 hit while fanning 2. Bubba Bell went 3 for 5 with 3 RBI. Mark Wagner went 2 for 4 with 2 homers and 4 RBI. John Otness went 2 for 4 and scored a run. Mickey Hall went 2 for 4 and scored twice. Iggy Suarez went 2 for 4 with a run scored and 2 RBI.

Lancaster defeated Lake Elsinore 7-3. Tony Bajoczky (3-3) went 6 innings giving up 3 runs on 8 hits. He had 2 Ks. Bryce Cox threw 2 clean innings. Brian Steinocher threw a scoreless 9th allowing 2 hits. Jason Place went 2 for 5 with 2 runs scored and a RBI. Jorge Jimenez went 2 for 4 with a RBI. Aaron Reza went 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored and a RBI. Argenis Diaz went 2 for 4 with a run scored and 3 RBI.

Greenville downed Hickory 11-6. Jose Capellan went 3 innings allowing 6 runs on 8 hits and a BB. He had 1 K. Kyle Fernandes threw 4 scoreless innings allowing 3 hits. He had 2 Ks. Ryne Miller (1-0) pitched 2 scoreless innings allowing 2 hits and a BB. He had 1 K. Ryan Kalish went 2 for 4 with a RBI. Yamaico Navarro went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI. Ty Weeden went 2 for 4 with a home run, 2 runs scored and 3 RBI. Kris Negron went 3 for 4 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBI.

Lowell edged Tri-City 7-6. Yeiper Castillo threw 4 innings allowing 4 runs on 4 hits and a BB. He had 7 Ks. Stephen Fife (1-0) went 2 innings allowing 1 run on 2 hits. He had 1 K. Charlie Rosario went 3 innings giving up 1 run on 5 hits. He had 3 Ks. Ryan Dent went 3 for 4 with 2 home runs. Carlos Fernandez-Oliva went 2 for 4 with a run scored and a RBI. Rafael Gil went 2 for 4 with a RBI.

In the DSL, the Red Sox downed the Dodgers 7-4. Felix Sanchez went 3 for 4 and scored a run.

Player of the Night: Ryan Dent who went 3 for 4 with 2 home runs
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June 19, 2008 at 6:26 AM

Reddick has 3 hits in losing cause


6/19 Cup of Coffee: Action was light last night with both Pawtucket and Greenville idle.

New Britain downed Portland 9-6 in 11 innings. Matt Goodson went 3.1 innings giving up 5 runs on 9 hits and 4 BB. He had 1 K. Daniel Haigwood threw 1.2 frames and did not give up a run on 1 hit and 2 BB. Chad Rhoades went 2 innings allowing 1 run on 3 hits. He had 3 Ks. Daniel Bard tossed 2 scoreless innings allowing a hit and a BB. Beau Vaughn went 2 innings allowing 3 runs on 2 hits and a BB. Jeff Corsaletti went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI. Aaron Bates went 2 for 4 and scored a run.

High Desert defeated Lancaster 5-2. Travis Beazley (3-8) went 5 innings giving up 5 runs on 6 hits and 2 BB. He had 4 Ks. Blake Maxwell threw 3 scoreless innings allowing 1 hit. He had 3 Ks. Bryce Cox threw a clean 9th. Josh Reddick went 3 for 4.

Tri-City edged Lowell 7-6 in 11 innings. Drake Britton went 5 innings allowing 2 runs on 4 hits and 2 BB. He had 3 Ks. Kyle Weiland threw 2 scoreless innings retiring all 6 batters he faced. He had 2 Ks. Lance McClain went 0.2 of an inning giving up 3 runs on 2 hits and 2 BB. He had 1 K. Joe Guerra (0-1) went 2.2 innings giving up 2 runs on 3 hits and 2 BB. He had 2 Ks. Mike Tomoleoni went 0.2 of an inning and did not allow a run on 1 hit and 1 BB. Ronald Bermudez went 2 for 6 and scored a run. Luis Sumoza went 2 for 5 with a home run and 2 RBI.

In the Dominican Summer League, the Blue Jays downed the Red Sox 8-2. Chris De La Rosa went 3 for 4 and scored a run.

Player of the Night: Josh Reddick who went 3 for 4 in a losing cause and is now hitting .349 for the seaon.(.352 in Lancaster)




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Pitcher of the Week, June 9-15: Adam Mills


In two starts Lancaster RHP Adam Mills allowed two earned runs on six hits (.128 BAA) over 14 innings pitched, striking out seven while walking two, earning a win and SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week honors for June 9-15. Mills made two starts on the road against San Jose (Giants) June 10, earning s win while pitching eight shutout innings of two hit ball, and Visalia (D-Backs) June 15, allowing two runs on four hits and striking out two while walking two en route to a no-decision. For the season (all with Lancaster) Mills, age 23, is 7-4 with a 4.13 ERA in 76.1 IP over 14 starts, allowing 35 ER on 85 hits for a .277 BAA, and striking out 40 and issuing 14 bases on balls.
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June 18, 2008 at 8:18 PM

Player of the Week, June 9-15: Daniel Nava


Lancaster OF Daniel Nava reached base in nearly 60 percent of his plate appearances last week, with 13 hits and four walks in 29 plate appearances posting a .520/.586/.680 (1.266 OPS) line, and was voted (position) Player of the Week for June 9-15 by the SoxProspects.com community. Nava doubled four times, scoring six runs while batting in 6. Signed in the off season as a minor league free agent, Nava (age 25) was rated as the top independent league prospect by Baseball America and his not disappointed, going .361/.435/.574 (1.009 OPS) with six home runs, 13 doubles, one triple and 28 RBI in 155 ABs (43 games) with the JetHawks in 2008. Honorable Mention: Greenville C/DH Luis Exposito, .294/.333/.882 (1.215 OPS), three homers and two doubles.
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Q&A with Jeff Lasky


SoxProspects' templeUsox recently exchanged a few questions with Jeff Lasky, Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Lancaster JetHawks. Many thanks to Jeff for taking the time to give some great answers for the interview:

templeUsox: Statistically, Jason Place has shown improvement over his first two and a half months as a Jethawk. Can you provide any first-hand observations about his progression this season?
Jeff Lasky: I obviously did not get to see Jason play in Greenville last year, but his improvement this season has been probably the most visibly apparent - you don't have to use video technology or have a degree from the Doug Lau School of Hitting to see how much better Jason has gotten at the plate. He certainly still has a long way to go to fulfill the expectations that come from being a first round pick, but the fact that he has learned so much is encouraging and hopefully is just a sign of what is to come. His plate discipline is certainly improved. He's always going to be a high strikeout player but there is no doubt that his pitch recognition has gotten better and he is gaining a better understanding of what pitchers are trying to do to him. He's laying off breaking balls that he would have chased early in the year and he's been able to fight off more pitches. Even if he's just fouling them off, he's making contact, forcing the pitchers to throw more, and at least creating a chance to get at a mistake pitch. He has good gap to gap power and he's been able to turn on more pitches as well. He's still going to have to get a lot better at all of those things, but it is also easy for us all to forget that he only just turned 20 years old last month. One thing that has been excellent all season has been Jason's defense. He gets great jumps and always seems to take the right route. Jason has a pretty good arm as well and can definitely be a center fielder.


templeUsox:Last year, several starters improved as the year moved on and they became used to the environment of Lancaster and the California League. Are there any pitchers this season who have made take similar steps?
Jeff Lasky:
The pitching staffs between the two seasons have been radically different. If the staff continues to do in the second half what they did in the first, this will go down as one of the top three most successful pitching staffs in JetHawks history. It sounds overly simple, but the difference is that these guys throw strikes - they don't get rattled. That's the key to pitching in the hitter-friendly environments here and in the other two or three hitter's parks in the league. If you don't command, you don't succeed. These guys have walked the fewest batters in the league and overall, there are more ground ball pitchers than fly ball pitchers. While last year's staff had the big names and the incredible talent of Bowden, Masterson, etc., this is a much more unheralded group - that has had much more team success. There are no obvious big league stars in the making like Masterson and Bowden, but if these guys continue to develop the way they are here, getting ground ball outs and commanding the zone, they'll have the opportunity to at least get a shot at the higher levels.


Individually, Adam Mills has probably been the most impressive. Not overpowering, but keeps the ball down and doesn't walk batters. He learned his lesson in his first few starts to stay focused on each hitter and has been able to succeed. I've always been a big fan of T.J. Large. He gets a lot of movement on his cutter and uses it to get a lot of weak contact. He's another pitcher who's been able to ignore distractions and turn in consistent efforts. Those of us who saw the team last year are very proud of Blake Maxwell. He took what he'll admit was a very difficult season last year and turned it into a positive by changing his mechanics. He worked hard in the off-season to be able to repeat his delivery from a more traditional sidearm angle and he's pitching with a lot more confidence and aggression this season. And he's just flat-out getting outs. He's been consistent all season as a long reliever, and has been great in a couple of rare spot starts. There is no one pitching better so far under the radar. Blake has an ERA of 1.63 in 55.1 innings with a strong ground ball ratio. Some of the roving instructors are starting to talk about Blake as being an "interesting" pitcher again - and that was before his current stretch of allowing just 2 earned runs in his last 32.1 innings. I'll leave Richie Lentz alone here since you dedicated a full question to him.


templeUsox: Do you think Josh Reddick's approach at the plate will hinder him as he advances? Can you provide some observations about his defense?
Jeff Lasky: Reddick has certainly been an impressive player since joining us. If he'd been with us all year, he'd probably be an All-Star. I would not be overly critical of his approach as I don't want to argue with the success. I like his game when he's willing to go the opposite way. If he is doing that successfully, not allowing pitchers to sit on the outside corner, he really becomes dangerous because of his power. That being said, he can on occasion get a little pull happy and can over-swing. But I haven't seen it for prolonged stretches- he gets back to where he needs to be pretty quickly and I always like hitters who can make adjustments. Defensively, you can really see the joy he takes in playing in the field. His hustle is outstanding and he does have a great arm. Josh already has 11 assists with us. One little thing that has really impressed me is how well he reads the outfield walls. He gets to the bounces so quickly and unloads that he's caught a few guys who thought their doubles were routine.


templeUsox: Richie Lentz has shown flashes of dominance over the last 1+ months. What type of stuff does he has and what does he need to improve on?
Jeff Lasky: Richie Lentz has a big league fastball, no doubt about that. He's been clocked up to 96 this year and has typically sat at 93-94. His late addition to the All-Star team is indicative of his ability to simply dominate hitters when he is in control. We've seen several games where he hasn't been touched, striking out four or five batters in two innings. However, Richie has also learned that he will not be successful at the higher levels unless he is able to exhibit better control and develop his secondary pitches. I've been very impressed with how hard Richie has worked, especially on his slider. He is not coasting on the fastball and his slider has improved. We haven't seen his change-up all that much but I think that's a product of the Red Sox wanting to focus right now on the slider. His control is better too- for a good chunk of the season he was almost 1-1 strikeouts to walks; now he's about 2.5-1. Lentz is very much doing the things the Red Sox have asked him to do to earn a chance at the next level and he could be a future big league reliever.


templeUsox: Finally, Lars Anderson has come back strong since his injury. Have you seen him make adjustments at the plate since April?
Jeff Lasky:
To be fair, because of his injuries and my vacation, I haven't seen Lars play since the middle of May. There were obviously huge expectations for Lars in coming here, but it goes to prove that no one has it easy at this level of the minors- everyone has room to grow and will have their ups and downs. I know Lars didn't feel very comfortable early in the year. Even then, he's so talented that he was able to contribute. He has such a wonderfully easy and natural swing that when things are rolling, the ball just jumps off his bat. He's still working on reading pitchers and adjusting to them. But he is the real deal. He was a great sense of the strike zone and uses the whole field. He has great power and has shown the ability to pull the ball this year. In fact, as I write this between innings of our game tonight, Lars just crushed a monster home run over the right field wall, the maintenance building, and quite possibly into Arizona. I think when Lars isn't going full bore it's more because he can overthink things than anything else. He's also been bothered by injuries and illness. I'm looking forward to seeing him at full strength.
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