September 10, 2009 at 11:59 PM
With the regular season having come to a close, SoxProspects.com is pleased to announce the selection of Chris Carter and Jose Alvarez as the Players of the Month of August/September combined. Carter's August line of .317/.423/.476 with 3 home runs, 4 doubles and 11 RBI alone would have merited strong consideration for the position player award, but his .545/.600/1.000 line in 22 at-bats over 6 September games with 2 home runs and 4 doubles in his Pawtucket farewell tour made him an easy choice. Lowell lefty Alvarez turned in quality starts in five of his last six, going 3-1 with a 2.10 ERA in 5 August starts, allowing 7 earned runs on 25 hits, striking out 27 while walking only three over 30 innings pitched. He made the most of his single September start, throwing 7 shutout innings of 5-hit ball, striking out 6 and walking 1, and was credited with the win. On the season, Alvarez was 9-4 in 26 games with Lowell and Salem, making 12 starts, all with Lowell, allowing 27 earned runs on 92 hits over 107.2 innings, striking out 74 and walking 16, for a 2.26 ERA and .231 average against. Carter hit .294/.358/.465 with 16 home runs, 25 doubles and 61 RBI in 428 at-bats over 116 games with Pawtucket in 2009, en route to being named team MVP.