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January 21, 2010 at 9:12 AM

Red Sox make flurry of minor league moves

According to Baseball America, the Red Sox made a flurry of minor league moves earlier this month, including the signing of minor league free agents Chad Paronto, Scott Patterson, Kelvin Pichardo, Ray Chang, and Christian Colonel. The team also released Matt Goodson and Zach Borowiak.

Paronto, a right-handed-reliever and a product of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has had major league experience with Baltimore, Cleveland, Atlanta, and Houston. His best seasons came in 2006 and 2007 as a member of the Atlanta Braves bullpen, making 106 appearances with a 3.34 ERA across the two seasons. In thirteen minor league seasons, Paronto has compiled a 3.82 ERA in 830 innings with an almost 2:1 K:BB ratio.

Patterson, a reliever who was originally signed from the Independent Leagues in 2006 by the New York Yankees, has spent time in the Yankees, Athletics and Padres organizations. He has put up impressive minor league numbers, striking out over a batter an inning across his eight minor league seasons while compiling a 3.30 ERA.

Pichardo, a reliever originally signed out of the Dominican Republic by the Phillies in 2003, has pitched well for both the Phillies and Giants organizations. Primarily working out of the bullpen, he has a 3.26 ERA in 134 career minor league games, striking out over a batter an inning.

Chang, a utility infielder who was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Padres, has also played for the Pirates organization. In five minor league seasons, Chang has hit .270/.347/.386

Colonel, a third-base/outfielder who was originally drafted by the Rockies in the 5th round of the 2003 Amateur Draft, has played in seven minor league seasons hitting .285/.355/.427.

Borowiak, a middle infielder originally drafted in the 14th round of the 2003 Amateur Draft, has had an uninspiring minor league career, and briefly retired after the 2007 season before making a comeback last season. For his career, he has hit .231/.304/.323 in six minor league seasons.

Goodson, a starter that was originally drafted in the 23rd round of the 2004 Amateur Draft, had compiled a 4.62 ERA in 90 games across his five year minor league career