June 8, 2012 at 11:45 AM
This week's minor league notes:
- SoxProspects.com Director of Scouting Chris Mellen made his way south through Greenville and Salem this past week. He breaks down five Greenville players and five Salem players in his scouting scratch. He also has an extensive breakdown of both Henry Owens and Matt Barnes in The Book on the SoxProspects news page.
- General Manager Ben Cherington and Scouting Director Amiel Sawdaye break down the first day draftees in this piece by WEEI.com's Alex Speier.
- The Red Sox had 18 former draft picks re-drafted in 2012 which shows how they have an eye for talent writes SoxProspects.com Senior Writer John Gray.
- For ESPN Boston, Soxprospects.com Senior Editor Matt Huegel explains the Red Sox draft strategy due to the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.
- Pawtucket Red Sox radio broadcaster Aaron Goldsmith, wrote about how Ryan Lavarnway is starting to heat up for the Pawsox.
- Daniel Bard has been demoted to Triple-A Pawtucket after struggling with control issues. The Providence Journal's Brian MacPherson writes there is plenty of help for Bard as he tries to turn things around.
- Ryan Kalish has been on a tear across three levels of his rehab assignment as he has put up a line of .385/.529/.769 between Salem, Portland and now Pawtucket. Portland Sea Dogs radio broadcaster Mike Antonellis sat down with Kalish to discuss his progress among other things.
- Left-handed pitcher Drake Britton was promoted to Portland. In his debut he gave up no hits in five innings but walked six batters. After the game the Portland Press Herald's Kevin Thomas caught up with Britton to discuss his debut. SoxProspects.com Northeast Scout Ian Cundall was in attendance for the start and wrote up a report on the unusual outing in the discussion forum.
- Jackie Bradley, Jr. still leads professional baseball in on-base percentage through two months but it is his defense that is getting rave reviews writes Salem radio broadcaster Evan Lepler.
- With Matt Barnes continuing to dominate in the minors, his former manager in Greenville compared him to Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander writes Speier.
- The Dominican Summer League's season kicked off this week and outfielder Manuel Margot has been the standout player offensively so far. Margot signed last July out of the Dominican Republic for $800,000.
- Kuery De La Cruz, Garin Cecchini and Mickey Pena were named to the SAL All-star team. De La Cruz will get the starting nod in left field.
- Cecchini has been on fire in his last 10 games with a slash line of .415/.468/.585 in his last 41 at-bats.
- Daisuke Matsuzaka is set to come off of the 60-day DL and get the starting nod on Saturday. His debut will come almost exactly a year after he had Tommy John surgery.
- Mark Prior made his season debut for the Pawtucket Red Sox and has been dominant in two games so far. He has six strikeouts to one walk over 2.2 innings pitched in two appearances on the year. Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston spoke to Prior about the difficulties of his multiple comeback attempts.
- Salem first baseman Travis Shaw and Salem pitcher Ruben Flores were the SoxProspects.com Players of the Week for May 28-June 3.
- Ross Ohlendorf opted out of his contract and signed a major league deal with the San Diego Padres.
- Jose Iglesias (lower back soreness) and Madison Younginer (strained right lat muscle) were the notable players that landed on the DL this past week. McDonald recently talked with Iglesias who said he is nearing a return.
|Drake Britton (Kelly O'Connor)|