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August 3, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Weekly Notes: Top prospects survive trade deadline

This week's minor league notes:

  • The Red Sox made two minor moves at the trade deadline, acquiring left-hander Craig Breslow for Matt Albers and Scott Podsednik, while trading Lars Anderson to the Indians for knuckleballer Steven Wright
  • There has been a flurry of roster moves in the past week, highlighted by Ryan Kalish and Ryan Lavarnway's return to the big leagues, Travis Shaw's promotion to Portland, and Reynaldo Rodriguez' (pictured) long awaited call-up to Pawtucket.
  • Andrew Bailey and Daisuke Matsuzaka started their rehab assignments this week, with Matsuzaka throwing 2.1 scoreless innings in Pawtucket, and Bailey tossing a scoreless inning in the GCL. 
  • Rounding out the roster moves is Blake Swihart hitting the disabled list with a hip injury, Mickey Pena beginning a rehab assignment in the GCL, Alex Hassan going on the DL after fouling a ball off his shin, and Chris Carpenter being activated from the 60-day DL and optioned to Pawtucket. 
  • Speier also talked about the trade value of the system's top prospects in his Minor Details podcast with Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus
  • Tim Britton of the Providence Journal made the trip north to Portland and talked with Anthony Ranaudo about what has been a lost season. Ranaudo discussed what he has learned this year and when he plans to return to the mound.
  • Aaron McFarling of the Roanoke Times posted a short article on Salem second baseman Sean Coyle, that includes quotes from Coyle and Salem hitting coach Rich Gedman.
  • First-round pick Brian Johnson, second-round pick Jamie Callahan, and fourth-rounder Ty Buttrey made their professional debuts this week. Johnson pitched 1.1 shutout innings in Lowell before leaving the game early with a minor injury after taking a liner off the knee, while Callahan and Buttrey each threw a scoreless inning in the GCL.
  • Brendan McGair of the Woonsocket Call provided an interesting look into the life of Garrett Mock. Mock talks about the parallels between baseball and Christianity. 
Photo Credit: Reynaldo Rodriguez by SoxProspects, LLC