August 3, 2012 at 1:00 PM
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.
- 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.
- SoxProspects Editor-in-Chief Mike Andrews covered the best and worst performances in the system for July in his Minor League Notes column on ESPN Boston.
- Before the trade deadline, Alex Speier of WEEI.com discussed the value of the Red Sox trade chips, with a focus on Greenville left-hander Henry Owens.
- 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.
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