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July 31, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Boston acquires Breslow for Albers and Podsednik


Leading up to this afternoon's non-waiver trade deadline, the Red Sox acquired left-handed reliever Craig Breslow (pictured) from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for right-hander Matt Albers and outfielder Scott Podsednik.

Breslow, who turns 32 on August 8, was originally a member of the Red Sox organization from 2006 through early 2008. He made just 13 appearances in Boston, posting a 0-2 record with a 3.75 ERA. The left-hander saw the majority of his time with the Red Sox organization in Triple-A Pawtucket, appearing in 39 games in 2006 and 49 in 2007. 

Originally drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers out of Yale University in the 26th round of the 2002 amateur draft, Breslow was a member of the Oakland Athletics from 2009-2011, posting a stellar 3.14 ERA in 202 relief appearances. This season as a member of the Diamondbacks, Breslow is 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA with 42 strikeouts in 43.1 innings pitched. 

Breslow will serve as a left-handed option out of the bullpen along with Andrew Miller and Franklin Morales

Albers, 29, had impressed in his second season with Boston, posting a 2.29 ERA 39.1 innings pitched this season. 

Podsednik, 36, was acquired by the Red Sox from the Philadelphia Phillies for cash considerations back in May of this season. The speedy outfield was very impressive in 19 games with Boston, hitting .387/.409/.484 with a home run and seven RBI. In 25 games with Triple-A Pawtucket, Podsednik hit .281/.330/.360 with a home run and 11 RBI.

Photo Credit: Craig Breslow by Kelly O'Connor
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at 5:03 PM

Red Sox deal Lars Anderson to Cleveland for knuckleballer Steven Wright


The Red Sox have traded first baseman Lars Anderson (pictured) to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for right-handed pitcher Steven Wright. Wright was pitching for the Double-A Akron Aeros, and primarily throws a knuckleball.

Wright, 27, was originally drafted in the second round of the 2006 draft by the Indians as a more traditional pitcher, sporting a fastball the regularly broke 90. Wright and the Indians made a joint decision to attempt the conversion to throwing the knuckleball primarily, and he hooked on with former major league pitcher Tom Candiotti to learn the pitch, as detailed in this piece from Bill Lubinger at the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

After struggling in 2011, Wright has made strides in 2012. In 20 starts for Akron, he has posted a 9-6 record and 2.49 ERA, striking out 101 and walking 62 in his 115.2 innings of work. Wright will report to Double-A Portland.

The move represents a fresh start for Anderson, once rated by SoxProspects.com as the top prospect in the Boston system, and the #17 prospect in all of baseball before the 2009 season by Baseball America. These accolades came following his stellar 2008 season, in which he hit .317/.408/.513 in 77 games for High A Lancaster before being promoted to Double-A Portland. There he continued to produce at a higher level, batting .316/.436/.526 in 41 games. The performance earned him the label as Boston's first-baseman-of-the-future.

Unfortunately, Anderson's power numbers never returned to that level, delivering a slugging percentage over .425 in only one season since the heights of 2008, while struggling with strikeouts. He made his major league debut on September 6, 2010, and appeared in 30 games over three seasons with the Red Sox. With Adrian Gonzalez firmly entrenched as the first baseman, the Red Sox nearly dealt Anderson at the 2011 deadline, pulling out of a deal at the last minute with the Oakland Athletics because of the medical reports on pitcher Rich Harden. The club worked with Anderson this year on playing the outfield in order to increase his versatility, but his offense continued to sputter, as he hit .259/.359/.415 with Pawtucket.


Photo Credit: Lars Anderson by Kelly O'Connor
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at 8:52 AM

Cup of Coffee: Matsuzaka makes rehab start; De La Cruz hits walk-off blast for Greenville


7/31 Cup of Coffee: Pitching was the story on Tuesday night, as there were several close games down on the farm. Greenville and the DSL Red Sox both had extra-inning victories. Lowell came out on top of a pitcher's duel that lived up to expectations, while the GCL Red Sox staff twirled a shutout. Pawtucket had the only loss of the night, as a ninth-inning comeback fell short. In all, only nine runs were allowed in the five games by Red Sox pitchers.
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Pawtucket could not get any offense going in support of Daisuke Matsuzaka's rehab effort, falling 2-1 to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (NYY). Matsuzaka was solid in his first appearance since being placed on the disabled list on July 2 with a right trapezius strain. He threw 2.1 scoreless innings, giving up four hits, walking one and striking out three. He threw 47 pitches, 30 of them for strikes. Nelson Figueroa took a tough-luck loss in relief, allowing only one run on three hits in 4.1 innings, striking out six and walking one, and leaving with the PawSox down 1-0. Alex Wilson pitched the eighth, giving up a run on two hits while striking out two. Ryan Kalish narrowed the deficit with an RBI groundout in the ninth inning.
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Keury De La Cruz's (pictured) home run to lead off the bottom of the 11th inning sent Greenville home a 4-3 winner over the Charleston RiverDogs (NYY). It was the 16th homer of the year for De La Cruz, who also hit his 26th double earlier in the game. Extra innings were needed after the bullpen couldn't hold the lead for Jason Garcia, who gave up only two hits in 6.0 scoreless innings, adding three walks and three strikeouts. Left-hander Dylan Chavez, the only member of the 2012 draft class who has reached Greenville, threw two perfect innings in relief, striking out two. Nefi Ogando surrendered a three-run home run in the ninth that knotted the game up at 3-3. Ogando sharpened up after that, pitching out of jams in the 10th and 11th innings and picking up the win.
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Lowell came out with a 2-1 victory over the State College Spikes (PIT) in a highly anticipated pitchers duel between supplemental first rounder Pat Light and 17-year-old Pittsburgh phenom Luis Heredia. Light threw 2.0 strong innings, striking out four and allowing only one hit. SoxProspects.com Northeast Scout Ian Cundall was in Lowell to get a look at Light. He reports that Light touched 94 and got both strikeouts on his slider. Jacob Dahstrand picked up the win in relief, allowing a run on three hits in his 5.0 innings of work. Braden Kapteyn tossed 2.0 hitless innings to earn the save. Mike Miller led the way on offense, going 2 for 3 with a run scored, a hit by pitch and a stolen base. Mookie Betts and Kendrick Perkins also had two-hit nights.
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Four pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout for the GCL Red Sox as they beat the GCL Orioles, 4-0 (BAL). Sergio Garcia, who gave up all five hits, put in 5.0 innings of work, striking out four along the way and leaving with the score tied at zero. The outing concludes a strong July for Gomez. The right-hander went 3-1 in six appearances, with a 2.10 ERA and 0.90 WHIP over 30.0 innings. Luis Bastardo, Stephen Williams, and Gerardo Olivares combined for 4.0 hitless innings. Bastardo earned the win in his first game of the year after missing the first several months of the year with an injury. 

Jose Colorado went 2 for 3 with a double, hit by pitch, run scored and an RBI to lead the offense. David Sopilka added two hits of his own. Jeremias Pineda saw his hitting streak come to an end after 15 games. Pineda continues to lead the Gulf Coast League with a .400 batting average.
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The DSL Red Sox won a 4-3 thriller over the DSL Yankees2 (NYY), scoring a run to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth, then winning in a walk-off in the 10th inning. Trailing 3-2 in the ninth, Aneudis Peralta led off the inning with a double. He advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a Roberto Duncan ground ball to the first baseman, evening the score at three. In the 10th inning, Andres Garcia hit a one-out grounder to the pitcher, who threw the ball away, allowing Garcia to reach second base. He moved up to third on a Manuel Margot ground out, and scored the winning run when Alixon Suarez delivered a clutch two-out base hit.

Leonel Vazquez pitched a perfect tenth, striking out one to earn the win. Vazquez followed starter Dioscar Romero, who went the first 5.0 innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits, and Yankory Pimentel, who tossed 4.0 scoreless innings, striking out three. Suarez and Peralta paced the offense, as both had 2 for 4 nights at the plate.
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Player of the Day: Keury De La Cruz hit a dramatic walk off home run to lead off the bottom of the 11th inning for Greenville. The blast continues a breakout season for De La Cruz with the Drive. The 20-year-old outfielder has 48 extra-base hits on the season after compiling 47 in the two previous years combined in Lowell. His season slash line currently sits at .312/.356/.540. The two-hit night on Tuesday represents the fifth multi-hit effort for De La Cruz in his last six games.

Photo credit: Keury De La Cruz by Kelly O'Connor

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July 30, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Up-and-down day for starters


7/30 Cup of Coffee: It was an up-and-down day for Sox affiliate starters. While Pawtucket's Billy Buckner and Greenville's Noe Ramirez recorded quality starts, Stolmy Pimentel failed to get out of the first inning and Matt Barnes allowed three home runs for Salem.

The Pawtucket pitchers combined to throw a two-hitter, as the PawSox beat the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (NYY) 4-0. Billy Buckner allowed only one hit over 6.0 innings to earn his third win in Triple-A. Jason Repko homered in the third inning to put the PawSox on the board, and they added two more in the fifth on a Ryan Lavarnway double and Lars Anderson sacrifice fly. Mark Prior, Daniel Bard and Chris Carpenter combined to throw the final 3.0 innings, allowing only one hit while walking one and striking out three. Bard has now thrown five consecutive scoreless innings, allowing three hits and three walks while tallying five strikeouts during the stretch. Andy LaRoche added an insurance run in the eighth with his seventh home run with the PawSox. Lavarnway went 2 for 4 with a double while LaRoche had a double in addition to his home run.
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Stolmy Pimentel took a sizable step back on Sunday, and the Binghamton Mets (NYM) prevailed with a 6-2 victory. Pimentel gave up four runs while recording only one out before being pulled. He gave up four walks, one hit, and also hit a batter. The Sea Dogs scored twice in the sixth on a Jackie Bradley, Jr. home run and a Kolbrin Vitek double. Bradley went 1 for 4 with a walk, and the home run was his seventh on the season.
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Despite striking out nine, Matt Barnes gave up three home runs in a 9-3 loss to the Lynchburg Hillcats (ATL). Barnes threw 5.0 innings for Salem, allowing seven runs, four earned, on seven hits. He walked none and struck out nine. After hitting the leadoff man, Barnes gave up a two-run home run in the top of the first, and allowed a solo shot in the second to put Salem in an early hole. Barnes ran into more trouble in the fifth, allowing a sacrifice fly, and a two-out, two-run home run after a James Kang error extended the inning. Salem hit three home runs in the ninth, as Felix Sanchez, Heiker Meneses and Xander Bogaerts all homered to left. 
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Noe Ramirez (pictured) picked up his first professional win, and Keury De La Cruz blasted his 15th home run to lead Greenville past the Greensboro Grasshoppers (MIA), 6-1. Ramirez allowed one run on four hits over 6.1 innings, while walking one and striking out nine. Cody Koback hit a solo home run in the second and Henry Ramos added an RBI single in the fourth to give the Drive some breathing room. De La Cruz put the game out of reach with a three-run home run in the fifth. Ramos went 1 for 2 with two walks while Garin Cecchini went 1 for 3 with a walk and his 36th stolen base of the season. 
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2012 first-round pick Brian Johnson made his professional debut, and Kendrick Perkins hit a walk-off double in a 1-0 Lowell victory over the State College Spikes (PIT). Johnson tossed the first 1.1 innings, allowing two hits and one walk while striking out one. He left the game after taking a line drive off his shin, but SoxProspects Director of Scouting Chris Mellen, who was in attendance, tweeted that it did not look badFrancisco Taveras threw the final 5.2 innings, allowing only one hit while striking out three, lowering his ERA to 1.83 on the season. Lowell did not have much in the way of offense until the seventh, when Mookie Betts singled and scored from first on a Perkins double. Deven Marrero was the only Spinner to reach base twice, going 0 for 1 with two walks and a stolen base.
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Lowell held State College scoreless again in Game Two, winning 2-0. Mike Augliera was perfect in his 3.0 innings of work, striking out five.

Player of the Night: It took 10 starts, but Noe Ramirez finally picked up his first win, striking out nine over 6.1 innings of one-run ball. The 22-year-old right-hander has pitched well this season, and his ERA now stands at 3.35 ERA over 51.0 innings. He has struck out 45 and walked only 11.

Photo Credit: Noe Ramirez by John Corneau/Lowell Spinners

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July 29, 2012 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Castillo strikes out eight, Portland keeps rolling


7/29 Cup of Coffee: Yeiper Castillo struck out eight in a brilliant performance for Salem, but only Portland was able to come up with a victory, as poor relief work haunted the affiliates on Saturday. Pawtucket and Lowell were rained out. 
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Thanks to the continued hot hitting of Jeremy Hazelbaker, the Sea Dogs won for their 12th time in their last 18 games, beating the Binghamton Mets (NYM), 5-1. After Jackie Bradley, Jr. walked to leadoff the game, Hazelbaker connected on a home run to center field to give the Sea Dogs an early lead. The home run was followed by back-to-back doubles by Marquez Smith and Reynaldo Rodriguez to push the lead to three. Hazelbaker manufactured a run in a different way in the fifth, reaching on a bunt single and then stealing second and third base before scoring on a sacrifice fly. 

That was enough for Jeremy Kehrt, who allowed only one run in 5.2 innings. After walking two with two outs in the sixth, Kehrt exited the game, and Michael Olmsted came in and got a ground out to end the threat. Olmsted threw 2.0 innings of scoreless ball, striking out five. He has yet to allow a run in Double-A. Hazelbaker finished 2 for 5 with a home run and now has a 1.010 OPS after the All-Star break. Bradley reached base twice, hitting a double as well as drawing a walk. 
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Salem and Lynchburg (ATL) were locked in a pitcher's duel through the first seven innings, but a three-run eighth propelled the Hillcats to a 3-1 victory. Yeiper Castillo was dominant for Salem, tossing 7.0 shutout innings, allowing only one hit and two walks while striking out eight. Unfortunately he could not get the victory, as Jeremiah Bayer allowed three runs in the eighth on three hits. Salem tried to come back in the ninth, as a Heiker Meneses single brought in a run and brought the tying-run to the plate, but Brandon Jacobs struck out swinging to end the game. 


Michael Almanzar cemented his status as the SoxProspects Player of the Month for July, going 3 for 4 with a double. His slash line for the month now sits at .360/.443/.610 with two more games to go. Felix Sanchez went 3 for 5 with a double, while also adding a stolen base. 
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Despite a great start from Michael McCarthy, the Greensboro Grasshoppers (MIA) prevailed over the Drive, winning 4-2. McCarthy tossed the first 5.0 innings, giving up three hits and no runs while striking out three. The Drive gave him a lead in the second when Henry Ramos doubled and scored on a passed ball, but the bullpen could not hold it. Justin Erasmus came on in relief and gave up four runs on six hits while recording only two outs. The Drive were not able to come back, as UConn product Greg Nappo pitched three innings of scoreless relief to earn the victory. Ramos went 1 for 3 with a double and a walk, and Boss Moanaroa went 2 for 4.
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17th-round draft pick Willie Ethington pitched a scoreless inning in his professional debut, but the GCL Red Sox fell 4-1 to the GCL Twins (MIN). Ethington started his career with a strikeout of second overall pick Byron Buxton, and allowed only one hit in his one inning of work. The Twins scored twice off of Matt Spalding in the fourth and that proved to be enough, as the Red Sox collected only five hits and struck out 12 times on the day. Jeremias Pineda went 3 for 5 with a double and a run scored, while Cleuluis Rondon went 1 for 3 with a walk and RBI single. 
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The DSL Red Sox scored six unearned runs in the seventh, but it was not enough to beat the DSL Pirates1 (PIT), falling 10-9. The Pirates scored early and often, jumping out to an eight-run lead by the end of the sixth. In the seventh, the Red Sox collected six runs on only one hit, thanks to three walks and three errors from the Pirates. The lone hit was a two-run double by Aneudis Peralta. Down 10-6 in the bottom of the ninth, the Red Sox pulled within one on a three-run home run from Alixon Suarez, but that was as close as they would get, as the next two batters would fly out. 
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Player of the Night: Yeiper Castillo's 7.0 shutout innings lowered his ERA to 1.74 in 31.0 innings in Salem. He has allowed only 20 hits while striking out 23. On the season, he has a 3.30 ERA in 109.0 innings between Salem and Greenville. 


Photo Credit: Yeiper Castillo by SoxProspects, LLC

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July 28, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Lowell's Justin Haley and William Cuevas combine for a shutout


7/28 Cup of Coffee: The night was highlighted by quality starts nearly across the affiliates, but the offense was not always able to support a solid performance on the mound. Chris Hernandez continues to impress in Pawtucket, and Justin Haley and William Cuevas continue to dominate the New York-Penn League. 
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Chris Hernandez, who piggybacked Scott Atchison’s inning of rehab work, pitched five solid frames of shutout baseball, giving up four hits and striking out three on the way to a 5-3 PawSox victory over the Indianapolis Indians (PIT). The PawSox jumped out to an early, two-run lead in the first inning on RBI singles from Lars Anderson and Juan Carlos Linares, but Atchison gave up three runs on three hits in his inning of work. The PawSox were able to recover, however, in the top of the fifth inning, scoring three more runs by virtue of two fielding errors to seal the deal. Daniel Bard also pitched a scoreless inning of relief, walking two batters and striking out one. Chris Hernandez, Clayton Mortensen, Daniel Bard, and Jose De La Torre combined for eight scoreless innings of relief. 
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Portland dropped both games of their doubleheader with the Binghamton Mets (NYM), scoring only a run in each game. 


In the first game, the Portland offense couldn’t match Drake Britton’s five-inning effort and lost to Binghamton 2-1. Britton gave up two runs on seven hits, striking out an impressive seven and walking three. Portland’s sole run came in the top of the fifth inning when Ronald Bermudez scored on a single from Zach Gentile single. 


In their second game, Portland lost 3-1, even though they jumped out to an early one-run lead in the top of the second inning on a solo shot from Bryce Brentz. But Portland starter Mike MacDonald (5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 K) lost control in the bottom of the sixth inning, walking the first two batters he faced, and Chris Balcom-Miller couldn’t stop the bleeding, giving up a three-run homer. Jackie Bradley Jr. went 2-for-3 with two doubles; he leads the minor leagues with 39 doubles. 
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Sean Coyle and Xander Bogaerts each had a two-hit night to complement a quality start from Miguel Celestino to lead the Salem Red Sox to a 6-3 victory over the Lynchburg Hillcats (ATL). Celestino threw 6.0 innings, giving up three runs on six hits, walking three and striking out five. Salem struck first, when Bogaerts singled in Heiker Meneses. Brandon Jacobs’ solo shot was responsible for Salem’s run in the third inning. The Hilllcats tied the game up in the fourth inning and briefly took the lead in the sixth inning, but the Salem Red Sox responded with two runs in the bottom frame thanks to some shrewd baserunning from James Kang and an RBI double from Coyle. Coyle added two insurances runs in the eighth inning on an RBI single. 
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Henry Owens recovered from a rough first inning, and notched the win as Greenville defeated Greensboro 8-4. Owens threw 6.0 innings, giving up three runs on five hits, walking four and striking out three. The Greenville offense was not shy, and Jose Vinicio led the charge, going two-for-four with a home run. Greenville took the lead in the third inning on back-to-back hits from Garin Cecchini (a double) and David Renfroe. Greenville never looked back, padding their lead the following inning and again in both the seventh and eighth innings.
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The Spinners routed Williamsport 7-0, doing most of their damage in the seventh inning when they scored six runs. The Spinners strung four hits together, including doubles from Matt Marquis and Kendrick Perkins. 2012 sixth-round pick Justin Haley threw three scoreless innings to begin the game, giving up only one hit and striking out an impressive six.  William Cuevas followed Haley with an impressive performance of his own, tossing 6.0 scoreless innings, giving up three hits, walking one, and striking out six. 




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The GCL Twins (MIN) embarrassed the GCL Red Sox, routing them 12-3. Mario Alcantara could not find his command from the beginning, giving up seven runs on six hits in only 1.2 innings. Alcantara actually recovered nicely from giving up a leadoff home run, but his second inning was a nightmare. The first two Red Sox runs were aided by, if not a result of, passed balls. The GCL began a rally in the top of the ninth when Nick Moore and Nathan Minnich led off the inning with back-to-back hits, but Keaton Briscoe’s sacrifice fly only made the deficit less humiliating. 
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DSL: Luis Ortega threw an impressive 6.0 innings to help the DSL Red Sox defeat the DSL Pirates 3-1 (PIT). Oretega struck out three and only gave up one run. The sole Pirates run came when Ortega gave up back-to-back hits to lead off the fourth inning, but he recovered nicely, striking out the next batter he faced, and then eliciting a double play immediately after giving up a single. Robert Del Rosario doubled in the first Red Sox run in the third inning. Pablo Urena broke the tie in the fifth inning with an RBI single, and added an insurance run in the eighth when Andres Garcia scored on a wild pitch.




Players of the Night: Justin Haley and William Cuevas' performances weren't anomalies; they have both been excelling at the Short Season-A level this season. Haley’s sole earned run this season came in his debut. In his 14.1 innings of work this year, he has given up four hits, one earned run, walked eight, and struck out 17. Cuevas has a 1.64 ERA in 44 innings of work this season, and he has not given up more than three earned runs in a start. 
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July 27, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Weekly Notes: Trade deadline approaches


This week’s minor league notes:

Photo credit: Henry Owens by Kelly O'Connor

Will Woodward is a Staff Writer and Elizabeth Dreeson is a Special Contributor for SoxProspects.com. Follow them on Twitter @SPWill and @Eli_DreeSox respectively.

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at 7:51 AM

Prospects traded by the Red Sox since 2005


Earlier this week, I took a look at which prospects the Red Sox might make available at the trade deadline. For an idea of what types of "prospects" the club has traded in the past, here's a list of minor leaguers that Boston has traded over the last seven years, sorted chronologically by the date of the trade (along with 2012 stats as of July 26). Note that this list does not include the full-fledged major leaguers that the team dealt during that time period or the minor leaguers that Boston sent to other teams in exchange for cash considerations.

Ultimately, a handful of traded Red Sox prospects have gone on to become impact major leaguers, including Hanley Ramirez, Josh Reddick, David Murphy, Justin Masterson, and Anibal Sanchez.  (Admittedly, Masterson was essentially already a full-fledged major leaguer by the time he was traded).  Among this group are also a few prospects with promising futures, including  Anthony Rizzo, Miles Head, Tim Federowicz, Casey Kelly, and Nick Hagadone. 

Prospects traded in 2012

RHP Michael Bowden (traded to the Cubs with Hunter Cervenka for Marlon Byrd in April 2012)
2012 Stats: 2-1, 2.78 ERA, 25/8 K/BB in 22.2 IP for Triple-A Iowa (CHC)
0-0, 6.39 ERA, 11/6 K/BB in 12.2 IP between Boston and Chicago (NL)
Notes: Outrighted to Iowa on June 4, 2012

LHP Hunter Cervenka
2012 Stats: 3-3, 4.21 ERA, 55/22 K/BB, 47.0 IP between Low-A Greenville, Low-A Peoria, and High-A Daytona
Highest level reached: High-A

1B Jair Bogaerts (sent to the Cubs in the Theo Epstein compensation package, in which Boston received Aaron Kurcz and Chris Carpenter in March 2012)
Out of affiliated baseball  (released by Chicago in June 2012)
Career minor league line: .227/.320/.321 over 2 seasons
Highest level reached: Rookie


Prospects traded in 2011

OF Josh Reddick (traded to Oakland with Miles Head and Raul Alcantara for Andrew Bailey and Ryan Sweeney in December 2011)
2012 Stats: .271/.349/.532 with 22 home runs with Oakland

1B/3B Miles Head
2012 Stats: .346/.405/.628 with 21 home runs between High-A Stockton and Double-A Midland (OAK)
Highest level reached: Double-A

RHP Raul Alcantara
2012 Stats: 6-9, 5.22 ERA, 46/35 K/BB in 91.1 IP for Low-A Burlington (OAK)
Highest level reached: Low-A

OF Chih-Hsien Chiang (traded to the Seattle in a three way deal in which Boston sent Stephen Fife, Tim Federowicz, and Juan Rodriguez to the LA Dodgers, LA sent Trayvon Robinson to Seattle, and Seattle sent Erik Bedard and Josh Fields to Boston in July 2011)
2012 Stats: .248/.277/.373 with 6 home runs between Double-A Jacksonville and Triple-A Tacoma (SEA)
Highest level reached: Triple-A

C Tim Federowicz
2012 Stats: .293/.357/.472 with 10 home runs for Triple-A Albuquerque (LAD)
Highest level reached: MLB

RHP Stephen Fife
2012 Stats: 8-5, 4,31 ERA, 78/36 K/BB in 104.1 IP for Triple-A Albuquerque (LAD)
0-0, 1.50 ERA, 1/3 K/BB in 6.0 IP for Los Angeles (NL)Notes: Made major league debut on July 17

RHP Juan Rodriguez
2012 Stats: 3-1, 5.27 ERA, 33/29 K/BB in 27.1 IP between Low-A Great Lakes and High-A Rancho CucamongaHighest level reached: High-A

IF Yamaico Navarro (traded to Kansas City with Kendal Volz for Mike Aviles in July 2011)
2012 Stats: .280/.362/.473 with 5 home runs for Triple-A Indianapolis (PIT)
.178/.255/.244 with 1 home run for Pittsburgh
Highest level reached: MLB

RHP Kendal Volz
2012 Stats: 3-1, 2.19 ERA, 16/11 K/BB in 24.2 IP for Double-A Northwest Arkansas (KC)
Notes: Retired on July 20, 2012
Highest level reached: Double-A

RHP Pedro Perez (traded to Detroit for Brent Dlugach in April 2011)
Out of affiliated baseball  (released by Detroit in April 2012)
Career minor league line: 19-21, 3.73 ERA in 6 seasons
Highest level reached: Low-A

RHP Daniel Turpen (traded to Colorado for Michael McKenry in March 2011)
2012 Stats: 3-2, 4.25 ERA, 59/23 K/BB in 53.0 IP for Double-A New Britain (MIN)
Highest level reached: Triple-A

RHP Robert Coello (traded to Chicago (NL) for 2B Tony Thomas in February 2011)
2012 Stats: 0-1, 12.79 ERA, 11/4 K/BB, in 6.1 IP for Toronto
4-1, 3.00 ERA, 43/18 K/BB in 42.0 IP for Triple-A Las Vegas (TOR)

Prospects Traded in 2010

1B Anthony Rizzo (traded to San Diego with Casey Kelly, Reymond Fuentes, and Eric Patterson for Adrian Gonzalez in December 2010)
2012 Stats: .323/.357/.527 with 5 home runs for Chicago (NL)
.342/.405/.696 with 23 home runs for Triple-A Iowa (CHC)

RHP Casey Kelly
2012 Stats: 0-0, 2.25 ERA, 14/0 K/BB in 12.0 IP for Triple-A Tucson (SD)
Notes: Missed substantial time this season with elbow discomfort
Highest level reached: Triple-A

OF Reymond Fuentes
2012 stats: .228/.307/.317 with 2 home runs for Double-A San Antonio (SD)
Highest level reached: Double-A

LHP Dustin Richardson (traded to Florida for Andrew Miller in November 2010)
Out of affiliated baseball  (released by Atlanta in Jan. 2012)
Career minor league line: 30-22, 4.02 ERA over 7 seasons
Career major league line: 0-0, 3.31 ERA over 16.1 IP

RHP Roman Mendez (traded to Texas with Chris McGuiness and Michael Thomas for Jarrod Saltalamacchia in July 2010)
2012 stats: 3-6, 5.90 ERA, 56/23 K/BB in 58.0 IP for High-A Myrtle Beach (TEX)
Highest level reached: High-A

1B Chris McGuiness
2012 stats: .259/354/.479 for Double-A Frisco (TEX)
Highest level reached: Double-A

C Michael Thomas
Out of affiliated baseball (released by Texas in June 2011)
Career minor league line: .204/.297/.313 in 3 seasons
Highest level reached: Low-A

SS/2B Angel Sanchez (traded to Houston for Kevin Cash in July 2010)
2012 stats: .299/.378/382 with 4 home runs for Triple-A Oklahoma City (HOU)
Highest level reached: MLB

LHP Fabian Williamson (traded to Oakland for Eric Patterson in June 2010)
2012 stats: 0-2, 3.38 ERA, 18/9 K/BB in 21.1 IP for Low-A Rome
Highest level reached: Double-A

OF Jonathan Van Every (traded to Pittsburgh for Josue Peley in May 2010)
Out of affiliated baseball (last played in 2010)
Career minor league line: .255/.356/.481 in 11 seasons
Career major league line: .255/.327/.447 in 40 games


Prospects Traded in 2009

RHP Chris Province (traded to Minnesota for Boof Bonser in December 2009)
Out of affiliated baseball (retired in April 2011)
Career minor league line: 20-20, 4.48 ERA in 4 seasons
Highest level reached: Triple-A

LHP Hunter Jones (traded to Florida with Jose Alvarez for  Jeremy Hermida in November 2009)
Out of affiliated baseball (released by Florida in June 2010)
Career minor league line: 23-22, 3.42 ERA in 7 seasons
Career major league line: 0-0, 8.16 ERA in 14.1 IP
Notes: Jones was in minor league camp with Boston in 2012 spring training, but he was released before the season.  He's now pitching in the Atlantic League.

LHP Jose Alvarez
2012 stats: 3-5, 3.92 ERA, 54/20 K/BB in 94.1 IP for Double-A Jacksonville (MIA

Highest level reached: Double-A


OF Chris Carter (traded to N.Y. Mets with Eddie Lora for Billy Wagner in August 2009) 

Out of affiliated baseball (last played in 2011) 

Career minor league line: .305/.376/.511 in 9 seasons Career major league line: .263/.316/.374 in 113 games

Notes: Playing in Japan in 2012


1B Eddie Lora
Out of affiliated baseball (released by NY Mets in June 2011)
Career minor league line: .218/.348/353 in 4 seasons

Highest level reached: Rookie


2B Kris Negron (traded to Cincinnati for Alex Gonzalez in August 2009)
2012 stats: .218/.287/.342 with 6 home runs for Triple-A Louisville (CIN) 
.250/.400/.250 with 0 home runs with Cincinnati (4 games)

Notes: Made major league debut on June 7

RHP Justin Masterson (traded to Cleveland with Bryan Price and  Nick Hagadone for Victor Martinez in July 2009)
2012 stats: 7-8, 4.12 ERA, 105/56 K/BB in 133.1 IP for Cleveland

LHP Nick Hagadone
2012 stats: 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 7/1 K/BB in 7.1 IP for Triple-A Columbus (CLE)
1-0, 6.39 ERA, 26/15 K/BB in 25.1 IP for Cleveland
Notes: On minor league disqualified list as the result of a self-inflicted injury to his pitching hand

RHP Bryan Price
2012 stats: 2-3, 3.58 ERA, 53/15 K/BB in 55.1 IP between Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus (CLE)
Highest level reached: Triple-A

SS Argenis Diaz (traded to Pittsburgh with Hunter Strickland for Adam LaRoche in July 2009)
2012 stats: .257/.302/.291 with 0 home runs for Triple-A Toledo (DET) 
Highest level reached: MLB

RHP Hunter Strickland
2012 stats: 4-2, 3.64, 39/12 K/BB in 64.1 IP between High-A Bradenton and Double-A Altoona
Highest level reached: Double-A

RHP David Pauley (traded to Baltimore for Randor Bierd in January 2009)
2012 stats: 3-0, 1.80 ERA, 26/12 K/BB in 40.0 IP between Triple-A Salt Lake City (LAA) and Triple-A Tacoma (SEA)
0-1, 6.48 ERA, 6/5 K/BB in 16.2 IP for LA and Seattle

OF Mickey Hall (traded to Cleveland for Paul Byrd in January 2009)
Out of affiliated baseball (last played in 2009)
Career minor league line: .234/.338/394 in 7 seasons

Highest level reached: Triple-A



Prospects Traded in 2008

RHP Beau Vaughan (traded to Texas for Wes Littleton in December 2008)
Out of affiliated baseball (last played in 2010)
Career minor league line: 29-23, 3.58 ERA in 9 seasons
Highest level reached: Triple-A
Notes: Now pitching in the Atlantic League.

OF Luis Sumoza (traded to Atlanta for Mark Kotsay in August 2008)
Out of affiliated baseball (released by Atlanta in November 2010)
Career minor league line: .255/.321/.370 over 7 seasons
Highest level reached: High-A
Notes: Now playing in the North American Baseball League.

RHP Craig Hansen (traded to Pittsburgh with Brandon Moss in a three-way trade that sent Manny Ramirez to the L.A. Dodgers and netted Jason Bay in July 2008)
2012 stats: Yet to debut
Highest level reached: MLB
Notes: Signed to a minor league deal by the Mets on July 24, 2012 after being out of affiliated ball since 2009.

OF Brandon Moss
2012 stats: .252/.320/.604 with 11 home runes for Oakland
.286/.371/.582 with 15 home runs for Triple-A Sacramento (OAK)

SS Christian Lara (traded to L.A. Dodgers for RHP Eric Hull in April 2008)
Out of affiliated baseball (last played in 2011)
Career minor league line: .261/.337/.372 over 8 seasons
Highest level reached: High-A

RHP Miguel Socolovich (traded to Chicago White Sox with Willy Mota for David Aardsma in January 2008)
2012 stats: 3-0, 2.01 ERA, 50/13 K/BB in 49.1 IP for Triple-A Norfolk (BAL)
0-0, 9.00 ERA, 2/2 K/BB in 4.0 IP for Baltimore
Notes: Made major league debut on July 14

RHP Willy Mota
Out of affiliated baseball (last played in 2008)
Career minor league line: .232/.318/.358 over 5 seasons
Highest level reached: High-A


Prospects Traded in 2007

OF David Murphy (traded to Texas with Kason Gabbard and Engel Beltre for Eric Gagne in July 2007)
2012 stats: .279/.374/.459 with 9 home runs for Texas

LHP Kason Gabbard
Out of affiliated baseball (last played in 2010)
Career minor league line: 34-45, 4.52 ERA in 10 seasons
Career major league line: 9-7, 4.53 ERA in 34 games

OF Engel Beltre
2012 stats: .249/.292/.506 with 10 home runs for Double-A Frisco (TEX)
Highest level reached: Double-A

RHP Scott Shoemaker (traded to Texas for Daniel Haigwood in April 2007)
Out of affiliated baseball (last played in 2008)
Career minor league line: 30-16, 4.63 ERA in 5 seasons
Highest level reached: Triple-A

C Alberto Castillo (traded to Baltimore for Cory Keylor in March 2007)
Out of affiliated baseball (last played in 2007)
Career minor league line: .251/.339/.360 in 20 seasons
Career major league line: .220/.293/.297 in 12 seasons


Prospects Traded in 2006

LHP Phil Seibel (traded to L.A. Angels for Brendan Donnelly in December 2006)
Out of affiliated baseball (retired in 2007)
Career minor league line: 34-30, 3.69 ERA in 6 seasons
Career major league line: 0-0, 0.00 ERA in 3.2 IP

OF Adam Stern (traded to Baltimore for Javy Lopez in October 2006)
Out of affiliated baseball (last played in 2010)
Career minor league line: .280/.338/.394 in 10 seasons
Career major league line: .116/.156/.209 in 54 games

RHP Tim Bausher (traded to Cincinnati for Mike Burns in August 2006)
Out of affiliated baseball (last played in 2007)
Career minor league line: 18-34, 4.33 ERA in 6 seasons
Highest level reached: Triple-A

RHP Luis Mendoza (traded to Texas for Bryan Corey in July 2006)
2012 Stats: 4-6, 4.31 ERA, 54/37 K/BB in 87.2 IP for Kansas City

RHP Cla Meredith (traded to San Diego with Josh Bard for Doug Mirabelli in May 2006)
Out of affiliated baseball (released by Washington in March 2011)
Career major league line: 14-14, 3.62 ERA in 6 seasons
Career minor league line: 8-9, 3.43 ERA in 5 seasons

C Kelly Shoppach (traded to Cleveland with Guillermo Mota, Andy Marte and Randy Newsom for Coco Crisp, David Riske, and Josh Bard in January 2006)
2012 Stats: .270/.357/.523 with 5 home runs for Boston

3B Andy Marte
Out of affiliated baseball (last played in 2011)
Career major league line: .218/.277/.358 in 6 seasons
Career minor league line: .271/.344/.474 in 10 seasons

RHP Randy Newsom
Out of affiliated baseball (retired in June 2009)
Career minor league line: 20-11, 3.40 ERA in 6 seasons
Highest level reached: Triple-A

Prospects Traded in 2005

SS Hanley Ramirez (traded to Florida with Anibal Sanchez, Jesus Delgado and Harvey Garcia for Josh Beckett, Mike Lowell and Guillermo Mota in November 2005)
2012 Stats: .246/.322/.428 with 14 home runs for Florida
Notes: Traded to LA Dodgers on July 24, 2012

RHP Anibal Sanchez
2012 Stats: 5-7, 3.94 ERA, 110/33 K/BB in 121.0 IP for Florida
Notes: Traded to Detroit on July 23, 2012

RHP Jesus Delgado
Out of affiliated baseball (last played in 2010)
Career minor league line: 28-28, 4.30 ERA in 9 seasons
Career major league line: 0-0, 4.50 ERA in 2.0 IP
Notes: Playing in Mexican League.

RHP Harvey Garcia
Out of affiliated baseball (last played in 2010)
Career minor league line: 18-24, 4.07 ERA in 7 seasons
Career major league line: 0-1, 4.38 ERA in 12.1 IP

RHP Yader Peralta (traded to Washington with Rhys Taylor for Mike Stanton in September 2005)
Out of affiliated baseball (released prior to 2008 season)
Career minor league line: 12-7, 4.01 ERA in 4 seasons
Highest level reached: High-A

RHP Rhys Taylor
Out of affiliated baseball (released by WAS following the 2007 season)
Career minor league line: 2-2, 1.48 ERA in 14 games over 2 seasons
Highest level reached: Rookie

RHP Olivo Astacio (traded to Chicago Cubs for Mike Remlinger in August 2005)
Out of affiliated baseball (released by Pittsburgh in May 2008)
Career minor league line: 6-11, 4.13 ERA in 4 seasons
Highest level reached: Double-A

IF Kenny Perez (traded to Arizona with Kyle Bono for Jose Cruz Jr. in July 2005)
Out of affiliated baseball (released by Colorado in May 2010)
Career minor league line: .271/.333/.375 in 11 seasons
Highest level reached: Triple-A

RHP Kyle Bono
Out of affiliated baseball (retired in May 2006)
Career minor league line: 3-3, 4.65 ERA in 3 seasons
Highest level reached: High-A


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