June 15, 2013 at 8:30 AM
This week's minor league notes:
- Before getting into the notes from this busy week, we ask that you please consider participating in our 2013 Annual Drive.
- Xander Bogaerts' (pictured) promotion to Triple-A pushes the Red Sox top prospect one step closer to the majors. Our Staff Writer Kevin Pereira has had this story covered from the start, and he got a chance to speak to Bogaerts on Thursday in Pawtucket. Bogaerts called the promotion "special", and he talked about how he adjusted after a rough first couple weeks to start the season. Ian Cundall wrote a Scouting Scratch on Bogaerts the day before he was promoted, and Ian, Matt Huegel and Chris Hatfield talked about how Bogaerts was ready for a promotion on the Podcast just days before the team made the move
- Several other terrific articles have been written about Bogaerts since news of his promotion broke. Alex Speier of WEEI.com documented Bogaerts' coming of age, which puts his historic performance in Double-A into context, and Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal, who along with colleague Tim Britton is pushing the Xandemonium phrase, talked with PawSox manager Gary DiSarcina about how Bogaerts has changed since he first met him as a 17-year-old.
- With all the attention on him in his Triple-A debut, Bogaerts collected three hits and a walk in a doubleheader, including a home run that almost left McCoy Stadium.
- A player who may be joining Bogaerts in Pawtucket soon is Portland starter Anthony Ranaudo. Ranaudo tied the Sea Dogs record with 13 strikeouts on Thursday, a performance that earned him a second place ranking on this week's Baseball America Prospect Hot Sheet.
- After the Rule 4 Draft concluded last Saturday, news about signings has been trickling in. The biggest signing so far was securing third-rounder Jon Denney for only about $200,000 over slot. Some projections had Denney receiving almost twice the amount of the $875,000 he signed for. Denney, who was rated as a first-round talent by several major publications, should see time in the Gulf Coast League this summer.
- Brandon Workman made his Triple-A debut this week, allowing three runs in 5 2/3 innings. Workman told Josh Jackson of MILB.com that he was not sharp, but that he has a lot to build on.
- Aaron McFarling of the Roanoke Times talked with Henry Owens (pictured) after his great performance on Monday, and Owens talked about how he dealt with a 45-minute wait before he took the mound, as Salem scored eight times in the top of the first.
- SoxProspects sources confirmed that Greenville right-hander Pat Light has a partial tear in his hamstring, and he will be rehabbing in Fort Myers for several weeks.
- Daniel Bard was placed on the disabled list with a strained abdominal muscle. Bard, who had not pitched since May 15, was trying to regain his confidence after struggling mightily after his demotion to Double-A.
- Former Red Sox outfielder Gabe Kapler wrote a piece for WEEI.com about the determination of late-round picks in the MLB draft.
- After missing the beginning of the season with a calf strain, Alex Hassan returned to action in Greenville, where he put up a 1.202 OPS in eight games. The Red Sox quickly moved him up to Pawtucket, where MacPherson reports he will be playing some first base for the first time in his professional career. This move will add some versatility to Hassan's defensive profile, while also alleviating a bit of a logjam in the Pawtucket outfield.
- As always, you can follow all the roster moves on our Transactions page. A lot of moves were made this week so be sure to check it out.
Photo Credit: Xander Bogaerts and Henry Owens by Kelly O'Connor
Jim Crowell is a Staff Writer for SoxProspects.com