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September 25, 2023 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Abreu homers in Boston; Worcester's season finale called off due to rain

9/25 Cup of Coffee:
Mother Nature got in the way for Worcester and Lehigh Valley yet again, as the IronPigs had to call off their regular season finale against the WooSox on account of rainy conditions within the vicinity of Coca-Cola Park.


Worcester Red Sox @ Lehigh Valley IronPigs (PHI) (cancelled)
For the second year in a row, Worcester's last game of the season was cancelled due to inclement weather on the road. It will not be made up. As such, the WooSox finish the 2023 campaign with a final record of 79-68 under Chad Tracy. They went 39-36 in the first half and 40-32 in the second half but ultimately fell short of securing a spot in the International League playoffs.

Bobby Dalbec and Kyle Barraclough were recognized as Worcester's 2023 MVPs last week. The former led the team in runs scored (82), hits (111), home runs (33), and RBIs (79). The latter, who did not join the organization until late June, went 8-1 with a 3.65 ERA and 62 strikeouts to 45 walks in 14 appearances (13 starts) spanning 74 innings of work. David Hamilton stole 57 bases in 103 games to set a new Red Sox Triple-A single-season record.

Seventy-nine different players suited up for the WooSox this season, including notable prospects such as Hamilton, Wilyer Abreu (pictured, top), Tyler McDonough, Ceddanne Rafaela, Corey Rosier, Stephen Scott, Nick Sogard, Enmanuel Valdez, Shane Drohan, Ryan Fernandez, Grant Gambrell, Luis Guerrero, and Bryan Mata.


Player of the Day: Wilyer Abreu hit the second home run of his major-league career in Sunday's rain-shortened loss to the White Sox at Fenway Park. Since being called up for the first time last month, the 24-year-old outfielder has batted .362/.431/.552 with five doubles, two homers, 11 RBIs, nine runs scored, three stolen bases, seven walks, and 16 strikeouts in 22 games (65 plate appearances) with Boston.

Photo Credit: Wilyer Abreu by Kelly O'Connor