Hazelbaker Gets the Call to Pawtucket
With Ryan Kalish recalled to Boston Monday afternoon as David Ortiz once again landed on the disabled list, speedy 6-foot-3 outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker has been called-up to Triple-A Pawtucket for the first time in his career.
Boston’s fourth round pick in 2009, Hazelbaker is in the midst of his best professional season. In 114 games with Double-A Portland, the 25-year-old is batting .273 with 19 home runs and 64 runs batted in (both career highs). Add to those numbers 33 stolen bases — good for second-most in the Red Sox minor league system (Garin Cecchini, Single-A Greenville, 46).
At the time of his promotion, Hazelbaker was riding a 10-game hitting streak (17-for-46) with the Sea Dogs while batting .360 during August. From July 28 to August 15, Hazelbaker put together a Portland-best 13-game hitting streak where he hit .400 (20-for-50).
My good friend, and “Voice of the Sea Dogs,” Mike Antonellis (@seadogsradio) pointed out to me that the Ball State product reached base in 11 straight plate appearances from July 17-18, and set a Portland franchise record with four stolen bases on July 22 at New Hampshire. (Mike’s blog is well worth a vist everyday for the latest on the Sea Dogs.)
After a slow start where he hit just .231 with four home runs over April and May, Hazelbaker has really cranked things up. Since June 1, he is hitting .295 with 15 homers and 50 RBI and is batting nearly the same versus righties as he is lefties (.272/.274).
Although there’s not much left to the regular season, it will be interesting to see how Hazelbaker hits away from Hadlock Field in Portland where he crushed with a .333 average (.203 on the road), and hit 14 of his 19 homers. He also had 30 more runs batted in at home than he did away.
Hazelbaker joins the PawSox in Lawrenceville, Ga. on the last leg of the final road trip of the regular season.