Bryce Brentz Gets Promotion to Pawtucket
Since August 1, only two batters throughout all of Double-A are hitting for a higher average than outfielder Bryce Brentz. The 23-year-old has hit .393 this month with four home runs, eight doubles, and 24 runs batted in.
It’s because of those numbers, his year-long body of work, and roster shuffling throughout the organization, that warranted Brentz’s promotion to Pawtucket on Thursday.
Taken by the Red Sox in the first round (36th overall) in 2007 out of Middle Tennessee State University, Brentz has mashed at every level of pro ball. At the time of his promotion, he was batting .296 with 17 homers, 30 doubles, and 76 runs batted in for Portland.
Brentz was a two-time Eastern League Player of the Week this season (May 28-June 3, August 20-26), and was the E.L. Player of the Month in May when he hit .388 with five home runs and 11 RBI.
The Red Sox 2011 Offensive Co-Player of the Year, Brentz hit .306 with 30 home runs and 94 RBI last year in his first full professional season. In 2009, he led the NCAA in batting (.465), homers (28), slugging percentage (.930), and total bases (214) as the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year.
Like every young player, Brentz has room for growth. In 122 games this year, he struck out 130 times while drawing 40 walks. Although he walked a season-high 15 times in June, he has walked just five times in August.
Brentz adds to a growing list of players the PawSox have siphoned away from the Sea Dogs over the last week (Jeremy Hazelbaker, Brock Huntzinger, and Ryan Dent). In game one of Thursday’s doubleheader in Georgia, Brentz is batting sixth and playing right field.