The story below in italics is courtesy of MLB.com’s Josh Jackson. My comments follow…
MLB.com’s No. 27 top prospect, Jackie Bradley Jr., grew up in Virginia and played his college ball for the Gamecocks in South Carolina, but by the time he made his pro debut in the Red Sox system with the Lowell (Mass.) Spinners in 2011, the Southern-bred outfielder had already made a splash in New England.
After a freshman year in which he earned SEC All-Freshman honors, Bradley suited up for the Hyannis Mets (now called the Hyannis Harbor Hawks) in the prestigious wood-bat Cape Cod League. He put together, in the span of 43 games, a tale of two seasons.
In June, Bradley struggled to get to the Mendoza Line, but from July 1 through the rest of the summer circuit, he batted .306 to finish the season with a .275 average. In a league that generally favors pitchers and more veteran hitters, the 19-year-old had six doubles, four triples and 10 stolen bases in 13 attempts. He struck out 20 times, but he also had 17 walks.
Maybe a large part of Bradley’s turnaround after the slow start was simply a matter of adjusting to a new league. But three years later, when the top Red Sox prospect was playing for the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs, his former Hyannis coach told the Portland Press Herald that the youngster’s mental makeup made success inevitable on the Cape.
“What separates the great ones from good ones is how they handle failure and overcome it,” said Chad Gassman, who’s still the head coach in Hyannis. “Jackie is a grinder — he’s not going to let a situation get him down. Scouts want to see how you persevere, and Jackie did just that.”
He also showed off the skill– even after he batted .275 with 39 extra-base hits and a .374 on-base percentage with Pawtucket in 2013 — about which many Boston fans are most excited.
Despite his performance (and the presence on the Mets roster of other future pros such as the Mariners’ Jamal Austin and the Giants’ Jake Dunning), Hyannis finished 16-21-1.
During the 2010 college season, though, Bradley had the pleasure of playing for a winner. The Gamecocks were champions at the College World Series, and Bradley was named Most Outstanding Player.
Anemic hitting and a season-shortening wrist injury during his junior year made Bradley’s Draft prospect status plummet, but given the player he’s proven to be, the Red Sox were lucky to get him with the 40th overall pick in 2011.
That September, SoxProspects.com asked him about his time on the Cape a couple summers prior.
“It was great to play in such a competitive league and see how passionate baseball was in New England,” he said.
PawSox fans can attest to JBJ’s skills. He showed off his tremendous defensive abilities night in and night out. He tracked down drives into both alleys. Made sensational catches up against the wall. Threw out runners on the base paths. Even fired a ball to third base on the fly from the wall in center field just narrowly missing an out.
Bradley Jr. has even received the confidence of Boston skipper John Farrell that he could be the every day center fielder for the Red Sox based on his defense. The question; however, will he hit enough.
He certainly did in spring training…enough to make the big league club despite having never touched a Triple-A field. Bradley, as most of you well know, struggled early. He was sent to Pawtucket and made his PawSox debut in Rochester April 20th, a day after his 23rd birthday.
He yo-yo’d back and forth all season. He was a wizard defensively in both places. His bat showed flashes with the PawSox and his approach was steadfast. He clubbed three big league homers, his first June 4th at Fenway against Texas, but his patience at the plate is what has been praised throughout his career.
The offense will come. It may not be .300/15/75, but he could very easily be .275/8/60 with 100 runs scored and an OBP of .375 or higher. He’s still only 23! Think about a core group of Pedroia, Bradley Jr., Bogaerts and ALL that young pitching (Webster, Ranaudo, Barnes, Owens, Britton, Workman…ETC). That should get Red Sox Nation fired up for a lot of wins in Boston over the next few years.
And to think, all of this young talent has been in Pawtucket already (minus Owens, who’s just 21, but could appear at some point next summer). A good number, especially on the pitching side could be back in 2014.
For Bradley Jr., he might be back patrolling center field at McCoy on Opening Night April 3rd, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s in Boston either, especially since Jacoby Ellsbury may be on his way out (but that’s another subject all together). Either way, he’ll be playing with a smile on his face!
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A familiar name to PawSox fans will be heading back the team that originally drafted him. Infielder Jonathan Diaz, who was a key cog in the Pawtucket run to the International League Finals, has signed a minor league contract with an invite to Major League spring training with the Toronto Blue Jays. Diaz, was originally selected by Toronto in the 12th round of the 2006 draft out of North Carolina State.
Diaz, who was sensational defensively playing shortstop, second and third with the PawSox in 2013, batted .253 with a pair of homers, 31 RBI, 45 runs scored and 10 stolen bases. He signed with the Red Sox as a minor league free agent in December of 2012.
He made his big league debut with Boston (against Toronto coincidentally) June 29th. He was 0-for-4 with two runs scored in five games with Boston. He scored the game winning run, in walk-off fashion, on June 30th against the Jays.
To get just a sample of the great season Diaz had in Pawtucket, check out his highlight reel by clicking the link below.
The PawSox want to wish Jonathan the best of luck with the Blue Jays!
Red Sox May Be Reluctant to Deal Young Arms
The article below was written by mlb.com’s Paul Hagen
At this time a year ago, Ben Cherington acknowledged, there was no way the general manager could have predicted what a vital role right-hander Brandon Workman would play in the success of the Red Sox.
Which is why, Cherington said Wednesday as the General Managers Meetings wrapped up at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes resort, he is reluctant to deal away any of the young arms — Henry Owens, Matt Barnes, Anthony Ranaudo — the organization has stockpiled.
“There is interest,” Cherington said. “I’m not sure that pushed us in one direction or the other, but there’s certainly interest.”
That does not mean Cherington is eager to wheel and deal.
“If we wanted to be involved in just about any trade discussion, because of the guys who might be available, we could be,” Cherington said. “I’m not sure we’ll want to be involved in all of them. But we have a number of players asked about on the Major League and prospect level.
“We’re not far enough exactly to know exactly what they’re going to be, so I guess the best way to integrate young pitching and find the next really good young pitchers for the Red Sox is just to keep all of them and see what happens. That said, we never say never to anything. If there’s an idea that a team has, we’re always going to listen to them.”
Workman, who made his Major League debut July 10, appeared in 20 regular-season games, including three starts. In seven postseason appearances, he did not allow an earned run.
“Even in Spring Training, if you had asked us which of these young pitchers is going to play a role for you late in 2013, he probably wouldn’t have been the first choice,” Cherington added. “It’s hard to predict. So I’m sure three months from now or four months from now or eight months from now, somebody will have emerged that maybe we weren’t even thinking about right now.
“The simple position and the simple answer is, look, the more good, quality, young, controllable arms we have, the better chance we’ll have to figure out our pitching staff short and long term. And that’s the position we want to be in as much as possible. I don’t want to do anything that’s going to take us out of that position unnecessarily.”
With the depth at the pitching position in the Sox organization, the PawSox staff looks to be absolutely loaded for 2014.
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Leading his team to the postseason is the goal of every Major League manager, and two skippers who did that in historic ways for their ballclubs in 2013 have been rewarded with Manager of the Year honors.
Pittsburgh’s Clint Hurdle led the Pirates into October for the first time since 1992 to win the National League award, and Terry Francona pushed the Indians into the postseason with a franchise-best turnaround in the standings to take the American League award in voting results announced Tuesday by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
It’s the first Manager of the Year honor for both men, and they earned the accolades in similar ways — namely, by getting the most out of a team on the cusp and guiding it to the postseason party.
Hurdle won his NL award by a wide margin with 25 first-place votes out of a possible 30, while Francona had a tighter ballot in the AL, gaining 16 first-place votes after never receiving one in previous elections, narrowly outpolling Boston’s John Farrell.
Francona won two World Series titles with the Red Sox, but hadn’t finished higher than fourth in Manager of the Year voting before this year. He takes the trophy in his first year in charge in Cleveland, becoming the second Indians manager to be named tops in the AL, following Eric Wedge (2007 and former PawSox player in ’91, ’92, ’94 and ’95).
The AL voting was extremely tight, with just 16 voting points separating Francona from Farrell in second place, placing two men who had worked together in Boston — and in Cleveland years before that — at the pinnacle of the profession. Farrell was pitching coach for the Red Sox from 2007-10, during Francona’s eight-year tenure there, and the two played for Cleveland in 1988 — along with current Rangers manager Ron Washington and Padres manager Bud Black, along with former Phillies skipper Charlie Manuel, the hitting coach on the ’88 Tribe.
The tally was close: Francona had 112 points with his 16 votes for first, 10 for second and two for third, while Farrell earned 96 points with 12 votes for first, 10 for second and six for third. Bob Melvin of the A’s, who won the award by only eight voting points over the Orioles’ Buck Showalter last year, was third in 2013 balloting, receiving two first-place votes and 36 points overall.
In his 13th year overall as a Major League manager at age 54, Francona returned to the dugout after a year away from the managerial game and did some of his best work, taking a team that lost 94 games the year before and leading it to 92 victories. He took a team with a base of young talent and an influx of free agents such as Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn, and he turned it into a winner that was among the hottest teams in baseball down the stretch, the Indians winning 15 of their last 17. The Tribe lost to Tampa Bay in the “Play-in Wild Card Game”.
Farrell, who led the Red Sox to the AL East title en route to a World Series title in his first year at the helm in Boston, was another favorite for the award, but Francona got the nod after leading the Indians to a 24-game turnaround — best in franchise history — and into the postseason for the first time since 2007.
The Red Sox improved by 28 wins from last season to this season AND won a World Series. Voting took place prior to the postseason.
While Farrell did not bring home the Manager of the Year Award, he did tremendous work with the 2013 Red Sox. The PawSox and the rest of Red Sox Nation sends our very best to Farrell on a terrific season; Manager of the Year or not. Well done, skip!
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The Red Sox clinched the World Series 13 days ago, and what is this? Snow coming down…
BUT, there are only 143 days until the opener at McCoy! Do you have your tickets yet? They do make GREAT holiday presents and stocking stuffers…
In the Arizona Fall League, the Red Sox farmhands helped the Surprise Saguaros to a Western Division crown with their 8-2 win over Scottsdale Monday.
Third baseman and Red Sox prospect Garin Cecchini said it was “awesome” to win the division.
“You always want to play in the playoffs,” Cecchini said. “We have a great group of guys. It’s one of the best teams I’ve ever played with.”
Cecchini, ranked No. 82 on MLB.com’s Top 100 prospect list, went 3-for-3 with two walks and an RBI Monday. He’s now hitting .283 with nine RBI, 17 walks and a .449 OBP%.
Cecchini said he has been working on an adjustment to his swing for a few weeks. Instead of sometimes cutting his swing off early, he wants to finish his swing with his back leg consistently driving through the baseball.
The Red Sox worked with Cecchini on a similar adjustment earlier in the season, but he had fallen back into a bad habit before the Saguaros coaching staff (and Portland/Surprise Hitting Coach Rich Gedman) pointed out the flaw. Cecchini said he thinks he is now seeing the success from adjustment.
“When you make an adjustment, it’s probably going to get worse before you get better, because it’s something different,” the Red Sox’s No. 7 prospect said. “I’m glad they were able to point that out to me a couple weeks ago. That’s what they’re here for: to make you a consistent big league player.”
Cecchini could be the PawSox starting 3rd baseman at some point during the 2014 season. He finished this past season in Portland.
In other Red Sox news, General Manager Ben Cherington has won the Sporting News Executive of the Year Award. Cherington was credited with a series of savvy moves that helped the Red Sox go from last place in 2012 to the American League’s best record in ’13. Boston then went on to beat the Cardinals in the World Series. He received 15 votes, beating out Pittsburgh’s Neal Huntington (nine), Kansas City’s Dayton Moore (four) and Atlanta’s Frank Wren (three). The voting was done by a panel of 31 Major League executives.
He is just the third Red Sox executive to win the award, which has been presented since 1936. Previous recipients were Tom Yawkey (1946) and Dick O’Connell (’67 and ’75).
Congrats to Mr. Cherington from everyone in Red Sox Nation, especially us in Pawtucket! It is a well deserved honor.
This last Friday, I had the privilege of calling the Boston College/Providence College Men’s Basketball game for BC at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Providence pulled out an overtime victory over the Eagles, but maybe the best part for the over 11,000 fans was at halftime.
The Boston Red Sox and the PawSox were honored by Providence College for their World Series victory. Former Friar and current Red Sox infielder John McDonald was on hand with his daughter, Paws, Wally, PawSox President Mike Tamburro and PawSox VP/GM Lou Schwechheimer to show off the trophy.
I was lucky to have a court-side view.
It is with all the PawSox gratitude to PC for hosting the staff, John McDonald and the World Series trophy. Cell phones cameras were firing on all cylinders when the hardware was presented!
Thanks for reading…Hope you all had an outstanding, and LONG Veterans Day weekend!
Travis Shaw, who could very well be the PawSox starting first baseman come 2014, had a huge day for the Surprise Saguaros of the Arizona Fall League as they trounced the Peoria Javelinas 14-5 Thursday afternoon.
Shaw was 4-for-5 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored to pace the Saguaros 20-hit barrage.
Starting prospect Miguel Pena pitched four strong innings allowing three unearned runs on just two hits while striking out five. He lowered his ERA to 3.04 and his record is now 3-1 in six Fall League starts.
Reliever Noe Ramirez followed with two scoreless innings allowing just a hit while walking one and striking out one. He sports a 1.38 ERA (2ER in 13 IP) in nine appearances. Opponents are hitting .167 against the righty.
To answer yesterday’s trivia question which was…Five former Chicago Cubs players will be big league managers in 2014…who are they?
Frequent reader John Carney guessed two of the five naming Phillies skipper Ryne Sandberg and Yankees manager Joe Girardi. Well done John!
The three others are:
Astros manager Bo Porter (1999)
Indians manager (and former Red Sox manager) Terry Francona (1986)
Mariners newly minted skipper Lloyd McClendon (1989-90)
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Mookie Betts went 2-for-4 while launching his first homer to boost his average to .234.
Garin Cecchini 1-for-3 with a pair of walks and a run scored. He’s now hitting .255.
Derrik Gibson started at shortstop and was 1-for-4.
No Red Sox pitchers appeared in the game.
The Saguaros lost 6-5 to Peoria allowing two 9th inning runs to the visiting Javelinas.
Surprise is at Peoria this afternoon starting at 12:35 mountain time. Travis Shaw is in the starting lineup playing 1st base and batting 4th.
In other news, the Cubs made Rick Renteria their next manager taking over for the fired Dale Sveum. He has been the bench coach in San Diego for the Padres for the last three seasons and had been on the big league staff since 2007.
A fun trivia question regarding the Cubs and managers. So far, FIVE former Cubs will be major league managers in 2014…Who are they?
Answer…that’ll be tomorrow…feel free to email/tweet me your answers! Correct responses will get some love in tomorrow’s blog.
Have you ever wondered how baseball schedules are made?
Is it something that is generated by a computer? Are a bunch of Harvard or MIT super brains behind it?
Each year, everyone from front-office executives to sports-radio callers ridicules the logic of the MLB schedule. Complaints aside, putting this together is a daunting task: 30 teams, 162 games a year, cross-country flights, night games, day games…you name it. So, who manages all of this?
For almost a quarter-century it was the husband-and-wife duo of Henry and Holly Stephenson, two math and computer whizzes who did it all with nothing but a pencil and a piece of paper out of their Martha’s Vineyard home.
ESPN has put together a number of fabulous documentaries throughout the last few years with their 30 for 30 series. This is a 30 for 30 short about how the Stephenson’s came about getting the illustrious job and how they kept it for over two decades.
Fascinating piece to say the least!
The maker of the International League schedule resides in Norfolk as IL institution, Tides’ Executive VP and Senior Advisor to the President Dave Rosenfield, delicately pencils a season full of games throughout the 14 cities in the league. While it’s not the big leagues, the IL schedule consists of 144 games in 152 days. The PawSox will have just SIX scheduled “off days”, not including the three-day All-Star Break in July, in the 2014 season.
Needless to say, it’s a jam-packed spring/summer full of baseball for players, coaches, broadcasters, front office members and fans alike!
I hope you enjoyed the short documentary as much as I did.
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2013 PawSox Manager Gary DiSarcina has been named the third base coach of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, according to sources.
DiSarcina spent one year with the PawSox, guiding them to a division title and a second straight appearance in the Governors’ Cup final. He had previously served as a manager in the Red Sox system with Low-A Lowell before three years in Anaheim’s front office. His 12 major-league seasons all came with the Angels.
DiSarcina played a year under Mike Scioscia, in 2000, and is well-regarded by general manager Jerry Dipoto, who promoted him just before he took the job with the Red Sox last offseason. He joins hitting coach Don Baylor – another former Angel — as a new addition to the Angels’ coaching staff, which saw bench coach Rob Picciolo and hitting coach Jim Eppard get dismissed after the 2013 season. DiSarcina replaces Dino Ebel who was named the Angels’ Bench Coach.
The PawSox will be looking for their fifth manager since the start of the 2009 season. After Ron Johnson was promoted to the major-league staff, Torey Lovullo managed Pawtucket for a year before being hired by John Farrell in Toronto. Arnie Beyeler led the PawSox to playoff appearances in each of his two seasons before earning his own promotion to the big-league staff this year. (Thanks ProJo’s Tim Britton for this last nugget)
Good luck to DiSar…a class act all the way and a true pleasure to work with!
Stephen Drew signed a one-year deal with the Red Sox last offseason to rebuild his value after losing nearly a year to a gruesome ankle injury. “I think after this year, I think everyone is going to think a lot different about what type of player Stephen is and the impact he can have on a division-contending team,” said agent Scott Boras when Drew signed. Drew went on to have the mostly healthy, productive season he and his agent envisioned. The free agent market for shortstops is bleak, and Drew stands to benefit.
The average shortstop hit just .254/.308/.367 this year, so any offense out of the position is a plus. Drew’s .253/.333/.443 line looks quite good by comparison. His OBP ranked third in baseball among shortstops with 500 PAs, and his slugging percentage ranked fourth. Drew’s .190 isolated power trailed only Hanley Ramirez and Troy Tulowitzki among shortstops. There’s room for more, too — Drew posted a .352 OBP in 2010, and slugged .502 with 21 home runs in ’08.
Among those with 500 plate appearances in 2013, Drew’s 4.10 pitches per PA ranked 21st in all of baseball, bested only by two other free agents. He works the count well.
Drew really took off after returning from a hamstring injury in 2013, hitting .292/.367/.513 in 221 plate appearances from July 27th onward.
Drew’s defense grades out as above average based on UZR, and anyone who saw him in the playoffs would agree. Drew’s overall production was good for 3.4 wins above replacement, and he reached 4.7 as recently as 2010. He’s an all-around player at a premium position.
Drew is still relatively young, as he doesn’t turn 31 until March.
Drew fractured his right ankle in a slide at home plate on July 20th, 2011, a season-ending injury that required surgery. He hoped to be ready for Opening Day 2012, but instead made his season debut for the Diamondbacks on June 27th. Said D’Backs Managing General Partner Ken Kendrick, “I think Stephen should have been out there playing before now, frankly. I, for one, am disappointed. I’m going to be real candid and say Stephen and his representatives are more focused on where Stephen is going to be a year from now than on going out and supporting the team that’s paying his salary.” Boras denied the claim, making a reasonable point: “If you’re talking about what the best thing Stephen can do for himself, that’s to play baseball and play a lot of it. I don’t think he wants anything different. That’s the best thing he can do for Stephen and for his team. Why would he not want to play? The guy’s going to be a free agent.” Still, some damage was likely done to Drew’s reputation by Kendrick’s comments. It didn’t help that Stephen’s older brother J.D. had been known as one of the game’s more injury-prone players. With free agency approaching, the D’Backs traded Stephen Drew to the Athletics in an August waiver trade.
A spring concussion pushed Drew’s Red Sox debut to April 10th, and he later missed three weeks due to a hamstring injury. Though Drew’s injuries this year seemed minor and were not related to his ankle, he was limited to 124 regular season games, for a three-year average of about 96. Until he goes out and does it, some teams may be skeptical that Drew can handle 140+ games again.
Drew, a left-handed hitter, batted just .196/.246/.340 against southpaws this year. He had a rough time away from Fenway, hitting .222/.295/.392 on the road. Drew also struggled mightily with the bat in the postseason, with a .111/.140/.204 line in 57 plate appearances. For most teams, the small postseason sample shouldn’t be a deterrent, and Drew did homer in Game Six of the World Series.
Drew received a qualifying offer, so a team will have to forfeit its highest available draft pick to sign him. It is possible the qualifying offer could have a significant effect on his market.
Drew was born in a small town in southern Georgia and resides nearby with his wife and two sons in the offseason, right down the street from older brother J.D. By getting drafted in the first round in 2004, Stephen matched the near-impossible standard set by his older brothers Tim and J.D., who had both been drafted in the first round in 1997. The Drew brothers are the only trio of siblings to have been selected in the first round of the MLB draft. J.D. had a successful baseball career, which ended with a five-year stint with Boston, while Tim logged 35 appearances across in parts of five seasons. Stephen told Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com he was a natural-born right-handed hitter, but took up swinging from the left side in admiration of J.D. He’d later follow J.D. to Florida State and to the Red Sox (and even chose his number seven), though at a young age Stephen chose a very different position in shortstop rather than the outfield.
J.D. had a reputation of being quiet and dispassionate, but Stephen talks a lot more than his brother, noted Red Sox manager John Farrell in an Edes article.
There hasn’t been much buzz about the Red Sox re-signing Drew, perhaps because they have a ready replacement in Xander Bogaerts. Teams that may be seeking a shortstop this offseason include the Pirates, Cardinals, and Mets. Drew’s market is not limited to that trio, and he will probably need some unexpected suitors to materialize. For example, the Dodgers could move Hanley Ramirez to third base to make room. Drew’s only free agent competition is Jhonny Peralta, who won’t cost a draft pick but also isn’t considered a shortstop by some teams.
Boras is probably telling teams Drew is one of the best shortstops in baseball, and certainly the best available this winter. Don’t be surprised if Boras sets out seeking a five-year contract for his client. In reality, though, the fourth year will be a sticking point for most teams, along with the draft pick, and a three-year deal in the $36-42MM range is possible. But, Drew closer to the Michael Bourn range, so a four-year, $48MM deal is possible.
The above is courtesy of Tim Dierkes from MLB Trade Rumors.
More free-agent profiles and signings to come as the offseason Hot Stove heats up.
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The duck boats rolled through Boston, then swam in the Charles River celebrating the Red Sox World Series Championship Saturday. One of the duck boats even found a new home as Jake Peavy purchased one for a cool $77,000. What will he do with the boat? Who knows…it could very well be his fancy new fishing boat down in Alabama.
Saturday was also the Arizona Fall League All-Star game. Two Red Sox farmhands, Garin Cecchini and Mookie Betts, were invited to play for the AFL West squad. Cecchini did not start, but launched a solo homer in the 8th inning. Betts started at second base going 0-for-1 with a walk and a stolen base. The West beat the East 9-2.
Overall, Cecchini is hitting .229 (11-for-48) with no homers, five RBI, two stolen bases and five runs scored in 13 games. He has walked 11 times, second most on the team.
Betts is batting just .205 (8-for-39) but has stolen a team high seven bases and has not been caught while playing in 11 games.
Slugging first baseman Travis Shaw, who spent all of the 2013 season in Portland, is hitting .293 (12-for-41) with three doubles, four homers and 15 RBI (second most on the Saguaros).
Infielder Derrik Gibson is still trying to find his stroke as he is just 1-for-22 in nine games.
On the hill, Miguel Pena has made a team high five starts and is 2-1 with a 3.66 ERA in the AFL.
Keith Couch has allowed three earned runs in 9.1 innings, a 2.89 ERA in eight appearances with a save, all out of the bullpen. Reliever Noe Ramirez has not allowed a run in 9.1 innings and has converted a save.
A number of familiar names who helped the 2013 PawSox to a North Division title are also keeping their skills sharp playing abroad.
Outfielder Bryce Brentz is playing in Venezuela for Leones del Caracas and is hitting just .125 (5-for-40) with a homer and seven RBI. He also has two doubles. Brentz missed seven weeks of the regular season after tearing his meniscus July 5th. Outfielder Ronald Bermudez is 2-for-6 in seven games playing for the Leones.
Catcher Dan Butler is playing in the Dominican Winter League for Toros del Este and is 3-for-21 with three RBI in six games.
Infielder Jonathan Diaz, who will get a World Series ring after playing in five games for the Red Sox this season, is hitting .316 (12-for-38) with three doubles and five RBI with 10 walks in 12 games while playing for the Gigantes del Ciabo in the Dominican Winter League. Outfield JC Linares is also playing for the Gigantes. He’s hitting .194 (7-for-36) in 11 games with two homers and three RBI.
First baseman/DH Mark Hamilton is playing in the Mexican League for Algodoneros de Guasave batting .273 (18-for-66) with a double, three homers and nine RBI in 19 games.
Catcher Christian Vazquez has played in just two games for Cangrejeros de Santurce in the Puerto Rican Winter League and is 2-for-7 with a double.
Pitcher and Rhode Island native Terry Doyle is throwing for Aguilas de Mexicali in the Mexican League. He’s 1-0 with a 2.05 ERA (5ER in 22IP) in four starts with 22 strikeouts while walking just seven.
PawSox ace reliever Chris Martin is playing along side teammates Bryce Brentz and Ronald Bermudez with the Leones and has not allowed a run in six games. He’s allowed just one hit, struck out seven and converted four of five save chances.
Allen Webster is also on the Leones club with Martin and has made two starts allowing five runs in 7.2 innings with four walks and three strikeouts.
Finally, the Halloween has officially ended…Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away and holiday shopping commercials have started to show up on TV.
But, this last weekend, I had a chance to squeeze a little bit more Halloween out as I went to the Roger Williams Park Zoo and the Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular with my wife and a couple of friends.
Hope you all had a great weekend and if you weren’t physically at the parade in Boston, you were able to enjoy it on TV.
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