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PawSox Roster Move – August 16, 2012

There was a delay Wednesday night before the bottom of the the third inning began as Ryan Kalish walked from his position in centerfield to the PawSox dugout and was taken out of the game.

Kalish, a former Red Sox Rookie of the Year and Red Sox Minor League Offensive Player of the Year, has tremendous talent but missed much of 2011 due to injuries (left shoulder and neck).

Fortunately, manager Arnie Beyeler told Brendan McGair (@BWMcGair03) of the Pawtucket Times that Kalish simply twisted his ankle when sliding into second base and is day-to-day.

A short time before yesterday’s doubleheader against Scranton-Wilkes/Barre, the PawSox had the following roster moves:

  • Outfielder Alex Hassan has been placed on the seven-day disabled list (retroactive to August 14). Although we haven’t been told the exact injury for Hassan, he did recently spend some time on the DL as a result of fouling a pitch off his left shin. The injury required five stitches and forced him to miss from July 31 – August 4.

Thomas (left) is batting .251 over 51 games with the PawSox with seven home runs and 21 RBI. Hassan (right) is tied with teammate Mauro Gomez for the fourth-best on-base percentage in the league at .377. (Kelly O’Connor)

  • Infielder Tony Thomas has been activated from the disabled list with a calf strain. Thomas spent time on the shelf this season from June 27 – July 31 with finger and wrist injuries, but days later was DL’d again with calf injury. In his first at-bat since being activated yesterday, Thomas connected on a hard-hit single and finished 1-for-2 in a rain-shortened 5-2 win.



Kalish has appeared in 25 games this season with the Red Sox where he has hit .203 with three doubles and five runs batted in. (Kelly O’Connor)

Jose Iglesias Doing Everything in August

He is still making ridiculous defensive plays every night at shortstop, but, lately, Jose Iglesias is also contributing at the plate on a regular basis.

Since the start of August, Iglesias is batting .320 — so is PawSox masher, Mauro Gomez. In 13 games this month, the Cuban leads the club with five doubles, and, with five walks, is on pace to set a monthly-high in that category as well (he had eight in April).

“I told myself to relax at the plate and stop focusing so much on the results,” Iglesias said. “I’ve had months where I’ve hit the ball really hard, but have just hit it to the wrong spots and haven’t gotten hits.”

Iglesias has set a career-high in walks this season with 24 while striking out just 46 times in 377 plate appearances. (Kelly O’Connor)

After finishing 2-for-4 Tuesday night against Scranton-Wilkes/Barre, Iglesias extended his hitting streak to nine games (15-for-39) and is also riding a 13-game on-base streak.

“By hitting more doubles, he’s opening the field up,” said PawSox manager, Arnie Beyeler. Opposing infields aren’t able to tighten up as much when they know there’s a chance he’ll hit a double.”

Iglesias was on pace for one of the best offensive months of his career this May when he hit .341 with a home run and nine RBI over 20 games. Unfortunately, a lower back injury ended his month early and put him on the disabled list from May 26 – June 25.

When talking about Iglesias’ batting average, runs batted in, etc., it’s important to remember how many runs he saves and how many hits he takes away from the opposing team because of his remarkable defense. As PawSox starter Chris Hernandez said, “I know that every night I’m on the mound, Jose is going to give me 100% effort on every ball put in play.”

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Josh Fields Talks About Early Success

You can’t help but be impressed with what right-handed reliever Josh Fields has been able to do in his first two outings with the PawSox.

Saturday night in Rochester, Fields tossed two perfect innings while striking out three batters by using his 94-96 mph fastball and a nasty 12-6 curveball. Furthermore, Fields pounded the strike zone, something that has been an issue at times for him in the past, firing 21 pitches, 17 for strikes.

“The big thing you like from him is he’s got ‘stuff,'” PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler said of Fields. “You like ‘stuff’ as a manager, that beats hitters.”

Fields was called-up to Pawtucket on August 3 after starting the season with Double-A Portland. In his final 14 outings with the Sea Dogs dating back to June 13, Fields went  2-0, 0.37 ERA (1 ER/24.1 IP) while allowing just six hits, five walks, and 30 strikeouts.

“Looks like he’s throwing with a lot of confidence right now and is really pounding the zone,” said Beyeler. “You bring that kind of stuff to the table and he’s going to have success.”

As strange as it may sound, when I first watched Fields pitch, I was reminded of two drastically different pitchers: Tim Lincecum and Garrett Mock. With Lincecum, it’s more because of his delivery, physical build, and, yes, the hair. Josh explained to me that when he was in college, his delivery was even more exaggerated than it is now. Not only was his back facing the hitter on his windup, but he really buckled his back leg and brought his arm so high over his head it almost resembled dunking a basketball.

Fields and Lincecum might not be exact matches, but it’s pretty close. (Kelly O’Connor/Getty Images).

In college, the coaching staff at the University of Georgia cleaned up his mechanics, enabling him to throw his spike curve for a strike. That’s where his resemblance to Mock comes in. Both feature the same mix of pitches: fastball, curve, and changeup. Fields, who throws exclusively a four-seam fastball, throws a little harder than Mock, but his curveball, as Arnie told me, isn’t as loopy and slow has Mock’s (slightly more of a slurve at times).

Both Mock and Fields have a changeup that’s a work in progress. While Fields won’t stop working on it, if his changeup ever fully develops, it would be, as he describes, “icing on the cake.”



PawSox Playoff Picture

With 25 games left to play in the regular season, now is a perfect time to take a look at the PawSox odds of making the playoffs. At 65-54, Pawtucket is a mere 0.5 game outside of first-place Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Keep in mind, the three division winners clinch a playoff berth, with a fourth team – with the best remaining overall record – getting in with the wild card.

The three teams, in order of importance, to keep an eye are the Scranton/WB Yankees, Lehigh Valley IronPigs, and Columbus Clippers. If the regular season ended today, the PawSox would make the playoffs via the wild card. However, Lehigh Valley is just -1.5 games back, Columbus -2.5 back.

In the spirit of college football being around the corner, here is the “strength of schedule” for the four mentioned teams the rest of the regular season:

Pawtucket Red Sox

Nearly half (12) of the PawSox remaining games are against first place teams. Pawtucket will play eight games against the Yankees, and four games (on the road) against the Charlotte Knights. At 68-52, the Knights trail only Indianapolis for most wins in the league and took three-out-of-four against the PawSox in June.

Pawtucket plays four games versus fourth-place Rochester, and four against fifth-place Buffalo. The weakest team remaining on the schedule is last-place Gwinnett at 53-67 (four-game series).

In 2011, his first season as PawSox manager, Arnie Beyeler guided Pawtucket to a North Division championship. (Kelly O’Connor)


While the PawSox play 12 of their remaining 25 games against first-place teams, the Yankees play 12 of their remaining games against teams in fourth-place or below. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre has three games remaining against last-place Syracuse, and seven against Buffalo (including five in a row).

The toughest task for the Yankees will be eight games remaining against the PawSox, and five games in six days versus Lehigh Valley.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs

The only first-place team left on the ‘Pigs schedule is the Yankees (five games). They’ll play 19 of their remaining games against teams in fourth-place or below, including seven games against last-place teams (Toledo and Syracuse).

Columbus Clippers

While the Clippers have six games remaining against top-winning Indianapolis, all of their other games are against teams with, as of now, less than 60 wins (Durham Bulls, Louisville Bats, Toledo Mud Hens). In fact, the Clippers’ last seven games of the season are against teams with less than 50 wins (Louisville and Toledo).

Especially with such an easy schedule over the final weak of the season, the Clippers could easily make a strong push for the wild card if they’re still in the mix.



Iglesias off the DL and Producing

After spending about a month on the disabled list with a lower back injury, Jose Iglesias is now at full speed and playing everyday. In order for him to regain some of the at-bats he missed during his injury, Iglesias has been the PawSox primary leadoff hitter since the All-Star break.

At the time of his injury, Iglesias was the PawSox leading hitter during the month of May when he batted .341 (28-for-82) over 20 games.

Entering Thursday, the Cuban shortstop had six hits over his last five games, and recently had his fourth multi-RBI game of the year. As Iglesias talks about, he continues to work on bunting for base hits, in addition to staying inside the ball – something he’s been preaching as his main point of emphasis even before his injury.

In 59 games this season, Iglesias is batting .260 (61-for-235) with 19 runs batted in and six extra-base hits. It should be noted that Iglesias recently missed what would have been his third career home run by two feet (or less) when he drove a double high off the left-center field wall at McCoy. In that same game, he flew out to the warning track in right, singled to left, and caught a tough break on a scorching line out to the pitcher with the bases loaded.

PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler said of that performance, “probably his best game, or one of his best, that we’ve seen him have.”



Just 22-years-old, Iglesias is only in his third professional season after playing 101 games for the PawSox in 2011 when he hit .235. (Kelly O’Connor)

Valentine: Mauro Gomez Recalled to Boston

At approximately 2:45 Wednesday afternoon, Bobby Valentine told WEEI’s The Big Show that David Ortiz (achilles) will be placed on the disabled list with Mauro Gomez being recalled from Pawtucket.

The PawSox first baseman/designated hitter was just recently optioned from Boston on July 14 to make room for Clay Buchholz coming off the disabled list. Normally the Red Sox would have to wait 10 days to recall Gomez, but because Ortiz is reportedly headed for the DL, Gomez is eligible to be recalled.

Gomez, in eight games this year with the Red Sox, is hitting .308 (8-for-26) with three doubles and three runs batted in. (Kelly O’Connor).

On Monday, in his one game with the PawSox after he was recently optioned, Gomez went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a home run, and two runs batted in.

In addition to his obvious power, having Gomez in the PawSox lineup “puts everyone back where they need to be,” said PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler.

“You just don’t realize how a guy like him and [Pedro] Ciriaco, when they’re where they need to be in the lineup, the other guys go where they need to be. When those two guys are gone, then other guys move up and get into spots that they’re not used to or probably shouldn’t be in.”

Gomez currently ranks among the International League leaders in batting average (.317, 2nd),  home runs (20, T-3rd), total bases (180, 3rd), and slugging (.634, 2nd). Meanwhile, his 49 extra-base hits are the second-most in all of Triple-A.



Mauro Gomez Optioned to Pawtucket

In order to activate Clay Buchholz from the disabled list for Saturday night’s start in Tampa Bay, someone had to be the odd man out. Unfortunately for Mauro Gomez, he turned out to be that “someone.”

While everyone rooting for Gomez wishes he could remain in Boston for his sake, there’s no doubt the PawSox will welcome him back at McCoy Stadium with open arms.

Having Gomez back in the lineup “puts everyone back where they need to be,” said PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler.

“You just don’t realize how a guy like him and [Pedro] Ciriaco, when they’re where they need to be in the lineup, the other guys go where they need to be. When those two guys are gone, then other guys move up and get into spots that they’re not used to or probably shouldn’t be in.”

No surprise, Mauro’s first Major League hit was a double. Despite missing some time being up in Boston, Gomez rankes second in the International League with 26 doubles. (Kelly O’Connor)

In his most recent stay with Boston, Gomez hit .333 (8-for-24) with three doubles and three runs batted in. He collected his first Major League hit on July 4 at Oakland, and went 3-for-4 on July 7 against the Yankees on a nationally televised game on FOX.

A 2012 International League mid-season All-Star with the PawSox, Gomez is batting .311 with 19 home runs, 55 RBI, and 26 doubles in 72 games with Pawtucket.

Given 72 hours to report to McCoy, Gomez is not in the PawSox lineup today and is not listed as an extra player, either.



In his 9th professional season, his first with the Red Sox system, Gomez made his Big League debut. (Kelly O’Connor)

Reports: Pedro Ciriaco to the Red Sox

According to multiple media reports, in addition to the Red Sox official game notes and Bobby Valentine on WEEI, PawSox infielder, and mid-season All-Star, Pedro Ciriaco has been called up Boston.

It should be noted that the Red Sox have not sent out an official release about Ciriaco. That said, he has been seen in the Red Sox clubhouse while Dustin Pedroia has been seen wearing a cast on his right thumb.

Of the PawSox four mid-season All-Stars, Ciriaco would mark the third called up to Boston over the last four days. Catcher Ryan Lavarnway would be the lone All-Star remaining on the roster with Ciriaco joining Justin Germano and Mauro Gomez in Boston.

Ciriaco played the World Team in the 2010 XM All-Star Futures Game as a member of the Diamondbacks’ farm system. (Kelly O’Connor)

The super-utility Ciriaco has played second base, shortstop, and third base for Pawtucket while hitting .301 over 64 games. Earlier this year, the 26-year-old experienced a career best 16-game hitting streak and has been the PawSox leadoff hitter for much of the season.

“He’s picked us up big time,” PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler said of Ciriaco. “He’s really had a fabulous year and is a lot of fun to watch play. He can beat you in a lot of ways, and he’s a great kid and works hard everyday.”

Ciriaco has spent parts of the last two seasons in the Big Leagues with Pittsburgh and made his Major League debut on September 8, 2010 against Atlanta. That day he went 1-for-1 as a pinch-hitter and, interestingly enough, played with Justin Thomas, Argenis Diaz, and Brandon Moss - all former Red Sox farmhands.

In 31 Major League games, Ciriaco has hit .333 (10-for-33) with three doubles, two triples, and seven runs batted in.



Daniel Bard’s 1-2-3 Inning

It was only six days ago when Daniel Bard put together an efficient 1-2-3 inning against Charlotte using 10 pitches (seven strikes) to retire the Knights in order.

However, his next two outings were anything but a model of efficiency. A combined 12 batters faced in 1 1/3 innings with five walks, a hit batter, a blown save, one wild pitch, and a total of 47 pitches (18 strikes).

In a 1-1 tie last night against Rochester, Bard’s number was called in the seventh to do something he had yet done with the PawSox: pitch in back-to-back nights. Needless to say, the Bard we saw last night was nearly a carbon copy of the one six days ago.

Bard has now made 11 appearances with the PawSox and is now 1-0 with a 6.75 ERA. (Kelly O’Connor)

The right-hander needed just 10 pitches (eight strikes) to induce three ground ball outs to the right side of the infield. Following a sacrifice fly from Che-Hsuan Lin in the bottom of the seventh, Bard was awarded his first win of the year with Pawtucket.

Joe McDonald (@ESPNJoeyMac) of covered last night’s game and wrote a nice piece about Bard’s results:

“He turned it loose,” PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler said. “It was like, ‘Hey, I quit caring and I’m just going to throw it.’ His arm action tonight looked a little bit like we’ve seen in the past where he got away from the mechanical, robotic look and just reared back and threw the ball.”

Brendan McGair (@BWMcGair03)of the Pawtucket Times does a terrific job covering the PawSox and writes about not only last night’s outing, but a conversation between Bard and teammate Andrew Miller.

In other Red Sox news, Carl Crawford is scheduled to play tonight for Double-A Portland as he recovers from left wrist surgery. Sea Dogs’ broadcaster Mike Antonellis did a video interview with Crawford yesterday you can watch here.



PawSox Send Four to Triple-A All-Star Game

The PawSox join the Charlotte Knights (White Sox) as the only two teams in the International League to send four players this this year’s Triple-A All-Star game held on July 11 in Buffalo.

Of the four Pawtucket All-Stars, three played for a different parent club last season (Gomez, Braves; Ciriaco, Pirates; Germano, Indians/Korea).

Ryan Lavarnway: The PawSox catcher is hitting over .400 this month and is showing why he might very well be the best catcher in the league. Currently riding an eight-game hitting streak, the Yale product is catching everyday for the first time in his pro career.

Mauro Gomez: A mid-season All-Star year season with Gwinnett, Gomez has been the pop in the PawSox lineup since Opening Day. He ranks among the league-leaders in virtually every offensive category and has been an extra-base machine with 41 of his 76 hits going for extras.

Pedro Ciriaco: As manager Arnie Beyeler once said, Ciriaco is the guy who gets the PawSox offense going. Coming off a career-best 16-game hit streak, not only has he been a consistent hitter, he was able to slide over to shortstop when Jose Iglesias landed on the DL (back).

Justin Germano: The PawSox ace, Germano ranks 5th in the league with a 2.60 ERA and is third in the I.L. with a 0.94 WHIP. This month he’s 2-1 with a 2.08 ERA.

The fifth member of the PawSox making the trip to Buffalo is Arnie Beyler. The second-year skipper will also be coaching for the World Team at this year’s XM All-Stars Futures Game in Kansas City on July 8.

Click here for the complete 2012 International League All-Star roster.




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