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PawSox Players on the Move

Since it’s hard keeping track of minor league free agency each off-season, here is a list of 2012 PawSox players who have moved on since the end of the season.

(Photos: Kelly O’Connor)

And we can’t leave manager Arnie Beyeler off the list. The former PawSox skipper is now the Red Sox new first base coach.

Enjoy your weekend,

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

2013 Red Sox Top-10 Prospects

Although it’s not yet 2013, it’s never too early to take a look at the Red Sox top-10 prospect list published by Baseball America.

What first caught my eye is that while only three of listed prospects are pitchers, all three rank within the top-five — and none are yet to reach Pawtucket.

It might be hard to find a more promising top-three in any other farm system entering next year. No surprise shortstop Xander Bogaerts is ranked No. 1 overall. Only 20-years-old, Bogaerts split 2012 between High-A Salem and Portland where he combined to hit .307 with 20 home runs and 81 RBI. PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler, who spent some time around Bogaerts at the 2012 Futures Game in Kansas City, commented later that his talents reminded him of Hanley Ramierez.

Like Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley Jr. split 2012 between Salem and Portland where he led all Sox farmhands in runs scored (89), walks (87), and on-base percentage (.430). He was second in the system in batting average (.315) and doubles (42). Add to his numbers the fact that Kevin Thomas (@ClearTheBases) of the Portland Press Herald told us on PawSox Insider that Bradley’s defensive abilities in center field surpass even the great Che-Hsuan Lin.

At No. 3 on the list, right-hander Matt Barnes has a good chance of seeing Pawtucket in 2013 — just like Bogaerts and Bradley. Barnes topped the Red Sox system with 133 strikeouts and was third in ERA (2.86) and WHIP (1.05). In his first pro season after being taking 18th overall by the Red Sox out of the University of Connecticut, Barnes walked just 29 batters over 119 2/3 innings pitched.

To read the entire online article from Baseball America, click here.

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

Bogaerts’ pro career began in 2010 as a 17-year-old playing in the Dominican Summer League. (Kelly O’Connor)

The Governors’ Cup Returns to Rhode Island

After waiting 28 years, PawSox fans have been rewarded. With a 4-1 win over the Charlotte Knights Thursday evening, the Pawtucket Red Sox proved they were the best team in the International League in 2012 and won their first Governors’ Cup in nearly three decades.

Not only was the win over Charlotte the club’s first championship since defeating the now defunct Maine Guides in 1984, it was also the first post-season series sweep in franchise history. You could make a strong argument that the PawSox played some of their best baseball of the entire season during the playoffs. Here’s the proof:

  • Pawtucket finished the post-season with a 6-1 record.
  • The pitching staff combined for a sparkling 2.01 ERA (14 ER/62.2 IP).
  • In the last six games, Pawtucket starters combined to go 4-0 with a 1.37 ERA (6 ER/39.1 IP).
  • In seven playoff games, PawSox batters combined for 10 home runs, 10 doubles, and three triples.
  • The PawSox outscored the Knights 13-3 in three games.

Here’s what it looked like on the field Thursday night following the final out.

Enough can’t be said about the work of manager Arnie Beyeler. The second-year PawSox skipper constantly dealt with a changing roster that, in total, featured 69 players — one shy of the franchise record.

In two years in Pawtucket, Arnie has won a North Division title and now a Governors’ Cup. From my time spent around Arnie and our 1-on-1 conversations (both on-air and off), I can tell you that he is the perfect example of how hard work pays off.

After more than five months and 150 games, it’s awfully difficult sum up a season and fully appreciate all that happened. Let’s face it, there has been plenty to celebrate in 2012 in addition to a Governors’ Cup championship:

  • Mauro Gomez was named International League MVP.
  • Jose Iglesias and Ryan Lavarnway were named post-season All-Stars.
  • We were able to watch Will Middlebrooks crush it for all of April.
  • People in Pawtucket fell in love with Pedro Ciriaco before anyone else.
  • PawSox team president Mike Tamburro was inducted into the International League Hall of Fame.
  • Lars Anderson and Jason Repko each made SportsCenters’ Top-10 Plays.
  • The beautiful statue Ben Mondor was unveiled inside Mondor Gardens.
  • Big Leaguers like Jacoby Ellsbury, Clay Buchholz, Carl Crawford, and Cody Ross all wore a PawSox jersey.

The remaining members from the PawSox Opening Day roster (left to right): Tony Thomas, Che-Hsuan Lin, Alex Wilson, Will Inman, Alex Hassan, Jason Repko, Nate Spears, Tony Pena, Jr.

The PawSox have a chance to add another highlight to the list with a win Tuesday night in Durham in the Triple-A National Championship Game against either Reno or Omaha.

Both on-air and in this blog, it has been a pleasure bringing PawSox baseball to you in 2012. Your loyal readership always gives me a reason to type and constantly reminds me how fortunate I am to be in this position.

Over the years you’ve listened to some of the most talented broadcasters in baseball come through Pawtucket, and living up to the standards they set has been the greatest — and most fulfilling — challenge of my career.

Thank you for making PawSox baseball on the radio part of your summer and for bringing me with you in the car, in your home, and everywhere else in between.

What a way to start my stay in Pawtucket.

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

Arnie Beyeler, Mike Tamburro, and PawSox general manager Lou Schwechheimer getting drenched during the trophy celebration on the field.

PawSox Add Nine-Year MLB Veteran

He has pitched with the Mets, Phillies, Brewers, Pirates, and Astros over nine Major League seasons, and now Nelson Figueroa adds the Pawtucket Red Sox to the list.

As former PawSox outfielder Darnell McDonald cleared waivers and was assigned to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s roster, the Yankees released the 38-year-old Figueroa who, shortly there after, was scooped up by the Red Sox.

In his first year in the Yankees’ system, Figueroa bounced between the rotation and the bullpen (17 appearances, 9 starts) for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and overall pitched well, going 7-2 with a 3.96 ERA while walking 25 and striking out 36.

Figueroa last pitched in the Major Leagues with Houston in 2011 where he went 0-3, 8.69 ERA (28 ER/29.0 IP) before being released in August. (AP)

Interestingly enough, his poorest start of the year came against the PawSox in Batavia, Ny. where he gave up a home run to Che-Hsuan Lin. He suffered the loss, lasting just 3 2/3 innings and allowed eight runs on eight hits.

Born in Brooklyn, the 6-foot-1 right-hander actually has local roots about 45 miles north of McCoy Stadium. He pitched for Brandeis University in Waltham, Ma. and is the first player in the school’s history to ever have his number retired.

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

Kalish, Lavarnway Going Deep

The PawSox have mashed five home runs in their last two games against Indianapolis – Ryan Kalish and Ryan Lavarnway have combined for four of them.

The rehabbing Kalish has gone 4-for-5 over his first two games in Pawtucket with two homers, four runs batted in, four walks, and five runs scored. He reached base in his first eight appearances, four shy of the club’s all-time record (12, Andy Dominique, 2003).

Talking about his homer in his first at-bat Tuesday night, Kalish remarked, “anytime you can hit a home run in your first at-bat…you feel good, you feel comfortable. You feel like you’re in control of what you’re going to do up there.”

Kalish continues his rehab with the PawSox tonight at McCoy Stadium. He played in three games for High-A Salem and Double-A Portland before joining Pawtucket. (Kelly O’Connor)

Meanwhile, Lavarnway is hitting better than he has all season. Since May 22, the PawSox catcher is the top hitter in the International League, batting .415 (17-for-41) with eight extra-base hits, including three homers, and ten RBI.

For the second-time this season, Lavarnway has homered in back-to-back games, with the last time happening April 16 and 17 at Syracuse.

PawSox Notebook:

  • The PawSox lead the I.L. with 65 home runs in 60 games. They have the third-most homers in all of Triple-A (Oklahoma City, 71; Sacramento, 69).
  • After batting .214 (15-for-70) over 19 games in April, Che-Hsuan Lin hit .299 (20-for-67) in May where he played 20 games. The speedster from Taiwan saw his 22-game Triple-A on-base streak snapped May 31, and has at least one hit in 21 of his last 28 games.
  • Remember Yamaico Navarro? The Dominican Republic native was signed by the Red Sox in September of 2005, and appeared in 36 games over two seasons with the Red Sox before being traded to Kansas City (along with minor leaguer Kendal Volz) for shortstop Mike Aviles. During the recent off-season, Navarro was then traded to Pittsburgh for a pair of prospects.

Navarro played in a combined 50 games for the PawSox between 2010-11. He made at least one start in every outfield position, and every infield position besides first base. (Kelly O’Connor)

  • Short-season Lowell will be represented at Fenway Park tonight. The “Voice of LeLacheur Park,” Mike Riley, will serve as the “Voice of Fenway Park” this evening. Riley also works as a Sports Flash anchor for WEEI, and is a traffic reporter for WRKO. Add to that PA duties for the Spinners, Boston Blazers, and Bentley University.
  • We had a chance to conduct a phone interview today with Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava. He talked about his second trip to the Big Leagues and even gave a couple of fitness tips. The entire interview can be heard this Saturday at 2:00 on PawSox Insider, aired on 920 WHJJ.

The PawSox and Indians continue their four-game series tonight from McCoy. Righty Brandon Duckworth (5-1, 4.34) will be opposed by right-hander Jeff Karstens (0-2, 4.82). First pitch is set for 7:05, we hit the air at 6:50.

Talk with you then.

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

Youkilis Joins PawSox

Judging by all the Red Sox gear I saw fans wearing around Durham Bulls Athletic Park last night, there’s no doubt we’ll hear some “Youuuuuk” calls this evening.

Red Sox All-Star Kevin Youkilis is scheduled to join the PawSox tonight in Durham where he will begin his minor league rehab assignment (back strain). Various reports suggest that Youk will serve as Pawtucket’s designated hitter and get three at-bats.

Word is that he will then play the field on Thursday (same night Dice-K is scheduled to start for the PawSox), and then a decision will be made whether he is ready to join the Red Sox in Philadelphia.

Youkilis rehabbed in two games with the PawSox last season as well as in 2009. He combined to play in 113 games with Pawtucket between 2003-05. Overall, he hit .256 with 14 home runs and 61 RBIs. (pawsox.com)

PawSox Notebook:

  • No doubt the biggest headline from last night’s 8-2 win in Durham was the home run from shortstop Jose Iglesias. Just his second-career long ball, Iglesias drilled a laser over the 34-foot tall “Blue Monster” in left field. The homer came in his 745th-career at bat (204 games). His previous home run came last year on August 26 at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and just like last night’s, it was a two-run shot.
  • Hard to believe, but last night marked the first multi-RBI game of the season for Ryan Lavarnway. The power-hitting catcher smashed a two-run double in the top of the 9th to extend his current hit streak to five games. The Yale product has upped his average to .273 and connected on his first extra-base hit in eight games. Of his 30 hits this year, 24 have been singles.
  • Che-Hsuan Lin is also riding a five-game hitting streak and has at least one hit in 9 of his last 10 games. The PawSox outfielder is tied for second on the club with 17 walks, and has struck out just 15 times in 110 at-bats.
  • Reliever Mark Melancon made his 12th appearance of the season last night and once again proved that he can more than handle International League batters. The hard-throwing righty has now tossed 12 scoreless innings while striking out 20 batters and not walking a man or allowing a run.

The PawSox and Bulls tangle tonight at 7:05 with our pre-game coverage starting at 6:50. Righty Doug Mathis (2-2, 5.01), coming off six scoreless innings against Columbus, will be opposed by right-hander Lance Pendleton (1-1, 4.15).

Talk with you then.

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

The Sliding Catch: Tom Brunansky at McCoy

In 1990, he was traded by the St. Louis Cardinals to the Red Sox for closer Lee Smith. Although he played just fourseasons for Boston, Tom Burnansky will always be remembered for his sliding catch in the right field corner to end the final regular season game of 1990. That tremendous play robbed Ozzie Guillen of a hit and propelled the Red Sox to the ALCS.


Burnansky, now in his first year as the Rochester Red Wings hitting coach, will be honored tonight at Fenway Park as part of the Red Sox celebration of Fenway’s 100th year. The Red Sox have designated May as “Memorable Moments Month” and will have a special pre-game ceremony featuring Burnansky before tonight’s 7:10 first pitch against Cleveland.

PawSox Notebook:

  • Jose Iglesias now has two hits in six of his last seven games and ranks 3rd among active PawSox hitters with 27 hits over 28 starts. The Pawtucket shortstop has two more hits than Ryan Lavarnway, three fewer than Daniel Nava. 24 of his hits have been singles.
  • Entering yesterday, just four of Che-Hsuan Lin’s 20 hits had come at McCoy Stadium over his first nine home games.  Last night he collected half that amount, going 2-for-4.
  • Mark Melancon has now tossed 9.2 scoreless innings with 0-BB and 17-K. He converted his second save in as many tries last night despite allowing two hits with two outs.
  • The PawSox have clubbed 13 hits three times in the last five games. Last night was the first time in that stretch they’ve done so without hitting a home run.
  • Seven of the PawSox nine batters registered a hit last night against Rochester. Iglesias, Lars Anderson, and Lin all had two hits, Nava had three.
  • Speaking of Nava, the PawSox outfielder has raised his average from .188 to .316 over the last two weeks. Almost equally impressive, Daniel is pounding the ball at home, batting .486 (18-for-37).
  • Lars Anderson now has 5 doubles in his last 5 games. 10 of his 22 hits this year have been doubles.

The PawSox have a chance to win their second-straight series with a win this afternoon against Rochester. Pawtucket right-hander Brandon Duckworth (4-0, 3.34) will be opposed by lefty Luke French (0-0, 5.40). First pitch from McCoy crosses home plate at 12:05 this afternoon. We’ll hit the air at 11:50 with the pre-game show.

Talk with you then.

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

Brunansky played a combined 14 major league seasons with Minnesota, Boston, St. Louis, Milwaukee, and the California Angels. He was a career .245 hitter and a 1985 all-star selection. (Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images)

VIDEO: Interviews with Jason Repko & Will Inman

The news of today (and last night) is the call-up of PawSox outfielder Che-Hsuan Lin to Boston to replace Jacoby Ellsbury who dislocated his shoulder and could miss up to six weeks. At this time we have not received any official confirmation from the Red Sox that this move has happened, but Lin’s agent has confirmed the move.

The PawSox open a brief weekend sereis in Buffalo today following last night’s 4-3 series win in Rochester. The victory marked the first series win for Pawtucket and the club’s first win in a 1-run contest.

We’ve been in our hotel rooms for less than 10 hours before we need to soon jump back on the bus and head to Coca-Cola Field for today’s game against the Bisons. While I’m doing some quick prep and getting ready to leave, here are two video interviews I did recently in Rochester with PawSox outfielder Jason Repko and reliever Will Inman.

 

First pitch this afternoon from Buffalo is at 1:05, pre-game coverage begins at 12:50. Following the game we’ll have an hour of PawSox Insider as well.

Talk with you then,

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

PawSox Notebook: Pitching Nearly Perfect

Although it now feels like the baseball season has been in full-swing for weeks, it’s Opening Day at Fenway Park this afternoon at 2:05 as the Red Sox host Tampa Bay. Josh Beckett takes on David Price in what should be a great matchup and, hopefully, the Sox second win of the season.

This picture, posted on the Red Sox Facebook page, was taken at around 6:00 this morning.

As the first pitch of the Red Sox vs. Rays game is being thrown, the PawSox will be loading the bus and heading over to Frontier Field in Rochester where they’ll wrap up a three game series to end the first leg of the current nine-game road trip. As the PawSox set numerous season-highs last night en route to a 10-1 win to even the series 1-1, here are some interesting facts and figures through eight games this season.

PawSox Notebook

  • PawSox pitchers have allowed just four runs over the last 36 innings (1.00 ERA)
  • Lin connected on a moonshot home run to left field in Pawtucket's 10-1 win last night over Rochester. (Kelly O'Connor)

    Pawtucket’s bullpen has not allowed a single run since Game 4 of the season on April 7 (15 1/3 innings).

  • The ‘pen has allowed just two earned runs over 22 1/3 innings so far (0.81 ERA).
  • With the best team ERA in the International League of 1.34, the PawSox are more than 1.5 runs better than second-place Lehigh Valley (2.86 ERA).
  • The club’s 1.34 ERA is the third-best in all of minor league baseball. (Triple-A New Orleans, 0.91 ERA; High-A Myrtle Beach, 1.17 ERA.)
  • Thanks to a season-high 13 hits last night, the PawSox raised their team average from .245 (7th) to .260 (3rd).
  • Pawtucket scored 13 runs last night with only thee extra base hits.
  • Two of those XBH came from outfielder Che-Hsuan Lin who connected on his first home run of the year and also doubled.
  • Per Alex Speier of WEEI.com, it was just the second time in 90 Triple-A games that Lin has had multiple extra-base hits in the same game.
  • Lin had only two Triple-A home runs last year. The first came on June 22 vs. Louisville when he homered off Bats’ starter Daryl Thompson in a game that Brandon Duckworth started for the PawSox. Last night it was once again Thompson (now with Rochester) who surrendered Lin’s longball in a game were, you guessed it, Brandon Duckworth started for Pawtucket.
  • Shortstop Jose Iglesias had two hits over his first five games this year. Last night he went 3-for-5 with a sacrifice bunt. His batting average went from .111 to .217.
  • Third baseman Will Middlebrooks has a hit in six of the first eight games, including three multi-hit efforts.

A victory tonight for the PawSox would win the three-game series versus the Red Wings and would make the PawSox an impressive 12-2-5 in their last 18 series dating back to July 4th of last year. Righty Aaron Cook makes his second start for Pawtucket and is opposed by right-hander Cole DeVries.

First pitch from Frontier Field is at 7:05, pre-game coverage begins at 6:50.

Talk with you then,

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

Homestand Photos

The PawSox first homestand of 2012 wraps up this afternoon with a 12:05 first pitch against Lehigh Valley. Here are some photos from the first five games of the season at McCoy Stadium thanks to photographer Kelly O’Connor.

PawSox manager Arnie Beyler and hitting coach Gerald Perry share a laugh during the player introductions on Opening Night.

Pawtucket outfielder Daniel Nava being introduced on Opening Night.

Pre-Game ceremonies on the field prior to Opening Night at McCoy on Thursday.

Easter Candy Hunt! Thousands of pieces of candy were picked up in minutes in-between Saturday’s doubleheader.

Smores, anyone? Nate Spears stays warm during Game 2 of the doubleheader.

Alex Hassan, in his first Triple-A start in right field, gunned down speedy Dominic Brown at home trying to score on a sacrifice fly attempt.

PawSox first baseman Lars Anderson showing off some pre-game ball skills.

Shortstop Jose Iglesias has already dazzled defensively this season.

It seems as if center fielder Che-Hsuan Lin makes a catch like this every night.

Nate Spears signing autographs for some kids above.

Catcher Ryan Lavarnway makes time to sign for some young fans in a sutie.

Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg is in his second season managing Lehigh Valley.

Second baseman Nate Spears makes a diving stop on a ball in Game 2 of Saturday’s doubleheader.

Thanks again to Kelly O’Connor for bundling up and taking these great pics. Steve and I hit the air at 11:50 this morning for the series finale versus the IronPigs.

Talk with you then.

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

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