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Archer Stymies PawSox; Catching Situation Murky

Saturday afternoon the PawSox followed the big league club about 40 miles north to Port Charlotte and played a spring contest against Durham. It was a terrific starting pitching matchup with Eduardo Rodriguez throwing for Pawtucket against Tampa Bay’s scheduled opening day starter Chris Archer.

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The back side of Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, FL

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The PawSox and Bulls played at the back fields on Saturday

The southpaw Rodriguez did not have his best stuff early.  He allowed a run on two singles and two walks in the first, then did not get an out in the second inning and allowed a pair of tallies.  Durham collected four straight hits to start the frame, then Rodriguez walked a batter and reached his inning pitch limit to stop the threat.  The lefty then settled down and tossed scoreless ball in the third and fourth.

Overall, Rodriguez lasted 3.0 innings and allowed three runs (all earned) on seven hits and four walks.  He struck out three Durham hitters.  Mike Aguilera followed and allowed three runs and four hits in 3.2 innings.

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The PawSox lineup at Durham on Saturday

Pawtucket’s lineup featured Bryce Brentz and Garin Cecchini for the first time this spring.  Cecchini played the entire game at third base and went 1-for-3 with a single, while Brentz was 0-for-4 with four punchouts.

Archer was dominant in what may be his final spring tuneup.  He shutout the PawSox for 6.2 innings while allowing just four hits (all singles) and two walks.  He fanned eight and earned the win in Durham’s 7-1 victory.

Here is the Pawtucket box score from the contest:
Sean Coyle, 2B: 0-for-4, K
Marco Hernandez, SS: 0-for-1 (played 1 inning)
Henry Rodriguez, SS: 1-for-3, double
Travis Shaw, 1B: 0-for-0, 2 walks (played 5 innings)
David Chester, 1B: 1-for-2
Bryce Brentz, DH: 0-for-4, 4 Ks
Garin Cecchini, 3B: 1-for-3, K
Blake Swihart, DH: 0-for-2, HBP, R, GIDP
Henry Ramos, RF: 0-for-3, K
Keury De La Cruz, LF: 1-for-2, BB
Shannon Wilkerson, CF: 0-for-3, GIDP, K
Mike Brenly, C: 1-for-3

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Chris Archer pitched 6.2 shutout innings against the PawSox on Saturday

The big news of the day came in the morning when Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez informed the media that an MRI on his ailing elbow “found something” but he has yet to be firmly diagnosedRyan Hanigan is now slated to open the season as the #1 catcher in Boston.

There has been some speculation that Blake Swihart could be an option to open the season as Hanigan’s backup if Vazquez lands on the DL.  I wonder about that; it seems to me the Red Sox would rather Swihart stay in the minor leagues for at least a few months to get more seasoning.

Swihart w. Archer pitching

Blake Swihart was the DH on Saturday against Durham/Chris Archer

UPDATE: Alex Speier of the Boston Globe lays out the catching options for the Red Sox here.  I agree wholeheartedly with his assessment of the situation.

Sunday is a camp day for the minor league side, so the PawSox will not have a game until Monday afternoon.  We’ll continue to have updates from the Fort on “45 Miles” through the end of next week.  Have a great rest of your weekend!

Josh M

2012 International League Prospect Team

We all know that one guy who always seems to know everything about every baseball player.  It doesn’t matter if he’s in Single-A, Triple-A, or the big leagues, this guy’s heard of him. For me, that guy is Michael Damman.  I met Michael in 2010 when I began broadcasting games for the Double-A Frisco RoughRiders.  He was the ‘Riders Press Box statistician and has now started writing for Seedlings to the Stars.

In his first article, Michael wrote about the top prospects in the International League entering 2012.  Because I like Michael so much (and because I’m swamped proof-reading our 223 page media guide and don’t have time to do a blog entry), I thought you might be interested in who he believes are the most promising IL prospects entering this year.

I’ve put the list below, but you can click here to read Michael’s full article.

Ryan Lavarnway is performing well in Spring Training and has a shot of breaking camp with the big league club. (Kelly O'Connor)

Ryan Lavarnway, Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox)

1B Neftali Soto, Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds)

2B Henry Rodriguez, Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds)

3B Will Middlebrooks, Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox)

SS Tim Beckham, Durham Bulls (Tampa Bay Rays)

LF L.J. Hoes, Norfolk Tides (Baltimore Orioles)

CF Starling Marte, Indianapolis Indians (Pittsburgh Pirates)

RF Bryce Harper, Syracuse Chiefs (Washington Nationals)

DH Tyler Moore, Syracuse Chiefs (Washington Nationals)

RHP Julio Teheran, Gwinnett Braves (Atlanta Braves)

LHP Manny Banuelos, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (New York Yankees)

RHP Randall Delgado, Gwinnett Braves (Atlanta Braves)

RHP Dellin Betances, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (New York Yankees)

RHP Chris Archer, Durham Bulls (Tampa Bay Rays)

Nice job my Michael – making this kind of list is never easy.  I’m now on page 111 of the media guide … getting close to half-way done.  Enjoy the rest of your Tuesday!