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by Josh Maurer
As the PawSox get ready to begin their four-game series at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre one day later than expected because of a “snow out” on Thursday night, I thought we would take a look at where some of the members of the 2014 Governors Cup championship team have moved to since the title was clinched last September.
There was a large amount of turnover at the upper levels of the Red Sox minor league system last off-season. Some of that can be attributed to the normal course of veteran Triple-A players looking for better opportunities with different organizations, but a lot of the turnover came in the form of trades made to provide immediate help to the big league club.
So without further ado – here’s a glimpse at the new surroundings for a good number of 2014 PawSox players. Let’s start with those who were either traded or claimed off of waivers by a different organization. These are listed in no particular order.
–Alex Hassan: Round Rock Express (Triple-A, Texas Rangers) (waviers)
Hassan had quite the eventful off-season. He was originally claimed off of waivers by Oakland on November 11, 2014. One month later the Orioles claimed him, but then the As claimed him back at the beginning of spring training. Finally it was the Rangers who claimed Hassan off of waivers at the end of March. He is still on their 40-man, but has played the season in Triple A (in 12 games Hassan is batting .233/0/7).
–Ryan Lavarnway: Baltimore Orioles (waviers)
Lavarnway had a similar off-season path to that of Hassan. He was claimed off waivers three times in December; first by the Dodgers, then by the Cubs and finally by the Orioles where he has found a home. He made the Baltimore opening-day roster as the back-up catcher and in four games played is 1-for-13.
–Carlos Rivero: Tacoma Rainiers (Triple-A, Seattle Mariners) (waviers)
Rivero was claimed by Seattle off waivers in November 2014. He was waived again a month later, cleared, and signed back with the Mariners on a minor league deal in December. In 14 games with Tacoma thus far he is is off to a hot start, batting .319/2/8.
–Dan Butler: Syracuse Chiefs (Washington Nationals) (trade)
Butler was traded to Washington in January for LHP Danny Rosenbaum (who is currently on the PawSox DL). He had been designated for assignment one week earlier, so the Red Sox worked out a deal to get something in return for the popular catcher. While still on the Nationals 40-man, Butler is back in the IL currently playing with Syracuse (8 games played, .214/0/5). We should see him in Pawtucket next week.
–Drake Britton: Iowa Cubs (Chicago Cubs) (waviers)
Britton was claimed off waivers by the Cubs in February, then outrighted to Triple-A Iowa at the end of spring training. The lefty has appeared in four MiLB games so far and gone 1-2 with a 4.26 ERA.
–Rubby De La Rosa: Arizona Diamondbacks (trade)
Rubby was traded (with Allen Webster) back in November in the deal that brought the Red Sox Wade Miley. De La Rosa made the starting rotation for Arizona to begin the season, and in three starts has gone 2-1 with a 6.00 ERA (18 IP, 23 H, 13 R).
–Allen Webster: Reno Aces (Arizona Diamondbacks) (trade)
Webster was also part of the November deal that brought the Red Sox Wade Miley (with De La Rosa). Unfortunately, Allen did not make the big league rotation coming out of spring training and then struggled through his first two starts at Triple-A (0-1, 7.0 IP, 17 H, 15 R). He was recently placed on the Reno disabled list.
–Anthony Ranaudo: Round Rock Express (Texas Rangers) (trade)
Ranaudo, the IL’s Pitcher of the Year last season, was traded to the Rangers in January for lefty reliever Robbie Ross. The big right-hander did not make the Texas season-opening starting rotation, but he has been called up to make one start for the big league team on April 14th against the Angels. Unfortunately he gave up six runs in 1.2 innings pitched and was optioned right back to Triple-A. With Round Rock he has only allowed one run in 10.0 innings over two starts.
–Alex Wilson: Detroit Tigers (trade)
Wilson was included in the Red Sox December deal with Detroit that netted Boston Rick Porcello. After starting the season in Triple-A Toledo, the righty has just been called up to Detroit. In four relief appearances with the Mud Hens, Wilson went 1-0 with three saves and did not allow a run in 5.1 innings pitched.
Now let’s look at some other key members of last season’s Governors Cup championship team who left the Red Sox organization as free agents. Again, no particular order here.
–Corey Brown: Durham Bulls (Tampa Bay Rays)
Brown led the PawSox with 17 home runs last season. He signed as a free agent with the Rays this off-season and has been playing in the IL again with Durham. In eight games thus far Brown is 5-for-32 with one home run.
–Derrik Gibson: Bowie Baysox (Baltimore Orioles)
Gibson played the final two months of the season last year as a super utilityman for the PawSox. He signed with the Orioles in the off-season and is playing in Double-A Bowie. Thus far in 13 games played, Gibson is batting .250/0/5.
–Mike McCoy: El Paso Chihuahuas (San Diego Padres)
McCoy was the veritable “swiss army knife” player for the PawSox last season, playing all over the diamond defensively and providing leadership in the clubhouse. He signed with the Padres in the off-season and is hitting .171 thus far in 11 games with Triple-A El Paso.
–John Ely: Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Milwaukee Brewers)
Ely was a valuable member of the PawSox bullpen in 2014. He signed as a free agent with Milwaukee in the off-season and has been pitching in Triple-A Colorado Springs as a starting pitcher. After making two starts and allowing eight runs in 7.2 innings pitched, Ely went on the disabled list.
–Ryan Verdugo: Nashville Sounds (Oakland As)
Verdugo helped the PawSox pitching staff as a long reliever and fill-in starter during the final two months of last season. He signed with Oakland in the off-season and has been pitching in a similar role with Triple-A Nashville thus far in 2015. In three outings (one start), Verdugo is 1-1 with a 3.27 ERA.
–Brandon Snyder: Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (Independent)
Snyder, a big power-hitting infielder, was injured and played only two months at the beginning of the 2014 season. He has caught on with Southern Maryland in the Atlantic League.
–Rich Hill: Syracuse Chiefs (Washington Nationals)
The Massachusetts native Hill pitched the first three months of last season in the bullpen for the PawSox, then opted out of his contract for a big league deal with the Angels in July. He has bounced around since, but has landed in the Nationals organization to begin 2015 and is back in the IL pitching for Syracuse. He has only allowed one earned run in six innings over his first five appearances this season.
Finally, here are some 2014 PawSox players who are no longer active in the game at the beginning of this season.
–Justin Henry, Coach (Greenville Drive, Red Sox Single-A)
Henry was a popular member of the PawSox for the past two seasons. He has retired from playing and is now a coach in the Red Sox organization at Low-A Greenville. I am confident he will move up the ladder in the coaching ranks quickly.
–Ryan Roberts: not playing
Roberts was the regular second-baseman for the PawSox for most of last season. The Tatman was in spring training with the Royals but was released in late March. He does not appear to have caught on with another organization as yet.
–Jose Valdez: not playing
The veteran Valdez was on the mound for many key outs during the Governors Cup playoffs last season, including the final out in the 13th inning of Game 4 in Durham. From what I can tell, Valdez is not playing in 2015.
–Chris Hernandez: not playing
The southpaw Hernandez pitched for the PawSox in various roles for most of the last three seasons. He was released by the Red Sox at the end of spring training and does not appear to have caught on with any other organization as yet.
So there you have it. Pretty interesting to see where these guys have landed, no?
Will Flemming and I will talk to you from PNC Field in Moosic, PA tonight at 6:50 for pregame coverage. Henry Owens is on the mound for the PawSox with first pitch scheduled for 7:05pm. Happy Friday!
It’s almost time for everyone’s favorite event off the off-season: the 36th Annual Pawtucket Red Sox Hot Stove Party. Joining new PawSox hitting coach Dave Joppie at the event for autographs and Q&A will be:
- Jackie Bradley Jr., OF
- Dan Butler, C
- Justin Henry, INF/OF
- Allen Webster, RHP
The party will take place on Saturday, January 26th from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at McCoy Stadium and is completely FREE.
The event will once again be held inside the historic McCoy clubhouse and batting tunnels, and all guests can enter through the entry tower in left field. No RSVP is necessary.
Fans in attendance will not only have a chance to get autographs and interact with our specials guests, but can also purchase tickets for the 2013 season and enjoy free hot dogs and soda. Hope to see you there!
Since July 25, the PawSox have lost righty-handers Brandon Duckworth and Doug Mathis to Japan, first baseman Lars Anderson to Cleveland, outfielder Scott Podsednik to Arizona, catcher Ryan Lavarnway and outfielder Ryan Kalish to Boston, and now you can add righty Garrett Mock to the list.
Here are Friday’s PawSox roster moves:
- Garrett Mock was given word after Thursday night’s loss in Lehigh Valley that he had been traded to Houston and will be reporting to Triple-A Oklahoma City. The hard-throwing reliever had a stellar month of May where he did not allow a run over nine appearances (12.0 IP), but since then had struggled. Mock, who was born in Houston and pitched for the University of Houston, had allowed at least one run in nine of his last 14 outings with the PawSox. The Red Sox will be reportedly receive “future considerations” from the Astros in return. All the best to Garrett who, you have to think, has a good chance of being a September call-up.
- With Mock gone, the void in the PawSox bullpen will be filled by hard-throwing righty, Josh Fields. Originally the 20th overall selection in the 2008 draft by Seattle, the 2008 SEC Pitcher of the Year was acquired by the Red Sox at the deadline last season with Erik Bedard in exchange for outfielders Trayvon Robinson and Chih-Hsien Chiang. Over his last 14 outings (since June 13th), Fields is 2-0, 0.37 ERA (1 ER/24.1 IP), and has allowed just six hits while walking five and striking out 30.
- Catcher Carson Blair has been assigned back to High-A Salem. Blair was called-up to Pawtucket for the second time following the promotion of Ryan Lavarnway to Boston. Blair did not appear in a game for the PawSox.
- Taking Blair’s spot on the roster is catcher Dan Butler from Double-A Portland. Undrafted out of the University of Arizona, Butler has a quick release and, according to Mike Antonellis, the “Voice of the Sea Dogs,” is one of the better defensive catchers Portland has seen in a long time. Over his last 19 games in Double-A, the 25-year-old was batting .302 (19-for-63) with a home run and six runs batted in. Butler played for both Yarmouth-Dennis and Brewster during the 2009 Cape Cod Baseball League season.