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PawSox Christmas Party (Photos)

On what turned out to be a rainy Saturday in Pawtucket, nearly 1,000 PawSox fans showed up at McCoy Stadium for the annual PawSox Christmas Party.

Those in attendance had a chance to get their picture taken with the Governors’ Cup trophy, donate to Toys for Tots, make Christmas ornaments, and, of course, grab autographs from our three special guests: Ryan Lavarnway, Tony Thomas, and Jeremy Hazelbaker.

Here are some photos from the afternoon:

A big thanks to all three players and all our outstanding fans for making this event such a success!



Webchat Wednesday: Jeremy Hazelbaker

As we count down the hours until our Thanksgiving feasts, here’s the latest installment of Webchat Wednesday. This week’s guest is PawSox outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker who was kind enough to join me all the way from Indiana.

Jeremy talks about playing off-season ball in Mexico, his promotion to Triple-A, and how he and his family will spend Thanksgiving.


Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!



Hazelbaker set career-highs in batting average (.273) home runs (19) and RBI (67) between Double-A Portland and Pawtucket in 2012. (Kelly O’Connor)

Hazelbaker Talks About Promotion

Early Friday morning, the PawSox are bussing from the team hotel in Buford, Ga. to the Atlanta airport where they’ll fly back to Boston and arrive at Logan International at approximately 11:30 this morning.

After a doubleheader sweep Thursday against the G-Braves, it will be another long day for the players, but there are just four more games left in the regular season — all versus the North Division Champion Scranton-Wilkes/Barre Yankees.

Before we jump on the bus, here’s a video interview I did with outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker, recently called-up from Double-A Portland.



Taken in the 4th round by the Red Sox in 2009, Hazelbaker has set career-highs this season in home runs (19) and runs batted in (67). (Kelly O’Connor)

Bryce Brentz Gets Promotion to Pawtucket

Since August 1, only two batters throughout all of Double-A are hitting for a higher average than outfielder Bryce Brentz. The 23-year-old has hit .393 this month with four home runs, eight doubles, and 24 runs batted in.

It’s because of those numbers, his year-long body of work, and roster shuffling throughout the organization, that warranted Brentz’s promotion to Pawtucket on Thursday.

Taken by the Red Sox in the first round (36th overall) in 2007 out of Middle Tennessee State University, Brentz has mashed at every level of pro ball. At the time of his promotion, he was batting .296 with 17 homers, 30 doubles, and 76 runs batted in for Portland.

Brentz entered this year as the No. 5 prospect in the Red Sox system ranked by Baseball America. (Kelly O’Connor)

Brentz was a two-time Eastern League Player of the Week this season (May 28-June 3, August 20-26), and was the E.L. Player of the Month in May when he hit .388 with five home runs and 11 RBI.

The Red Sox 2011 Offensive Co-Player of the Year, Brentz hit .306 with 30 home runs and 94 RBI last year in his first full professional season. In 2009, he led the NCAA in batting (.465), homers (28), slugging percentage (.930), and total bases (214) as the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year.

Like every young player, Brentz has room for growth. In 122 games this year, he struck out 130 times while drawing 40 walks. Although he walked a season-high 15 times in June, he has walked just five times in August.

Brentz adds to a growing list of players the PawSox have siphoned away from the Sea Dogs over the last week (Jeremy Hazelbaker, Brock Huntzinger, and Ryan Dent). In game one of Thursday’s doubleheader in Georgia, Brentz is batting sixth and playing right field.



Huntzinger Joins PawSox in Georgia

The late August promotions to Triple-A continue with right-handed reliever Brock Huntzinger getting his first call-up to Pawtucket. This has been a year of transition for Huntzinger who, after being a starter for his entire pro career, has been pitching out of the Sea Dogs’ bullpen since April 27.

The Red Sox third round selection in 2007, Huntzinger struggled over his first four starts this season where, in 15 2/3 innings, he allowed 19 runs (16 earned) without allowing a homer. Reports from Portland were that he wasn’t throwing that hard and was replying on two pitches (mainly his fastball and slider).

Huntzinger put together his best month as a reliever this June, going 1-0, 1.80 ERA (3 ER/15.0 IP) with two saves. (Kelly O’Connor)

However, since moving to the ‘pen in late April, he has shown increased velocity and improved command. Now throwing in the mid-90s and topping at 94 mph, Huntzinger has gone 4-1, 2.44 ERA as a reliever with 18 walks and 43 strikeouts over 34 appearances. He has not allowed an inherited runner to score all season, is 6-for-8 in save situations, and has nailed down his last four opportunities.

Huntzinger, who was technically added to Pawtucket’s roster Tuesday, becomes the third player called-up from Portland over the last five days. Infielder Ryan Dent joined the PawSox on Saturday while outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker was assigned to Pawtucket on Monday.




Hazelbaker Gets the Call to Pawtucket

With Ryan Kalish recalled to Boston Monday afternoon as David Ortiz once again landed on the disabled list, speedy 6-foot-3 outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker has been called-up to Triple-A Pawtucket for the first time in his career.

Boston’s fourth round pick in 2009, Hazelbaker is in the midst of his best professional season. In 114 games with Double-A Portland, the 25-year-old is batting .273 with 19 home runs and 64 runs batted in (both career highs). Add to those numbers 33 stolen bases — good for second-most in the Red Sox minor league system (Garin Cecchini, Single-A Greenville, 46).

At the time of his promotion, Hazelbaker was riding a 10-game hitting streak (17-for-46) with the Sea Dogs while batting .360 during August. From July 28 to August 15, Hazelbaker put together a Portland-best 13-game hitting streak where he hit .400 (20-for-50).

Hazelbaker joins the PawSox after spending parts of two seasons in Double-A (204 games) where he hit .270 with 31 homers and 105 RBI. (Kelly O’Connor)

My good friend, and “Voice of the Sea Dogs,” Mike Antonellis (@seadogsradio) pointed out to me that the Ball State product reached base in 11 straight plate appearances from July 17-18, and set a Portland franchise record with four stolen bases on July 22 at New Hampshire. (Mike’s blog is well worth a vist everyday for the latest on the Sea Dogs.)

After a slow start where he hit just .231 with four home runs over April and May, Hazelbaker has really cranked things up. Since June 1, he is hitting .295 with 15 homers and 50 RBI and is batting nearly the same versus righties as he is lefties (.272/.274).

Although there’s not much left to the regular season, it will be interesting to see how Hazelbaker hits away from Hadlock Field in Portland where he crushed with a .333 average (.203 on the road), and hit 14 of his 19 homers. He also had 30 more runs batted in at home than he did away.

Hazelbaker joins the PawSox in Lawrenceville, Ga. on the last leg of the final road trip of the regular season.