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Lavarnway, Iglesias Among Top I.L. Prospects

With the 2012 season in the books, Baseball America has named their top-20 International League prospects:

1. Matt Harvey, RHP, Buffalo (Mets)
2. Starling Marte, OF, Indianapolis (Pirates)
3. Chris Archer, RHP, Durham (Rays)
4. Julio Teheran, RHP, Gwinnett (Braves)
5. Chris Parmelee, 1B, Rochester (Twins)
6. Ryan Lavarnway, C, Pawtucket (Red Sox)
7. Didi Gregorius, SS, Louisville (Reds)
8. Jacob Turner, RHP, Toledo (Tigers)
9. Jeff Locke, LHP, Indianapolis (Pirates)
10. Tim Beckham, SS, Durham (Rays)
11. Jose Iglesias, SS, Pawtucket (Red Sox)
12. Cory Kluber, RHP, Columbus (Indians)
13. Cody Allen, RHP, Columbus (Indians)
14. Jeurys Famila, RHP, Buffalo (Mets)
15. L.J. Hoes, OF, Norfolk (Orioles)
16. Zach McAllister, RHP, Columbus (Indians)
17. Jennry Mejia, RHP, Buffalo (Mets)
18. Casey Crosby, LHP, Toledo (Tigers)
19. Tyler Cloyd, RHP, Lehigh Valley (Phillies)
20. Christian Garcia, RHP, Syracuse (Nationals)

Not surprisingly, Ryan Lavarnway was the league’s top catching prospect. In 83 games with the PawSox, the 24-year-old hit .295 with eight home runs and 43 runs batted in. In his first full season catching, Lavarnway experienced his most successful month as a professional hitter. In 21 games in July, the Yale product hit .405 with four homers, 10 doubles, and 18 RBI.

In two years, Lavarnway played exactly one season’s worth of games for the PawSox (144) and is a career .295 Triple-A hitter. (Kelly O’Connor)

Lavarnway was called-up to Boston at the start of August and finished the season with the Red Sox. While he struggled with Boston (.157/2 HR/12 RBI/11 BB/41 K/46 Gm), everyone who has seen Lavarnway play in Triple-A knows he has a bright future.

Although it’s hard to imagine a better defensive shortstop in the circuit than Jose Iglesias, the Cuban was the third ranked shortstop in the International League according to Baseball America. Iglesias entered 2012 with plenty to prove about his abilities at the plate. Although there are still some questions about his long term offensive abilities, Iglesias proved that he was capable of being an effective hitter in Triple-A.

One high-ranking scout told be that he couldn't think of a shortstop he saw in 2012 that was better defensively than Iglesias -- and that includes the Major Leagues. (Kelly O'Connor)

One high-ranking scout told be that he couldn’t think of a shortstop he saw in 2012 that was better defensively than Iglesias — and that includes the Major Leagues. (Kelly O’Connor)

The shortstop was hitting a club best .341 over 20 games in May before suffering a lower back injury which sidelined him until the end of June. Before being called-up to Boston, Iglesias hit .329 in August over 19 games and drew a monthly-high nine walks compared to eight strikeouts. Iglesias is not one to hit for extra-bases very often. Of his 94 hits with Pawtucket, 83 were singles. That being said, I’ll be the first to say that there were plenty of times where Jose drove the ball well, but right to an outfielder.

Both of these guys will be solid contributors in Boston in 2013.



Middlebrooks & Anderson Home Runs Nominated

It’s that time of the year for the MiLBY Awards from In the competitive category of “Home Run of the Year,” the PawSox have two nominees: Will Middlebrooks homering in four straight games and Lars Anderson smacking a home run off the video board at McCoy Stadium.

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The PawSox have also been nominated in the following categories:

Not only do the PawSox have five nominations for the MiLBY Awards, but they might be the only minor league team in the county to have been featured on SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays twice. Jason Repko was the No. 1 play for his tumbling catch into the bullpen, while Lars Anderson made the list for his scoreboard busting homer.

Can we count on your vote?



Left: Photo taken of the video board at McCoy Stadium seconds after Anderson’s blast. (Jillian Souza) Right: Will Middlebrooks hit .330 with nine homers and 27 RBI over 24 games with Pawtucket in 2012. (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.



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

PawSox Win the 2012 I.L. Wildcard

It took 142 games to nail down a post-season berth, but who cares.

Saturday night the PawSox shutout the North Division champion Scranton-Wilkes-Barre Yankees, 2-0, and in doing so, won the wild card.

PawSox players celebrating on the field after Saturday night’s won over the Yankees. (Jillian Souza)

As Pawtucket heads back to the Governors’ Cup playoffs for the second straight year, here are some facts, figures, and observations about this 2012 PawSox club:

  • 68 players have played for the PawSox this season — 70 is the franchise record set in both 1995 and 2006 (“so you’re sayin’ there’s a chance”).
  • 21 different players have been promoted to Boston this season (not including 10 called-up from injury rehab).
  • Five players in the Boston’s lineup Saturday night had played for Pawtucket in ’12.
  • Three of the Red Sox five pitchers Saturday had spent time with the PawSox this year.
  • The members PawSox six-man Opening Day rotation are currently spread over four different time zones:
      • Justin Germano: traded to the Cubs on July 19
      • Brandon Duckworth: signed with Japan
      • Doug Mathis: also signed with Japan
      • Alex Wilson: now in the PawSox bullpen
      • Aaron Cook: in Boston’s rotation
      • Ross Ohlendorf: opted out of his contract, signed with the Padres
  • Since August 1, the PawSox have received seven players from Double-A Portland currently on the active roster. They had 23 games of Triple-A experience, combined.
  • Pawtucket has won seven of its last eight games. During that time the PawSox…
      • Rotation has gone 4-1 with a 1.95 ERA (11 ER/50.2 IP) with six quality starts
      • Closers have gone 5-for-5 in save situations
      • Are hitting .271 (overall this year, Columbus leads the league batting .269)
  • Somehow I haven’t mentioned yet some of the position players now in Boston:
      • Mauro Gomez: 2012 International League MVP
      • Will Middlebrooks: We knew he wouldn’t last long
      • Ryan Lavarnway: Hit a league-best .405 in June
      • Pedro Ciriaco: The club’s offensive spark plug and played three positions
      • Jose Iglesias: One scout told me, “the best shortstop in all of baseball.”

The PawSox will host Scranton-Wilkes/Barre in the playoffs on September 5 and 6 in a best-of-five series. The two clubs will then travel to Rochester, Ny. to finish the series at Frontier Field.

A Red Sox vs. Yankees post-season will happen after all.




Gomez Named 2012 International League MVP

After an impressive 100 games with the PawSox, the International League announced Tuesday morning that 27-year-old Mauro Gomez is the league’s 2012 Most Valuable Player and a post-season All-Star (designated hitter).

Despite being called-up to Boston four different times, the first baseman/designated hitter ranks among the league leaders in most offensive categories. Gomez hit .310 (T-3rd) with 34 doubles (T-2nd), 24 homers (T-2nd), and 74 runs batted in (4th). He leads the league with a .589 slugging pct. and 59 extra-base hits, and is 3rd in total bases (228).

Signed by the Red Sox as a free agent last February after hitting .304 with 24 home runs and 90 runs batted in for the Gwinnett Braves in 2011, Gomez, a native of the Dominican Republic, made his Major League debut with Boston this May and, in 14 games with the Red Sox, is batting .292 with one homer and six runs batted.

In his two seasons in Triple-A, Gomez has hit .307 with 48 homers, 68 doubles, and 164 RBI. (Kelly O’Connor)

Gomez becomes the seventh player in franchise history to win International League’s Most Valuable Player award and joins shortstop Jose Iglesias and catcher Ryan Lavarnway as post-season All-Stars.

This is the first time since 2008 that the PawSox have had a post-season All-Star selection. In 2008, first baseman Jeff Bailey won the MVP, while second baseman Joe Thurston, outfielder Chris Carter, and right-hander Charlie Zink where all post-season All-Stars.

I’m thrilled for Gomez who always seemed to bring a smile — and a big bat — to the ballpark.



PawSox Roster Moves – August 21, 2012

The PawSox have the following roster moves before Tuesday night’s game against Rochester:

  • First baseman Reynaldo Rodriguez has been placed on the seven-day disabled list with a broken left hand. The 26-year-old was hit on the hand by a pitch on August 14 against Scranton-Wilkes/Barre and has not played since. In 12 games with Pawtucket, Rodriguez is hitting .186 with three doubles and four runs batted in. He has come up feet shy of his first Triple-A home run on a number of occasions.
  • Rehabbing outfielder Daniel Nava (wrist) has been recalled by the Red Sox. In his two rehab efforts with the PawSox, Nava finished 1-for-4 with two walks and a homer. In 65 games with Boston this year, the switch-hitter is batting .251 with four home runs, 27 RBI, and a .373 OBP.

In other news, Jose Iglesias and J.C. Linares remain out of the PawSox lineup Tuesday night. Iglesias, who has a bruise on his leg, fielded some pop flys earlier Tuesday before participating in batting practice. Linares, hit on the thumb and bicep by a pitch, remains day-to-day, as well.



In 90 games with Double-A Portland, Rodriguez hit 16 homers, 27 doubles, and drove in 49 runs. (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.”

Like he did here, here, and here.