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Alex Wilson Moves to the Bullpen

In a move that was just announced today, the Red Sox have sent right-handed pitching prospect Alex Wilson to the bullpen and have replaced him in the Pawtucket rotation with Brandon Duckworth.

Wilson, Boston’s 2nd round pick in 2009, entered this season as the Red Sox No. 11 overall prospect – their No. 3 pitching prospect. Judging by the needs of the Red Sox, moving Wilson to the bullpen seems like a logical move, and it’s something that the right-hander is embracing.

“The way I look at it is an opportunity right now. I talked with [Red Sox] management and they said that’s where they’d like to see me. I’m going to take the opportunity and run with it.”

Wilson has made 68 professional appearances over four seasons - all have been starts. Lifetime in the minors he is 17-11 with a 3.84 ERA. (Ken Babbitt)

Working out of a relief role is not entirely new to Wilson. In his final season with Texas A&M, he appeared primarily out of the bullpen.

“Outside of my first eight games which were starts, I came out of the ‘pen and had some real good success,” Wilson said. “I’m not that far removed from it, I’ll be able to remember after a game or two what to do.”

Aside from now needing to be ready to pitch almost any day, Alex told me that this won’t change the way he commands the game on the mound.

“My stuff is going to play the same. I’m still going to come at hitters and challenge them the whole way.”

We could get a look at Wilson’s first-career relief appearance tonight as the PawSox open a brief two-game series with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre from McCoy Stadium. First pitch is set for 6:15, we’ll be on-air with the pre-game show at 6:00.

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

Andrew Miller Talks About Rehab with PawSox

After two successful rehab outings with Single-A Greenville, Red Sox pitcher Andrew Miller is now in Rochester with the PawSox and will pitch in tonight’s 7:05 game versus the Red Wings. At this time, it’s not known if Miller will start tonight’s game or pitch out of the bullpen, but we do know that he should pitch two innings (35-40 pitches).

Miller, who becomes the first lefty of the year for Pawtucket, feels good about how is rehabilitation is coming along. “A lot of it is letting it heal and fix itself. Then you have to rebuild the strength and stamina. I think we’re pretty much there, I’m just here to test it out and make sure it’s right.”

How close is he to being fully recovered and ready to join the Red Sox? “I’m very close. I’m about as close as you can get. I feel like I’m going 100% on the mound, I think they just want to keep making sure – we’ll know here shortly.”

You can listen to my interview with Andrew by using the embedded audio player above. We hit the air tonight with our pre-game coverage at 6:50, first pitch is 15 minutes later.

Talk with you then,

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

A Broadcaster’s Reading List

Every baseball broadcaster needs certain books  in order to survive the season. In the last 48 hours, I’ve had virtually everything on my in-season reading list arrive on my desk here at McCoy Stadium. Here are the books I make sure to have with me during each game:

Red Sox Media Guide

This has everything I need on the Red Sox and their minor leaguers.

PawSox Media Guide

Produced in-house, this 226 page book has all of our club’s history, stats, and player bios.

Baseball America Prospect Handbook

This awesome book breaks down the top 30  prospects in every farm system.

Broadcaster’s Scorebook

This is my favorite. I’ll score all 144 games in this 330 page book where I keep track of every at-bat of the season.

International League Media Guide

Produced by the league office, this has statistical information on the I.L. along with interesting league history.

PawSox Official Program

Although I won’t use this as much as the Media Guide, our graphics department did a great job with our program – it’s only $3.00!

Hunger Games

Maybe this is a stretch, but I’ll be seeing the movie Saturday night with my wife, Heather. Our last date night before the season starts.

Hard to imagine, but this will be our last weekend without PawSox baseball until September. Wouldn’t you know it, we’re supposed to get snow tomorrow! That might not be the worst thing in the world – I have some reading to get caught up on.

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

PHOTOS: Red Sox vs. Yankees at JetBlue Park

Well before Bobby Valentine created a stir by saying he was upset by Joe Giradi’s decision to end Thursday night’s game in a 4-4 tie, it was a circus at JetBlue Park for one reason: Terry Francona.

The former Red Sox manager was part of the ESPN broadcast team covering the game and the media went crazy over Tito’s return to Red Sox Spring Training.  Below are some pics I took throughout the day.

Every reporter in the house wanted to talk with Tito before the game.

Francona looked like he enjoyed seeing some familiar faces from the Boson media. 

Bobby Valentine talking with David Ortiz during batting practice.

PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler throwing BP before the game.

The view of batting practice from the dugout.

A single Rawlings MLB baseball on the MLB.com Shop costs $16.99. Maybe this is why parking at Fenway costs so much?

Red Sox super-shortstop-prospect Jose Iglesias taking some infield during batting practice.

Bobby Valentine chatting with Dan Schulman and Orel Hershiser of ESPN. Buster Olney is sitting to the left.

This was taken about two hours before first pitch. Gates open at JetBlue Park 90 minutes prior to the start of the game. One security guard told me that there were people who camped out overnight!

This was a real thrill for me to be able to see these three great broadcasters: Joe Castiglione, the “Voice of the Red Sox,” Don Orsillo, the TV voice of the Red Sox on NESN, and all the way at the end is Dan Schulman of ESPN Sunday Night Baseball.

The Monstah.

There is seating on top of the Monster and in the Monster.  You can’t see it well in this picture, but there is netting in front of the seats in the Monster to protect the fans.

Pesky’s Pole in right field already getting some signatures.

The view from on top of the Green Monster. 

Today I’m off to the Twins’ complex for a 1:00 first pitch between Pawtucket and Rochester with my good friend and “Voice of the Portland Sea Dogs,” Mike Antonellis. More on today’s game coming later tonight.

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

“Futures at Fenway” to Feature PawSox, Spinners

Mike and I minutes before going on-air at the "Futures at Fenway" game in 2009 when Portland beat Bowie.

I’ll always remember August 8, 2009, the date of the Futures at Fenway game the year I was the No. 2 broadcaster for the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs.

When I first started in this business back in 2007, I knew that there was a chance that I could spend my entire professional career broadcasting baseball and never have the opportunity to call a game from a major league ballpark. Although it wasn’t a major league game, Mike Antonellis and I were able to broadcast a Sea Dogs’ game from Fenway Park on that perfect Saturday afternoon from Fenway.  It remains the biggest thrill of my career, and being able to share it with my great friend Mike was the only thing that could have made it even better.

Not only was it my first time broadcasting a game from a big league park, as a kid from St. Louis, it was my first time inside Fenway Park (needless to say, the second time wasn’t quite as cool, but still great).

Because of the fantastic memories I have from that afternoon, I’m thrilled to know that this year I’ll once again be able to broadcast from Fenway – this time as a member of the PawSox.  The Red Sox formally announced this morning that the PawSox and short-season Lowell Spinners have been selected as the two teams to participate in this year’s Futures at Fenway.

Paws entertaining some fans on top of the dugout at Fenway Park during last year's "Futures at Fenway" game. (familyfriendlyboston.com)

The seventh annual minor league doubleheader will be held on Saturday, August 18. The Spinners will make their fifth overall appearance at Futures at Fenway, taking on the Hudson Valley Renegades, the short-season affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, at 1:05pm. Game two will feature the PawSox, also making their fifth Futures at Fenway appearance, as they face off against the Buffalo Bisons, the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets.

While this great event is a thrill for the players and broadcasters, one of the biggest beneficiaries is the fans, many of whom will have the opportunity to enjoy seating locations they may have never before had the chance to experience. For the sixth consecutive year, tickets will start as low as $5.00 (for Bleacher seats) and range up to just $30.00 (for Green Monster Seats, Dugout Seats, the EMC Club and the State Street Pavilion Club). In addition, discounted concession items will be available for fans attending the games. Maybe the best part is that one ticket gets you into both games.

Tickets go on sale to the general public starting Saturday, March 17. Fans can visit www.redsox.com/futures or call (877) REDSOX-9 beginning at 10:00 a.m.

In case you’re curious, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino originally approached the Red Sox seven years ago with the idea to host minor league games at Fenway Park. Although records are incomplete, the Futures at Fenway games in 2006 are believed to be the first minor league games played at Fenway Park since the 1977 Eastern League All-Star Game. The last known regular season minor league game played at Fenway had been a 1966 Eastern League contest between Pittsfield (Red Sox) and Pawtucket (Indians).

My calendar is marked, hope yours is, too.

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

The “Other” Chris Carpenter

Chris Carpenter @CCarp37

Want to thank the cubs organization for the very memorable 4 years, met alot of great people. Will never forget you guys.

That being said couldnt be more happy to join the Boston Red Sox. Very excited to get down to Florida and get back to work! #redsoxnation

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Carpenter moves from one great baseball town to another (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Carpenter moves from one great baseball town to another (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

These are the first public words (on Twitter) of former Chicago Cubs’ prospect, and now current Boston Red Sox prospect, Chris Carpenter.  No, he’s not the one from New Hampshire who just won the World Series with St. Louis Cardinals.  He’s the “other” Chris Carpenter.  The one drafted in the 3rd round of the 2008 draft out of Bryan, Oh. by the Chicago Cubs.  He’s also the final piece of the deal that involved the Red Sox, Chicago CubsTheo Epstein, and fried chicken.

Baseball America ranked him as the No. 6 overall prospect in Chicago’s farm system a year ago and had this to say about him:

“Carpenter profiles as a No. 3 starter or set-up man. Pitching out of the rotation, he works at 91-96 mph with his fastball, which has good life for a four-seamer. In relief in the [Arizona Fall League] he pitched at 94-99 mph and touched 101 in the Rising Stars Game. His low-80s breaking ball is a solid slider with bite at times and more slurvy at others. His changeup has deception and fade but probably won’t ever be more than his third pitch. Carpenter still is figuring out control and command, as he runs into problems with walks and gets hit more than someone with his fastball should. He needs to do a better job of controlling the running game after giving up 23 steals in 29 attempts last year. He works diligently to stay healthy.”

Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com quoted ESPN’s Keith Law as saying Carpenter has “tremendous arm.”

Carpenter, who played his college ball for the Golden Flashes of Kent State, spent part of his 2007 summer on the Cape when he suited up for the Chatham A’s.  Unfortunately, after suffering pain and inflamation in his throwing elbow/forearm, Carpenter was shut down.

To make room for Carpenter on the 40-man roster, the Red Sox placed right-handed pitcher Bobby Jenks on the 60-day disabled list as he recovers from back surgery.

Carpenter, 26, made his Major League debut with Chicago in 2011 and posted a 2.79 ERA (3 ER/9.2 IP) over his 10 games with the Cubs, all out of the bullpen. He limited left-handed batters to a .143 average (2-for-14) and held opponents scoreless in eight of 10 outings. The right-hander also combined for 32 relief appearances between Chicago’s Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa clubs last year, going 3-4 with two saves and a 5.91 ERA (28 ER/42.2 IP) between the two stops.

The righty led all Cubs minor leaguers with a 2.82 ERA (41 ER/130.2 IP) in 2009 and was named an Arizona Fall League Rising Star in 2010.

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

New Hope Starts Today

Jarrod Saltalamacchia and the rest of the Red Sox couldn’t believe the post-season escaped them with their loss in Baltimore and the Rays’ win over the Yankees on the same night. (AP)

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
146 days ago

That’s when the picture above was taken.  The picture which sums up how every Red Sox fan felt that night and for the subsequent months, until today.  All the frustration, anger, and disbelief can now be exchanged for hope, excitement, and expectation.

The Boston Red Sox open camp at Fenway South, the team’s new 106-acre Spring Training and Player Development Complex, today when 34 pitchers and six catchers will participate in the team’s first official workout.

All workouts from February 21-March 2 will take place at the Fenway South Player Development Complex.  On most days the workouts will begin at approximately 9:30 a.m.

The team’s first full-squad workout is scheduled for Saturday, February 25. The Red Sox will have 64 players in Major League camp with 13 infielders and 11 outfielders joining the pitchers and catchers.

Gordon Edes (@GordonEdes) of ESPNBoston.com is there in Ft. Myers and posted the picture below on Twitter this morning of the opening moments of the first workout of 2012.  He’s a must-follow if you’re a Sox fan with a Twitter account.

On a separate note, Thanks to some new followers of the blog: kaharmon41nelkap4katsie1, and george.reed.  If you’d like to join the most exclusive email subscription list in all of the blogosphere, just add your email address in the top-right corner of this page.

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmtih@pawsox.com

 

PawSox 2012 Coaching Staff

Over the weekend the Boston Red Sox formally announced their 2012 minor league coaching staff.  The Sox have added three new individuals for assignment in the 2012 field staff alignment, most notably Gerald Perry as the hitting coach here in Pawtucket.

In a situation that resembles Terry Francona and Bobby Valentine switching offices, Perry is part of an identical exchange with Chili Davis.  

Perry, the Oakland A’s hitting coach in 2011, was not resigned at the end of the season and was thus on the open market.  Who did Oakland replace him with?  2011 PawSox hitting coach, Chili Davis.  Who replaces Davis in Pawtucket?  Gerald Perry, of course.

And around and around we go.

The new job for Davis reunites him with former San Francisco Giants teammate, and current Oakland manager, Bob Melvin.   A three-time All-Star, Davis had a career batting average of .274, while belting 350 home runs and batted in 1,372 runs.  Despite a 19-year major league career, the Jamaican-born 52-year-old is relatively inexperienced as a coach:

2003-04: Australian National Team Hitting Coach
2010: Dodgers’ Instructional League Hitting Coach
2011: PawSox Hitting Coach

Perry is a familiar face around McCoy Stadium, previously spending four seasons in the Boston organization as a minor league hitting coach with Single-A Michigan (1997) and Pawtucket (1998 and 2010), and was the club’s minor league hitting coordinator in 1999.

 

Perry enters his 29th season in professional baseball after being selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 11th Round of the 1978 draft.  A 13-year major leaguer and 1988 National League All-Star, Perry’s career was spent predominately at first base.  The video above is Perry with our very own Steve Hyder at Media Day in 2010.  Below is the complete minor league field staff list for this upcoming season.  -AG

Pawtucket (Triple-A, International League)
Manager: Arnie Beyeler
Pitching Coach: Rich Sauveur
Hitting Coach:
Gerald Perry
Athletic Trainer: Jon Jochim

Portland (Double-A, Eastern League)
Manager:
Kevin Boles
Pitching Coach:
Bob Kipper
Hitting Coach:
Dave Joppie
Athletic Trainer:
Brandon Henry - Begins his first year with Portland after spending the last two seasons as athletic trainer for Salem. He enters his sixth season with the organization having also served as athletic trainer for Greenville (2009) and Lowell (2008-07).

Salem (High-A, Carolina League)
Manager:
Billy McMillon - Will serve as Salem’s manager after skippering at Greenville from 2010-11. He led the Drive to the South Atlantic League Championship Series in his 2010 managerial debut.
Pitching Coach: Kevin Walker
Hitting Coach:
Rich Gedman - Joins Salem after serving last season as hitting coach for Lowell in his first coaching position in affiliated ball.
Athletic Trainer: David Herrera - Moves to Salem from Greenville, where he was the Drive’s athletic trainer from 2010-11. He also held that position for Lowell (2009) and the GCL Red Sox (2008).

Greenville (Single-A, South Atlantic League)
Manager:
Carlos Febles - Moves to Greenville after making his managerial debut with Lowell in 2011. He was Salem’s hitting coach from 2009-10 and held the same role for Single-A Lancaster in 2008.
Pitching Coach: Dick Such
Hitting Coach:
Darren Fenster – Joins Greenville in his affiliated coaching debut after spending six seasons on the Rutgers University baseball staff, including three as an assistant coach (2009-11). He also served as an assistant coach for the Cape Cod Baseball League’s Orleans Cardinals in 2008. Selected by Kansas City in the 12th round of the 2000 First-Year Player Draft, Fenster spent five seasons in the Royals minor league system and was named a Carolina League All-Star in 2002 and 2004.
Athletic Trainer: Mauricio Elizondo - Enters his fifth season in the Red Sox organization and his first as athletic trainer with Greenville. He previously served as athletic trainer for Lowell (2010-11) after joining the system as an intern with the GCL Red Sox (2008-09).

Lowell (Short-A, New York-Penn League)
Manager: Bruce Crabbe - Returns to Lowell after serving as Salem’s manager in 2011. This will be his third season at the helm of the Spinners (also 2006 and 2010).
Pitching Coach: Paul Abbott
Hitting Coach: Nelson Paulino - Joins Lowell as hitting coach after serving in the same capacity for the Dominican Summer League Red Sox over five seasons from 2001-02 and 2008-11.
Athletic Trainer: TBA

Gulf Coast (Rookie, Gulf Coast League)
Manager:
George Lombard
Pitching Coach:
Goose Gregson
Pitching Coach:
Walter Miranda
Coach:
Dave Tomlin
Hitting Coach:
U.L. Washington
Coach:
Noah Hall - Makes his coaching debut after playing parts of 13 seasons as an outfielder in affiliated minor league baseball from 1996-2009. He also played parts of five seasons in independent leagues (2001, 2007 and 2009-11).

PHOTOS: Boston Baseball Writers Dinner

I had the rare fortune to spend last night with countless other Red Sox fans eager for 2012 at the 73rd annual Boston Baseball Writers Dinner at the Westin Copley Place Hotel in Boston.  Nine other PawSox front office members joined me for what was a fun night with great people all eager for baseball.  As you can see, I even made a new friend.

One of the highlights of the night for me came when I got to  talk one-on-one with the program’s emcee, ESPN’s Karl Revech.  Originally from Needham, Ma., Karl was a pleasure to talk with and had great respect for the PawSox.

Below are some pics I took throughout the night:

We had a great view from Table No. 18 only a few rows back.

Red Sox GM Ben Cherington, manager Bobby Valentine, David Ortiz, and Josh Reddick.

Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, PawSox catcher Ryan Lavarnway, former PawSox pitcher Tommy Hottovy (now with the Kansas City Royals).

Ravech did a terrific job as emcee with the perfect blend of humor and history.

Ortiz accepted the Tim Wakefield Award for his work with children both in Boston and his native Santo Domingo.

Saltalamacchia was given the Good Guy Award. An honor given in memory of the late Tommy McCarthy, a long-time Red Sox press steward. Friendly and cooperative with the press, Salty fits the description of a “good guy” in every way.

The Red Sox Minor League Player of the Year award was given to PawSox catcher Ryan Lavarnway. Between Portland and Pawtucket, the Yale product combined to hit .290 with 32 home runs and 93 RBIs in 2011.

The Ben Mondor Award, close to the hearts of all PawSox fans, went to John McDonald. This honor is given the the New England Player of the Year. A Providence College alum, McDonald played in 84 games last season between the Blur Jays and Diamondbacks.

A Special Achievement Award was given to Red Sox great Jim Lonborg. He was the ace of the staff during his magical 1967 season where he finished 22-9, 3.16 ERA and won the Cy Young. Of almost equal importance, he was my wife’s childhood dentist (no joke).

Despite recently being traded to Oakland, former PawSox Josh Reddick took home the Red Sox Rookie of the Year Award. He ended 2011 with a .280 average, 18 doubles, three triples, seven home runs, and 28 RBIs. Fun fact: this award was first given out after the 1939 season to another left-handed hitting outfielder, Ted Williams.

Hottovy walked away with the Lou Gorman Award and was a perfect choice for his dedication and perseverance in overcoming career obstacles. On June 3rd, a month short of his 30th birthday, he pitched his first major league game for the Red Sox. Tommy is great guy who was recently signed by the Royals.

Let’s get to the important part of the night: the food. Chicken thigh with potatoes and carrots were served.

My thanks to the PawSox for treating me to such a fantastic event. Baseball will be here before we know it.

-AG

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