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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 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.
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).
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.
The PawSox have a variety of roster moves today as they open up a four-game series at McCoy against the Syracuse Chiefs (Nationals):
- Infielder Ryan Dent has been transferred back to Portland. Dent, in his first ever call-up to Triple-A, went 0-for-1 as a pinch hitter.
- Reliever Will Latimer has been received from Portland. The left-hander threw between 90-92 during his recent stay with the PawSox where he went 0-2, 4.50 ERA (4 ER/8.0 IP). His latest outing turned out to be his first career start, allowing one run over four innings on July 12 with the Sea Dogs. Before then, Latimer had made 123 career minor league appearances – all in relief.
- After being optioned to make room in Boston for Clay Buchholz, Mauro Gomez is at McCoy and tonight hits fourth and plays first base.
Taken 62nd overall in the 2007 Draft by the Boston Red Sox, Ryan Dent is now a member of the Pawtucket Red Sox.
The 23-year-old has spent the majority of his professional career at second base, but has also seen significant time at shortstop, with a handfull of games at third base and also the outfield.
The move comes after PawSox shortstop Jose Iglesias fouled a pitch off the inside of his left knee Friday night at McCoy Stadium. Although Iglesias finished the at-bat, he was later taken out of the game resulting in catcher Mike Rivera playing third base for just the third time in his 15 year career.
With Tony Thomas on the disabled list (finger), Andy LaRoche recently dealing with a minor lower back injury, and Pedro Ciriaco thriving in Boston, Pawtucket could use some infield depth. It is worth noting, however, both LaRoche and Iglesias are in the lineup tonight.
In 54 games this season with Double-A Portland, Dent hit .241 with two home runs and 13 runs batted in.
To make room for Dent on the Pawtucket roster, outfielder Ronald Bermudez has been transferred to Portland. The 24-year-old unfortunately spent more time on he disabled list (hamstring) than he did on the field with the PawSox. In 10 games with Pawtucket, Bermudez went hit .190 (4-for-21).