|06.08.10 at 10:04 pm ET|
Tim Wakefield rebounded from two straight subpar outings by hurling a gem against the Indians, leading the Red Sox to a 3-2 win, at Progressive Field in Cleveland. Wakefield allowed just two runs on four hits over 7 1/3 innings, striking out six and not walking a batter. (The knuckleballer has now gone 13 1/3 innings without issuing a free pass.)
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE RED SOX
– The Red Sox bullpen came through in a big way. After a Travis Hafner double drove Wakefield from the game with one out in the eighth, Hideki Okajima came on to induce a Trevor Crowe ground out. After walking Shin-Soo Choo after going to a full count, putting the potential go-ahead runner at first, Ramon Ramirez entered and induced an inning-ending line-out to right field off the bat of Austin Kearns to end the threat and preserve Wakefield’s decision. Daniel Bard closed it out, earning the save with a one-hit ninth.
– As if it wasn’t enough that Wakefield pitched one of his best games of the season, but he set a record in the process. After retiring Russell Branyan on a pop up to shortstop Marco Scutaro in the seventh inning, Wakefield passed Roger Clemens for the all-time Red Sox leader for most innings pitched with 2,776 1/3.
– David Ortiz found some optimism in the month of June, earning his third hit of June while snapping his 0-for-17 drought. The single, which was hit sharply to right field, plated Kevin Youkilis with the Sox’ second run.
– Kevin Youkilis had quite a night, going 3-for-4 to raise his average to .324. Youkilis is now hitting .454 for the month (15-for-33). And to cap off his evening, the first baseman notched his second steal of the season (he had seven last year). The Red Sox as a team are now just one steal away from having the fewest swipes in the majors(18), narrowly trailing the Orioles. The Sox also now have steals in four straight games for the first time this season.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE RED SOX
– Adrian Beltre‘s defense has taken a slight turn for the worse. After not making an error for 22 straight games, the Red Sox third baseman has now made three in a matter of the last four contests. Tuesday night the miscue came on a first-inning, two-out grounder off the bat of Jhonny Peralta, allowing Shin-Soo Choo to score the game’s first run.
– Mike Cameron did make a nice running catch on the warning track in the sixth inning on a drive by Trevor Crowe (who opened the door for a three-run fourth inning by the Red Sox after dropping Victor Martinez‘ fly ball). But Cameron did run into some trouble in the first when he dove and missed a sinking liner by Choo, allowing the ball to get behind him and putting the Cleveland outfielder on third.
|06.08.10 at 9:40 pm ET|
The Red Sox took right-handed pitcher Adam Duke in the 16th round of the MLB draft, selecting the Spanish Fork (UT) High School with the 503rd overall pick. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Duke is committed to Oregon State.
The MLB.com scouting report notes that Duke has a “solid fastball and above-average breaking ball” and that his command is “just OK.” Speaking with the Deseret News, Duke said that he is 50-50 on whether he will play pro ball or head to college next year.
“I’m getting pulled both ways,” Duke told the paper. “There are pluses about pro ball, pluses about Oregon State. It’s a win-win situation either way, so I’m not too worried about it.”
|06.08.10 at 8:58 pm ET|
Pope (GA) HS switch-hitting shortstop Stephen Wilkerson was selected by the Red Sox in the 15th round on Tuesday. The 6-foot-1, 169-pound Wilkerson is committed to attend Clemson University for the 2010-2011 academic year. Prior to the draft the Braves were rumored to have targeted the Atlanta area shortstop according to Baseball America, who ranked Wilkerson as the No. 18 prospect in Georgia.
Wilkerson didn’t get off to a great start, hitting .267 on April 1, but he bounced back to post a .308 average on the season. He said prior to the draft that he has been discussed as either a shortstop or second baseman. Wilkerson looks up to Braves great Chipper Jones.
“He has all of the tools,” Pope coach Jeff Rowland told the Marietta Daily Journal. “Those guys look for speed, good defense, solid hitting, strong arms from the position and good decision-making. Steve has all of that. He’s an athlete who was a big part of what we had going here over the last two years. He brings a lot to the table. He was a leader and contributed to our program in a big way. I can see why he’s drawn interest all year from a lot of teams.”
|06.08.10 at 8:28 pm ET|
The Red Sox took lefty hitting Joliet Township HS (IL) catcher Michael Hollenbeck in the 14th round with the 443rd overall pick Tuesday. The 6-foot-2, 205 pound Hollenbeck is committed to play college ball at Illinois State next season.
PerfectGame.org describes Hollenbeck as being a “very advance left handed hitter” who figures to be a “middle of the order run producer at the next level.” The website also calls Hollenbeck a “sound fundamental catcher” who could also play first base in the majors.
“With hard work and development, Mike can become one of the great catchers in college baseball,” Illinois State head coach Mark Kingston said of Hollenbeck. Whether Kingston and Illinois State get their hands on Hollenbeck is now up to the Red Sox.
|06.08.10 at 8:01 pm ET|
The Red Sox continued their string of right-handed pitchers on Tuesday (six of their seven picks in rounds eight through 13) when they selected 6-foot-2, 210 pound Adelphi junior Keith Couch. The Elmont, N.Y. native was a first-team All-Northeast-10 selection in 2010 as he posted a 5-2 record with 2.24 ERA in 13 appearances (10 starts). He led the Panthers with 76.1 innings pitched and 83 strikeouts while recording a .229 opponents batting average.
|06.08.10 at 7:50 pm ET|
According to a baseball source, outfielder Bryce Brentz, whom the Red Sox selected with their second pick of the 2010 draft (No. 36 overall), has informed the team that he will sign for the Major League Baseball recommended slot bonus. The amount of the bonus is approximately $891,000. A year ago, the No. 36 overall pick (college pitcher Aaron Miller) signed for $889,200 with the Dodgers.
While no deal would be complete until a physical takes place, Brentz is expected to head to Boston soon for a physical in order to be ready to start his professional career.
Brentz led the NCAA in homers (28) as a sophomore, before struggling at times while dealing with a hairline fracture (described by some as a high ankle sprain) as a junior. Still, he ended the year hitting 15 homers, and after drafting him on Monday, Sox amateur scouting director Amiel Sawdaye said that Brentz has “light tower power.”
For more on the Sox’ first day of the draft, click here.
|06.08.10 at 7:48 pm ET|
The Red Sox, who are no strangers to taking prospects with promise both on the mound and in the field, selected California Baptist junior Garrett Rau in the twelfth round of the MLB draft. The team took the 6-foot-0, 185-pound Rau, who was announced as a right-handed pitcher, with the 383rd overall pick.
In 16 pitching appearances (10 starts), Rau went 5-1 with a 4.66 ERA. Rau struck out 51 and walked 15 in 56 inning. At the plate, Rau hit .392 with six homers in 237 at-bats for CBU. Before going to CBU, Rau played two years at Ventura College (CA) and excelled offensively, hitting .399.
There is a bit more to Rau than his numbers may tell, however. It was his intention to go pro out of high school, but he went undrafted, which led him to Ventura. From there he was recruited to UCLA but didn’t meet their criteria academically. He then went to Lee University in Cleveland Tenn., but had problems with the coach and transferred to California Baptist before finally getting the call from the Red Sox.
|06.08.10 at 7:22 pm ET|
The Red Sox took Delgado Community College outfielder Lucas LeBlanc in the 11th round with the 353rd overall pick. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound LeBlanc led the Louisiana school with 67 RBI in 57 games in the 2010 season and was a first team All-American for the National Junior College Athletic Association. He is currently committed to LSU for the 2010-2011 academic year.
LeBlanc hit .420 with 17 doubles, 7 triples, and 11 homers for the Dolphins in 2010 while posting a .984 fielding percentage. He majored in general studies in his two years at Delgado. As a member of the New Orleans Boosters of the All-American Amateur Baseball Association last summer he led the team to a National Championship and earned MVP honors.
Check out his swing below.
|06.08.10 at 3:37 pm ET|
The Red Sox selected right-handed pitchers Tyler Barnette and Jacob Dahlstrand in the ninth (293) and tenth rounds (323) of the 2010 MLB draft. From Hickory and Memorial High School, respectively, Barnette and Dahlstrand are the fifth and sixth high school prospects selected by Boston in the first 10 rounds of the draft.
Barnette is listed at 6-3, 190, and features a “developing breaking ball” to go along with his fastball which ranges from the high 80’s to the low 90’s, according to Sox Prospects. Barnette hasn’t mastered control of his curveball yet and relies on his fastball to pound the strike zone.
Dahlstrand, meanwhile, stands at 6-5 and has size that is coveted by scouts. Sox Prospects characterizes Dahlstrand with control issues due to his inconsistency on his release point. He possesses a low 90’s sinker, much like his idol Josh Beckett, while the Red Sox are his favorite team.
|06.08.10 at 3:04 pm ET|
With picks in the sixth (203rd), seventh (233rd), and eighth round (263rd) in the 2010 MLB draft, the Red Sox selected center fielder Kendrick Perkins from La Porte High School, left-handed pitcher Chris Hernandez from Miami, and right-handed pitcher Mathew Price from Virginia Tech.
After drafting three straight college players, Perkins is the fourth straight high school prospect selected by Boston. He’s committed to Texas A&M and is one of the better high school athletes in the draft this year. According to Baseball Beginnings, Perkins possesses three above-average tools with a strong arm and good speed and power. Despite being an inexperienced hitter, his speed makes him a threat on the base paths.
Hernandez is a prospect who received a lot of hype after his phenomenal freshman season at Miami in which he went 11-0 with a 2.72 ERA. This season as a junior, he had an ERA of 3.02 while striking out 95 batters in 89 1/3 innings. Sox Prospects characterizes Hernandez as a strikeout pitcher with velocity in the high 80’s and good command.
After struggling in his freshman season, Price made great strides as a sophomore. He lowered his ERA from 6.90 to 4.95 while improving his record from 3-4 to 7-4. He has three pitches with his fastball ranging from the low to mid 90’s and a curveball and changeup that both need work but could be effective at the next level, according to SB Nation Boston.
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