|06.11.16 at 11:01 pm ET|
The Red Sox closed out the MLB draft Saturday by selecting five pitchers in their final 10 picks. Among their final selections was Georgia Southern outfielder Jordan Wren, the son of Red Sox senior vice president of baseball operations Frank Wren. A junior, Wren hit .285 with a .3350 on-base percent this season.
Of the 40 players the Sox selected over the three-day draft, 18 are pitchers (14 right-handed), 10 are infielders, nine are outfielders and three are catchers. Twenty-four are collegians and 16 are high schoolers.
Here are Boston’s final 10 picks.
Round 31: Christian Jones, LHP, Federal Way (Wash.) HS
Round 32: Jeff Belge, LHP, Henninger HS (Syracuse, N.Y.)
Round 33: Chad Hardy, CF, Paris (Texas) JC
Round 34: Aaron McGarity, RHP, Virginia Tech
Round 35: John Rave, CF, Central Catholic HS (Bloomington, Ill.)
Round 36: Jordan Wren, OF, Georgia Southern
Round 37: Carter Aldrete, SS, Monterey (Calif.) HS
Round 38: Austin Bergner, RHP, Windermere (Fla.) Prep
Round 39: Jake Wilson, CF, Nottawasaga Pines Secondary School (Angus, Ontario, Canada)
Round 40: Carter Henry, RHP, Port Neches-Groves HS (Port Neches, Texas)
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|06.11.16 at 9:22 pm ET|
Chili Davis had some interesting comments regarding Xander Bogaerts Saturday afternoon after the shortstop revamped his American League MVP resume once again.
“Ceiling? There is no ceiling,” Davis told the Boston Herald. “Ted Williams hit .400. Why not Bogaerts?
“He’s a great kid. Every pitch, every at-bat, he’s not thinking of all that. He’s just playing. That’s the beautiful thing to watch. He’s not about numbers or average. He’s just out there playing every day.”
Bogaerts is leading the American League in hitting with a .358 batting average after back-to-back four-hit games. He once again put his baserunning acumen on display, with one of the wiliest maneuvers seen in some time. (For more on that, click here.) And he remains certainly an above-average defender at one of the Top 3 most important positions on the diamond.
So, about that ceiling, and, more specifically, that notion that Bogaerts could approach .400.
Coincidentally, Ted Williams was relatively the same age as Bogaerts when he became the last player to hit .400 in 1941. At this point in the season (June 11), Williams was hitting .416 with 182 plate appearances. The lowest he would get was .393 on July 19.
|06.11.16 at 5:55 pm ET|
Xander Bogaerts is playing like an MVP. Want proof? Rewind the last two Red Sox wins.
After notching four hits (including a key three-run home run) Friday night, Bogaerts repeated his offensive output, while making the play of the game in the Sox’ 15-4 win over the Twins on Saturday afternoon.
And even though Bogaerts came away with four hits for a second straight day, his most memorable moment at Target Field had nothing to do with his bat.
With the score tied at 4, nobody out and Bogaerts standing at first base, David Ortiz hit what appeared to a double-play ball into the second base spot. But the Red Sox shortstop saw that he would be able to beat the throw to second, and that nobody would be covering third due to a shift. So without breaking stride, Bogaerts raced around second and got to third on the fielder’s choice.
The head’s up execution was magnified a batter later when Hanley Ramirez’s fly ball to left proved deep enough to score Bogaerts with the go-ahead run.
And just for good measure, Bogaerts sealed the win thanks to an eighth-inning, two run homer just over the left field wall. It was third hit of the day for the American League’s leading hitter, who is now batting .358. He has lifted his average 18 points during the two games in Minnesota.
|06.11.16 at 3:57 pm ET|
Day 3, and the final day, of the MLB draft is in full swing as it will wrap up with Rounds 11-40.
Earlier they selected in Rounds 11-20 and now here’s is a look at who the Red Sox selected in Rounds 21-30.
Round 21: Beau Capanna, SS, Bishop Gorman HS (Las Vegas)
Round 22: Granger Studdard, OF, Texas State University
Round 23: Juan Carlos Abreu, CF, Winter Springs HS (Casselberry, Florida)
Round 24: Hunter Smith, RHP, UNC Greensboro
Round 25: Francisco Soto, RHP, Allen County CC
Round 26: Jared Oliver, RHP, Truett-McConnell College
Round 27: Vince Arobio, RHP, University of the Pacific
Round 28: Jordan Scheftz, RHP, Saddleback CC
Round 29: Cam Shepherd, SS, Peachtree Ridge HS (Duluth, Ga.)
Round 30: Tyler Fitzgerald, SS, Rochester (Ill.) HS
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|06.11.16 at 1:54 pm ET|
While it isn’t difficult to identify which areas of the roster the Red Sox need heading into the non-waiver trade deadline — with both starting and relief pitching at the top of the list, with the possibility of adding a left-handed-hitting outfielder — John Farrell isn’t ready to enter into the conversation.
The topic came up with reporters prior to the Red Sox’ game against the Twins Saturday at Target Field, with the manager asked about filling in for the left field spot currently vacated by the injured Brock Holt and Blake Swihart.
“We’re looking forward to Brock returning to us and hopefully that’s getting closer. Because he compliments [Chris Young] in left, he gives us so much more flexibility with what his abilities are,” Farrell told the media. “You know, I’m not going to sit here today and say that we need A, B or C definitively. We need to get our players back healthy and those that are here performing to the best of their abilities.”
For the time being, the Red Sox have been getting by without platooning in left field thanks to the emergence of Young.
Young comes into Saturday hitting .292 with a .948 OPS. But what has really made the dynamic work has been the right-handed hitter’s ability to hit righty pitching. Despite going 0-for-5 Friday night, the outfielder is hitting .290 with a 1.034 OPS vs. right-handers since May 24.
“He’s been a key member of this team,” Farrell told reporters when talking about Young. “Both in the clubhouse and in the lineup as we’ve talked about. And you know to his credit, he’s done a good job of staying ready when the at-bats were scarce earlier in the season because we had looked at him as strictly a one-sided guy, a platoon situation. But you know so few left-handed starters, like I said he stayed ready and is now reaping the rewards of that work.”
As for Brock Holt, who has been out May 18 with a concussion, still isn’t ready to return.
|06.11.16 at 1:51 pm ET|
Day 3 of the MLB draft is underway where the Red Sox and the rest of baseball will make selections in Rounds 11-40.
Here is a look at who the Red Sox have selected in Rounds 11-20.
Round 11: Nick Quintana, SS, Arbor View HS (Las Vegas)
Round 12: Matthew Gorst, RHP, Georgia Tech
Round 13: Brady Bramlett, RHP, Ole Miss
Round 14: Robby Sexton, LHP, Wright State
Round 15: Michael Wilson, SS, Colonia (N.J.) HS
Round 16: Alberto Schmidt, C, Colegio Angel David HS (Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico)
Round 17: Nick Sciortino, C, Boston College
Round 18: Trevor Stephan, RHP, Hill JC (Magnolia, Texas)
Round 19: Kyle Hart, LHP, Indiana University
Round 20: Nick Lovullo, SS, Holy Cross
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|06.11.16 at 12:52 pm ET|
Here is a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Friday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (32-29): W, 5-1, vs. Louisville (Reds)
— On Free Tom Brady night at McCoy Stadium, left-hander Roenis Elias was strong once again. Elias went seven shutout innings, scattering five hits, striking out seven and not walking a batter. He’s making a strong case to get the start for the Red Sox on June 18 as in his last two starts he’s allowed just one run over 16 innings, while striking out 15.
— Pat Light tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning with two strikeouts. He hasn’t allowed an earned run in his last six appearances.
— At the plate, every PawSox starter had a hit except for lead off man Jose Vinicio. Catcher Dan Butler paced the offense with two hits, including a double.
— Outfielder Bryce Brentz seems to have found something at the plate. He went 1-for-4 with a double and is hitting .291 with Pawtucket this season.
|06.11.16 at 11:31 am ET|
After a solid first outing in which he gave up two runs over six innings, Rodriguez struggled against the Blue Jays, surrendering five runs over five frames in his last outing.
A small difference in the Red Sox’ approach as Rodriguez takes on the Twins Saturday will be Sandy Leon getting the start at catcher.
Here is the Red Sox lineup with righty Kyle Gibson on the mound for Minnesota:
Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Hanle Ramirez 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Chris Young LF
Travis Shaw 3B
Sandy Leon C
|06.11.16 at 9:12 am ET|
In the middle game of Red Sox-Twins series on Saturday afternoon, the Red Sox will turn to Eduardo Rodriguez, while the Twins will send right-hander Kyle Gibson to the hill.
In two starts this season Rodriguez is 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.114 WHIP. Rodriguez has only made two starts this season because of a knee injury that he suffered during spring training. Before rejoining the Sox, Rodriguez made five rehab starts in Triple-A Pawtucket.
In his first start back in the big leagues on May 31 against the Orioles, Rodriguez pitched six quality innings, giving up only two runs on six hits with no walks and three strikeouts. The long ball plagued Rodriguez in last start against the Blue Jays on Sunday. Rodriguez pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving up five runs, four hits — all home runs — and three walks with no strikeouts in a 5-4 loss.
“I feel like I missed the spot all four times — two with a changeup, two with a heater,” Rodriguez said of the home runs. “The [Russell] Martin one was right in the middle. The third one, I feel like it was a good pitch. He just put a pretty good swing on it. That’s the whole thing — I just missed sports four times.”
E-Rod made his only career start against the Twins last June. He pitched seven innings, giving up only one run, two hits and two walks while recording seven strikeouts in a 6-3 Red Sox win. Saturday’s start will be the 23-year-old left-hander’s first at Target Field.
|06.10.16 at 11:10 pm ET|
Xander Bogaerts and Steven Wright aren’t exactly slowing down. And this time the duo’s 2016 momentum paved the way for an 8-1 Red Sox win over the Twins Friday night.
Bogaerts, who came into the series opener as the American League’s leading hitter, carried the Red Sox offense with four hits. It was the third plate appearance, however, that made the biggest impact, launching a two-out, three-run homer over the left field wall in the fifth inning.
Bogaerts’ seventh homer of the season — matching his 2015 output — broke a scoreless tie and gave the Sox all the offense they would need. It was the shortstop’s 11th game of three or more hits, the most in the majors, and the eighth time in his career he has claimed four hits in a game.
As for Wright, he returned to the same dominant form he’s possessed for most of the season, particularly on the road.
After having to grind through five innings against Toronto in his last outing, giving up three runs, Wright managed a 7 1/3-inning gem, giving up just one unearned run.
The righty lowered his ERA to 2.09 (lowest in the American League) with the performance, while watching his road ERA dive to an unbelievable 1.50 ERA in seven outings away from Fenway Park. It was the 10th time Wright has pitched at least six innings.
With the win, and Baltimore’s loss to Toronto, the Red Sox climb back to within a game of first-place in the American League East.
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