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Red Sox minor league roundup: Andrew Miller progresses, and a forgotten prospect shows signs

04.10.12 at 11:39 am ET
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We’re going to try a new feature, with a quick daily look at noteworthy performances by prospects throughout the Red Sox farm system. In large part, the focus will be on individual players rather than the minor league affiliates. For more details on team performances, the invaluable soxprospects.com remains the place to get a daily Cup of Coffee:

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE: 4-3 LOSS VS. HICKORY (RANGERS)

Andrew Miller delivered his second scoreless appearance of a rehab assignment with Single-A Greenville, tossing a scoreless inning. After the game, the left-hander told reporters that he expected his next rehab assignment to come for Triple-A Pawtucket, likely on Thursday.

– Third baseman David Renfroe, a second-round pick signed to a $1.4 million bonus in 2009, continued his excellent start in Single-A Greenville by going 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles. He now has five extra-base hits (four doubles and a homer) in as many games. After striking out in 30 percent of his career at-bats entering the year, he has yet to strike out this year.

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS: 8-3 LOSS AT TRENTON (YANKEES)

– The Sea Dogs are 0-5, the worst start in franchise history.

– Catcher Dan Butler, who made a tremendously favorable impression as a non-roster invitee to the Red Sox’ big league camp in spring training, collected his first two hits of the year, going 2-for-4 with a homer.

– Outfielder Bryce Brentz, who had gone 0-for-9 with six strikeouts in the previous two games, went 1-for-4 with a single and his first Double-A walk (against eight strikeouts).

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX: 1-0 LOSS VS. LEHIGH VALLEY (PHILLIES)

– The PawSox pitching staff has a 1.54 ERA to date, lowest in the International League. But despite a .351 OBP (second in the International League), the team is scoring just 2.2 runs per game, the lowest yield in the league.

– Right-hander Junichi Tazawa allowed three hits (all singles) in two scoreless innings while striking out one. That’s four scoreless innings so far for him in Pawtucket.

– Right-hander Clayton Mortensen made his debut for the PawSox, tossing a pair of shutout innings and allowing one hit.

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX: OFF

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An awesome homage to the joy of watching minor league baseball by Baseball Prospectus guest writer Ian Miller

– PawSox broadcaster Aaron Goldsmith talked to Triple-A pitcher Aaron Cook about where he stands in his efforts to impact the Sox

– PawSox right-hander Justin Germano received a remarkable education from a Hall of Famer, notes Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal

– Lehigh Valley manager Ryne Sandberg, unsurprisingly, loves Dustin Pedroia, notes Kevin Pereira

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