Red Sox Minor League Roundup: Another career milestone for Jose Iglesias, while Alex Hassan keeps tearing it up
|05.05.12 at 3:18 pm ET|
On Thursday, Jose Iglesias tied a career high by reaching base four times in a game. On Friday, he did something without precedent in his previous 194 minor league games.
Iglesias went 2-for-4 with a double to center and a triple to right. It marked the first time that in his career that he has delivered multiple extra-base hits in a game. In his last three games, he is 6-for-11 with a pair of walks and the two extra-base hits. It does not mean that Iglesias is suddenly ready to blossom into an offensive star, but it is a reminder that he is capable of hot streaks in which his outstanding hand-eye coordination permit him to make consistent hard contact.
Overall, his approach shows notable progress this year, both with the fact that he’s driving the ball on a line and in the air and in the fact that he has walked 10 times and struck out just 16. The ratio of 1.6 strikeouts per walk is a drastic alteration from his prior two professional years, in which he strike out at twice that rate (3.2 strikeouts per walk).
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– After he went 0-for-17 in his first six games of the year, Alex Hassan has been among the best hitters in the International League. In his last 16 games, the 24-year-old is hitting .358 with a .469 OBP, .528 slugging mark and .997 OPS after going 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and a walk on Friday.
– Andrew Miller tossed a scoreless inning of relief, walking one and striking out one. Though his ERA stands at 5.73 in 10 appearances, opponents are hitting just .105 against the left-hander. His 30-day rehab clock runs out on May 6, and so the Red Sox must soon decide what to do with the lanky lefty.
– Right-hander Alex Wilson had his strongest relief appearance to date. In his fourth appearance since being shifted to relief, he made his first multi-innings appearance, tossing two shutout innings while punching out three. He walked two and allowed a single.
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– In his first 20 games in Double-A, Bryce Brentz had three extra-base hits. But, the 23-year-old is amidst a five-game hitting streak in which he has four doubles after going 7-for-19. That stretch was sandwiched around a four-day span in which he was sidelined by a heel injury, something that currently has Brentz serving as a designated hitter.
– Oscar Tejeda continued his power surge, going 1-for-4 with a homer and two runs batted in. He now has five extra-base hits (3 doubles, 2 homers) in his last five games, boosting his slugging percentage from .345 to .438 in the stretch.
– Kolbrin Vitek had his fourth straight two-hit game, going 2-for-4 to boost his average on the year to .291, raising his average by 33 points in that span. His stat line to date in 2012 (.291/.339/.373/.712) looks quite similar to the one he amassed in 2011 in High-A Salem (.281/.350/.372/.722).
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– Jackie Bradley Jr. offered more of the same, reaching base three times in five plate appearances while going 2-for-3 with a walk and sac fly. He is hitting .370/.475/.543/1.018.
– After tossing 1 2/3 shutout innings on Friday, Marco Duarte — the minor league Rule 5 pick whom the Sox acquired in exchange for Marwin Gonzalez, whom they selected in the major league Rule 5 draft and then immediately traded to the Astros, who held the first pick in the minor league phase of that process — has a 0.75 ERA with nine strikeouts and four walk in 12 innings.
– First baseman Travis Shaw continued to rack up hits, going 3-for-5 to improve his average to .361 with a .415 OBP, .505 slugging mark and .920 OPS. He is third in the Carolina League in average, two points behind Bradley (who ranks second).
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– Garin Cecchini went 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 10 games while swiping his 11th base. He is hitting .277/.340/.362/.702. While he tacked another game onto his hitting streak, his run of four straight games with a double ended, as both of Cecchini’s hits were singles.
– Henry Ramos continued his brief run of hitting the ball with some authority, going 2-for-4 with a double. He is now 5-for-12 with two doubles and a homer in his last three games. On the year, the 20-year-old switch-hitter has dramatic splits in the early going, hitting .353/.371/.588/.960 against lefties and .207/.270/.276/.546 against right-handers.
– Matt Price, who finished last year in Greenville after returning from Tommy John surgery, was suspended 50 games for a violation of the minor league drug prevention and treatment program. More on Price and the suspension here.
– Brendan McGair of the Woonsocket Call checked in with Ryan Kalish on the painstaking slow rehab process that he has found himself caught in for more than a year.
“In the scheme of baseball, it’s probably been the worst year of my life. If you can’t play … I’d rather have a bad season than not be able to play,” he said. “At this point, you just have to have acceptance. If you can accept something, you won’t suffer over it.
“In the beginning I was pretty upset,” Kalish went on. “Right now, everyone is taking the proper steps for me to get back to where I want to be. I’ve accepted that this is where I’m at right now. Hopefully I get the opportunity to help out some team, whether it’s Boston or Pawtucket.”
– Pedro Ciriaco of the PawSox played against his brother, Audy Ciriaco, a Tigers farm hand, and PawSox broadcaster Aaron Goldsmith examined the relationship of the two brothers.
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