Red Sox Minor League Roundup: Brandon Jacobs ends the drought, Blake Swihart on a roll, Boss Moanaroa is … boss
|06.02.12 at 10:15 am ET|
A roundup of Friday’s rain-impaired activity in the Red Sox system…
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX: RAINED OUT AT LEHIGH VALLEY (PHILLIES)
– Jose Iglesias was placed on the seven-day DL due to the ongoing stiffness in his lower back. He was examined on Thursday in Boston, and while that exam revealed no change in the diagnosis, the fact that he will be sidelined for a few more days convinced the Sox to put him on the DL, backdated to May 26.
– Right-hander Mark Prior was assigned out of extended spring training to Triple-A Pawtucket. The 31-year-old, who has not pitched since 2006, pitched in the Yankees’ system last summer, appearing in 11 games in which he struck out 15 and walked four in 12 innings while forging a 2.25 ERA.
DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS: RAINED OUT AT ALTOONA (PIRATES)
– Left-hander Drake Britton was promoted to Double-A Portland after a seven-start stretch in which he had a 2.76 ERA with 36 strikeouts and 15 walks in 32 2/3 innings. For more on Britton, who was described by former Salem teammate Matt Barnes as having “stuff too good to be hit,” click here.
HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX: 12-4 WIN VS. MYRTLE BEACH (RANGERS)
– Brandon Jacobs, in his second game back from a disabled list stint following a hand contusion, hit his first homer since April 12, ending a 28-game drought. It was part of a 2-for-5 night for Jacobs, who pushed his average back over .300 and now has a season line of .301/.344/.425/.769.
– Sean Coyle had his first multi-hit game since May 16, going 2-for-4 with a double and walk. From May 17-31, he’d been mired in a .106/.160/.170/.330 slump, with his average being the worst in the Carolina League over that stretch.
– For the second straight game, Jackie Bradley Jr. had two doubles, and he now leads the Carolina League with 20 two-baggers. He went 2-for-4 with a walk to improve for the year to .374/.493/.567/1.061. For a fascinating explanation of the Feats of Jackie (throwing arm edition), check out this story from Salem play-by-play man Evan Lepler.
– Catcher Christian Vazquez went 1-for-2 with a double and three walks, collecting his first extra-base hit since May 4. It was the best game for Vazquez in some time, as the 21-year-old had hitting .156/.248/.200/.448 in 24 games since April 27.
– Right-hander Miguel Celestino allowed four runs (two earned) in six innings while scattering seven hits (one double, six singles), striking out four, walking one and getting 10 groundball outs. Celestino has given up two or fewer earned runs in eight of his last 10 starts. The 22-year-old has also tossed at least six innings in each of his last three starts, with a 2.00 ERA in that span.
SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE: 13-3 WIN VS. CHARLESTOWN (YANKEES)
– Blake Swihart continued his best stretch of the season, going 2-for-5 with his third homer of the season, this one as a left-hander. Though he’s a natural right-hander who shows more discipline and more power from that side of the plate (6 walks, 5 strikeouts), his overall numbers are better from the left side. He’s hitting .261/.301/.383/.683 as a left-handed hitter this year. Since May 6, Swihart is hitting .329/.373/.486/.859. Prior to that, he was hitting .167/.232/.262/.493.
– Shortstop Jose Vinicio went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, marking the second time this year that he’s had multiple extra-base hits (and the first since April 8). He also drove in a season-high four runs. The 139-pound shortstop is now hitting .289/.344/.408/.752 for the season, impressive marks given that, at 18, he’s one of the younger players in the South Atlantic League and he also has yet to mature physically.
– Boss Moanaroa extended his hitting streak to 15 games, going 1-for-2 with a homer (his fifth) and three walks. During the streak, he’s hitting .400 with a .514 OBP, .636 slugging mark, 1.150 OPS and nine extra-base hits (two homers, seven doubles). On the year, the 21-year-old is hitting .298 with a .438 OBP (third in the South Atlantic League), .457 slugging mark and .895 OPS. While he has just 13 extra-base hits, he possesses significant raw power, a tool that may start becoming more evident over time given his disciplined approach at the plate.
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