|Red Sox Minor League Roundup: Zach Stewart’s debut; steps forward for Daniel Bard, Carl Crawford; a triples machine in the Dominican||06.28.12 at 1:22 pm ET|
A quick look at Wednesday’s minor league action…
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX: 5-1 WIN VS. CHARLOTTE (WHITE SOX)
– Newly acquired Zach Stewart enjoyed a successful debut in the Red Sox organization after being traded by the White Sox in the deal that moved Kevin Youkilis to Chicago. Stewart logged 5 2/3 innings in which he permitted one run on six hits (all singles). He did not walk a batter and struck out four, retiring 12 in a row in one stretch. He did not allow a run until there were two outs in the sixth. According to the Providence Journal, he worked at 89-91 mph during the outing.
– Daniel Bard did not allow a baserunner for the first time since he was sent to the minors. He pitched a three-up, three-down seventh inning, getting a strikeout and two groundballs, while throwing seven of 10 pitches for strikes.
– Ryan Lavarnway continued his ridiculous June with a 3-for-4 night that included a double. He now ranks second in the International League with a .320 average, just behind league leader Steve Pearce (.321). Lavarnway is sixth in OBP (.405), 11th in slugging (.489) and 10th in OPS (.894).
– Lavarnway, 24, was one of four PawSox named to the International League All-Star team. He joins 27-year-old first baseman Mauro Gomez (.303/.364/.606/.971 with 17 homers), 26-year-old Pedro Ciriaco (.306/.326/.415/.741) and right-hander Justin Germano (8-4, 2.60 ERA, 62 strikeouts and 13 walks in 97 innings).
DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS: 6-3 LOSS VS. NEW HAMPSHIRE (BLUE JAYS)
– Jackie Bradley Jr. went 2-for-5 with a double, improving to .367/.441/.533/.975 in his first seven games since being promoted. There does appear to be some adjustment to more advanced pitching, however, as Bradley struck out twice, and has now been punched out eight times in his 34 plate appearances (24 percent of his trips to the plate, nearly double his 13 percent strikeout rate with Salem).
– Pete Hissey went 1-for-4 with a double. Since his return earlier this month from a DL stint for a broken hand, he is hitting .324/.342/.486/.829 with five extra-base hits in 11 games.
– Brock Huntzinger continued to show some promise in his move to the bullpen. The 23-year-old worked a scoreless inning, and in 17 relief appearances spanning 31 innings, he has a 2.90 ERA with 21 strikeouts and eight walks.
HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX: 5-3 LOSS AT WINSTON-SALEM (WHITE SOX)
– Heiker Meneses went 2-for-4, and has now reached base in all 13 games since being sent down from Double-A Portland to High-A Salem, hitting .360/.411/.440/.851 in that stretch. He did get caught stealing twice, however, and he’s 4-for-10 on stolen base attempts with Salem. The 20-year-old (he turns 21 on Sunday) is still one of the younger players in the Carolina League.
– Travis Shaw went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts, a season-high in whiffs (he hadn’t struck out more than twice in any other game this year). Prior to Wednesday, he had reached base in 15 consecutive games.
– Brandon Jacobs went 1-for-4 with a double (his 17th), though he did strike out twice.
SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE: 6-1 WIN AT ROME (BRAVES)
– Outfielder Henry Ramos went 3-for-4 with a walk, a steal of home (on a double steal with runners on the corners) and a homer against former Red Sox left-hander Fabian Williamson. On the year, Ramos is hitting .343/.405/.597/1.002 with three homers and 10 extra-base hits against lefties. Against righties, the 2010 fifth-rounder is hitting .234/.312/.337/.649. Ramos is off to an intriguing start in the second half, hitting .300/.481/.500/.981 in six games, with his seven walks in 27 plate appearances since the break matching the total number of walks he took in more than 100 plate appearances in May and nearly doubling his walks total of four in April.
– Garin Cecchini went 2-for-5 with a pair of steals, giving him 26 stolen bases on the season, a mark that is tied for the fourth-most in the Sally League. He’s been caught stealing just three times.
– Blake Swihart went 2-for-4 and drove in a pair of runs, and in 15 games this month, the switch-hitting catcher is hitting .333/.350/.463/.813.
SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS: 2-1 LOSS AT TRI-CITY (ASTROS)
– William Cuevas, a 21-year-old right-hander out of Venezuela, delivered his third straight scoreless appearance to open the year. He tossed six shutout innings, allowing three hits, walking one and striking out four. Though he has progressed slowly through the system, spending two years in the Dominican Summer League (and part of a third last year before a promotion to the Gulf Coast League) after signing as a 16-year-old in 2008, he’s been a steady performer, having never had an ERA of over 3.19. Last year, he had a 2.79 ERA in the GCL, with 37 strikeouts and 10 walks in 49 innings.
– First baseman David Chester went 1-for-4 with a double, giving the 23-year-old seven extra-base hits in nine games this year.
– For the first time in his brief pro career, first-rounder Deven Marrero was hitless, going 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
ROOKIE LEVEL GCL RED SOX: 3-1 LOSS VS. GCL ORIOLES
– In his second rehab game, Carl Crawford went 1-for-3 with a double and strikeout while playing six innings in left field. Just one ball was hit to left, a bases-empty fly out to open the sixth, and so Crawford has yet to test his throwing arm (the one that suffered the strained ulnar collateral ligament in the elbow) in a game.
– Jacoby Ellsbury, a team source confirmed, remains tentatively on track to start a rehab assignment on Friday.
– Cleuluis Rondon, an 18-year-old shortstop out of Venezuela, continued his strong start, going 3-for-4 to improve to .321 with a line of .321/.321/.571/.893. As the fact that he has no walks would suggest, he is an aggressive hitter, but his five extra-base hits show the ability to drive the ball at a young age, a particularly impressive trait given that he is a middle-of-the-field defender.
DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE RED SOX: 6-5 LOSS AT DSL METS
– Keivin Heras had another strong outing, allowing one run on two hits in five innings while striking out two and walking none. Opponents are hitting just .167 against him through five starts, as he’s been able to stay off the barrel of the bat with well-located fastballs. He has a 0.78 ERA in 23 innings.
– Raymel Flores went 1-for-4 with a triple and a walk. The 17-year-old switch-hitter is tied for the DSL lead with seven triples, a total he has amassed in just 22 games.
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