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Red Sox Minor League Roundup: Xander Bogaerts, Christian Vazquez punctuate dominant Junes

07.01.12 at 1:26 pm ET
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TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX: 14-1 WIN AT LEHIGH VALLEY (PHILLIES)

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Lars Anderson went 4-for-5 with a double, his first four-hit game in Triple-A. He last had four hits in a game on June 3, 2009, with Double-A Portland. He’s hitting .261/.375/.452/.827.

Andy LaRoche went 4-for-5 with three doubles and a homer in his second game with the PawSox. He’s now 7-for-9 in two games since signing with the PawSox; Friday marked his first four-hit game in just over a year, as his last four-hit game came with Triple-A Sacramento in the A’s farm system last June 23.

– Right-hander Justin Germano, named this week to the International League All-Star team, submitted his most dominant outing of the year on Saturday. He tossed eight shutout innings, scattering four hits, walking none and striking out a season-high 10. On the year, opponents are hitting .211 against him with 72 strikeouts and 13 walks in 105 innings.

Scott Podsednik, in his second game of a rehab assignment, went 0-for-4 while playing center field. He’s now 0-for-7 in his two rehab games this year.

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS: 4-3 WIN VS. TRENTON (YANKEES)

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Jackie Bradley Jr. did not get a hit but walked twice. He now has a .447 OBP in his first nine Double-A games. He’s reached base at least twice in eight of nine contests.

Jeremy Hazelbaker went 2-for-4 with a double, giving him 11 extra-base hits in June — one more than he had in April and May. He also drove in three runs to finish the month with 22 RBI, his highest single-month RBI total as a pro.

Drew Hedman, a 50th round selection out of Pomona College in 2009, hit a walkoff homer, his first since a promotion to Portland last week. He went 2-for-4.

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX: 13-4 LOSS VS. POTOMAC (NATIONALS)

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Xander Bogaerts closed out a huge month of June by going 1-for-3 with a double and a walk. In the month, the 19-year-old hit .337 (tied for second in the Carolina League) with a .433 OBP (5th), .624 slugging mark (3rd), 1.057 OPS (2nd), eight homers (tied-1st) and 13 extra-base hits (tied-5th).

Christian Vazquez had his fifth multi-hit game in six contests, going 2-for-3 with his fourth homer of the year. After a terrible month of May (.155/.202/.167/.369 with one extra-base hit), Vazquez rebounded with a terrific month of June .309/.413/.529/.942 with three homers and nine extra-base hits, not to mention more walks (12) than strikeouts (9) — a marked contrast to his 14 walks vs. 41 strikeouts in the season’s first two months.

Defensively, Vazquez is considered one of the best catchers in the Red Sox system. Pitchers love throwing to him (Rich Hill raved about Vazquez after throwing to him on his rehab assignment in Salem). And in June, Vazquez showed that his terrific performance in Greenville in 2011 (when he hit .283/.358/.505/.863 with 18 homers and 84 RBI in 105 games) might not have been a mirage.

If Vazquez can hit, he’ll be a big leaguer. Though he might be challenged as he advanced, as he was in his transition to High-A in April and May, the fact that he made some adjustments to perform at a very high level in June represents a sign of considerable promise for the 21-year-old.

– Right-hander Miguel Celestino allowed 18 earned runs in his first 55 innings of the season. He’s now given up 18 in his last nine innings spanning three starts following a yield of six runs on eight hits and two walks in 3 1/3 innings on Saturday.

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE: 5-3 WIN AT CHARLESTON (YANKEES)

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– Left-hander Miguel Pena turned in an excellent outing, giving up one run on five hits while walking three and striking out four. The three walks actually matched a season-high for the 21-year-old, who has 68 punchouts and 14 walks in 72 1/3 innings.

– First baseman Boss Moanaroa went 2-for-3 with a double and a pair of walks. His .405 OBP is seventh in the Sally League, and his 48 walks are fifth.

SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS: 4-3 LOSS AT VERMONT (ATHLETICS)

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Deven Marrero made his first pro appearance as a shortstop after having spent his first six games as a DH. He went 0-for-6.

Mookie Betts, 19, went 2-for-5 and stole his third base of the season. He’s hitting .245/.275/.265/.540 in 12 games.

ROOKIE LEVEL GCL RED SOX: 4-3 LOSS VS. GCL TWINS

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Carl Crawford went 1-for-3 with an infield single and a strikeout while playing five innings in left field. He’s hitting .214/.421/.286/.707 in five reha games.

Jacoby Ellsbury was 0-for-1 with a pair of walks while playing his first game in center before exiting after four innings.

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE RED SOX: 16-3 LOSS VS. DSL RANGERS

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– Center fielder Manuel Margot concluded his first month in pro ball by going 1-for-3 with a walk. The 17-year-old led the DSL Sox in average (.307), slugging (.511), OPS (.917), RBI (21) and steals (14) in his first month. He also had a .406 OBP.

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