Red Sox Minor League Roundup: Mauro Gomez keeps mashing; Brandon Workman is striking out everyone
|07.17.12 at 10:05 am ET|
A quick look at Monday’s action in the Red Sox farm system…
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX: 8-5 WIN VS. SYRACUSE (NATIONALS)
– Outfielder Juan Carlos Linares continues to impress in his adjustment to Triple-A, going 2-for-4 while blasting a two-run homer. He’s hitting .362/.415/.596/1.011 with two homers and six extra-base hits in 13 games this month, and looks very much like the player the Red Sox were hoping he’d be when he signed for $750,000 in 2010 after defecting from Cuba, namely, an aggressive right-handed hitter who consistently impacts the ball and whose defensive instincts allow him to be surprisingly versatile as a functional outfield option at all three spots (though after playing center, left and right in Portland, he’s played almost exclusively in right in Pawtucket).
– Mauro Gomez wasted little time making his presence felt in his return from the majors to Triple-A, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and a homer. He’s tied for third in the International League in homers (20), second in OPS (1.005) and slugging (.634) and first in extra-base hits (49).
– Chris Carpenter, in his first Triple-A appearance after rehab stops in Fort Myers, Greenville and Portland, tossed a scoreless inning in which he walked one, didn’t strike out anyone or allow a hit and recorded a pair of groundball outs.
– Daniel Bard, one day removed from tossing a scoreless inning in which he walked one and got three groundballs while throwing eight of 19 pitches for strikes, returned to the mound for a second straight day on Monday. He showed improved control (12 of 21 pitches for strikes) while allowing a run on two hits, a walk and a wild pitch. He struck out one, but also gave up a two-run homer. It marked the second time in Pawtucket that Bard has pitched on back-to-back days.
DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS: 11-4 LOSS VS. READING (PHILLIES)
– Drake Britton, making his first start in 10 days after the All-Star break, submitted a clunker. The hard-throwing lefty allowed 13 baserunners (nine hits, four walks) and eight runs in just 3 2/3 innings. He struck out a pair. The eight runs were one more than he’d given up in his previous three starts spanning 17 1/3 innings.
– Jackie Bradley Jr. went 2-for-3 with a double and triple, marking the third time that he’s had multiple extra-base hits in the same game since his promotion to Portland. In 26 Double-A games, he’s now hitting .327/.405/.455/.861.
– Hard-throwing right-hander Ryan Pressly was impressive in his Double-A debut, tossing 2 2/3 shutout innings in which he gave up just one hit, walked none and struck out two.
HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX: 7-6 LOSS AT FREDERICK (ORIOLES)
– Though Brandon Workman gave up a season-high five runs and matched a season-high with a nine-hit yield (which included two homers), the big right-hander set a career-high with 10 strikeouts. In his last two starts, he has 19 strikeouts in 12 innings. He now has 85 strikeouts and 19 walks in 88 2/3 innings this year. The 23-year-old — who has been Salem’s most consistent starter this year en route to a 5-3 record and 3.25 ERA — is likely in line for a promotion to Double-A Portland in the near future, perhaps as soon as this month or early in August.
– Travis Shaw, whose OBP fell below .400 for the first time since April on Saturday, rebounded on Monday, following an off-day, with a game in which he went 1-for-2 with a double and two walks. It was the first time since June 26 that he’d walked multiple times in a game.
Also of note: Though he did get caught stealing (on a pick off), he also swiped his 10th base of the year, suggesting another facet to what has been an impressively well-rounded first full pro season.
– After a brief hiatus, the “Christian Vazquez Is On Fire” update returns. The catcher went 2-for-4 with a walk and double, improving to .387/.479/.645/1.125 in the second half and .264/.352/.380/.732 for the year, marks that suggest an above-average 21-year-old offensive prospect in the Carolina League.
SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE: 3-2 WIN AT CHARLESTON (YANKEES)
– Keury De La Cruz, whose 15-game hitting streak came to an end on Saturday, went 2-for-4 with a double, his first multi-hit game in 11 contests.
– Blake Swihart went 1-for-4 but with three strikeouts, with the whiffs matching a season high (previously accomplished twice, both in June). His strikeout rate has gone up every month this year, from 14.8 in April to 17.1 percent in May to 18.5 percent in June to 22.7 percent so far in July. Still, that’s not entirely unexpected for a player in his first year of pro ball, at a time when the season has reached a point with which amateurs are unfamiliar. Particularly given that Swihart is a full-time catcher for the first time in his life, the idea that there should be some fatigue that results in an increase in swing and misses and/or strikeouts isn’t that hard to fathom.
– Garin Cecchini went 1-for-4 with a double and steal of third. He’s swiped 17 straight bases without getting caught, dating to May 29.
SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS: 11-5 WIN VS. STATEN ISLAND (YANKEES)
– Kendrick Perkins went 3-for-5, his first multi-hit game in 13 contests.
– Third baseman Matt Gedman went 3-for-5 for his fourth multi-hit game out of his last five, a stretch during which he’s 10-for-23 with a homer, two doubles and a walk.
– Outfielder Aneury Tavarez reached base in all five of his plate appearances, going 3-for-3 with a double and two walks. The 20-year-old ranks second on the Spinners with a .361 OBP.
ROOKIE LEVEL GCL RED SOX: 5-2 LOSS VS. GCL RAYS
– Mario Alcantara had a bit of a messy outing, allowing three runs on three hits and five walks in three innings. But the right-hander also recorded seven of his nine outs via punchout. After striking out 24 in 51 2/3 innings in the GCL last year, the 19-year-old has punched out 22 (albeit while walking 17) in 20 frames this year.
– Kolbrin Vitek, in his second rehab game in Fort Myers, went 0-for-1 with a walk while playing four innings at third base. Vitek is 1-for-4 with a walk in his return to action following more than a month on the sidelines while recovering from his intercostal strain.
DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE RED SOX: 4-3 LOSS VS. DSL PIRATES (10 INNINGS)
– Catcher Alixon Suarez went 2-for-5 with a triple, and he now leads team regulars in average (.290), OBP (.418), slugging (.435), OPS (.854) and extra-base hits (14).
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