|Red Sox Minor League Roundup: Michael Almanzar’s amazing run, Stolmy Pimentel’s ongoing re-emergence||07.25.12 at 12:26 pm ET|
A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Tuesday…
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX: 3-1 LOSS AT INDIANAPOLIS (PIRATES)
– Zach Stewart continued to defy logic. In his first three starts after the Red Sox acquired him in the trade for Kevin Youkilis, he allowed four runs in 18 1/3 innings (1.96 ERA) despite striking out just five. In his subsequent three starts (including Tuesday night’s three-run, five-inning yield), he has 14 strikeouts in 15 innings … but a 6.60 ERA. One culprit: An increased walks total. He issued two free passes in his first 18 innings, compared to seven in his last 15 frames, including three on Tuesday.
– Ryan Lavarnway followed his four-hit game on Monday by going 3-for-4 on Tuesday.
– Lars Anderson went 2-for-4, and during his current five-game hitting streak, he’s 9-for-23 (.391).
– Mark Prior tossed a pair of scoreless innings, allowing a hit and striking out two. Perhaps more significantly, he didn’t walk a batter after struggling with his command (seven walks in five innings) in his previous three outings.
DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS: 5-2 WIN VS. TRENTON (YANKEES)
– Stolmy Pimentel continued his best stretch in Double-A, tossing 6 1/3 innings in which he permitted two runs on just four hits (a triple and three singles) while walking one and striking out six. In his last three starts, he’s yielded four runs in 20 1/3 innings (1.77 ERA) while striking out 19 and walking two while holding opponents to a .169 average. For the year, he’s 4-4 with a 4.83 ERA, 60 strikeouts (6.6 per nine innings) and 25 walks (2.7 per nine), but the recent demonstration of dominance in Double-A at age 22 and his stuff (mid-90s fastball, major league changeup, slider) suggest that Pimentel remains one of the more promising arms in the Sox system.
– Reliever Josh Fields, acquired last year along with Erik Bedard at the trade deadline, punched out five in 2 2/3 innings. The 26-year-old former first-rounder has 56 strikeouts in 41 1/3 innings this year (12.2 per nine innings).
– Reynaldo Rodriguez went 3-for-4 with a pair of homers while driving in five. He now has 16 homers for the year, and his .511 slugging mark is third in the Eastern League.
HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX: 6-5 LOSS VS. MYRTLE BEACH (RANGERS)
– Michael Almanzar is doing something extraordinary. He went 4-for-4 with a walk on Tuesday, and has now reached base in each of his last 13 plate appearances over his last three games. At 21, he’s hitting .310/.364/.475/.839.
– Xander Bogaerts ended a 17-game home run drought, going 3-for-4 with a walk and his 13th homer of the year. He’s having a modest July (.250/.303/.367/.670), but his season totals (.285/.359/.472/.831) remain formidable, particularly given his age (19). Bogaerts’ homer was of the absurd variety, clearing the batter’s eye in straightaway center field, more than 400 feet from home plate.
– Matt Barnes tossed five innings while allowing one run on five hits, striking out three and not issuing a walk. While he hasn’t been working as deep into games as he did earlier this year in Salem, in his last three outings, he’s allowed just two earned runs in 13 innings (1.38 ERA) with 12 strikeouts and three walks.
SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE: 16-3 LOSS AT ASHEVILLE (ROCKIES)
– Noe Ramirez permitted a season-high five runs in 4 2/3 innings, giving up 10 hits and two homers. He did strike out five while walking one, and in nine starts this year, he has 36 strikeouts and 10 walks in 44 2/3 innings.
– Blake Swihart went 1-for-4 with a double, giving him eight extra-base hits this month, his most of any month this year. The 20-year-old is slugging .557 this month.
SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS: 5-3 WIN, 5-1 LOSS AT VERMONT (ATHLETICS)
– Deven Marrero went 3-for-6 with a walk in the double header. In his last 10 games, he’s hitting .314 with a .467 OBP, .429 slugging mark and .895 OPS. He did, however, commit a pair of errors at shortstop, and now has nine for the year.
– Right-hander Mike Augliera tossed a season-high three innings while permitting just one unearned run, striking out three and walking none. In 14 1/3 innings, he has 16 punchouts and one walk.
– Right-hander Pat Light tossed two shutout innings in which he allowed one hit, walked one and struck out one. The supplemental first-rounder has eight strikeouts and four walks in eight innings in his first four pro appearances.
ROOKIE LEVEL GCL RED SOX: 2-1 LOSS VS. GCL RAYS
–J.B. Wendelken continued his strong pro debut, striking out four in 1 2/3 innings. He now has 11 strikeouts and no walks in 8 2/3 innings over five scoreless appearances.
DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE RED SOX: 1-0 WIN VS. DSL MARLINS
– Right-hander Dioscar Romero, likely the best pitching prospect on the Red Sox’ DSL team, tossed six shutout innings in which he allowed just two hits, struck out four and walked one. He hasn’t given up an earned run in four of his last five outings, a stretch during which he has a 1.66 ERA, 20 strikeouts and nine walks in 21 2/3 innings.
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