Red Sox Minor League Roundup: Xander Bogaerts’ baseball IQ, Drake Britton’s finishing kick, Bryce Brentz moves upFriday, August 31st, 2012
A quick look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Thursday, entering the final weekend of the regular season throughout the minors . . .
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX: 1-0 WIN, 3-2 WIN AT GWINNETT COUNTY (BRAVES)
– Outfielder Bryce Brentz was promoted from Double-A for Thursday’s doubleheader, concluding his tenure in Portland with a .296 average, .355 OBP, .478 slugging mark, .833 OPS and 17 homers. While his power suffered in comparison with his performance in High-A in 2011 (where he blasted 19 homers in just 75 games, compared to 75 in 122 in Portland), he had a higher average (.296 in Double-A compared to .274 in Salem) and OBP (.355 to .336) than in his previous stop last year. Brentz is the headliner of the position players whom the Sox will send to the Arizona Fall League after the season.
In his first two games in Triple-A, Brentz was 0-for-6 with two strikeouts.
– Right-hander Chris Carpenter gave up a run on a hit and a walk in Game 2 of the doubleheader, snapping a string of 11 consecutive scoreless appearances. His ERA in Pawtucket went up to 1.15; opponents are now hitting .137 against him. Carpenter did strike out two batters in his inning of work, giving him 17 punchouts and eight walks in 15 2/3 innings in Triple-A.
– Outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker went 2-for-7 with a pair of doubles (his first two extra-base hits in Triple-A) in the doubleheader. He’s now 3-for-17 with seven strikeouts in four games since his promotion.
– Ivan De Jesus Jr. went 3-for-6 with a double in the doubleheader, and he’s hit in all five games since the Sox acquired him from the Dodgers, going 10-for-18 with two walks (.556 average, .600 OBP) in the process.
– Billy Buckner tossed a seven-inning, complete game shutout in Game 1 of the double header. Buckner, a few days removed from his 29th birthday, continued an outstanding second-half run. Over his last nine starts, he is 7-2 with a 1.78 ERA, 33 strikeouts and 16 walks in 55 2/3 innings.
DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS: 6-1 LOSS AT NEW HAMPSHIRE (BLUE JAYS)
– One of the reasons why the Red Sox are so bullish on the future of Xander Bogaerts is the fact that he has shown the ability to make adjustments with dazzling speed, suggesting a considerable baseball IQ. Obviously, he’s been thrown into the deep end at every level of pro ball where he’s played, having been among the youngest players in his league at every stop. But beyond that, one of the things for which Bogaerts has earned high marks is his ability to adjust quickly to address weaknesses.
Last year, his hitting coach in Greenville, Luis Lopez, described Bogaerts’ precocious understanding of hitting thusly: (more…)