Red Sox Minor League Roundup: Andrew Bailey is ready; Mark Prior struggles
|08.13.12 at 11:24 am ET|
The Red Sox bullpen looks like it soon will feature a long-anticipated reinforcement . . .
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX: 9-3 LOSS AT BUFFALO (METS)
– Andrew Bailey crossed another item off his rehab checklist, pitching 1 1/3 innings and retiring all four batters he faced, one on a strikeout. In three appearances in Triple-A, he’s allowed just one baserunner (on an opposite-field single) and no runs while striking out four. In six total rehab appearances, he’s given up one run in 6 1/3 innings with 10 strikeouts, one walk and six hits allowed. Barring a setback, the Red Sox expect to activate him from the DL on Tuesday in Baltimore.
– Mauro Gomez went 2-for-4 with a double and a homer, his 23rd of the year. He also played third base for the eighth time in his last 15 minor league games, committing his first error at the position in the minors this year. The 27-year-old’s versatility as a right-handed masher is intriguing, particularly given that he still has two options left after this season. If he can make strides at third base while continuing to show the ability to mash, Gomez could thus be an important depth consideration at first, third and DH for the Sox for a couple of seasons to come.
– Ryan Kalish went 0-for-5 and is now 0-for-9 in two contests since being sent back down to the minors.
– Mark Prior allowed two runs on two hits while walking two and striking out two in 1 2/3 innings. He’s struggled with his command all year, but those struggles have been somewhat more glaring since his return from an oblique strain due to a diminished strikeout rate — even though his actual strikeout rate has gone down. He had 20.3 strikeouts and 9.6 walks per nine innings in the first half (along with a 2.89 ERA), compared to rates of 10.0 strikeouts and 7.6 walks per nine (with a 4.70 ERA) in the second half. He’s allowed five runs in 4 1/3 innings over his last three appearances.
“He’s striking out a couple guys an inning which is very good. But the walks, a lot of them are a situation here in the second half. The first half we threw a lot of strikes. The second half, we haven’t thrown that many of them,” said PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler. “Guys come out of the bullpen, walk the leadoff guy, four-pitch walk up in the zone, working behind in the count, that’s kind of what we’ve seen. But he’s got stuff to come back. It’s a swing-and-miss fastball at 90-92, which tells me he’s really hiding the ball and he’s locating the ball really well. He’s got a little breaking ball that he throws in there that’s effective and he can locate it. He knows how to pitch. He knows what he’s doing. He knows how to get hitters out.”
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HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX: 5-0 LOSS AT WILMINGTON (ROYALS)
– Brandon Jacobs recorded his 11th outfield assist on Sunday, tops among outfielders in the organization.
– Mike McCarthy, in his first start in High-A since his promotion, from Greenville, ran his scoreless innings streak to 25 before allowing single runs in the fourth and fifth innings. McCarthy, who was promoted after firing 22 straight scoreless frames with the Drive, allowed two runs in 5 1/3 innings while allowing six hits and walking two. He struck out five.
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SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS: 5-2 WIN AT HUDSON VALLEY (RAYS)
– Madison Younginer, in a rehab start with the team for whom he’d pitched the last two years, allowed one run on one hit in three innings, striking out three and walking two. The 21-year-old had missed roughly two months while recuperating from an intercostal strain before a GCL rehab start last week.
– First-rounder Deven Marrero went 2-for-3 with a walk and his 18th steal of the first half. He went 4-for-10 with a homer and a walk in his last two games, snapping a five-game hitless streak in which he was 0-for-20. He is hitting .244/.346/.344/.691 entering the All-Star break.
– Aneury Tavarez went 2-for-4 to continue a scorching August in which the slight 20-year-old outfielder is hitting .405/.468/.595/1.063 in 11 games.
– Outfielder Dreily Guerrero went 2-for-3 with a walk and a double. He will play in the New York-Penn League All-Star Game on the strength of a .299/.362/.359/.721 line that has seen the 21-year-old steal 10 bases.
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