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Red Sox Minor League Roundup: Jose Iglesias heating back up; Chris Carpenter dominating

08.14.12 at 2:30 pm ET
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A quick look at the action in the Red Sox‘ system on Monday . . .

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX: 5-1 WIN AT BUFFALO (METS)

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Jose Iglesias went 1-for-4 with a double and a walk. The 22-year-old is amidst his best stretch since returning from the disabled list. He’s hit in eight straight games, with a .371/.405/.486/.891 line. He’s also reached base in his last 10 games. The extra-base hit was the 11th of the year for Iglesias, one more than he had in 2010.

PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler, who has managed Iglesias in all three of his minor league seasons, offered the following assessment of the shortstop’s offensive progression this year.

“The process, he’€™s to the point now where I think he could compete at the plate in the big leagues. A year ago, he didn’€™t. You saw that. He’€™s at the point now where he understands what a good at-bat is. He looks at pitches. He’€™s not afraid to hit with two strikes,” said Beyeler. “A year ago, it was just, ‘€˜Get me out of here. I’€™m hacking. I hope I hit one. I’€™m going to go sit down.’€™ He didn’€™t really understand the whole thing. He realized, ‘€˜I’€™m overmatched up here.’€™ Now he can put an at-bat together. He can battle you. He can move a runner. He can put a ball over your head if you don’€™t respect him a little bit. When he gets in a positive count, he can put a good swing on a ball and hit a ball over the fence. There’€™s some power in there. He hit a ball out in Durham that jumped out of the ballpark over that monster down there. When he hit it last year, it was pretty good — it was pull, pull side, up in the zone, but the ball jumps a little bit. There’€™s some power in there when he gets comfortable enough to generate it. But his focus is a little bit more on line drives, hitting behind the runner, letting the ball get deep. He’€™s really working on that, putting the ball in play. That’€™s the biggest jump he’€™s probably made. He’€™s realizing that it’€™s important to put the ball in play, that he can move runners and hit behind guys and not strike out, give at-bats away, and he’€™s done a really good job of that.’€

— Left-hander Chris Hernandez dominated, punching out seven in six innings while scattering three hits (all singles) in six innings. It was his second highest strikeout total this year, one shy of his season-high while with Double-A Portland. In five Triple-A starts, Hernandez has a 3.65 ERA with his characteristic pitch-to-bad contact style. He’s given up just one homer in 24 1/3 innings.

— Right-hander Chris Carpenter continued his dominance, recording his eighth straight scoreless appearance while recording a punchout and getting two groundouts. In 12 games (and 12 innings), Carpenter has allowed one run (0.75 ERA), struck out 12 and walked five. As a member of the 40-man roster, he seemingly has positioned himself for a September callup.

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS: OFF

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX: 4-3 LOSS AT WINSTON-SALEM (WHITE SOX)

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–Right-hander Miguel Celestino allowed two runs in five innings, striking out four and walking one. The big, physical right-hander is one of the hardest throwers in the Red Sox system, with a fastball that regularly registers in the mid- and even high-90s. His numbers are modest — he has a 7-7 record, 4.55 ERA, 87 strikeouts and 37 walks in 120 2/3 innings — but as a hard-throwing strike-thrower, he represents a potential Rule 5 target of other teams if the Sox don’t add him to the 40-man roster this winter.

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE: 3-2 LOSS VS. ROME (BRAVES)

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Miguel Pena, one of the more aggressive strike throwers in the lower levels, matched a season high with three walks while allowing three runs on five hits in five innings. He struck out four. Still, he’s averaging just 1.9 walks per nine innings in his first full pro season (albeit one that’s been interrupted by a hamstring injury).

— Outfielder Keury De La Cruz went 1-for-3 with a double and walk. He now has 56 extra-base hits in 101 games this year.

SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS: OFF

ROOKIE LEVEL GCL RED SOX: 7-3 LOSS AT GCL RAYS

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Rich Hill walked two batters and struck out one as he started a rehab assignment while trying to work his way back from a strained flexor tendon.

— Shortstop Tzu-Wei Lin continued his strong debut, going 2-for-4. He’s shown the ability to make solid contact and to command the strike zone (albeit without much power), resulting in a .275/.368/.350/.718 line.

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE RED SOX: 9-8 LOSS (15 INNINGS) AT DSL METS

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Manuel Margot went 3-for-7 with a double and his 29th steal of the year.

Alixon Suarez went 3-for-6 with a double, triple and walk.

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