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Red Sox Minor League Roundup: Xander Bogaerts’ amazing August, Jackie Bradley Jr.’s slump, Jose Iglesias an on-base machine

08.19.12 at 1:12 pm ET
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A brief look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Saturday:

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX: 2-0 LOSS VS. BUFFALO (METS)

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Chris Hernandez continued his strong work since a promotion last month to Pawtucket. He allowed two runs in six innings while scattering four hits, striking out four and walking three. He’s now given up two or fewer runs in five or more innings in five of his six Triple-A starts.

Josh Fields tossed two scoreless innings of relief. In four appearances since his promotion from Double-A, he’s been able to sustain his improved command numbers, punching out nine and walking one in seven shutout inning.

Chris Carpenter turned in his 10th straight scoreless appearance and his fifth straight without giving up a hit. In 14 games (each of precisely one inning) since returning from elbow surgery, the right-hander has a 0.64 ERA with 15 strikeouts and seven walks. Right-handers are 2-for-26 (.077) against him.

Jose Iglesias was the lone PawSox player to reach base multiple times. He went 1-for-3 with a single and a walk, giving him four walks in three games. He now has nine walks in August, his most in any month of his professional career, and his OBP in August now sits at .400, a mark that he’s never reached in any month in his three professional seasons.

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS: 9-2 WIN (COMPLETION OF SUSPENDED GAME), 4-2 LOSS VS. NEW BRITAIN (TWINS)

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Rich Hill tossed a scoreless inning in which he allowed one hit and struck out a batter on a curveball in his third rehab game (and first in the upper levels). According to Sea Dogs play-by-play man Mike Antonellis, Hill’s fastball was 87-88 mph while his curve was characteristically impressive.

— After going 0-for-4 in the first game — the first time in his Double-A career that he’d gone hitless in a game — Xander Bogaerts bounced back in the second contest by going 2-for-3 and slamming a homer (his third in eight Double-A games) and his fourth double. Between High-A Salem and Double-A Portland, Bogaerts is hitting .441/.468/.797/1.265 in 14 games this month. He has the third highest average, fifth highest slugging mar and second highest OPS in the minors during August.

Jackie Bradley Jr. went 3-for-7 with a walk in the two contests, and while he remains ensnared in a lengthy slump, hitting .217 with a .321 OBP, .406 slugging mark and .727 OPS since July 8, those numbers suggest that he has managed to avoid going in the tank. Instead, while they are a far cry from the remarkably .368/.443/.487/.930 line he put up to prior to this stretch, he’s been able to perform at roughly a league-average level (the Eastern League average line is .260/.331/.391/.721) through his down period. But even though his productivity has not evaporated completely during this stretch, the fact that he is amidst a slump that has lasted more than a month is something of a surprise given the advancement of his approach and the fact that he simply hadn’t slumped at all during the first three-plus months of the season.

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX: 7-4 LOSS VS. POTOMAC (NATIONALS)

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Michael Almanzar went 3-for-5 with a double, nudging his line up to .304/.357/.470/.827 for the year. He now has 11 three-hit games this year; in his four minor league seasons prior to this one, he had a total of 17 three-hit games (including just two in his woeful 2011 season).

Miguel Celestino continued his puzzling proclivity to yield homers. The big right-hander allowed three homers on Saturday, and has now allowed 17 this year — most in the Carolina League. It’s all the more surprising given that the right-hander had given up just three homers in his first 12 starts. He’s now allowed 14 in his last 12, elevating his ERA from 2.53 to 4.76.

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE: 12-2 LOSS AT ASHEVILLE (ROCKIES)

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Miguel Pena got knocked around for a season-high 10 hits (including a homer) while allowing five runs (four earned) in five innings. The last two outings by Pena have marked the first time all year that the 2011 sixth-round selection has given up as many as three earned runs in consecutive starts.

SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS: 6-5 LOSS VS. HUDSON VALLEY (RAYS)

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— Left-hander Brian Johnson a first round selection by the team in this year’s draft, was hit in the face by a line drive up the middle while pitching for the Short-Season Single-A Lowell Spinners on Saturday as part of the Futures at Fenway doubleheader showcase of Red Sox minor league teams. Eyewitnesses said that he had movement, but struggled to get on the stretcher without assistance. Still, he waved to the Fenway crowd before being taken to the hospital.

According to a Red Sox spokesperson, the 21-year-old out of the University of Florida suffered multiple orbital fractures to the left side of his face. However, he was alert at the hospital — where he was resting comfortably — and showed no signs of a concussion.

Johnson entered the game having made three scoreless appearances to start his professional career, with 5 1/3 scoreless innings on his resume. He’d struck out four, walked one and permitted two hits in Lowell.

In 2011, Johnson suffered a concussion when a throw from catcher Mike Zunino to second base clocked him in the back of the head. He was knocked unconscious and taken off the field on a stretcher. However, he bounced back and went 8-5 with a 3.90 ERA and 73 strikeouts in 90 innings while winning the John Olerud award as the top two-way player in the country (Johnson also hit .307/.350/.460).

Aneury Tavarez continued his impressive run through August, going 3-for-3 with a double. The 20-year-old outfielder is hitting .386/.453/.614/1.067 this month.

ROOKIE LEVEL GCL RED SOX: 2-1 LOSS AT GCL TWINS

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— Right-hander Frank Montas allowed two runs (one earned) while striking out five and walking one. Though he’s 1-5 with a 4.54 ERA in 11 games this year, the rocket-armed pitcher has 36 strikeouts and 12 walks in 35 2/3 innings, and he has yet to give up a homer this year. He has allowed exactly one walk in each of his last seven outings.

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE RED SOX: 11-8 LOSS AT DSL RANGERS

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Aneudis Peralta went 2-for-3 with a double and drove in four. The 18-year-old has 18 doubles, tied for the fifth most in the DSL.

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