Red Sox minor league roundup: Xander Bogaerts holding his own; Steven Wright rolling; Henry Ramos intriguing
|07.02.13 at 12:15 pm ET|
Five of seven Red Sox affiliates were rained out on Monday, while one of the two games that was played in the farm system was clipped by weather. Rain, rain, go away . . .
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– Knuckleballer Steven Wright had his second career nine-inning complete-game shutout, scattering seven hits and working around four walks to go the distance. He struck out three. While the 28-year-old has had up-and-down results throughout the year, he’s regularly been delivering innings, having averaged 6 1/3 frames per start over his last nine outings. Over his last four starts, he’s averaged seven innings per outing with a 2.25 ERA.
– Shortstop Xander Bogaerts went 1-for-2 with a single, a walk and scored the only run of the game. The 20-year-old is holding his own in his transition to Triple-A, with a .250/.333/.438 line in his first 17 contests at the level. Of particular note has been his ability to control the strike zone, as Bogaerts has eight walks and 15 strikeouts. He’s reached base in 12 of his last 13 games.
– First baseman/left fielder/DH Mark Hamilton returned to Pawtucket for his first Triple-A game since May 12, going 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts. He’d been recovering from a broken wrist. In seven rehab games in the Rookie Level GCL, Hamilton hit .304/.407/.391.
– Brock Holt went 0-for-3 in his first game since June 16. The versatile infield missed two weeks due to an oblique strain.
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– Third baseman Garin Cecchini finished second in fan voting to Brandon Nimmo of the Mets in balloting for the final spot on the U.S. Team for the All-Star Futures Game. Cecchini ranks ninth in the minors in average (.352) while ranking second among all qualifying players at full-season minor league affiliates in OBP (.470).
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– Left-hander Miguel Pena got roughed up for eight runs on nine hits in 2 2/3 innings, though weather conditions were wreaking havoc with the field, particularly on anything hit in the air. The recap by Andrew Kanell noted that a fly ball to deep left ended up being caught by the third baseman.
– Centerfielder Henry Ramos went 2-for-3 with a double, his third straight multi-hit game (with an extra-base hit in each). During that time, he’s 7-for-13 with three doubles, bumping his numbers for the year to a .271 average, .351 OBP and .424 slugging mark. In 28 games since June 1, the athletic switch-hitter is hitting .337/.407/.551 with four homers. Over that span, he’s fifth in the Carolina League in average, seventh in OBP, fifth in slugging and fifth in OPS.
Team officials rave about the improvements in Ramos’ approach this season, suggesting that the time he spent in the Puerto Rican Winter League playing with more experienced players appears to have allowed him to make considerable strides in his understanding of what he’s doing in the batter’s box. Given that Ramos is still just 21, and had relatively little exposure to baseball as an amateur in Puerto Rico, there’s considerable intrigue about an outfielder whose tools and athletic build suggest the potential for an intriguing ability to impact a number of facets of the game if he can continue to build upon the developmental strides he’s shown thus far in 2013.
– Though Keury De La Cruz went 1-for-3 to extend his hitting streak to seven games, he saw his string of five straight multi-hit contests come to a conclusion. The 21-year-old has hits in 26 of his last 27 games.
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