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Report: Red Sox outfield prospect Bryce Brentz done for the year

07.27.13 at 5:58 pm ET
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According to Tim Britton of the Providence Journal, Pawtucket outfielder Bryce Brentz underwent what will likely be season-ending surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. He originally injured the knee on a slide into second base on July 5.

Thus would end what has been a thoroughly disappointing year for a player who entered the season viewed as not far from ready to help the Red Sox in the big leagues. Brentz, a 2010 supplemental first-rounder, had his invitation as a non-roster player in big league camp rescinded after he shot himself in the leg while cleaning a gun. He was healthy in time for the start of minor league games in spring training, and indeed, he made a favorable impression with some offensive impact in some games in big league camp.

The 24-year-old had an up-and-down offensive performance, however, showing power (16 homers in 75 games) but struggling to find consistency due to an aggressive plate approach. He hit .272 with a .321 OBP, .487 slugging mark, 19 walks and 76 punchouts. He has middle-of-the-order power potential but his approach is not yet advanced enough to achieve it.

Brentz must be added to the 40-man roster this year or else exposed to the Rule 5 draft in December. The Sox wouldn’t risk exposing him, but it’s not inconceivable that they could explore his trade value at a time when the team faces a crowded 40-man situation.

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