|Friday Red Sox Farm Report: C Dan Butler sparks PawSox; CF Joseph Monge collects 3 hits, 4 RBIs for Salem||07.01.16 at 11:06 am ET|
Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Thursday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (42-39): W, 6-4, vs. Columbus (Indians)
— Catcher Dan Butler went 2-for-3 with a home run and four RBIs to lead the PawSox attack. Butler, who smacked a three-run home run in the third inning to put Pawtucket ahead to stay, is hitting .299/.393/.455 in 27 games this season.
“He’s been terrific and he keeps himself ready,” manager Kevin Boles said (via MiLB.com). “He’s done a nice job as far as handling the staff, but the offensive production has definitely ticked up here.”
— Left fielder Aneury Tavarez went 2-for-3 with a walk, his first multi-hit game in Triple-A. Tavarez, 24, has played five games for the PawSox since being called up from Double-A Portland.
— Right fielder Henry Ramos was 0-for-2 but picked up two RBIs on a pair of sacrifice flies.
— Right-hander William Cuevas started but was on a low pitch count as he returned to the Pawtucket rotation after making two relief appearances for Boston last weekend. Cuevas was touched up for two runs on four hits in three innings, although he retired the final four batters he faced, including three via strikeout (he had five strikeouts in all).
|Sunday Red Sox Farm Report: RHP Sean O’Sullivan goes 7 shutout innings for PawSox; Brock Holt 2-for-3 in rehab assignment||06.26.16 at 10:33 am ET|
Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Saturday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (39-37): W, 7-3 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees)
— Starter Sean O’Sullivan pitched seven shutout innings, allowing just four baserunners on three singles and a double to win for the fourth time in five June starts. Playing in front of a season-high 10,247 fans at McCoy Stadium, the 28-year-old right-hander struck out six and did not walk a batter in improving to 6-2 with a 2.79 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in 11 Triple-A games this season.
“It was really just about getting ahead in the count,” O’Sullivan told MiLB.com. “I tried to use all my pitches and luckily I was able to throw everything for strikes and fortunately they hit some balls hard right at our defense.”
— Right fielder Henry Ramos went 3-for-4 and collected four RBIs, on two run-scoring singles and a deep two-run home run to right field in the sixth.
“From that left side, he’s got some impact to right field,” manager Kevin Boles said of the switch-hitter. “We’ve seen him manage his at-bats, he can drive the ball; he does a lot of things well.”
Ramos, 24, is hitting .323/.338/.516 with two home runs an 10 RBIs in 17 games with the PawSox since being promoted from Double-A Portland.
— Brock Holt, continuing his rehab assignment as he works his way back to Boston following a concussion, played all nine innings in left field. He went 2-for-3 with two walks and two RBIs, and he picked up an outfield assist in the fourth inning.
“I feel better,” Holt said after his fifth game in Triple-A. “It’s just been about getting out there and getting more at-bats.”
Said Boles: “Brock played well and got tested in a lot of different ways. He had some pretty good at-bats, and you can tell it’s a professional AB when he goes up there.”
|Sunday Red Sox Farm Report: RHP Justin Haley impressive in Triple-A debut; Aneury Tavarez 5-for-5, Andrew Benintendi homers in Portland rout||06.19.16 at 10:39 am ET|
Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Saturday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (35-33): W, 4-1, at Louisville (Reds)
— Right-hander Justin Haley’s Triple-A debut was a good one, as he pitched eight strong innings, allowing just one run on three hits with one walk and seven strikeouts. Haley, called up from Double-A Portland, retired the last 10 batters he faced. The 25-year-old, a sixth-round draft pick of the Sox in 2012, was 5-4 with a 2.20 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in 12 starts for Portland.
— Noe Ramirez picked up his third save in four chances by pitching a perfect ninth inning with one strikeout. The 26-year-old right-hander, who has made 11 appearances with Boston this season, is 1-3 with a 2.25 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in 11 games with the PawSox.
— Chris Marrero broke a 1-1 tie in the sixth inning with his 12th home run of the season — his second in two games. Marrero, who played first base, finished 2-for-4 and now is hitting .289/.342/.506 in 63 games this season.
— Catcher Ali Solis hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning to give the PawSox some insurance. Solis is 3-for-13 in four games with the PawSox since being called up from Double-A, where he was hitting .145/.214/.210 in 20 games.
— The PawSox scored their first run in the second inning as Chris Dominguez walked, advanced to third on a Henry Ramos double and scored on a Rainel Rosario ground out.
— Second baseman Mike Miller went 2-for-4 with a walk. Ramos, playing center field, was 2-for-4 with a run scored.
During his weekly appearance on Dennis & Callahan with Minihane on Wednesday morning, former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling weighed in on the Orlando massacre and defended fellow gun owners while blasting the “corrupt, lying, fraudulent, felon-infested government.” To hear the interview, go to the D&C audio on demand page.
Schilling, an outspoken conservative, said the Orlando shooter was “a radical extremist follower of Allah” and this was not a “homophobic hatred thing” as has been speculated this week following reports that Omar Mateen had previous contact with the gay community before his attack on a gay nightclub.
“He should never have been able to get these weapons,” Schilling said. “The laws are in place for this to stop people like this. We just either A) don’t enforce them, B) they’re broke, or C) both.”
If more laws are introduced in the wake of this tragedy, Schilling said it would be a mistake.
“We’ve already heard enough [about the background of mass murderers like this]. We’re going to hear more of the same thing about this guy. There’s no possible way he should have been able to hold a water gun, much less an AR-15,” Schilling said. “So again, my biggest thing is, the laws already exist. I think there’s an enormous amount of work we need to do and work on with the mentally ill. I don’t think there’s any question about that. But the fact of the matter is all the laws you want passed are already in effect. The states that they are not in effect for are the states where people have voted to keep them available.”
Added Schilling: “The last thing in my mind that I want to see happen right now is for this corrupt, lying, fraudulent, felon-infested government to have more say in my day-to-day life. I want them out and gone. And I need the federal government to do what they’re supposed to do, which is protect the country, provide for people that can’t provide for themselves, and shut up and get out of the way.”
|Curt Schilling on D&C: ‘This is not the David Price they paid $217 million to get’||06.15.16 at 10:51 am ET|
Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, making his weekly appearance on Dennis & Callahan with Minihane on Wednesday morning, questioned whether David Price is worth the high price the Sox paid in the offseason. To hear the interview, go to the D&C audio on demand page.
Price pitched well Tuesday, at one point setting down 19 consecutive Orioles, but he was done in by two home runs in a 3-2 loss.
“When you pitch at the top of somebody’s rotation and you’re considered to be ‘the ace,’ you have to win 1-0 games,” Schilling said. “You have to win 2-1. You have to win 2-0. You have to win the games when your offense doesn’t score. Your offense’s output other than zero means less on the day you pitch than it does on other days, because you’re the ace. … When you’re up against somebody’s ace — which [Chris] Tillman was last night — you get the best of guys, so you have to be on top of your game. Last night he was good. [But] he got outpitched.”
Asked what Price would be scored on a scale of 1-10 for major league pitchers, Schilling said the left-hander is a 6.
“This is not the David Price they paid $217 million to get,” he said. “Stuff-wise, all of that stuff. I don’t think this is the guy. Last night when I saw him, the innings I was watching, he was 92-94 [mph]. The Price that you paid for was 96-98. I think it’s a natural regression. Your stuff starts to kind of go away [with age].”
Added Schilling: “His mechanics are not conducive to keeping his velocity up. I’ve said that all year long. If you watch him, every time he finishes delivering a pitch — for the most part — he’s a guy that stands straight up. He recoils a lot. And that’s not healthy for your arm. I’ve seen a lot of guys that do that — tons of guys that do that — and they lose their velocity faster than everybody else. It’s a physical thing.
“And the challenge is he was always that guy, the 200-inning guy and the ace guy, because his secondary stuff has never been exceptional. Which is OK, because he always had the velocity. But once the velocity starts to kick down, the secondary stuff has to get better, because if it stays the same it becomes even less effective. The innings that I watched last night he had a pretty good changeup. He struck out the side one inning. He had a decent changeup. But he’s never gone out there with a Clayton Kershaw curveball or a [Greg] Maddux changeup. He’s always had kind of average secondary stuff, I thought, in my opinion. And that’s a challenge when you lose your fastball.”
|Sunday Red Sox Farm Report: LHP Henry Owens solid again for PawSox; LHP Jalen Beeks on roll for Salem||06.12.16 at 11:17 am ET|
Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Saturday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (32-30): L, 3-1, vs. Louisville (Reds)
— Left-hander Henry Owens delivered his second straight strong start, allowing one run in 5 2/3 innings on six hits and two walks (to his final two batters) while striking out five. The only run came on a homer in the first inning.
“Overall, we’re starting to see some progress with his last three outings,” PawSox manager Kevin Boles said. “I liked how he was able to go cross corner with his fastball into righthanded hitters and it looked like he was more aggressive attacking the zone.”
— Right-hander Anthony Varvaro relieved Owens and got out of the bases-loaded jam he inherited in the sixth by inducing a force out at second. Varvaro has not allowed any of his 15 inherited runner to score this season. However, Varvaro ended up taking the loss after giving up a run in the seventh on two walks, an error and an RBI groundout. The 31-year-old is 3-2 with a 2.33 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in 17 games this season. Opponents are hitting just .186 against him.
— Wesley Wright pitched the final two innings and gave up one run in the ninth on two singles and a sacrifice fly. The 31-year-old left-hander is 0-1 with a 2.37 ERA and 1.32 WHIP in 14 appearances this season.
|Red Sox wrap up draft with 5 more pitchers in final 10 picks||06.11.16 at 11:01 pm ET|
The Red Sox closed out the MLB draft Saturday by selecting five pitchers in their final 10 picks. Among their final selections was Georgia Southern outfielder Jordan Wren, the son of Red Sox senior vice president of baseball operations Frank Wren. A junior, Wren hit .285 with a .3350 on-base percent this season.
Of the 40 players the Sox selected over the three-day draft, 18 are pitchers (14 right-handed), 10 are infielders, nine are outfielders and three are catchers. Twenty-four are collegians and 16 are high schoolers.
Here are Boston’s final 10 picks.
Round 31: Christian Jones, LHP, Federal Way (Wash.) HS
Round 32: Jeff Belge, LHP, Henninger HS (Syracuse, N.Y.)
Round 33: Chad Hardy, CF, Paris (Texas) JC
Round 34: Aaron McGarity, RHP, Virginia Tech
Round 35: John Rave, CF, Central Catholic HS (Bloomington, Ill.)
Round 36: Jordan Wren, OF, Georgia Southern
Round 37: Carter Aldrete, SS, Monterey (Calif.) HS
Round 38: Austin Bergner, RHP, Windermere (Fla.) Prep
Round 39: Jake Wilson, CF, Nottawasaga Pines Secondary School (Angus, Ontario, Canada)
Round 40: Carter Henry, RHP, Port Neches-Groves HS (Port Neches, Texas)
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|MLB draft, Round 6: Red Sox select Oregon RHP Stephen Nogosek||06.10.16 at 4:03 pm ET|
The Red Sox continued their run on pitchers in the MLB draft, using their sixth-round selection on University of Oregon right-hander Stephen Nogosek.
A 6-foot-1, 183-pound junior, Nogosek was the team’s set-up man last year, and he this season he slid into the closer’s role and thrived, recording 16 saves (third most in the nation) and earning third-team All-America honors. He finished the season 2-2 with a 1.11 ERA in 29 games. He allowed five earned runs, 25 hits and 14 walks with 45 strikeouts in 40 2/3 innings. Opponents batted .177 against him.
Nogosek, who hails from Roseville, California, struggled at times with his command his first two seasons, but he cut down on his walks this year.
“I think I’m just trying not to be so fine,” Nogosek told the Eugene Register-Guard this season. “My first two years, I was too overcompetitive and trying too hard to throw maybe a fastball outside and that was causing me to miss. This year, I trust my stuff and throw it. If it is a fastball outside, I am not afraid to miss middle down because that is still hard to hit. I cleaned up the walk situation getting ahead of hitters and pitching from ahead instead of behind.”
Said Oregon coach George Horton: “He’s got three pitches that are as good as it gets because his changeup has developed. He always had electric stuff, but until this year there had been that inevitable walk to a guy or two in an inning like some relievers do. He has pounded the strike zone and brings his stuff at 94 to 96 miles per hour with a good change-up and slider while locating and not giving away free bases.”
Nogosek pitched for the USA Collegiate National Team last summer.
|MLB draft, Round 5: Red Sox stick with collegians, take Maryland RHP Mike Shawaryn||06.10.16 at 3:21 pm ET|
After selecting high schooler Jason Groome 12th overall, the Red Sox headed to college. Their fifth-round pick (148th overall), Maryland right-hander Mike Shawaryn, marks the fourth straight collegian they have selected.
Shawaryn, a 6-foot-3, 211-pound junior, went 6-4 with a 3.18 ERA in 15 starts this season. The 21-year-old allowed 35 earned runs, 69 hits and 26 walks with 97 strikeouts in 99 innings. Coming into the season with high expectations, he started slow and reportedly his velocity was down, but he rebounded in the later part of the campaign.
The school’s all-time leader in wins with 30, he was a unanimous selected to the All-Big Ten first team last year after going 13-2 with a 1.71 ERA in 17 starts. He set school records with 13 wins — breaking his own record of 11 set as a freshman — and 138 strikeouts.
Last summer Shawaryn pitched for the USA Collegiate National Team and for the U.S. team in the Pan American Games.
Shawaryn was selected in the 32nd round of the 2013 draft by the Royals. He is from Carneys Point, New Jersey, and played his high school ball at Gloucester Catholic, which is in southern New Jersey, near Philadelphia.
|MLB draft, Round 4: Red Sox select Arizona 3B/P Bobby Dalbec||06.10.16 at 2:27 pm ET|
With their fourth-round pick (No. 118 overall) Friday, the Red Sox selected University of Arizona third baseman/pitcher Bobby Dalbec.
A 6-foot-4, 219-pound junior from Parker, Colorado, Dalbec bats and throws right. The 21-year-old is hitting .266/.378/.440 with six home runs and 38 RBIs in 57 games this season. On the mound, he’s 9-4 with a team-high seven saves, a 3.28 ERA and 1.30 WHIP in 25 appearances, including four starts. He’s allowed 64 hits and 12 walks with 61 strikeouts in 71 1/3 innings.
He is the first player in Arizona history to record double-digit wins, saves and home runs in his career.
Dalbec was considered a possible first-round pick after a standout sophomore season, but some early season offensive struggles caused him to slip.
“I don’t know where I’m going to go,” Dalbec told the Arizona Daily Star earlier this week. “I’m optimistic about everything. But I’m really not paying any attention to it. Whenever I get a phone call from whatever club decides to pick me up, that’s how it is.”
The Red Sox announced him as a third baseman, so it appears that’s where they plan to play him.
As a sophomore captain last year, Dalbec was named All-Pac-12 first team and All-Pac-12 Defensive team after hitting .319 with a .410 on-base percentage and a league-leading .601 slugging percentage. He had 15 home runs and 53 RBIs in 55 games. He also pitched in 21 games, starting the season as a closer but shifting into the starting rotation over the second half of the season. He ended up going 3-7 with a team-high five saves and a 3.21 ERA. He allowed 55 hits and 23 walks with 48 strikeouts in 61 2/3 innings.
Dalbec played for the Orleans Firebirds in the Cape Cod League the past two years. Last year he only batted, hitting .315/.432/.728 with a league-leading 12 home runs and 30 RBIs in 27 games. In 2014 he hit .228/.318/.424 with five home runs and 18 RBIs in 29 games, and he made 11 appearances on the mound, all in relief, going 1-0 with one save, a 1.32 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. He allowed two earned runs, 13 hits and four walks with 16 strikeouts.
He also played for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team last June and July.
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