|Monday Red Sox Farm Report: Joe Kelly solid in 7-inning effort with PawSox; Rafael Devers drives in 3 runs in Greenville loss||06.29.15 at 8:56 am ET|
A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Sunday:
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (38-39): W, 3-2 (11 innings), vs. Gwinnett (Braves)
— Second baseman Sean Coyle drew a two-out, bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the 11th inning to bring in the winning run. Mike Adams crossed the plate on Coyle’s free pass after pinch-running for Allen Craig, who singled to right to leadoff the frame. Garin Cecchini was intentionally walked and Jemile Weeks also walked to load the bases.
— Cecchini hit a two-run single to right to tie the game in the sixth inning. The 24-year-old lefty, who played left field Sunday, finished the day 2-for-4 with a double and the 11th-inning walk. The 24-year-old is hitting .201 with 13 RBIs through 60 games this season.
— Right-hander Noe Ramirez earned his fourth win of the season after tossing a perfect 11th inning. Ramirez is 4-0 with a 2.52 ERA in 25 innings over 15 appearances, including one start.
— Joe Kelly made his first start in a Pawtucket uniform after he was optioned to the Triple-A club on June 25. Kelly allowed two runs on five hits and one walk with four strikeouts over seven innings Sunday. The right-hander has a 2-5 record and a 5.67 ERA in 14 starts with Boston this season.
|Friday Red Sox Farm Report: Garin Cecchini hits 2 HRs; Matt Barnes fans all 5 batters he faces; Pat Light proves human||06.19.15 at 8:32 am ET|
A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Thursday:
— Garin Cecchini (Boston’s No. 7 prospect at MLB.com) broke out with two home runs and his first four-hit game of the season, going 4-for-5 with three runs scored as he hit out of the six-hole in the PawSox lineup. Both long balls came on 3-2 counts as the leadoff batter of an inning, with Cecchini’s blast in the second frame an opposite-field shot over the left-center wall, and his fourth-inning dinger pulled over the right-field fence on a pitch that was down and in. Cecchini, 24, also had a line-drive single up the middle on a 3-1 pitch in the eighth, as well as a broken-bat bloop single in the ninth.
It has been a very tough season for Cecchini, as the four hits brought his batting average just over the .200 line for the first time since May 22. Cecchini went 36 games between home runs and between RBIs from April 13 through June 6, although he did miss eight games in April with left shoulder inflammation. On the year Cecchini has five homers and 10 RBIs in 51 games played. In 2014 over 114 games in Triple-A Cecchini hit .263 with a .341 on-base percentage to go with seven homers and 57 RBIs.
— Shortstop Deven Marrero (Boston’s No. 9 prospect at MLB.com) also had a multi-hit night, going 3-for-5 with a double. Marrero now has three multi-hit games in his last five, on an 8-for-21 (.380) stretch with two doubles to bring his average up to .249.
— Recently demoted bullpen RHP Matt Barnes (Boston’s No. 8 prospect at MLB.com) was electric in his relief work, striking out all five batters he faced. That’s now seven strikeouts over Barnes’ two appearances in 2 2/3 innings with Pawtucket, with just one hit allowed. On Thursday Barnes’ fastball sat at 94-95 mph on the BB&T Stadium radar gun, with his sharp curveball at 82-84 giving batters trouble, and a change-up showing arm-side fade at 86-88.
— Other than Barnes, PawSox pitching was hit hard by Charlotte as the Knights piled up 15 hits and completed a three-game sweep. Damaged in the carnage were relievers Dalier Hinojosa (3 1/3 IP, 3 ER), Edwin Escobar (1 IP, 5 ER), and Pat Light (1 1/3 IP, 2 ER), who gave up his first Triple-A runs after three perfect appearances since his promotion from Double-A Portland.
Escobar (Boston’s No. 17 prospect at MLB.com) allowed five earned runs on four hits and two walks in an inning plus, making just his third appearance of the season as he came off of the DL on June 9 (left elbow inflammation). The 23-year-old lefty did not retire a batter in the sixth as he walked the leadoff man and was then greeted with consecutive doubles and a three-run home run from Charlotte catcher George Kottaras to make it a 13-2 game.
Light (Boston’s No. 26 prospect at MLB.com) made his first multi-inning appearance for the PawSox, getting the final out of the seventh before running into trouble in the eighth. The right-hander allowed three singles and walked a batter, leading to the two marks against, just the third time in Light’s last 21 appearances that he’s allowed a run. Light threw 22 pitches, with only 12 for strikes, and his normally high-90s fastball peaked at just 94 mph on the radar gun.
|Thursday Red Sox Farm Report: Justin Masterson improves; Marco Hernandez heating up; Mauricio Dubon’s speed pays off||06.11.15 at 8:16 am ET|
A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Wednesday:
— After two rehab starts (right shoulder inflammation) in the minor leagues, Boston right-hander Justin Masterson showed clear improvement Wednesday afternoon with the PawSox as he allowed just two hits and one run over six innings, striking out six and walking one. Masterson threw 75 pitches, 47 for strikes, with the sinkerballer causing nine ground outs to just two fly outs. In Masterson’s previous rehab start for Double-A Portland on June 5, he allowed eight hits over 4 2/3 innings, while in his first rehab outing for Pawtucket on May 31 Masterson displayed some wildness as he walked two and had two wild pitches in just 1 2/3 innings.
“He was much more consistent in the strike zone,” Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters in Baltimore. “Velocity was still in the mid to upper 80s, but the action to his sinker, he got a number of swings and misses. He used probably the same distribution of fastball and slider that we’ve seen here. So we’ll check with him when we return to Boston and we may have a decision to be made here.”
— The PawSox offense continued to scuffle, but the team managed to scrape out two runs on five hits, including Garin Cecchini’s game-winning walkoff double. A Travis Shaw single started the ninth-inning action for Pawtucket and pinch-runner Deven Marrero moved to second on a Bryce Brentz walk before coming home on the Cecchini two-bagger. Cecchini (Boston’s No. 8 prospect at MLB.com) worked a 3-1 count and ripped a fastball to the right-center wall on a bounce before being surrounded by celebratory teammates. Cecchini has put together a good week at the plate, going 5-for-18 with two homers, including a grand-slam on June 7 at Syracuse.
|Monday Red Sox Farm Report: Garin Cecchini grand slam propels Pawtucket; Manuel Margot, Jake Romanski lead Salem offense in win||06.08.15 at 9:47 am ET|
A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Sunday:
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (28-29): W, 7-2, at Syracuse (Nationals)
— After a single off the bat of Allen Craig and a pair of walks by Travis Shaw and Deven Marrero loaded the bases in the fifth inning, first baseman Garin Cecchini hit a grand slam to right to break open a one-run game. The 24-year-old finished the day 2-for-5, raising his average to .192. Cecchini’s grand slam was the first of the year for Pawtucket.
– Marrero also had a big day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a leadoff home run to center in the second, a walk and two runs scored. Marrero, a 24-year-old who was a first-round pick in 2012, improved his average to .243 and now has four home runs and 17 RBIs on the season.
– In addition to Cecchini, Jackie Bradley Jr., Quintin Berry, Humberto Quintero and Craig all posted two-hit games.
— Keith Couch earned the win, allowing one earned run on four hits and three walks with four strikeouts over seven innings of work. The 25-year-old righty improved to 3-6 on the season and lowered his ERA to 4.73.
– Right-hander Doug Fister started for Syracuse, making his first rehab appearance since landing on the DL with a strained flexor tendon in his throwing arm. Fister took the loss Sunday, allowing two runs and seven hits – including Marrero’s solo shot — with six strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings of work.
|Sunday Red Sox Farm Report: Garin Cecchini finds an RBI; Pat Light, Williams Jerez impress in pen; Rafael Devers keeps hitting||06.07.15 at 8:12 am ET|
A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Saturday:
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (27-29): L, 11-4, at Syracuse (Nationals)
— Pawtucket suffered the loss despite its offense having a three-homer night, with long balls off the bats of Mike Miller (his first in Triple-A), Bryce Brentz (his seventh), and Garin Cecchini (his second). For Cecchini (Boston’s No. 8 prospect at MLB.com) it was his first home run and, amazingly, also his first RBI since April 13, a span of 36 games. Cecchini, hitting just .185 over 41 games, missed eight contests in April with left shoulder inflammation.
— Much of the Syracuse damage was done in a seven-run inning against Pawtucket starter Jess Todd, but also touched up were PawSox bullpen arms Dalier Hinojosa and Robbie Ross Jr. Each allowed two earned runs in their respective two innings of work. Hinojosa had not been scored on in nine of his previous 10 outings in Triple-A, sandwiched around a brief call-up to the majors. Ross has had four stints with Boston this year, most recently optioned back to the PawSox on Thursday.
— Veteran catcher Humberto Quintero was ejected in the seventh inning after receiving the first pitch thrown from reliever Heath Hembree. Hembree’s pitch was called a ball, and Quintero, who had been charged with a throwing error earlier in the inning, had an extended verbal sparring with the home plate umpire from his catcher’s crouch. Shortly after Quintero was tossed, PawSox manager Kevin Boles also was ejected.
|Friday Red Sox Farm Report: Rusney Castillo returns, Allen Craig continues hot streak||05.22.15 at 8:36 am ET|
A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Thursday, May 21:
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (23-19): L, 6-5, 10 innings, at Louisville (Reds)
— Rusney Castillo was back in the lineup after his paternity leave, batting second and playing in center field for his first action since Sunday. Castillo was 1-for-6 in his return with a smashed RBI double past third base in the third inning. Castillo struck out twice and grounded out twice, while also reaching on an error on a slow bouncer to shortstop. Baseball America’s No. 3 prospect in the Red Sox system and No. 21 overall in baseball, Castillo saw his average drop to .293. He was on a 7-for-16 stretch with two home runs, a double and four RBIs in the weekend before his leave.
— Allen Craig had a 3-for-4 night including a double and two walks as he hit from the three-hole in the lineup. Craig’s opposite-field single in the third inning tied the game at 2. Since being optioned from Boston and joining the PawSox on May 12, Craig has played in eight out of 10 games and gone 11-for-36 (.306) with three doubles, three walks, two runs and seven strikeouts. He played left field with Pawtucket for the first time Thursday after appearing twice in right, twice at first base and three times as the DH.
— Third baseman Garin Cecchini went 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored to raise his average to .200. It was only Cecchini’s third multi-hit game in his last 25 contests with Pawtucket and his first three-hit game of the season. Selected by the Red Sox in the fourth round of the 2010 draft, the 24-year-old entered the season as the Red Sox’ No 3 prospect at MLB.com and No. 10 at Baseball America. Cecchini’s strikeout numbers are up this season and his walk totals down, as he is on pace for 38 more K’s and 14 fewer walks (projected to the 114 games he played in Triple-A last year).
|Red Sox Minor League Notebook: Even in Triple-A, Pawtucket Red Sox all about winning||04.09.15 at 8:00 am ET|
Most of the time the minor leagues is more about developing players rather than winning games, but don’t tell that to the 2015 Pawtucket Red Sox.
The PawSox have eight players on the roster who appeared in a major league game in 2014, and have eight of the top 10 prospects the Red Sox system, according to Baseball America.
There is no question the team is talented, but that doesn’t mean much to third baseman and No. 10 ranked prospect in the Red Sox system, Garin Cecchini.
“It is,” he said of the team having a talented roster. “We look good on paper, but that doesn’t mean [expletive], you know what I mean? We just need to play. We need to play and help each other win. It doesn’t matter how you look on paper.”
Pawtucket has appeared in the Governors’ Cup three straight years — winning it in 2012 and 2014 — so the PawSox are no stranger to winning.
Even spending the past two Opening Day’s in the majors, Jackie Bradley is also putting a major emphasis on winning.
“I think we all want to win,” said Bradley. “That is always the main focus. Your mind set is to win and do your best. Ultimately we all want to play at the major league level.”
While Cecchini may come across as serious with saying it doesn’t matter what the team looks like on paper, he is arguably the most fun player on the PawSox team. As shown with the smile that never left his face when being called up to the Red Sox last year, Cecchini is a guy who loves playing the game and loves having fun.
“I like to have fun,” Cecchini said. “There is a place and time to have fun, like right now you can have fun. After a loss you can’t have fun. I like to have fun because you’re going to die one day and what are you going to look back on? Are you going to have fun in your life or are you just going to sit back and mope around?”
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— With all the top prospects in the system in Pawtucket, Double-A Portland doesn’t have as strong of a team as they’ve had in years past. The top prospect currently with the Sea Dogs is utility player Carlos Asuaje. With High-A Salem last year he hit .323 with an on-base percentage of .398. Portland may see their best players later in the summer with potential call ups from High-A Salem.
— Speaking of High-A Salem, the team opens the year with a loaded roster. 2013 first-round pick Trey Ball is coming off his first full year in the Red Sox’ organization and the tall left-hander drafted out of high school is poised for a breakout year. The same goes for 2013 second-round pick Teddy Stankiewicz. The right-hander went 11-8 with a 3.72 ERA with Greenville last year and is looking to build off that this year. After being drafted in the second-round of last year’s draft, first baseman Sam Travis only needed 27 games with Single-A Greenville to now open the year with High-A Salem. Travis hit .290 with three home runs and 14 RBI in those 27 games after being drafted out of Indiana University last June.
— Single-A Greenville is also filled with top prospects. First-round picks from last year, third baseman Michael Chavis and hard-throwing right-hander Michael Kopech headline the roster. Another name to keep an eye on is 18-year-old third baseman Rafael Devers. The No. 6 ranked Red Sox prospect according to Baseball America has tremendous power, which he showcased in the Florida Gulf Coast League last season.
|Red Sox option Garin Cecchini, 3 others, while sending Henry Owens to minor league camp; Release Mitchell Boggs||03.26.15 at 11:12 am ET|
FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Red Sox continue to make moves to round their Opening Day roster into form.
Before Thursday’s game against the Twins, the team made a series of transactions to trim the roster down.
Outfielder Bryce Brentz and third baseman/outfielder Garin Cecchini were among four players optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket. Also optioned to the PawSox were right-handed pitchers Heath Hembree and Zeke Spruill.
‘We’re going to move him around defensively With the configuration of our big league roster and certainly with Pablo entrenched at third, we’re going to look to create some defensive versatility with Garin, and that will include first base, that will include left field,” manager John Farrell said Thursday.
“The way he’s swung the bat when he came up last September and the way he’s swung the bat this spring, it looks like his bat will be ready before a defensive opening at third base is going to present itself. He’s embraced it and I think he’s seen a number of players go before him that the versatility has created, it can allow them to break through and land a spot on the big league club, whether it’s [Daniel] Nava adding first base, whether it’s Mookie [Betts] going to the outfield, Brock Holt. That list is growing by pretty tangible examples. You create some versatility, you make yourself that much more valuable.
“Games played, he’s going to get reps at all three positions. What that ultimate breakdown is remains to be seen. Initially there may be some reps at the other two to catch up a little bit.” Read the rest of this entry »
|Why You Should Have Cared About Saturday’s Red Sox Game: A Derek Jeter sighting; Joe Kelly’s milestone; Garin Cecchini, Rusney Castillo look at home||09.27.14 at 4:13 pm ET|
The main event is Derek Jeter. All else represents a sideshow in the final weekend of the season, albeit a sideshow of intriguing relevance.
Jeter, in the lineup as the designated hitter, batted twice on Saturday before being pulled, punching out on a 99 mph fastball from Red Sox starter Joe Kelly and then beating out a chopper just to the left of second base for an infield hit, his 164th career safety at Fenway Park. The sight of Jeter pouring everything he had into a sprint from home to first represented a fitting emblem of the player, who now has just one remaining game in his career.
While many who were in attendance will take one of their last opportunities to see Jeter on the field as their lasting memory of the game, there were a number of elements beyond the retiring Yankees shortstop that held more lasting significance for the Red Sox in a 10-4 blowout win over the Yankees. Among them:
— Arguably the most significant development was the image of a thoroughly pounded Masahiro Tanaka exiting the field after pitching a season-low 1 2/3 innings and yielding a season-high seven runs (five earned) on seven hits while throwing just 25 of 50 pitches for strikes. As the Yankees try to make a decision about whether he’s healthy enough to avoid Tommy John surgery, and thus whether he’ll be ready to pitch in 2015, Saturday’s struggle represented a billowing red flag for the pitcher’s status entering next year, and hence the state of the Yankees rotation for next season.
— Tanaka’s counterpart, Joe Kelly, concluded his promising first two months with the Red Sox by delivering arguably his best start with the Sox. He featured a 99 mph fastball in his first inning of work, and was still working at that velocity in the seventh. He also showed a changeup that elicited swings and misses from left-handed hitters while once again getting plenty of outs (eight) on the ground. Read the rest of this entry »
|Red Sox minor league roundup: Matt Barnes rolling; Garin Cecchini continues annual tradition; Justin Haley dominates; Jonathan Aro on target||09.05.14 at 2:37 pm ET|
A brief look at the action in three playoff games among Red Sox affiliates on Thursday:
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX: 8-2 WIN VS. SYRACUSE (NATIONALS); LEAD BEST-OF-FIVE SERIES, 2-0
— Matt Barnes continued his recent run of Triple-A dominance, logging seven shutout innings in which he gave up three hits (a double and two singles), walked none and punched out six. It marked the sixth time in eight outings that Barnes had pitched into the seventh inning, something he’d done just four times in his first 65 pro games. He threw 65 of 101 pitches (64 percent) for strikes.
In nine starts since the All-Star break including the regular season and Thursday’s outing, Barnes now has a 2.10 ERA with 7.8 strikeouts and just 2.3 walks per nine.
— Garin Cecchini went 4-for-4 with a triple. It was his first four-hit game of the year; he’s had one game of at least four hits in each of his four pro seasons. In 27 games since Aug. 1, Cecchini is now hitting .352/.424/.524. Read the rest of this entry »
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