|Friday Red Sox Farm Report: Henry Owens, Shane Victorino look sharp; Sam Travis, Manuel Margot give Double-A jolt; Yoan Moncada breaks out with offense||06.26.15 at 9:55 am ET|
A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Thursday:
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (36-38): L, 6-5, vs. Rochester (Twins)
— It was a busy day for transactions involving the PawSox, with center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr., shortstop Deven Marrero and RHP Jonathan Aro getting called up to Boston and starter Joe Kelly being optioned to Pawtucket, in addition to infielder Jeff Bianchi being outrighted to the PawSox. RHP Steven Wright also reported to Pawtucket and was activated, as was infielder Jemile Weeks off of the DL.
Kelly is scheduled to start Sunday June 28 for the PawSox, a 1:05 p.m. start against Gwinnett.
— The rehab assignments of outfielder Shane Victorino (calf) and catcher Ryan Hanigan (hand) continued, with Victorino going 2-for-3 with a run scored, and Hanigan going 0-for-2 with a walk. Each played six innings, with Hanigan getting behind the plate on defense for the second time this week in addition to getting a game as the DH.
Victorino ripped a double down the left-field line in the third off Twins RHP Ervin Santana (eligible to return from major league suspension July 5), and Victorino appeared to run the bases and navigate the field without an issue. Victorino made three routine putouts in right field.
— Pawtucket greeted Santana rudely, with leadoff hitter Rusney Castillo taking the first pitch from the right hander over the right-center wall for this third Triple-A homer on the season. Castillo, who played center field, was 2-for-5 on the night with two runs scored plus his seventh stolen base. Castillo is 4-for-10 over his first two games with the PawSox since his demotion from Boston.
— DH Carlos Peguero also homered off of Santana, a mammoth two-run shot that cleared the McCoy Stadium right-field seats and advertising signs and landed in the parking lot. Peguero turned on an inside fastball for the blast, giving him four homers in his last seven games for Pawtucket. The 28-year-old Dominican went 3-for-5 and now has a slash line of .394/.432/.818 in eight games in Triple-A.
— LHP Henry Owens (Boston’s No. 2 prospect at MLB.com) got the start for the PawSox, producing a quality line of 6 2/3 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO (103 pitches, 66 strikes). It was Owens’ longest outing of the season, as well as his highest pitch count. Owens, 22, did not allow a hit during the first three innings, giving up just a walk, before getting touched up for two runs in the fourth on four singles. He escaped further damage by inducing a double play to end the frame. Owens then allowed a leadoff home run in the fifth before retiring the final eight batters he faced.
Owens has kept his walk numbers down over the past three starts, giving up just four free passes in 19 innings while striking out 14 in that span.
|Sunday Red Sox Farm Report: Henry Owens quality; Carlos Peguero, Sam Travis, Marco Hernandez mashing||06.21.15 at 12:00 pm ET|
A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Saturday:
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (34-35): W, 5-4, at Gwinnett (Braves)
— Left-hander Henry Owens (Boston’s No. 2 prospect at MLB.com) allowed a two-run double in the third inning but finished strong by retiring 12 of the last 13 batters he faced for a final no-decision line of 6.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO. Owens, 22, recorded the first out of the seventh with the game tied 2-2 before bring pulled with his pitch count at 100 (65 strikes). The 6-foot-6 Owens has produced back-to-back quality starts, and although he has walked 45 batters on the season to lead the International League, Owens has walked just three batters over his last two outings (12 1/3 IP). In 14 total starts Owens is 2-5 with a 3.40 ERA and just a .193 batting average against; right-handed batters are connecting at just a .180 clip.
— Right fielder Carlos Peguero hit another home run, his third in two nights, to go with a wall-ball double to center field and a walk on a 2-for-4 night at the plate. Peguero, 28, homered in the fourth inning on an opposite-field shot after fouling off a difficult 2-2 pitch to stay alive. Peguero’s double came on the first pitch he saw in the sixth frame. Acquired on May 27 from the Rangers organization, Peguero saw just six plate appearances in Boston before being designated for assignment. After electing free agency, he agreed on a minor league deal with the Red Sox and since being activated has gone 6-for-12 with three homers, two doubles, and seven RBIs. A 6-foot-5 lefty batter, Peguero hit 30 homers in 2014 in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League for Omaha.
— Colombian RHP Dayan Diaz earned his first save for Pawtucket, escaping a jam in the eighth with no outs and the trying run at third, then striking out two in a perfect ninth to lock down the 5-4 win. Diaz, 26, has been mostly used as a multi-inning reliever this year between Double-A Portland and the PawSox (promoted on May 11). In his first Triple-A action over 18 2/3 innings with Pawtucket Diaz has allowed eight runs, striking out 18 and walking five while also allowing three home runs.
|Wednesday Red Sox Farm Report: Control problems continue for Henry Owens; Jorge Marban, Trey Ball stack zeroes||06.10.15 at 8:29 am ET|
A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Tuesday:
— Henry Owens (Boston’s No. 3 prospect at MLB.com) fell to 2-5 on the year (3.64 ERA), struggling with control yet again as he walked four and was charged with a wild pitch, in addition to giving up a three-run home run and allowing four stolen bases. Owens threw 98 pitches over just five innings, allowing four runs, three of them earned. Pawtucket manager Kevin Boles said Owens’ lower-half “seemed a little out of sync” throughout the night. On the year, Owens has walked 42 batters in 64 1/3 innings, six more walks than anyone else in the International League.
— Righty reliever Jonathan Aro pitched three scoreless innings, extending his streak to 12 straight scoreless innings of relief over his last five appearances to go with 16 strikeouts. Aro, a 24-year-old Dominican, was promoted to Pawtucket from Double-A Portland on May 14. “He’s got some deception to him,” Boles said after the game. “Fastball is sneaky with a good feel for the slider, and he attacks the zone.” Aro’s fastball peaked at 96 on the McCoy Stadium radar gun.
— Former first-round draft pick Pat Light (37th overall in 2012) joined the PawSox bullpen as he was promoted from Double-A Portland, where he allowed just one earned run in his last 17 1/3 innings. Making his conversion from starter to reliever this year, Light consistently throws in the high 90s, saying he’s touched triple digits “a few times.” Boles said he doesn’t name a closer in Pawtucket due to frequent changes of personnel, but that the decision on how many high-leverage situations Light will get will “come from up top.”
— Light’s fellow 2012 first-round draft pick Deven Marrero was held out for the second straight game due to illness. Mike Miller started at shortstop in Marrero’s place and cracked two doubles from the No. 9 spot in the batting order.
|Friday Red Sox Farm Report: Henry Owens struggles, Jackie Bradley Jr. extends hitting streak in PawSox loss; Jake Romanski notches 4 RBIs in Salem rout||06.05.15 at 8:29 am ET|
A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Thursday:
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (27-28): L, 4-1, at Rochester (Twins)
— Left-hander Henry Owens started Thursday, going five innings and allowing all four Rochester runs on four hits and three walks. The 22-year-old also struck out seven, bringing his strikeout total for 2015 to 49. Owens fell to 2-4 and has a 3.49 ERA in 11 starts this season.
— Pawtucket’s only run came in the first inning as shortstop Deven Marrero hit a one-out double to left and scored on a single by Allen Craig. It was the only damage against Rochester starter Taylor Rodgers, who allowed six hits in eight-plus innings. Craig had two of those hits, going 2-for-4 to improve his average to .319. The first-inning double was Marrero’s only hit of the game, as he finished the day 1-for-4.
— Jackie Bradley Jr. continued his hitting streak, now at nine games, with an eighth-inning single to left field. He is hitting .348 in 34 games with Pawtucket.
– With Thursday’s loss, the PawSox fell below .500 for the first time this season.
|Sunday Red Sox Farm Report: Yoan Moncada goes yard; mixed bag for Henry Owens; Manuel Margot returns||05.31.15 at 8:32 am ET|
A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Saturday:
— Henry Owens, Boston’s No. 4 prospect (MLB.com), had another start allowing three earned runs or less, giving him nine such starts this year out of 10 attempts. The Owens line: 6 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO (94 pitches, 60 strikes). The best news for Owens may have been his ability to keep his walk total down to just the one free pass, as on the season Owens had walked 34 batters entering the game (most in the International League). However, Owens did give up his third home run on the season as he fell behind Eugenio Suarez 3-0 before regretting a 3-1 pitch that resulted in a no-doubter over the left-center wall. On one hand, opposing batters are hitting just .197 against Owens this year, but on the other hand Owens’ record is just 2-3 (10 starts, ERA 3.15) and he has pitched more than six innings just once.
— The Pawtucket offense scored five runs on just five hits, two via the home run, including one from Allen Craig. Craig reached base four times as he was 2-for-2 with two walks. His home run may have been wind-aided as it got up into the jet stream, bounced off of the top of the right-center wall and carried over to tie the game in the second inning. Since he was sent down from Boston on May 12, Craig has hit safely in 13 of 15 games with multiple hits in six of those contests. He has an eight-game hitting streak and has a great slash line of .345/.441/.466.
— Red Sox starter Justin Masterson will make a rehab start on Sunday afternoon at McCoy Stadium as the PawSox finish up their homestand. Masterson was placed on Boston’s disabled list on May 13 with right shoulder tendinitis. In seven starts with Boston, Masterson was 2-2 with a 6.37 ERA (35 1/3 IP, 25 ER). It will be Masterson’s first start for Pawtucket since 2008 when he had just four appearances; most of that season was spent in Boston during Masterson’s rookie campaign.
|Tuesday Red Sox Farm Report: Henry Owens solid in Pawtucket loss, Carlos Asuaje lifts Portland with 2 homers||05.26.15 at 10:04 am ET|
A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Monday:
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (24-22): L, 2-0, vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees)
— Left-hander Henry Owens took the loss despite giving up just one run on four hits, although he did allow four walks. The 6-foot-6 southpaw also fanned four in the six-inning effort. Owens fell to 2-3 in nine starts this season, but lowered his ERA to 2.98.
– Righty Miguel Celestino pitched two innings of relief, giving up the second Scranton run. He allowed one hit and one walk with three strikeouts. Dana Eveland tossed a scoreless ninth inning despite allowing two hits and a walk.
— Allen Craig, the designated hitter Monday, hit a single to left field in the ninth inning. He has now hit safely in his last four games.
— Shortstop Deven Marrero also singled and has recorded a hit in seven of his last 10 games.
— The PawSox managed just four hits in their fifth shutout loss of the season.
|Thursday Red Sox Farm Report: Henry Owens’ walk numbers, Yoan Moncada mania||05.21.15 at 7:35 am ET|
A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Wednesday:
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (23-18): L, 2-1, 12 innings, at Indianapolis (Pirates)
— Henry Owens (Boston’s top prospect per MLB.com, No. 2 at Baseball America) made his eighth start of the season for the PawSox, a no decision outing with a line of: 5 1/3 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 SO (97 pitches, 58 strikes). Owens lowered his ERA from 3.41 to 3.19. However, walks continue to be a nuisance for Owens as his 30 on the season are the most in the International League. The lone Indianapolis run against Owens started with a free pass in fourth-inning (scoring after a stolen base, advance on ground out, run-scoring wild pitch sequence). Owens continues to rely on his excellent change-up that averages mid-70s and sets up his fastball (often sitting yesterday at 89 or 90 mph).
— The PawSox rallied for a game-tying run in the ninth inning against the top closer in the International League, as Indy’s Blake Wood suffered his first blown save (now 10-for-11 on the year). Speedy center fielder Quintin Berry led off with an infield single to short, stole second base (now 13-of-15 in swipes this year), and scored on third baseman Travis Shaw’s two-out, two-strike single to center. The throw to the plate beat Berry, but the Indianapolis catcher could not hang on to the ball and Berry recovered to tag home plate. Shaw, who is hitting just .197, did pick up his 18th RBI of the year, which is just seven off the International League lead.
— On Wednesday, the organization acquired right-handed pitcher John Cornely from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for cash considerations and optioned him to Pawtucket. The 26-year old has spent most of the season with Atlanta’s Triple-A affiliate in Gwinnett, going 2-2 with a 4.42 ERA and 24 strikeouts in 18 1/3 innings of work (fifth among International League relievers with a rate of 11.8 strikeouts per nine innings). Originally a 15th-round selection in the 2011 draft, Cornely has pitched in 158 career games in the minor leagues, all in relief, and made his major league debut on April 29, allowing four runs in an inning of work against Washington. Red Sox manager John Farrell said of Cornely, “We like the fastball ability. It might not be in pure velocity, but there’s some swing-and-miss throughout the course of his career. Those guys always jump out to us.”
|Next wave of Red Sox starters not thinking about Rick Porcello’s contract extension, other starters’ contracts||04.07.15 at 8:45 pm ET|
PAWTUCKET, R.I. — Following the Red Sox extending starting pitcher Rick Porcello through the 2019 season on Monday, the Red Sox’ rotation is pretty set and stone for the next few years.
With the organization having some of their top pitching prospects reaching Triple-A at the start of the season, itching to get their chance in the big leagues, it’s not an unreasonable question to ask where will some of these pitchers — Henry Owens, Brian Johnson, Eduardo Rodriguez, Matt Barnes — fit in?
These players aren’t even thinking about that, as they are solely focused on themselves and getting better, preparing themselves for whenever that call comes.
“My personal thought is if you think about other things that are our of your control, you’re not going to have as much success as you could,” Johnson said Tuesday at PawSox media day. “If you just focus on the task at hand and you work hard usually it works out.”
Johnson, who experienced his first major league camp this past spring and is the No. 5 ranked prospect by Baseball America in the Red Sox system, will make his Triple-A debut Thursday night as the PawSox’ Opening Day starter in Lehigh Valley. Owens, the No. 2 ranked Red Sox prospect by Baseball America, spent his second spring in major league camp, and is entering his first full season in Triple-A.
He too isn’t looking much at what is happening with the big league club.
“I try not to fall in the victim of that,” said Owens. “I just try and continue to work every single day so that when I get that call I know I am ready.”
“You can’t think like that,” he added. “You just have to ready for when that call comes just in case a void needs to be filled. If there is they will call upon you because they are confident in you to fill it and they know your ready.”
|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 »
|Blake Swihart tops Baseball America’s list of top 10 Red Sox prospects||10.29.14 at 10:13 am ET|
Looking for a catcher in the minors to whom to compare Red Sox top prospect Blake Swihart?
“There isn’t one,” said one evaluator.
Swihart — an extremely athletic switch-hitter who shows well above-average defensive tools, the ability to hit the ball very, very hard on a fairly consistent basis (a skill that translates more often to doubles than homers given that he typically hits screaming liners instead of lofting the ball) and runs well heads the list of Baseball America’s Top 10 Red Sox prospects for the 2015 season. (Disclaimer: I authored the list.)
Given the low standards for offense behind the plate, and the fact that he has a chance to be well above-average in every phase of the game, the 22-year-old stands the best chance of perhaps any Red Sox prospect of being a perennial All-Star. Some rough edges remain in his game (as evidenced by the fact that he walked just twice and struck out 15 times in a year-end stretch in Pawtucket after being promoted following a standout run in Double-A Portland), but the combination of a fairly well-defined floor as a big league starter with a ceiling that suggests the potential to be one of the top starting catchers in the game makes Swihart the Sox’ top prospect.
(Note: Mookie Betts had too many big league at-bats to qualify for the list. Otherwise, he would have been the No. 1 prospect. #feats.)
Here’s a look at Baseball America’s full top 10 list, with their 2014 performance lines and links to stories about the prospects on WEEI.com:
1) Blake Swihart, C – Age 22
Triple-A Pawtucket: 18 games, .261/.282/.377, 1 HR
Double-A Portland: 92 games, .300/.353/.487, 12 HR
Other: Threw out 46 percent of would-be base stealers.
2) Henry Owens, LHP – Age 22 Read the rest of this entry »
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