Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Red Sox Preview

Starting tomorrow night, the Bisons travel to Pawtucket to battle the Baby Red Sox.

Game 1 will have Ricky Romero versus Rubby De La Rosa. De La Rosa was a main piece in the huge trade last August with the Dodgers. He has seen too much time in the majors to be considered a prospect, but is just 22 years old. He is 0-1 with a 3.29 ERA in 38.1 IP. Romero is 0-1 with a 10.22 in 24.2 IP across 6 starts.

Game 2 has Allen Webster starting for the Red Sox. He was rated a top 5 prospect heading into the season and has gone 5-1 with a 3.38 ERA in 45.1 IP. The Bisons starter is TBD.

The other games have starters TBD for both teams.

Some other pitchers that the Red Sox have are:

Pedro Beato. 4-1, 1.89 ERA in 33.1 relief innings.

Ryan Rowland-Smith. The Australian is 3-0 with a 0.76 ERA in 35.2 relief innings.

Brandon Workman is a borderline top 10 prospect who is recently been promoted to triple-A.

The line-up features the following hitters:

The starting catcher is Ryan Lavarnway. The former top prospect has stagnated some in triple-A, but is still young-ish, but his power production is down. He is hitting .267/.367/.397 on the season.

Their 1B is Brandon Snyder, the former Oriole and Ranger. He is hitting .299/.380/.526 on the season with 9 HR, 35 RBI, and a team leading 15 doubles.

Jonathan Diaz, a former Blue Jays farmhand, has been playing since Jose Iglesias was recalled to Boston. He is hitting .255/.364/.342 in limited time.

Brock Holt has been playing SS since Iglesias' call-up and plays 2B as well. He is hitting .268/.358/.323 and was named as the 19th best prospect in the system on Minor League Ball.

The other IF is Drew Sutton. The switch-hitter has MLB time with the Reds, Indians, Red Sox, Rays, and Pirates. He is hitting .258/.365/.368 with 13 doubles.

The OF regulars, who also spend some time at DH, are:

Jackie Bradley Jr. is the consensus number 2 prospect in the organization and is hitting .348/.42/.539 with 9 doubles in 89 AB. He has spent some time in Boston this season.

Jeremy Hazelbaker is hitting .276/.341/.413 with a team leading 16 SB and 6 HR.

Justin Henry, who also sees time in the IF, has 12 doubles and 7 SB.

Bryce Brentz is a top 10 prospect and he has been the teams most dangerous hitter this season. He is hitting .279/.329/.502 with a team leading 12 HR and 45 RBI.

The Paw Sox are 37-27 on the season and in 1st place, 3 games ahead of the Bisons.

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