Pawtucket Red Sox Top 10 Players From The First Half Of The Season
This season we have been covering the Paw Sox at Trifecta Network. Every week, we have been creating a list of top 10 players of the week. This week we are doing a list of the top 10 players of the 1st half of the season. In the 1st half of the season, the Paw Sox had a 44-44 record. That is good for 4th place in their division. You can see the list of the top 10 players from last week right here.
10) Noe Ramirez
Noe Ramirez has been really good out of the Paw Sox bullpen this season. In 21 appearances, he has a 3-2 record in 32 2/3 innings and a 3.03 ERA for the Paw Sox. That includes 3 saves. Ramirez has had his share of opportunities for the Red Sox in his career. In 33 appearances at the major league level, he has a 4.99 ERA in 30 2/3 innings.
9) Heiker Meneses
Heiker Meneses has been very valuable for the Paw Sox this season as an infielder. In 31 games, he has a 1 home run and 8 RBI’s. That comes with a .313 batting average. What you need to look out for with Meneses is that he could push himself into the major leagues with his defense. He has shown great range and he has been able to make the throws he needs to. If he is able to hit, he could be at the major league level.
8) Marcus Walden
Marcus Walden has been very valuable for the Paw Sox this season. In 19 games, he has 11 starts. That includes a 7-3 record with a 3.31 ERA in 70 2/3 innings. His ERA is kind of inflated because between June 11th and July 4th, he gave up at least a run in every outing. During that time he gave up 16 runs in 23 1/3 innings for a 6.17 ERA. Outside of that, he has shown that he could be a candidate to be called up if the Red Sox need a long reliever out of the bullpen. It will be interesting to see how Walden pitches in the 2nd half.
7) Steve Selsky
Steve Selsky has shown that he can be a great hitter for the Paw Sox this season, however he has been slumping since June 17th. After game one of a double header on June 17th, he was batting .271 on the season. Now he’s batting .236 on the season. Since then, he has 1 home run and 3 RBI’s. Before that, he was hitting with power for the Paw Sox. On the season, he has 10 home runs, and 33 RBI’s.
6) Jalen Beeks
Jalen Beeks was recently called up to the Paw Sox on June 3rd. During that time, he has shown that he could be a really good pitcher at the big league level. In 7 starts for the Paw Sox, he has a 2-3 record, with a 3.11 ERA in 37 2/3 innings. That includes 41 strikeouts. It could be only a matter of time before you see Beeks at the major league level. I see him making major league start earlier rather than later.
5) Ryan Court
Ryan Court has been very consistent for the Paw Sox this season. In 67 games, he has a .290 batting average, with 7 home runs and 33 RBI’s. What is impressive about his season is that his OPS is .824. That’s very impressive for a guy you never hear about. I don’t think Court is a guy you could see at the major league level soon, but he is definitely a name you need to look out for.
4) Hector Velasquez
Hector Velasquez has been a dominate pitcher for the Paw Sox this season. In 12 games, his record is 6-1 with a 1.48 ERA in 67 innings. An average start for Velasquez has been 6 scoreless innings and roughly 6 strike outs.
Velasquez has had some time playing at the major league level for the Boston Red Sox. In 3 games, he is 1-1 with a 5.27 ERA in 13 2/3 innings. Velasquez needs to have pinpoint control, otherwise he will be hit hard. In his 1st start for the Boston Red Sox on May 18th, he gave up 9 hits, 6 runs, and 3 home runs in 5 innings. In that game, he was pitching middle, middle. If he was pitching how he normally does, his ERA at the major league level would be a lot better.
3) Rusney Castillo
Rusney Castillo started to show that he could be a good major league player during the 1st half which lead to an all-star selection. In 65 games, he hit 9 home runs and 29 RBI’s with a .302 batting average. He played this season in center field and has had really good defense for the Paw Sox.
Castillo could be playing center field for a handful of major league. The Red Sox could use him in a trade, however his contract will play against that. He has $72.5 million dollars in that contract. It will be difficult to trade him since he makes so much money. However, he is starting to look more like a major league player, and that’s the good thing.
2) Edgar Olmos
Edgar Olmos had a great 1st half for the Paw Sox, and it earned him a spot in the all-star game. During the 1st half, he spent time in the bullpen and starting games for the Paw Sox. In the 19 games he appeared in, he started 5 of them. In those 19 games, he had a 6-2 record. In 60 1/3 innings pitched, he had a 1.64 ERA with 51 strikeouts and a .194 batting average against.
Edgar Olmos is a name you could see in Boston this September as a call up when rosters expand as a long reliever. Olmos does have major league experience with the Miami Marlins in 2013 and the Seattle Mariners in 2015. In his major league career, he has a 1-1 record with a 5.21 ERA in 19 innings pitched and a .299 batting average against. He’s only 27 so it’s not like he’s in his 30’s and washed up.
1) Bryce Brentz
Bryce Brentz has been a monster at the plate for the Paw Sox this season. In 74 games, he’s batting .270 with 18 home runs, and 49 RBI’s. Those 18 home runs are good for the 3rd most in the international league. On May 19th when the Paw Sox had a game in Buffalo, Brentz was hitting a season low .162. That’s when he introduced a toe tap into his swing. Since then, he has been on fire at the plate which included 14 home runs.
The unfortunate part for Brentz is that it appears that he might not get a chance to play at the major league level again. However, he might be a good candidate to be thrown in a trade. He is showing that he is good offensively.