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Paw Sox: Top 10 Players From The First Half Of The Season

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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

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

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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

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.

Evan is a attending Bryant University and joined the Trifecta Network as an Editor in February of 2016 and is a guest on Down to the WIRE Sports Talk.

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Pawtucket Red Sox Close Out At Home And Thank Fans

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Pawtucket Red Sox Close Out At Home And Thank Fans

The Pawtucket Red Sox closed out their home schedule at McCoy Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Paw Sox went on to win the game 3-0 over the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. The only runs scored on the afternoon came from a 3 run blast off the bat of Tzu-Wei Lin. Hector Velazquez also had a great game for the Paw Sox. In 7 innings, he only gave up 1 hit as he earned the win.

After the game, the Paw Sox had several promotions going on around the ballpark as they thanked their fans for a great season. The Paw Sox had pony rides on the football field next to the stadium. They let kids run the bases after game. They even had a helicopter drop tennis balls onto the field

The Paw Sox welcomed 409,960 fans into McCoy Stadium this season. That was up from the 2016 season. In the 2016 season, 407,097 fans went through the turnstiles at McCoy Stadium. There were also 11 sellouts at McCoy Stadium this season.

Helicopter Drop

During the helicopter drop, the Pawtucket Red Sox placed three hula hoops in center field. Each hula hoop represented a section of the ballpark. You can find the whole video on the Trifecta Face Book page or you can find a portion of it below.

The prize that the team gave out to fans was free frostys from Wendys. That was on top of the free frostys that they were giving out to all the fans from the “Pop Flys For Frostys” promotion that the team has during the game.

Day As A Whole

Pawtucket Red Sox players thanked their fans after the game by throwing soft toss balls into the crowd. After that, the team had the helicopter come in to drop the tennis balls on to the field.

Once the helicopter left McCoy Stadium, the Paw Sox let kids run the bases. Then in the football field next to the stadium, the Paw Sox had horses for children to ride.

The next Pawtucket Red Sox game to be played at McCoy Stadium is on Friday April 6th, 2018 against the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs.

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Red Sox Prospect Hector Velazquez Dazzles In Start With Paw Sox

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Red Sox Prospect Hector Velazquez Dazzles In Start With Paw Sox

Hector Velazquez started on the mound today as the Pawtucket Red Sox closed out their home schedule at McCoy Stadium. He dazzled the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs through 7 innings while giving up only 1 hit. HE was credited with the win as the Paw Sox went on to beat the Iron Pigs 3-0 in front of 8,207 fans.

Before today, Velazquez looked like he was starting to get tired. Over a 3 start period, he gave up 10 runs (9 earned). For a guy who has had an ERA for a majority of the season around 1.50, that is very troubling.

But the last time he pitched before today was 9 days ago, and it looked like it benefited him greatly. Velazquez and Brian Johnson are two players that could give the Red Sox pitching staff a huge boost this September.

Hector Velazquez last 4 starts at AAA Pawtucket:

  • July 29th at Indianapolis: 5 innings, giving up 8 hits, 5 runs (2 home runs), 1 walk, and 5 strikeouts on 74 pitches (47 strikes).
  • August 7th vs. Charlotte: 5 innings, giving up 2 hits, 0 runs, 2 walks, 9 strikeouts on 88 pitches (58 strikes).
  • August 12th against Columbus: 4 innings, giving up 7 hits, 5 runs (4 earned), 3 walks, and struck out 3 on 92 pitches (51 strikes).
  • August 18th at Columbus: 6 innings, giving up 5 hits, 3 runs (1 home run) 1 walk, and struck out 5 on 97 pitches (61 strikes).

Velazquez Today

Velazquez was optioned to the Boston Red Sox on August 22nd before being re-optioned back to AAA Pawtucket on the 24th. This gave Velazquez an extra 4 days off. It looked like Velazquez benefited from extra time off.

Today Velazquez showed that he can pitch exactly like how he was earlier this season. A few weeks ago after his start against the Columbus Clippers, I said that it looked like Velazquez was tired and needed down time. Today he was able to have his start on extra rest, and pitched like he was refreshed.

Velazquez easily had his best start of the season for Paw Sox. In 7 innings, today, he gave up 1 hit, 0 runs, 1 walk, and 3 strikeouts on 95 pitches (62 strikes). The one hit he gave up was a 2 out single to Cameron Perkins in the 1st inning. After that he retired 19 of the next 20 batters to close out his day.

Velazquez Going Forward

Hector Velazquez and Brian Johnson are two pitchers that are probably going to be called up to Boston this September. Both pitchers are capable of starting games for the Boston Red Sox too. They both could come up big for the Red Sox if they do need them while the Red Sox try to get some extra rest for their current starters.

Earlier this month, it looked like that Velazquez was starting to get tired. At one point over 3 starts, he gave up 9 earned runs over 14 innings. That was from a guy who had a 1.58 ERA at the beginning of that stretch.

This extra time off looked like it benefited Velazquez greatly. Going forward, I see that Velazquez could be a valuable member of the Red Sox pitching staff come this September.

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Carson Smith Dazzles In Rehab Appearance

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Carson Smith Dazzles In Rehab Appearance With The Pawtucket Red Sox

Boston Red Sox reliever Carson Smith made his 8th rehab appearance on Saturday night at McCoy Stadium. It was his seventh appearance for the Pawtucket Red Sox with the right hander continuing his journey back after undergoing Tommy John Surgery.

Smith was initially slated to pitch on Friday night with the goal getting him to an every-other-day schedule. But after a discussion on Friday, it was determined, pushing him back a day was the right move.

Smiths Rehab Appearances

  1. August 5th for the Portland Sea Dogs: .1 IP, 0 H, 3 BB, 2 ER
  2. August 8th for the Pawtucket Red Sox: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 SO
  3. August 12th for the Pawtucket Red Sox: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 SO
  4. August 15th for the Pawtucket Red Sox: .1 IP, 3 H, 2ER
  5. August 18th for the Pawtucket Red Sox: 1.0 IP, 1 BB
  6. August 21st for the Pawtucket Red Sox: 1.0 IP, 2 SO
  7. August 23rd for the Pawtucket Red Sox: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 SO
  8. August 26th for the Pawtucket Red Sox: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 SO

Saturday’s appearance for Smith was an effective one as he continues to take steps in the right direction.

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