Pawtucket Red Sox: Top 10 Players Of The Week
This is the 2nd weekly Paw Sox top 10. During the 1st top 10, the Paw Sox were 4-1 as they played very well at home. This past week, the Paw Sox went 4-3 against the Durham Bulls at home and on the road. They also had a visit in Norfolk for 3 games to play the Norfolk Tides. These games took place between May 29th and June 4th.
10) Brian Johnson (Last week N/A)
Brian Johnson is only on this list for one reason. He exited his start on Saturday night against the Durham Bulls early with hamstring cramping. But, in that start he had 5 strike outs. That needs to be recognized that batters couldn’t even hit him. He should be called up the pitch for the Red Sox this week against the Detroit Tigers to replace Eduardo Rodriguez who was placed on the DL which is good news for Johnson.
9) Jamie Callahan (Last week N/A)
In 2 appearances this week, Jamie Callahan went 3.2 innings, giving up 2 hits and struck out 3 in 2 appearances. One of those appearances came on Friday night. That was a 6-4 loss to the Durham Bulls. In that game, Henry Owens went 2/3 of an inning, giving up 6 hits, and 6 earned runs. Callahan pitched the 8th and 9th innings to give the Paw Sox a chance to come back and win a game there should have been no shot of winning.
8) Kyle Martin (Last Week N/A)
Kyle Martin pitched well out of the Paw Sox bullpen this week. In 2 appearances, he went 4.2 innings, giving up 4 hits, 0 runs, and struck out 6 batters. One of those appearances came on Friday night when Henry Owens only went 2/3 of an inning. Martin pitches 2.1 innings to give the Paw Sox a chance to come back and win.
7) Heiker Meneses (Last Week N/A)
Heiker Meneses had a decent week at the plate. He went 6 for 16 (.375 avg). That is a decent week at the plate But what is noticeable about Meneses, is that he is a vacuum in the field. He has great range and can make the throw to 1st deep in the 5.5 hole. I’m confident he could play 3rd base for the Red Sox at an elite level at the moment defensively. Especially compared to Pablo Sandoval. His bat is nowhere near major league ready but his defensive abilities are unbelievable.
6) Shawn Haviland (Last week N/A)
Shawn Haviland went 6 strong innings on last Monday in a 3-1 win over the Durham Bulls at McCoy Stadium. In that game he went 6 innings, giving up 5 hits, 1 run, and struck out 6. There wasn’t a lot of hard hit balls off of Haviland. Unfortunately for Haviland, he was placed on the 7 day DL on June 3rd, retroactive to June 1st. So we will not see him anytime soon on the mound for the Paw Sox.
5) Marcus Walden (Last Week #10)
Marcus Walden appeared in 2 games for the Paw Sox this week. On Tuesday, he earned the win as the Paw Sox beat the Norfolk Tides 3-1. In that start, he went 5 innings, giving up 4 hits, 1 run, and 3 K’s. But on Saturday, he went 1.2 innings and struck out 4. That came up big for the Paw Sox because Brian Johnson only lasted 1.2 innings. The Paw Sox bullpen was already killed because the night before, Henry Owens went only 2/3 of an inning.
4) Hector Velázquez (Last week #3)
Hector Velázquez continued his great pitching at the AAA level in a start on Thursday night against the Norfolk Tides. In that game, he went 6 innings, giving up 3 hits, 1 walk, and struck out 3. This is the continuation of what he has done at the AAA level this season. This season, he is 4-1 with a 1.50 ERA in 42 innings. It’ll be interesting to see if the Red Sox give him another shot at the big league level this season. According to Paw Sox manager Kevin Boles, he does have the stuff if he sticks to his game.
3) Ryan Court (Last week N/A)
Ryan Court went 11 for 30 (.367 avg) with 1 home run and 6 RBI’s. He began his week in a 3-1 Paw Sox win against the Durham Bulls at McCoy Stadium. In that game, he hit a go ahead home run into the Bulls bullpen in the 7th inning. He then hit a go ahead RBI single to give the Paw Sox an insurance run.
2) Bryce Brentz (Last week #1)
Bryce Brentz continued his hot streak at the plate this week. This week, Brentz was 7 for 26 with 3 home runs and 9 RBI’s. That is only a .269 batting average, but you can’t ignore his 3 home runs. One of those home runs was a grand slam on Wednesday at Norfolk. He hit it in the 7th inning to tie the game at 7. Unfortunately the Paw Sox ended up losing that game in 11 innings 9-7.
1) Mike Miller (Last week N/A)
Mike Miller had an MVP type week for the Paw Sox. He was 7 for 16 (.438 avg) with 2 RBI’s. He also closed out a 6-4 Paw Sox win on Saturday night against the Durham Bulls. Yes, Mike Miller closed out a 6-4 Paw Sox win. The 2nd basemen for the Pawtucket Red Sox closed out a game. In that outing he went 1 inning, giving up 2 hits, 2 runs, 1 home run, and 1 strike out.