Pawtucket Red Sox: Top 10 players Of The Week For June 12- June 18
Last week, the Paw Sox played 8 game. That included 3 double headers. One on Tuesday at Syracuse. Then they played back to back doubleheaders against the Rochester Red Wings at McCoy Stadium on Saturday and Sunday. The doubleheader on Saturday was due to a rainout from earlier in the season. The doubleheader on Sunday was due to a rainout on Friday. In those 8 games, the Paw Sox had a record of 4-4. Here is the top 10 Paw Sox players of the week. You can check out last week’s top 10 players here.
10) Jamie Callahan (Last Week N/A)
Jamie Callahan pitched well in 2 outing for the Paw Sox this past week. In those 2 games, he went 2 innings, 1 walk, and 3 strikeouts. Since he was promoted from AA Portland, he hasn’t pitched very well. But this past week, he lowered his ERA on the season to 4.61. That was down from 5.40 from just a week ago.
9) Kyle Kendrick (Last Week #5)
Kyle Kendrick only had one start this past week. In that start on Saturday, he went 5 innings, giving up 7 hits, 1 run, 1 walk, and struck out 2. The Paw Sox went on to win the game 2-1 in 8 innings thanks to a walk off home run from Jantzen Witte. This start on June 17th also indicated that Kyle Kendrick didn’t opt out of his contract from the Boston Red Sox. In Kyle Kendricks’ contract, there was an opt-out clause on June 15th.
8) Noe Ramirez (Last Week N/A)
Noe Ramirez continued to do this thing this past week for the Paw Sox. In 2 appearances out of the Paw Sox bullpen, he went 5.1 innings, giving up 2 hits, 2 walks, and struck out 3. In both games, he earned the win for the Paw Sox. Ramirez has been able to pitch well for the Paw Sox this year but he hasn’t been able to find success at the major league level. In 30.2 innings, he has a 4.99 ERA with a .271 batting average against.
7) Henry Owens (Last Week N/A)
Henry Owens didn’t have a great week in 2 starts. The reason why he is on this list is because for some reason he didn’t give up that many runs. In 2 starts, he went 11.2 innings, giving up 7 hits, 3 runs, 12 walks, and 7 strikeouts. He gave up 12 walk. The fact that he didn’t give up more than 3 runs is just flat out impressive pitching by him. The old saying that you get burned by walks. Well that doesn’t apply to Henry Owens.
6) Dan Butler (Last Week N/A)
Dan Butler might only be a backup catcher for the Paw Sox, but this week he went 5 for 10 at the plate. That is a .500 average was accompanied by 1 home run and 5 RBI’s. That 1 home run came in game 2 of Saturday’s doubleheader. The Paw Sox may have lost 7-5, but Dan Butler hit his 1st home run of the season.
5) Jantzen Witte (Last Week N/A)
This past week, Jantzen Witte was 6 for 16 at the plate in 5 games. That works out to be a .375 average. That went along with 1 home run and 2 RBI’s. He had a good week at the plate, but the real reason why he is on this list is because he was clutch this past week. During game 1 of Saturday’s doubleheader, he hit a walk off home run into the berm in left field to give the Paw Sox a 2-1 win.
4) Jalen Beeks (Last Week #6)
Jalen Beeks might be the next big pitching prospect to come out of the Red Sox organization. In his only start of the week on Tuesday, he went 6.2 innings, giving up 5 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk, and struck out 4. The Paw Sox went on to win 6-2 at Syracuse. Beeks will be making his 4th start at the AAA level on June 20th at McCoy Stadium. It will be interesting to see how he can progress in that start.
3) Rusney Castillo (Last Week N/A)
Rusney Castillo continued his hot streak this past week. In 8 games, he went 13 for 30 with 2 home runs and 6 RBI’s. By the end of the week, he raised his batting average to .306. It has gotten to the point for Castillo where you might be able to use him as a trade piece if you eat some of his contract.
Castillo did play poorly on Sunday in a doubleheader however. In the first game of the doubleheader, he was on 2nd base. The Paw Sox lost 3-2 in 8 innings. Then in the second game, the Red wings took a 2-1 lead over the Paw Sox on a fielding error by Castillo. In the 5th inning, J.B. Shuck hit a single to centerfield that got down for a base hit. Castillo couldn’t field the ball cleanly and the runner came in to score. This was a clear mental mistake. Something that Castillo has struggled with in his career.
2) Edgar Olmos (Last Week #10)
Edgar Olmos pitched very well for the Paw Sox this past week. In 2 starts, he went 10 innings, giving up 3 runs (1 earned), 3 walks, and he struck out 8. During his 1st game this past week, he started game 2 of a doubleheader on Tuesday night at Syracuse. In that game, he went 4 innings as the Paw Sox went on to win 6-3.
But on Sunday he had the longest appearance of his career in the 2-1 Paw Sox loss. He went 6 innings, giving up 2 runs. Neither run was earned. The long man for the Paw Sox has shown that he is incredibly reliable from the starting role and in the bullpen.
1) Bryce Brentz (Last week #7)
Bryce Brentz was on an absolute fire this past week for the Paw Sox. In 6 games, he was 10 for 20 at the plate which works out to be a .500 average. That went along with 3 home runs and 10 RBI’s. This past week, he raised his average from .226 to .255. That is a monster week for the Paw Sox outfielder. Since he started using a toe tap while batting, he has been on fire. It really showed this past week.
His big hit of the week came on Saturday night in game 2 of a doubleheader against the Rochester Red Wings. In the 1st inning, the Paw Sox fell behind 2-0. The Paw Sox loaded the bases with no outs before Bryce Brentz hit a grand slam to give them a 4-2 lead. Unfortunately, the Paw Sox ended up losing the game 7-5.