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Pawtucket Red Sox: Top 10 Players Of The Week



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

Boston Red Sox’s Henry Owens pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Boston, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

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.

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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Red Sox Trade Bryce Brentz To The Pittsburgh Pirates



Bryce Brentz

Red Sox Trade OF Bryce Brentz To The Pittsburgh Pirates

The Red Sox have announced that they have traded outfielder Bryce Brentz to the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash considerations. This creates a spot for newly signed JD Martinez on the 40 man roster, and ultimately the opening day 25 man roster.

Last season for the Pawtucket Red Sox, Bryce Brentz hit .271 with 31 home runs and 85 RBI’s. Those 31 home runs was the most out of any player in the Red Sox organization. However his fielding was okay at best.

This season, Bryce Brentz was on track to be the number 4 outfielder for the Boston Red Sox. But with the acquisition of JD Martinez, this would force Bryce Brentz off the opening day roster. Since Bryce Brentz no longer has anymore options, this trade makes sure that the Red Sox get something out of getting rid of him. Otherwise the Red Sox would have just designated him for assignment.

Bryce Brentz Highlights

Here are some of the highlights from last season for Bryce Brentz.

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Pawtucket Red Sox Close Out At Home And Thank Fans



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



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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