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Pawtucket Red Sox: Top 10 Players Of The Week

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Pawtucket Red Sox: Top 10 Players Of The Week For June 26th Until July 2nd

The Paw Sox had a nice bounce back week this past week, as they had a record of 5-2 in 7 games. In those 7 games, 4 of them came at Lehigh Valley where the Paw Sox won 3 out of 4 games. The next 3 came at McCoy Stadium against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. You can see who made the top 10 list from the week of June 19th to the 25th here. Here is the list from this past week of June 26th until July 2nd.

10) Brandon Workman (Last Week #3)

BOSTON, MA – JUNE 15: Brandon Workman #67 of the Boston Red Sox throws in the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park on June 15, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. A run scored on the play. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Brandon Workman pitched well this past week. In 2 outings, he went 2 innings, he gave up 1 hit and 3 strikeouts. His most important outing of the week came on Saturday night during the 2nd game of a suspended double header. The Paw Sox were leading 5-0 going into the 7th inning before Hector Velasquez gave up a 2 run home run to Devyn Bolasky. With the Paw Sox now leading 5-2, they brought in Brandon Workman to close out the game. Workman is one of the relievers in Pawtucket that we could see in a critical situation in Boston later this season. He is one of those names you definitely want to keep an eye out for.

9) Noe Ramirez (Last Week N/A)

Noe Ramirez appeared in one game for the Paw Sox this past week. In that game, he helped save the bullpen by going 3 innings, giving up 1 hit, 2 walks, and 5 strikeouts. In that game, Kyle Kendrick only went 2 innings. The Paw Sox needed the bullpen for 7 innings. Having one reliever go 3 innings is very clutch.

8) Austin Maddox (Last Week N/A)

Austin Maddox is starting to show why he could be a viable member out of the Red Sox bullpen, never mind the Paw Sox bullpen. In 3 appearances this past week, he went 4 innings, while walking 2 and striking out 4. Maddox is someone you could see in Boston again at one point this season.

7) Ryan Court (Last Week #10)

Ryan Court had a pretty good week this past week. In 5 games, he went 7 for 20 at the plate with 1 home run and 3 RBI’s. That ended up being a .350 batting average that raised his average on the season to .270 on the season.

6) Hector Velasquez (Last Week N/A)

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Hector Velasquez was his typical Hector Velasquez self this past week. In 2 starts, he pitched 11 innings, giving up 11 hits, 4 runs, 5 walks, and struck out 6. When you glance at those numbers, you would think that they are not awesome numbers. But in his 2nd start of the week on Saturday, he pitched extremely well. He pitched 6 scoreless innings before they sent him out for the complete game in the 7th. When they sent him out, that’s when he gave up 2 hits and 2 runs on a home run. He didn’t record an out. Take that out of the pitcher, he a great week.

5) Mike Miller (Last Week N/A)

Mike Miller has started to thrive in the leadoff spot since Rusney Castillo went on the DL with a groin pull. In 6 games, he was 9 for 28 with 1 home run and 4 RBI’s. His home run came on Wednesday, in a 10-2 Paw Sox loss at Lehigh Valley. With Castillo being on the DL, having Miller thrive in the leadoff spot is huge for the Paw Sox lineup.

4) Jalen Beeks (Last Week #5)

Jalen Beeks only pitched in one game this past week. That game was on Friday night against Scranton. The two teams played 3 innings on Friday night. In those 3 innings, Beeks gave up 1 hit and struck out 5 on 33 pitches (24 strikes). In those 3 innings, Scranton was getting very little contact. With Beeks working extremely quickly and effectively, he had the possibility of going deep into this game. It is a shame that the rain suspended the game to the following day. If the rain didn’t come, Beeks had a chance to go really deep into this game.

3) Heiker Meneses (Last Week N/A)

Heiker Meneses had an amazing week this past week. In 7 games, he was 9 for 25 which was a .360 batting average. It was a great week at the plate, but what made it better was that he was able to hit a home run during a 14-5 win at Lehigh Valley on Tuesday. Yes, Heiker Meneses was able to hit a home run. If you don’t know Meneses’s game, he’s a single hitter. Get on base and use his legs to score. In his 10 season being a minor leaguer, he has hit 15 home runs. It’s not a lot of power. Based on his past, that will be his only long ball this season.

2) Brian Bogusevic (Last Week #7)

Brian Bogusevic had a great week this past week for the Paw Sox. In 5 games, he was 9 for 22 with 1 home run and 4 RBI’s. That works out to be a .409 average. During that time, he was able to raise his average on the season from .233 to 258. For a 5 game span, that’s very impressive. His big hit came on Wednesday night in Lehigh Valley. In that game, he hit his 5th homerun of the season as the Paw Sox lost 10-2.

1) Bryce Brentz (Last Week #2)

Bryce Brentz had an amazing week, and he was awarded for it. In 7 games, he went 14 for 28 with 4 home runs and 10 RBI’s. That was enough to give him the honor of being the international league batter of the week. During that time, he was able to raise his batting average from .255 to .282. His biggest hit of the week came on Monday night against Lehigh Valley. In that game, he hit a game winning home run in the top of the 10th inning to give the Paw Sox a 5-4 win. With the Paw Sox struggling so much over the last few weeks, it gave the Paw Sox a jumpstart on to the week.

 

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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