Pawtucket Red Sox: Top 10 Players Of The Week
For the remainder of the season, Trifecta Sports Network will be covering the Pawtucket Red Sox full time. As we go through the season, we want to inform Boston Red Sox fans what is happening on the field for the Pawtucket Red Sox. So, we will be doing a review of the top 10 Paw Sox players each week. The week will begin with the game that will be on Monday and go to that Sunday. We will release the rankings on Monday mornings starting with today. This past week the Paw Sox played 5 games and went 4-1.
10) Marcus Walden
Marcus Walden had his only outing of the week on Wednesday against the Louisville Bats. He came in to take over for David Price who was making a rehab start with the Paw Sox. We went 2.1 innings, giving up 2 hits, 2 walks, and 2 K’ and earned the win. After the game, manager Kevin Boles praised his work, saying that he pitched very well.
9) Austin Maddox
On Friday Night, the Paw Sox beat the Durham Bulls 5-4 in 12 innings. Austin Maddox went 3 hitless innings while only walking 1. These 3 scoreless innings ate a few innings before the Paw Sox were able to win the game on a Bryce Brentz walk-off single in the 12th inning.
8) Blaine Boyer
This past week, Blaine Boyer pitched 2 innings, giving up 1 hit, 1 walk, and striking out 1. It’s not a big sample size, but he did get a promotion to Boston on Saturday, after Bryan Johnson was sent back down to Pawtucket.
7) Kyle Kendrick
Kyle Kendrick started for the Paw Sox on Friday against the Durham Bulls. In that start, he went 7 innings, giving up 6 hits, 4 runs, 3 earned runs, and 5 K’s. Those numbers don’t stand out, in fact, its barley a quality outing. But, from the 2nd inning until the 7th, he retired 16 batters in a row in impressive fashion. For a pitcher that has been mediocre at best this season, that’s very impressive.
6) Henry Owens
Henry Owens was very effective in a 7-1 Paw Sox win on Sunday afternoon against the Durham Bulls. He went 6 innings, giving up 1 run on 4 hits. He did have trouble throwing strikes as usual, issuing 4 walks, but he was able to limit the damage as the Bulls only scored 1 run in the 1st inning.
5) Rusney Castillo
Rusney Castillo is a name I hate to put on this list, since he only played in 2 games and went 3 for 5. But, on Sunday he started for the 1st time since Tuesday night. He went 3 for 4 in that game with a home run down the right field line.
4) Allen Craig
I hate to put Allen Craig on this list, especially since he is making way too much money, but he had himself a pretty good week at the plate. In 4 games, he was 7 for 17, which is a .412 avg. He only had 3 RBI’s this past week, but he has looked better at the plate. I doubt he will get called up to Boston at all, but maybe he plays well enough to get him a contract by some team next year.
3) Hector Velázquez
Hector Velázquez made his 1st start with the Paw Sox on Saturday night since his demotion for the Boston Red Sox. During his time with the Red Sox, he mad one start against the Athletics. In that start he went 5 innings, giving up 3 home runs. In his start with the Paw Sox on Saturday night, he went 7 innings, giving up 2 runs, on 6 hits.
Manager Kevin Boles said after the game that in his start with the Red Sox, he was working middle-middle. In this start with the Paw Sox, he was able to work different eye levels and was able to throw his changeup and breaking ball really well. This start shows that he could actually be better than what we thought. His poor performance for the Red Sox might have been nervousness since it was his major league debut.
2) Steve Selsky
Steve Selsky had a big week at the plate, especially with the long ball. This week he showed that he was a monster at the plate. He was 8 for 24, a .333 avg, with 4 home runs, and 9 RBI’s in 5 games. His best game of the season so far came on Sunday afternoon in a 7-1 win over the Durham Bulls.
That afternoon he went 2 for 4 with 2 home runs and 5 RBI’s. His first home run of the day came in the 1st inning. The Paw Sox began the inning with 4 straight singles. With one run in already and the bases loaded, Selsky took the first pitch he saw into the Paw Sox bullpen for a grand slam.
1) Bryce Brentz
Bryce Brentz has struggled this season at AAA Pawtucket. Before last week he was only batting .162 in 30 games with 4 home runs and 9 RBI’s. Bryce Brentz was 8 for 17 at the plate or a .471 avg, with 2 home runs and 6 RBIs in 5 games.
His biggest hit of the week came on Friday, May 26th against the Durham Bulls. In that game, the Paw Sox were tied at 4 going into the 12th inning. In the 12th inning, the Paw Sox loaded the bases with nobody out. After an Allen Craig strike out, Bryce Brentz hit a walk off single up the middle to give the Paw Sox a 5-4 win.
In an interview with Mike Monaco, Brentz said that he has a toe tap in his swing now that has helped him with his timing. This toe tap looks like it will help him going forward at the plate. If it does, he could make an impact at the big league level later this season.