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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 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

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

NOTE: CORRECT SPELLING IS RODRIGUEZ—-
MIAMI FL- JULY 26: Cuban Baseball player Rusney Castillo tryout at Alex Rodriguez Park held at the University of Miami on July 26, 2014 in in Miami, Florida. (Photo By Larry Marano (C)

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.

 

 

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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Boston Red Sox Pitcher Carson Smith Had Something Extra In His Rehab Appearence

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Boston Red Sox Pitcher Carson Smith Had Something Extra In His Rehab Appearence With PawSox

Carson Smith made his 6th rehab appearance at AAA Pawtucket on Wednesday nights as the Paw Sox went on to win 5-3 over the Buffalo Bisons. During his appearance tonight, he looked like he had a little extra on his fastball as it topped out at 92 mph.

This is Smiths’ first appearance with only one day of rest since he underwent tommy john surgery last year. During his rehab stint, the Boston Red Sox were having him make a rehab appearance every third day.

In his last appearance on Monday night, he went 1 inning, while striking out 2 on 14 pitches (8 strikes). His fastball topped out at 91 mph.

Smith Tonight

Carson Smith seemed to have something a little extra on his fastball tonight as it topped out at 92 mph. In 2015 when Smith a dominate reliever for the Seattle Mariners, his fastball averaged 93.5 mph according to fangraphs.

His final pitching line tonight over his one inning was 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 walks, and 1 strikeout on 10 pitches (7 strikes). Six of his pitches were fastball, four were sliders. The one hit he gave up was a lead off double to Rowdy Tellez on an 88 mph fastball. It was the 2nd pitch of the AB. Tellez was then picked off 2nd base by Paw Sox catcher Jake Romanski.

The first out he recorded himself of the inning was a strikeout of Danny Jansen. It came on an 84 mph slider. The final out of the inning came on a ground out to shortstop by Jason Lebleijian.

Smith Going Forward

For Carson Smith to realistically be an option out of the Red Sox bullpen come September, he is going to need to be able to pitch on consecutive nights. Having Smith pitch tonight on only 1 day of rest shows that the team is trying to get him ready to pitch at the major league level.

With the struggles of Matt Barnes, who is now on the disabled list, having Smith as an option out of the Boston Red Sox bullpen is huge. The Red Sox need another option out of the bullpen on any given night going into September and October. Having Smith pitch on one day of rest compared to two, is a start for him on his way to being a part of the Boston Red Sox bullpen.

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Boston Red Sox Have Acquired Speedster Rajai Davis

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Boston Red Sox Have Acquired Speedster Rajai Davis From Oakland

The Boston Red Sox have acquired Oakland Athletics outfielder Rajai Davis.

Evan Drellich of CSNNE was the first with the news with Drellich crediting the A’s extra inning affair with Baltimore Orioles being the reason for the hold-up.

Minor League Outfielder In Exchange For Davis

In exchange for Davis, the Boston Red Sox will send minor league outfielder Rafael Rincones back to Oakland according to the official release by the team.

Rincones is a 19-year-old prospect that has been playing for the Red Sox affiliate in the Dominican Summer League. He has a .264 career batting average with 2 home runs and 39 RBIs. Rincones was undrafted and signed by the Red Sox as an international free agent in August of 2015.

Rumblings Started Early In The Afternoon With A Pawtucket Red Sox Infielder Being DFA’d

In the afternoon on Wednesday, the first rumblings of a waiver trade were made after a report by Nick Carfardo of the Boston Globe. In order to acquire Davis, Boston first had to clear a roster spot.

To add Rajai Davis to the 40 man roster, the Red Sox designated Steve Selsky for assignment. Selsky played in 8 games for the Red Sox this season, where he had 1 hit in 9 at-bats. Since being sent to AAA Pawtucket on April 28th, Selsky has struggled. In 79 games, Selsky hit .215 with 11 home runs, and 39 RBI’s.

Seslky left McCoy Stadium shortly after it was announced he was the DFA. He did not leave the park with any of his belongings and is expected to rejoin the PawSox tomorrow.

What Davis Brings To The Table For The Boston Red Sox

In terms of Davis, he provides outfield depth with the injury to Jackie Bradley Jr., and he provides some much-needed speed to the Boston Red Sox.

Davis is 36-years-old and the Norwich, Connecticut native should sound very familiar to Boston Red Sox fans. Davis has 10 years of American League experience including three seasons with AL East rival Toronto. What he brings to Boston is speed.

Davis has stolen 30+ bases in a season a total of 7 times in his career and he is on pace to do it once more this year. For the Oakland Athletics this season he has stolen 26 bases. As a whole, he is .233 on the season in 300 at-bats. Production at the plate isn’t why the Red Sox acquired him though.

Davis instantly becomes the best base stealer on the team. His 26 stolen bads are 8 higher than the highest on the Red Sox. Mookie Betts has 18, Andrew Benintendi 15, and Xander Bogaerts 11. Every other player on the team is sub-10. Come October, the need for speed on the bases and the ability to insert a legit pinch runner is immense.

Think Quienten Berry (2013) and Dave Roberts (2004). That is what Davis is expected to bring to the table.

In terms of placement, he can play center field till the return of Jackie Bradley Jr. Davis in 2017 has played 79 games in center for Oakland with a .987 fielding percentage in 572 innings logged.

What To Expect Going Forward

One would assume that Boston will use Davis in the field with Bradley being placed on the 10-day-dl with a sprained left thumb. Davis can also play left or right field until Bradley returns, Davis will likely serve as the fourth outfielder.

Once Bradley returns, Davis will likely be used almost exclusively as a pinch runner late in games. A role that will be crucial to October baseball success.

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Pawtucket Red Sox To Host Kyrie Irving Night

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Pawtucket Red Sox To Host Kyrie Irving Night At McCoy Stadium

The biggest headline in sports today is the trade of Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics. For the Pawtucket Red Sox, they saw this move as an opportunity.

On Thursday night at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket Rhode Island, the AAA affiliate of the Boston Red Sox will be hosting a Kyrie Irving night.

Here are some the highlights of the night at McCoy.

  • Any fan wearing the color green or Celtics apparel will receive free general admission to the 7:05 game.
  • There will be a grand price revolving around Irving’s new number 11
  • PawSox store to have Celtics themed apparel.
  • Pregame dunk tank with Cleveland Cavaliers fan in tank wearing LeBron James jersey
  • Double the admission price for any fans by the name of LeBron, Draymond, Steph, Lonzo, or Kevin Love/Durant.

For the full info from the team check out the tweet by Mike Monaco below.

Kudos to the PawSox for capitalizing on a golden opportunity.

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