Boston Red Sox Prospect Updates After The Pawsox 5-4 Win Over the Syracuse Chiefs Tonight At McCoy Stadium
The Pawtucket Red Sox won their 1st game at McCoy Stadium tonight 5-4 against the Syracuse Chiefs in from of 2,073 fans to improve their record on the young season to 3-3. There were a few notable things that came out from tonight’s game.
- Blake Swihart is showing why his bat is the reason why he should be behind the plate for the Boston Red Sox. In the 1st inning, he took a fastball away and pulled it into the right-field seats for a home run. In the 3rd inning, he took a pitch and punched it into shallow right field to bring in another run. He then hit a sac fly in the 5th The biggest take away from tonight is that he was hitting the ball hard. Yes Sandy Leon is on fire with the Boston Red Sox so far this season, but I don’t see him keeping up that pace the entire season. It will be interesting to see if Red Sox call him up and trade either Leon or Christian Vazquez for bullpen help later in the season. His final line tonight was 2/3 with 3 RBIs.
- Junior Lake looked lost in his 1st at bat tonight for the Pawtucket Red Sox. He struck out on 3 pitches with the 3rd pitch being a 2-seam fastball away that he just lunged at. Lake was a big part of the Chicago Cubs lineup when he broke out in 2013, batting .284 with the Cubs. The Red Sox are taking a gamble with Lake, be he could work out in the end as depth for the Red Sox if he finds what he had with the Cubs. His final line for the night was 0/2 with 1 walk and 1 strikeout.
- Rusney Castillo did have a base hit up the middle in the 3rd inning and a rocket double in the 5th to center field to drive in a run. His 3rd time up he hit a rocket to the center fielder for an out but he did hit it hard. Saying all of that, He can only hit the fastball. He has quickly fallen in the depth chart for the Red Sox. If the Red Sox could go back and redo that sinning, you would have to imagine that they would do it in a heartbeat. His final line tonight was 2/4 with an RBI.
- Sam Travis had a rough night in the field and at the plate. In the 2nd inning, he fielded a ground ball that should have been a double play to get the Paw Sox out of the inning, but he threw it to Junior Lake in left field to give the Sky Chiefs a run. At the plate it wasn’t much better. He was 0/3 with a walk and a strike out. He’s only batting .167 on the young season but it isn’t a cause for concern. I think he will snap out of it because he does have the talent and I do think you will see him take Mitch Morelands’ job at one point this season. But tonight he was not making solid contact. This just shows that spring training numbers are pointless. Travis did come out of the game in the 9th inning after colliding with Blake Swihart while catching a popup. Travis was bleeding, and he made the catch.
- Allen Craig walked in his 1st 2 plate appearances. In his 3rd plate appearance, he hit a rocket to the warning track in left field that would have been an easy double but the left fielder Brandon Snyder made a great, over the shoulder catch for the out. He went 0/2 on the night with 2 walks.
- Devin Marrero looked lost tonight. Not once, but twice he struck out with the hit and run on. Both times, Allen Craig was thrown out at 2nd and both throws beat him to the bag. Contact has been the biggest struggle for the former 1st round pick. If he can’t figure out how to make contact soon, the 26-year-old will quickly fall in the depth chart. He was 0/4 with 3 strikeouts on the night. But in his final AB he did hit a loud fly ball to the Sky Chiefs right fielder.
- Hector Velazquez looked like he can pitch in professional baseball. He kept the Paw Sox in the game pitching 4.2 innings, giving up 3 earned runs. One of those runs didn’t come in until he was relieved by Edgar Olmos in the 5th He threw a lot of strikes tonight which is a good sign. With his command of the strike zone, I think he has officially passed Henry Owens on the starting pitching depth chart for the big club.