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Boston Red Sox Prospect Updates After The Pawsox 5-4 Win Over the Syracuse Chiefs Tonight At McCoy Stadium

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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.

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Red Sox Rumor: Jackie Bradley Jr. Being Shopped For Trade

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With the Boston Red Sox looking to acquire a power bat this offseason to keep up with the Yankees they are reportedly shopping a core member of their current team.

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today the player Boston is shopping is center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. One potential destination for Bradley is the Chicago Cubs. Chicago has been connected to Boston with slugger Kyle Schwarber potentially being available.

Schwarber has mashing power but has had issues at the plate having a .211 average last season that caused the Cubs to send the home run hitter back to the minors last June.

Bradley who hit 26 home runs two seasons ago fell back to 17 home runs this past season with a .245 batting average. His fielding ability though makes up for any shortcomings he has at the plate and his contract status could be very appealing in the trade market. Bradley Jr. has three years of arbitration remaining on his contract.

If Boston moves on from Bradley the likely scenario of outfield positioning would be moving Andrew Benintendi over to center field keeping Mookie Betts out in right field.

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Stanton in Pinstripes Edition

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The snow is now cascading down upon us with indifferent wrath. Today, Boston saw the first real Winter Storm of the impending season. And while you were outside futilely efforting to resist nature, with your shovels and snowblowers, the World of Baseball fractured entirely.

If you haven’t heard by now, you live under the most obscure rock in existence. The New York Yankees have purportedly acquired Giancarlo Stanton from Derek Jeter and the Miami Marlins. 

Stanton is currently going through the formality of physicals and medical checkups – as if there’s going to be anything physically wrong with this inhuman behemoth.

The Winter Meetings commence tomorrow. It is expected that the trade will be officially announced soon after.

Reports suggest that the Yankees have agreed to eat $265 million of Stanton’s contract, while sending Starlin Castro to Miami along with a couple of low-level pitching prospects.

This was our White Whale, Boston – this one got away and we still ended up dying in the end.

Dave Dombrowski looks like an absolute fool for having let this chiseled new-school Bambino slip through his hands. He immolated the entire pitching crop, down on the farm. So it’s inconceivable that Dombrowski didn’t offer the kitchen sink, in his pursuit of Stanton.

Conversely, underneath the surface, Giancarlo’s mind might have been irrevocably made up, before talks even started. He’s a city-slicker. Miami nightlife translates better to Big Apple nightlife than it does to the half-revelry of the Boston Commonwealth.

The Yankees obtain Giancarlo Stanton, presupposing the implications for the Red Sox and fans alike. It’s with a heavy heart that I unfortunately welcome you to a familiar and antique era of Red Sox Baseball. It’s the late 90’s all over again…

But, you know what? Let’s try to make light of this nonplussing news! Yeah, we don’t need Giancarlo Stanton and those Damn Yankees still won’t win the World Series! It’s time for another installment of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

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Boston Red Sox Do Not Need To Get A Big Bat

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Many have stated their wishes that the Boston Red Sox will go out and get a big-time bat for the heart of their order. A bat that they seemingly need to help protect the likes of Mookie Betts and Hanley Ramirez in the lineup. One of the bigger names connected to the team is Giancarlo Stanton, but reports show that idea as a longshot with Stanton not looking at Boston as a possibility.

Another name, Jose Abreu, is also reportedly out of the running with Ken Rosenthal reporting that the White Sox will not trade their slugger before the start of the season. With the potential list shortening with JD Martinez and Eric Hosmer leading the running, maybe Boston should sit still this offseason.

That is sort of a controversial take, but the notion of Hosmer or Martinez doesn’t get the juices flowing, and ultimately will cost the Red Sox more then they are worth.

So what is the answer, Boston still needs a first basemen for next season. A position that could be filled with Sam Travis and Hanley Ramirez given the idea that Dustin Pedroia will find some time at the DH spot next season with Eduardo Nunez getting some quality time at second base. Another possibility is Rafael Devers not panning out at third base and needing to move to first base or DH at times.

Also in the cards is prospect Michael Chavis who should find himself in AAA Pawtucket at some point next season and maybe in Boston at third base or first. Then comes the possibility of Blake Swihart or my favorite, Bryce Brentz. Both were getting trained at first base with Pawtucket last season and could see reps at first base if Dave Dombrowski opts to not sign a big-time bat.

Of course, these solutions are not as flashy and will not present an immediate threat for Boston in the heart of their order. But betting on the current roster to bounce back at the plate and see an emergence of another young player might be a route to take.

Worse case scenario they get the same amount of production and end up right around 90 wins like they were this past season. But the upside of keeping the financial flexibility going forward while trying out prospects might be the best thing for Boston to do instead of overreacting to fan pressure.

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