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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 Managerial Decision Seemingly Made Up

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Did anyone think that the Boston Red Sox would take their time when hiring their new field manager? According to one report the team is moving rather quickly

According to one report, the team is moving rather quickly to the point where their minds are already made up.

“There is a 99.9 percent chance of [Cora] being named Red Sox leader,” a source told Puerto Rico’s El Nuevo Dia. “They want him for the job. That post is for him. Alex is very beloved there. And he would love to run Boston. They want to make the fast decision.”

Cora is currently serving as the bench coach for the Houston Astros, a team that is battling it out with the New York Yankees for the chance to go to the World Series. Boston isn’t the only suitor for the former player however. Cora is set to meet with the New York Mets on Tuesday and is also expected to be of interest to other teams like the Philadelphia Phillies.

But the interest between Boston and Cora is mutual and a report from Puerto Rico confirms that. Cora played for the Red Sox during his career and was part of the 2007 Wolrd Series team. At the time he was considered an excellent leader on the team that had all the intangible qualities of one daying being an excellent coach. Since his playing days, he has served as an ESPN Analyst, GM of Puerto Rico national team, coach in Puerto Rico’s baseball league, and now a bench coach for Houston.

If the Red Sox are able to bring in Cora it would be seen as if they had been grooming him for years and that he is their guy. With other suitors in tow, it looks like an offer from the Boston Red Sox to Cora is going to come rather quickly. And quite frankly, this is the best decision for the team.

Acquiring Cora is far superior to a long time mediocre manager like Ron Gardenhire or a failed first coach stinter like Brad Ausmus. Cora is both young and has some prior experience to bring to the table. The one real question with him is if he will be too buddy-buddy with the players, a very real possibility.

Red Sox fans seem to be rather torn on this topic, many seem to like the idea of an old manager like Gardenhire, while others favor Cora who was a fan favorite as a player. In reality the true intentions or favorite of the Red Sox is unknown, but for the moment, Cora looks like the lock.

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Red Sox Manager Contestants Stepping Right Up

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On Wednesday the Boston Red Sox fired field manager John Farrell. With the departure of Farrell, the Red Sox must now conduct a full and wide search for their next manager. There are dozens of potential candidates for the job. The one choice that will have to be made is to either to go young or go old.

Fortunately for us, Dave Dombrowski gave a general outline of what he will be looking for in the next manager. In his post-firing presser, he mentioned that the candidate is unlikely to come from within.

That comment seemingly rules out a candidate like Chili Davis or Gary Ddisarcina.

In terms of experience, Dombrowski said “I think managerial experience helps. I don’t think it’s a 100% necessity.”. He also mentioned the importance of being in the dugout as experience. The last time Dombrowski hired a field manager he was in charge of the Detroit Tigers. The coach he hired at the time was Brad Asmus. So maybe that means he will go on the younger side.

If he goes young in terms of experience here is the list of potential candidates:

  • Brad Asmus: Asmus was let go by Detriot after having a rather shaky first tenure as a manager. He was hired by Dombrowski and has plenty of connections to New England. He will land somewhere this offseason.
  • Alex Cora: Direct connections to Boston and knows how the media is here. Well respected by players and has coached in Puerto Rico and is the bench coach for AJ Hinch’s Houston Astros.
  • Jason Varitek: Obvious connections here. But he has no actual experience as a coach in the dugout. He has helped with player development and scouting as a special assistant to the gm in Boston. But chances are he isn’t in the conversation.
  • Hensley Meulens: Speaks Spanish, English (and other languages), has extensive coaching experience and serves as the hitting coach for the Giants. Has coached the Netherlands in the WBC. There has been a rumor that Major League Baseball is encouraging the Red Sox to hire a coach of minority status. Meulens fits that bill.

In terms of an older/experiences option, there are a few. There is an opportunity here for Dombrowksi. That opportunity is to convince the well respected Jim Leyland to come out of retirement. Leyland though doesn’t seem interested in coaching again and decline to come to Boston a long time ago.

Below are few options for an experienced field manager:

  • Leyland
  • Torey Luvullo: Had a 93 win first season at the helm of Arizona. Could be convinced to leave to come back to Boston.
  • Joe Girardi: Could be on his way out of New York. Is a noted good in-game manager.
  • Ron Gardenhire: Former Twins manager and currently a bench coach for the Diamondbacks. This kind of smells to me though.

What way will Dombrowski go with is anyone’s guess. This process can take awhile with the team needing to lock down a list and start the interview process. According to Dombrowski he always has a list of people for every position he might have to hire for. So, in theory, this could happen fairly quickly.

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Red Sox Fire John Farrell

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On Wednesday morning the Boston Red Sox have announced that they have parted ways with field manager John Farrell.

Farrell has been the manager since 2013 and during his tenure, he led the team to 3 AL East division titles and a World Series Victory. The other two seasons happened to be two straight last-place finishes.

Farrell has been constantly criticized for his below average in game management, but being able to win 93 games when your team had turmoil and underperformances all season was impressive. While personally, I am not a supporter of him. I feel as if he often fails to get the credit he deserves.

But when it comes down to it, he is not the future at the helm for the Boston Red Sox.

According to the team, the process to find the next field manager will start immediately with Dave Dombrowski addressing the situation shortly.

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