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Pawtucket Red Sox: Top 10 Players Of The Week



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

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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Red Sox Trade Bryce Brentz To The Pittsburgh Pirates



Bryce Brentz

Red Sox Trade OF Bryce Brentz To The Pittsburgh Pirates

The Red Sox have announced that they have traded outfielder Bryce Brentz to the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash considerations. This creates a spot for newly signed JD Martinez on the 40 man roster, and ultimately the opening day 25 man roster.

Last season for the Pawtucket Red Sox, Bryce Brentz hit .271 with 31 home runs and 85 RBI’s. Those 31 home runs was the most out of any player in the Red Sox organization. However his fielding was okay at best.

This season, Bryce Brentz was on track to be the number 4 outfielder for the Boston Red Sox. But with the acquisition of JD Martinez, this would force Bryce Brentz off the opening day roster. Since Bryce Brentz no longer has anymore options, this trade makes sure that the Red Sox get something out of getting rid of him. Otherwise the Red Sox would have just designated him for assignment.

Bryce Brentz Highlights

Here are some of the highlights from last season for Bryce Brentz.

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Pawtucket Red Sox Close Out At Home And Thank Fans



Pawtucket Red Sox Close Out At Home And Thank Fans

The Pawtucket Red Sox closed out their home schedule at McCoy Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Paw Sox went on to win the game 3-0 over the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. The only runs scored on the afternoon came from a 3 run blast off the bat of Tzu-Wei Lin. Hector Velazquez also had a great game for the Paw Sox. In 7 innings, he only gave up 1 hit as he earned the win.

After the game, the Paw Sox had several promotions going on around the ballpark as they thanked their fans for a great season. The Paw Sox had pony rides on the football field next to the stadium. They let kids run the bases after game. They even had a helicopter drop tennis balls onto the field

The Paw Sox welcomed 409,960 fans into McCoy Stadium this season. That was up from the 2016 season. In the 2016 season, 407,097 fans went through the turnstiles at McCoy Stadium. There were also 11 sellouts at McCoy Stadium this season.

Helicopter Drop

During the helicopter drop, the Pawtucket Red Sox placed three hula hoops in center field. Each hula hoop represented a section of the ballpark. You can find the whole video on the Trifecta Face Book page or you can find a portion of it below.

The prize that the team gave out to fans was free frostys from Wendys. That was on top of the free frostys that they were giving out to all the fans from the “Pop Flys For Frostys” promotion that the team has during the game.

Day As A Whole

Pawtucket Red Sox players thanked their fans after the game by throwing soft toss balls into the crowd. After that, the team had the helicopter come in to drop the tennis balls on to the field.

Once the helicopter left McCoy Stadium, the Paw Sox let kids run the bases. Then in the football field next to the stadium, the Paw Sox had horses for children to ride.

The next Pawtucket Red Sox game to be played at McCoy Stadium is on Friday April 6th, 2018 against the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs.

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Red Sox Prospect Hector Velazquez Dazzles In Start With Paw Sox



Red Sox Prospect Hector Velazquez Dazzles In Start With Paw Sox

Hector Velazquez started on the mound today as the Pawtucket Red Sox closed out their home schedule at McCoy Stadium. He dazzled the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs through 7 innings while giving up only 1 hit. HE was credited with the win as the Paw Sox went on to beat the Iron Pigs 3-0 in front of 8,207 fans.

Before today, Velazquez looked like he was starting to get tired. Over a 3 start period, he gave up 10 runs (9 earned). For a guy who has had an ERA for a majority of the season around 1.50, that is very troubling.

But the last time he pitched before today was 9 days ago, and it looked like it benefited him greatly. Velazquez and Brian Johnson are two players that could give the Red Sox pitching staff a huge boost this September.

Hector Velazquez last 4 starts at AAA Pawtucket:

  • July 29th at Indianapolis: 5 innings, giving up 8 hits, 5 runs (2 home runs), 1 walk, and 5 strikeouts on 74 pitches (47 strikes).
  • August 7th vs. Charlotte: 5 innings, giving up 2 hits, 0 runs, 2 walks, 9 strikeouts on 88 pitches (58 strikes).
  • August 12th against Columbus: 4 innings, giving up 7 hits, 5 runs (4 earned), 3 walks, and struck out 3 on 92 pitches (51 strikes).
  • August 18th at Columbus: 6 innings, giving up 5 hits, 3 runs (1 home run) 1 walk, and struck out 5 on 97 pitches (61 strikes).

Velazquez Today

Velazquez was optioned to the Boston Red Sox on August 22nd before being re-optioned back to AAA Pawtucket on the 24th. This gave Velazquez an extra 4 days off. It looked like Velazquez benefited from extra time off.

Today Velazquez showed that he can pitch exactly like how he was earlier this season. A few weeks ago after his start against the Columbus Clippers, I said that it looked like Velazquez was tired and needed down time. Today he was able to have his start on extra rest, and pitched like he was refreshed.

Velazquez easily had his best start of the season for Paw Sox. In 7 innings, today, he gave up 1 hit, 0 runs, 1 walk, and 3 strikeouts on 95 pitches (62 strikes). The one hit he gave up was a 2 out single to Cameron Perkins in the 1st inning. After that he retired 19 of the next 20 batters to close out his day.

Velazquez Going Forward

Hector Velazquez and Brian Johnson are two pitchers that are probably going to be called up to Boston this September. Both pitchers are capable of starting games for the Boston Red Sox too. They both could come up big for the Red Sox if they do need them while the Red Sox try to get some extra rest for their current starters.

Earlier this month, it looked like that Velazquez was starting to get tired. At one point over 3 starts, he gave up 9 earned runs over 14 innings. That was from a guy who had a 1.58 ERA at the beginning of that stretch.

This extra time off looked like it benefited Velazquez greatly. Going forward, I see that Velazquez could be a valuable member of the Red Sox pitching staff come this September.

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