Let's see how some of the Sox minor leaguers are doing:
Lars Anderson (A+)
Mr. Anderson, where is the power? Still just eight home runs in 244 at-bats in Lancaster. The average looks nice though at a .303 clip. His OPS sits at .868, so that isn't too shabby either. But still, this man should be clobbering homers and we still haven't seen much.
Michael Bowden (AA)
I can't wait to see Bowden in the majors: 7-3 with a 2.33 ERA and 83 strikeouts in 89 innings. OK, so he's not going to start in the majors next year. However, 2010 he should definitely be in the rotation. Look at what the rotation could be in that year: Beckett, Matsuzaka, Lester, Buchholz and Bowden. Oh my lord the possibilities.
Chris Carter (AAA)
Should the Sox trade Carter (.302, 16 HRs) to try and grab a relief pitcher? Carter would be great come September, but he might be worth more if we trade him at this point. I wouldn't be surprised if he's gone by the deadline.
David Pauley (AAA)
Pauley has been solid for Pawtucket so far this season. He's 10-2 with a 3.47 ERA in 85.2 innings. I would love to see him back in Boston.
Josh Reddick (A+)
He's still rockin' Lancaster: .345, 12 HRs. He still needs to take some walks, though. His OBP (.367) is dangerously close to his batting average. Now if he was hitting .345 with a .445 on-base percentage, then this guy would have people shaking in their boots.
Daniel Bard (AA)
After a promotion to Portland and not the best of luck right off the bat, Bard is back to form. He has a 3.52 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 23 innings of work. I think those are pretty solid numbers for his first action in Double-A. We could see Bard in September (once again, the talent of the pitching in the farm is looking to be so dangerous).
Blake Maxwell (A+)
The 23-year-old righty reliever is having a season to remember in Lancaster. He has a 1.97 ERA to go along with a "nifty" 0.98 WHIP. He needs to up his strikeouts though, as he only has 27 in almost 60 innings of work. He's accurately, with just eight walks.
Bubba Bell (AA)
Bell is a very interesting prospect. He wasn't a high-round pick, but he's definitely the best hitter for the Sea Dogs this season. He sports a .304 average with 12 home runs in 247 at-bats. I'm not sure where he fits in future plans, but he's certainly hitting well.
Michael Almanzar (GCL)
Almanzar, the 19-year-old the Sox signed with a big bonus this past off-season, is doing well in limited at-bats in the Gulf Coast League. He has a .355 average in 31 at-bats.