I've posted several scouting reports on several minor league teams this season. I attended my last game last night when I saw Portland lose to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. This is my scouting report for last night, and sometime in September I will come out with a final Red Sox MILB scouting report.
Stephen Fife: Fife has struggled his last few outings and I can see why. He missed locacation with his fastball up in the strike zone and his velocity was inconsistent. Early on his fastball was 94 mph, but after the first inning it was 89-92 and was flat and he left it up in the strike zone much too often. His final line does not look bad beacuse of great defensive plays by LInares and Ray Chang. But I did not see much from Fife other than his curveball which he was able to throw for strikes when he needed.
Ryan Lavarnway: I got a request to watch Lavarnway's defense, so here it is. I thought it was pretty good, as in, better than Victor Martinez. Luis Exposito is the supierior defensive catcher, though Lavaranway held his ground and was not terrible. On offense, the kid has tremendous power. He hit an absolute bomb, and he is a show to watch in batting practice. I really like Lavaranway and I hink he is one of the premier players in this organization.
Luis Exposito: He DH'd tonight, so I can only say about his batting. He was facing a former big league pitcher in Scott Richmond, but he had way to many weak swings at bad pitches. He swumg at a lot of curveballs and was blown away from a few fastballs. Not is best showing.