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Prospect Reports: Part Three

Weekly Prospect Updates:
Prospect Reports: Part One
Prospect Reports: Part Two

Abe Alvarez | SP | Pawtucket Red Sox | 4.79 ERA, 1-1, 20.2 IP |

Alvarez had his normal one start this week and wasn't too impressive. He pitched five innings, gave up three runs on five hits, struck out one and walked none. He raised his ERA .19, but I don't think we should be worried about him. Last season it took him till about June or July to turn his season around, so a 4.79 ERA at this point in the season isn't anything to be concerned about.

Jon Papelbon | SP | Portland Sea Dogs | 3.78 ERA, 2-1, 16.2 IP |

Thanks to two rain outs and a snow out, Papelbon didn't make a start this week.

Hanley Ramirez | SS | Portland Sea Dogs | .300 BA, .355 OBP, 0 HR, 10 RBI, 4 SB |

Hanley's batting average has dropped to .300 on the season, but he continues to get hits. The extra inning games have hurt Ramirez, as he is getting the two hits a game, but in six at-bats in some of the more recent games. Ramirez has yet to hit a home run, also.

Dustin Pedroia | 2B | Portland Sea Dogs | .328 BA, .429 OBP, 2 HR, 15 RBI, 10 BB, 7 SO |

Is it kind of sad when I am disappointed that Pedroia is only hitting .328? Last night's game was an 0'fer, so that messes with the average a little bit. But I don't see Pedroia hitting under .330 for the season, if he stays at Portland all season long. Pedroia is also striking out a little more, as he has seven now on the season.

Sox Prospects Notable Performances:
> Cla Meredith (Portland) is still out performing everyone with his terrific performance in nine relief appearances this season. Meredith has a 0.00 ERA in 10.1 IP, has given up only four hits and struck out eight on the season. Meredith is moving up the prospects chart at Sox Prospects.
> Kason Gabbard (Portland) is the best starter on the Sea Dogs' staff so far this season. Gabbard, who has been nagged by injuries as his time as a Sox, is 3-0 in three starts and has a 1.42 ERA
> Kelly Shoppach (Pawtucket) may never hit for average in his career, so a .275 average at this point in the year is pretty good for Shoppach. Last year he hit .233 with 22 home runs at Pawtucket. This season he's raised that average and he may even raise the home run totals, as he already has six this season for the Paw Sox.