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Minor League Update - 07/26/05

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The Results
Pawtucket vs. Ottawa - W, 7-5
Portland at New Britain - L, 7-5
Wilmington at Salem - L, 4-0
Greenville - DNP
Lowell at New Jersey - L, 5-3
GCL Red Sox at GCL Twins - L, 12-2

The Prospects
Manny Delcarmen - .2 IP, 1 H, 2 K
Jacob Ellsbury - DNP
Jed Lowrie - 0-3, k
Alejandro Machado - 2-3, r, bb
Cla Meredith - DNP
Brandon Moss - 0-5, 3k
Dustin Pedroia - DNP
Hanley Ramirez - 0-4, r, bb, E
Kelly Shoppach - 0-4, 2K, BB

The Starters
name IP H R ER BB SO HR Dec
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Chris Narverson | 6 | 5 | 4 | 4 | 1 | 4 | 1 | W
Denney Tomori | 2 | 8 | 7 | 4 | 1 | 1 | 1 | L
Steve Langone | 5 | 5 | 4 | 4 | 1 | 3 | 0 | L
Adam Blackley | 6 | 2 | 3 | 1 | 2 | 8 | 0 | ND
Kyle Fernandes | 3.2|5 | 7 | 7 | 1 | 4 | 1 | L

Other Notables
Gabe Kapler - 2-4, r, 2 2b, rbi
Kevin Youkilis - 1-2, 2 r, 1 hr, 1 rbi, 3 bb, 1 k
Roberto Petagine - 1-3, 1 r, 1 hr, 3 rbi, 2 bb
Luis Figueroa - 3-4, 2b, 2 rbi
David Murphy - 2-5, r, 3b, k
Scott Youngbauer - 2-2, r, 2 2b, rbi, bb
Charlie Zink - 5 IP, 3 H, 4 BB, 3 K
Zak Farkes - 2-4, r, 2b, rbi
Jesus Garcia - 2-4, 2b, k
Ian Cronkhite - 1-3, r, hr, rbi

The Bad Guys
org W-L place GB runs(rank) RA(rank)
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NB | MIN (AA) | 48-54 | 4th | 5.5 | 452 (5 of 12) | 483 (12 of 12)
SAL | HOU (hiA) | 14-15 | 2nd | 0.5 | 365 (8 of 8) | 433 (7 of 8)
NJ | STL (ssA) | 17-17 | 4th | 5.0 | 144 (10 of 16) | 143 (4 of 16)
GCT | MIN (R) | 21-10 | 1st | --- | 154 (6 of 14) | 105 (1 of 16)

News and Notes

Manny Delcarmen will be making his pro debut sometime soon as he was just promoted to Boston. No word on who he's replacing on the roster, but John Halama might want to think about packing his bags. Delcarmen features a fastball in the high 90's and a very good curveballl. He started the season in Portland putting up a 3.23 ERA in 39 IP. He didn't miss a beat in three weeks of action in Pawtucket going 9.2 IP with an ERA of 2.79. Let's hope this goes better than the Cla Meredith experiment. I have a feeling that it will.

Pawtucket completed a 4 game sweep of the Ottawa Lynx bringing them to 6-4 against them so far this year. They have two games left against the Lynx at the end of August. The Paw Sox have climbed back to the .500 mark with their hot play lately. Today they try to continue their winning ways as they begin a five game set in Buffalo starting with a double header in which Jon Papelbon will be starting the first game.

Jacoby Ellsbury has missed two games in a row, but I can't find any reasons why. The Lowell newspaper has pretty poor Spinners coverage and Soxprospects.com hasn't mentioned anything about him.

Kevin Youkilis got a little time in at second base with Dustin Pedroia still suffering from a wrist injury. If Youkilis is able to adapt well enough to the position maybe Boston will finally decide to keep him around. But chances are he'll never be a major league second baseman.

Portland is heading to New Britain at the wrong time. The Rock Cats recorded their 8th win in a row last night against the Sea Dogs and show no signs of slowing down. They've already gained a lot of ground in the standings and are looking for more. Jim Abbott got the win for New Britain last night, but it's not the same Jim Abbott that you may be thinking of. The original Jim Abbott, famous for pitching with only one arm, retired in 1999 and, as far as I can tell, the Jim Abbott working his way through the Twins system is no relation.

Minor Leaguer Spotlight
Chris Naveson
Narveson pitched a good game last night despite what the box score might show. If you take away the three run homer hit by the light hitting Mike Moriarty and Narveson's line would've looked much different. Most fans, myself included, don't really care what numbers he put up. He was the man that was acquired in exchange for Byung Hyun Kim and anyone that gets Kim out of Boston is ok in my books. He actually began his career in the St Louis organization and was moved to Colorado as the centerpiece in the Larry Walker deal. He had decent minor league numbers up until this year with a 3.32 ERA in 528.1 IP, but this year he just isn't getting it done. This year he's striking out fewer batters, walking more, and being hit harder by the long ball. This year he has a 4.92 ERA to go along with a 3.6 BB/9, 5.2 K/9, and 1.3 HR/9. If he reverts back to his career norms of 2.9 BB/9, 7.8 K/9, and 0.7 HR/9 he could be a useful player, but as it stands right now he's not going to amount to much. Maybe he just needs some time to adjust to the AAA level or to adjust to the Boston organization, but unless he starts turning things around he's going to have a short baseball career. He's a lefty who can get lefties out so even at his current rate he could probably move to the bullpen as a lefty specialist, but that seems like a waste on a guy who once had a promising future as a starter.