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Minor League Update - 07/28/05

The Results
Pawtucket at Buffalo - L, 5-2
Portland at New Britain - PPD
Wilmington at Salem - PPD
Greenville at Augusta - W, 3-2
Lowell at New Jersey - W, 5-1

The Prospects
Jacob Ellsbury - DNP
Jed Lowrie - 2-5
Alejandro Machado - 1-4, k
Cla Meredith - DNP
Brandon Moss - DNP
Dustin Pedroia - DNP
Hanley Ramirez - DNP
Kelly Shoppach - 0-4, 2k

The Starters
name IP H R ER BB SO HR Dec
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Scott Shoemaker | 5 | 5 | 3 | 3 | 2 | 4 | 1 | L
Kevin Guyette | 4 | 1 | 0 | 0 | 0 | 6 | 0 | ND
Ryan Phillips | 6 | 4 | 0 | 0 | 2 | 4 | 0 | W

Other Notables
Gabe Kapler - 4-4, 2r, 3b, hr, rbi
Christian Lara - 2-4, bb
Dominic Ramos - 2-5, 2b, 2rbi, k
Yahmed Yema - 2-5, r, rbi
Luis Soto - 2-5, r, k

The Bad Guys
None of the five teams played a new opponent yesterday. I'm still trying to figure out what to do with this section. I may start talking about some of the better guys on the other teams.

News and Notes
There wasn't much action going on last night as Portland and Wilmington were both rained out. I also decided to drop the GCL Red Sox from my daily reports because there's really not a whole lot going down in the Gulf Coast League.

Pawtucket lost their first game after winning their last 6. Scott Shoemaker was called up all the way from Greenville to take the spot of Lenny Dinardo who is now with Boston. Shoemaker had a 3.50 ERA in 79.2 IP over 15 starts for the Bombers with decent peripherals striking out 7.8/9, walking 4.1/9, and allowing 0.7 HR's per 9. The 23 year old righty started the game and took the loss, but didn't perform all that bad. The move to Pawtucket isn't likely to be a permanent one, so a trip to Portland might be in his cards. Dinardo isn't likely to stay with the team for very long as they need offensive help more than anything else right now. So when Dinardo heads back to Pawtucket, Shoemaker likely won't stick around.

Gabe Kapler appears to be nearly ready and just in time. I don't like the fact that he's going to be our starting right fielder. I don't think he's good enough for that. But at the moment the team has no choice. Kapler has been smacking around AAA pitching and he continued that by falling short of the cycle by only a double and getting 4 hits. He scored Pawtucket's only 2 runs. My guess is that he'll be getting the call any day now and Dinardo will be heading back to Pawtucket.

Minor Leaguer Spotlight
Kevin Guyette
Guyette was taken in the 10th round in this year's draft and didn't put up any eye popping numbers while in college, but many people feel that this guy is a sleeper. He doesn't throw hard, but he has good command, a very good curveball, and he has high endurance. Last night was his first start as a professional after coming in from the bullpen 9 times this year. He didn't allow any earned runs in 11.2 IP in Lowell while striking out 10 and walking only 1. That quickly earned him a promotion to Greenville where he has a 2.00 ERA and 13 K's without any walks in 9 IP. He'll be used sparingly this season after already pitching 115 innings for Arizona this year. He may find his way into the bullpen eventually if he doesn't improve his changeup and find a fourth pitch. It may take him a little while to advance through the higher levels of the minors thanks to his fastball that doesn't reach 90 mph, but with his command he is at least someone to keep an eye on.