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Minor League Update: 1 of ?

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These are designed to be only prospects or semi-prospects. All props to Ed Rogers if he's hitting well (he's not), but it's not nearly as pertinent as someone like Ellsbury

Pitching Highlights.

  • David Pauley (AAA): 3 G, 2 GS, 18 IP, 16 K, 0.83 WHIP. I'm not sure where Pauley's future with the big club might be, but it's nice to see that he didn't have a LT confidence hit after the disappointing end to last season.
  • Devern Hansack (AAA): 3 G, 3 GS, 16 IP, 23 K, 1.13 WHIP. If Lester ends up needing more time than we might think, the FO shouldn't waste time bringing Hansack up for some starts in place of Tavarez.
  • Craig Hansen, Edgar Martinez (AAA): 8.1 IP, 10 K (each). Both with nearly identical stats, except for Craig's 1.80 WHIP. If a RHRP goes down with injury or ineffectiveness, we might see E-Mart up before Hansen or Delcarmen.
  • Clay Buchholz (AA): 2 G, 2 GS, 9.2 IP, 10 K, 1.14 WHIP. Clay could certainly use a win for confidence, but his peripherals aren't looking too bad.
  • Michael Bowden (A): 4 G, 4 GS, 21 IP, 19 K, 1.14 WHIP. Bowden has been pitching very well at Lancaster, and one wonders how quickly he might jump the ranks this season if he keeps it up.
Hitting Highlights.
  • Brandon Moss, OF (AAA): .921 OPS, 3 HR in 60 ABs. I don't think Moss has a long-term future in Boston either, but he's trying his best to look good to other clubs should we decide to trade him.
  • David Murphy, OF (AAA): .400 OBP, 11 BB. Patience has been on Murphy's side, but he hasn't been doing too much else. How long will the Sox "showcase" him to teams in need of a borderline ML CF?
  • Jacoby Ellsbury, OF (AA): 1.205 OPS, 7 2B, 3 3B, 4 SB. Sure, Ellsbury might be hitting over his head. He's really kind of hitting over everyone's head. This is why continuing to showcase Murphy could hurt in the LT. Not now, but sometime soon, Ellsbury is going to be in line for promotion, and he needs to be playing CF when he does. A note: Someone will probably point out the difference among levels, and that there are probably more hot prospects for Jacoby to hit against at Portland than at Pawtucket. However, it'd still be nice to see him hit AAA by mid-season, because there are plenty of the kind of journeymen junkballers at AAA that he'll see at the ML level as well.
  • Mark Wagner, C (A): .890 OPS, .370 BA. Even with our concerns about Varitek being rendered moot lately, it's nice to see our strong defensive catching prospect hitting so well early in the season. That .370 BA is going to be impossible to keep up, but hopefully this means he wouldn't be a black hole if we need him in a few years.
  • Lars Anderson, 1B (A): .936 OPS, 6 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 1 SB. Great to see Lars off to a hot start. Our depth in MiL corner infielders could be described as nil, but for Anderson. The 3B and the SB show that he's at least got a little speed or baserunning acumen along with his power.