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Minor League Update: 2 of ?

Team Records.

  • Pawtucket Red Sox, AAA, International League: 20-29, last in the North division.
  • Portland Sea Dogs, AA, Eastern League: 24-22, tied for 3rd in Northern division.
  • Lancaster JetHawks, A+, California League: 28-25, first place in South division.
  • Greenville Drive, A, South Atlantic League, 21-31, 6th place in Southern division.
  • Lowell Spinners, A-SS, New York-Penn League, Opening Day: June 19th.
  • GCL Red Sox, Rookie, Gulf Coast League, Opening Day: June 19th.
Hitting Highlights.
  • Brandon Moss, AAA, OF: .930 OPS, 9 HRs, 36 RBIs
    Moss has yet to cool off, with a .930 OPS while leading the Pawsox in XBHs and RBIs. One wonders whether he might be headed elsewhere at the deadline, in order to capitalize on his hot start.
  • David Murphy, AAA, OF: .396 OBP, 3 SBs, 17 XBHs
    Murphy has kept his OBP up, should a team need a borderline starting CF and leadoff hitter in the trade market. He's playing as well as the Sox could expect, even if his improved pop (.449 SLG) is still a bit underwhelming. Still, a National League team in need of both a CF and leadoff hitter would probably be satisfied.
  • Jacoby Ellsbury, AAA, OF: .358 OBP, .284 BA, 2 3B
    Ellsbury has been doing his best to adjust to the AAA level. He has only 5 XBHs in 95 AAA ABs, but is 10 for 12 in stolen base opportunities.
  • Jed Lowrie, AA, SS: .423 OBP, .438 SLG, 11 2B, 3 3B
    Jed is really the only AA hitting prospect worth mentioning. Keeping that OBP up may earn him the right to boot someone like Ed Rogers from Pawtucket.
  • Bubba Bell, A+, OF: .469 OBP, .665 SLG, 8 SB, 30 XBHs
    Bell may have reached his ceiling at A+ Lancaster, or he may be on an extended hot streak. Either way, it's time for him to move up to AA and give Lowrie some support.
  • Aaron Bates, A+, 1B: .453 OBP, .602 SLG, 27 XBHs
    It may be time to move Bates as well, if only to see whether he could keep a spot warm for Lars Anderson up in Boston in a couple of years.
  • Lars Anderson, A, 1B: .408 OBP, .494 SLG, 14 2B, 5 HR
    I think it's beginning to be clear why the Sox are so high on this kid. His slugging should tick upwards, and it's hard to argue with that OBP.
Pitching Highlights.
  • David Pauley, AAA, SP: 1.07 WHIP, 42 K, 52 1/3 IP
    Pauley has continued to pitch well in Pawtucket. Between him and Kason Gabbard, the Sox have a couple of good options if they need fill-in starts.
  • Kason Gabbard, AAA, SP: 1.16 WHIP, 40 K, 44 2/3 IP
    Gabbard impressed in his ML start, and has continued where he left off in Pawtucket.
  • Craig Breslow, AAA, RP: 0.87 WHIP, 27 K / 5 BB, 25 1/3 IP
    If the Sox need a RP from the minors, and it's not Breslow, someone needs to tell me who to call. He's done nothing but good work in Pawtucket, and deserves a chance when a need arises. (Like if a LOOGY is DFA'd, for example)
  • Travis Hughes, AAA(A?) RP: 1.02 WHIP, 29 K, 30 1/3 IP
    I'm not sure whether the Sox have "something" in Hughes or not. He was pretty awful in his ML career, mostly in Washington.
  • Clay Buchholz, AA, SP: 0.86 WHIP, 69 K, 51 1/3 IP
    It's not unfair to say that Clay has been phenomenal at the AA level, and could earn himself a promotion to AAA by July or August (or earlier, at this rate)
  • Michael Bowden, AA, SP: 1.67 WHIP, 10 K, 11 BB, 14 1/3 IP
    Bowden is going through an adjustment period at the AA level, and at the age of 20, is finally facing competition mostly older than he is. He can't catch any breaks, as most of the weak hitters in the league play on his own team.
  • Josh Papelbon, A, RP: 1.19 WHIP, 8 SV, 1.67 ERA
    Lil' Paps is performing well enough for Kapler's Drive. At 21-31, the save opportunities haven't been plentiful.