Columbian Winter League
Reynaldo Rodriguez: .296/.375/.467
-Numbers are on the rise again.
Dominican Winter League
Fabio Castro is the first in a string of recent acquisitions playing in the Winter Leagues. It's been a while since he's pitched, so he may be done. Managed a 2.47 ERA in 44 innings, striking out 36 and allowing 16 walks. Certainly not a bad resume.
Jose Capellan: .2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K – 3.75 ERA, 10:24 K:BB, 1.83 WHIP
-It's amazing how low his ERA is giving up a walk per inning...
Mexican Pacific League
Another newbie in Minor League FA Darnell McDonald, but he hasn't played since November 1st. .854 OPS on the season, which is pretty much in line with his AAA-lifer status at age 31. Entirely a depth move.
Robert Coello: 2.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 HR, 3 BB, 3 K – 3.29 ERA, 46:24 K:BB, 1.28 WHIP
Puerto Rican Winter League
The new guy here is Angel Sanchez, a 26-year-old defensive specialist SS with no bat.
Aaron Bates: 5-14, 2B, 3B, 5 K – .315/.373/.481
Reymond Fuentes: 1-3, K – .182/.250/.227
-I'm honestly sort of surprised the Sox are playing him here. It seems like it's just a good opportunity to ruin confidence.
Angel Sanchez: 7-15, 2B, K, SB, CS – .324/.385/.412
-Based on his lifetime numbers, this is the best you're gonna see him at.
Sydney Winter League
Boss Moanaroa: 3-5, 3B – .417/.500/.611
Moko Moanaroa: 1-3, 2 BB, 2B – .294/.429/.382
Venezuelan Winter League
More new faces here in free agent signing Edwin Moreno and waiver acquisition Ramon Ramirez. Moreno hasn't pitched in 3 weeks or so. 3.12 ERA, 16:6 K:BB, 1.27 WHIP in 17.1 innings.
Yeiper Castillo: .1 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K – 3.86 ERA, 7:10 K:BB, 1.63 WHIP
Ramon Ramirez: 5 IP, 11 H, 9 R, 8 ER, 3 BB, 7 K – 7.02 ERA, 15:5 K:BB, 1.74 WHIP
-A less-than-stellar introduction.
Plenty of Movement in the Minors
While the Red Sox' front office has been largely quiet as far as major league moves are concerned, Baseball America says they've been plenty active on the minor league front. Over the last few weeks, the Sox have re-signed reliever Fernando Cabrera and shortstop Gil Velazquez, and added relievers Bob McCrory and Edwin Moreno, shortstop Angel Sanchez, and outfielder Darnell McDonald. As is usually the case with free-agent signings, these all appear to be depth moves with only a few guys having any chance to impact the big league club at all.
To counter the additions, the Red Sox released reliever Jason Blackey, outfielders Jered Stanley and Sean Danielson, and catcher John Otness.
Rookie Program Invitees Anounced
WEEI has the Red Sox' list of players attending this year's rookie program. The program is half-baseball, half-life, with players learning how to cope with the various issues that come up with working in the MLB. The program is typically reserved for those players the Red Sox expect to see in the majors within the next year or two.
A few things of note. Ryne Miller sneaks in as sort of an organizational sleeper pick after throwing around 100 good innings between Salem and Portland last year, posting a 2.76 ERA with a 97:31 K:BB ratio. Not bad for an undrafted free agent who had an ERA over 5 in '08. The invitation of Casey Kelly speaks to Theo's prediction of his getting on the major league radar fairly soon. Jose Iglesias is attending (along with best bud Luis Exposito), probably as much to help with his cultural transition as professional.