Pawtucket Red Sox (50-41, 2nd in North East)
The PawSox finished up their series with the Rochester Red Wings one week ago with a 4-2 win. After that they took two out of three from the Syracuse Chiefs and two in a row from the Buffalo Bisons.
Trending Up- Jason Rice RP 3.90/1.42/.242/.668 (ERA, WHIP, OPP BAA, OPP OPS)
The Red Sox took Rice from the Chicago White Sox in the Rule 5 Draft (AAA phase) a couple of years ago and he has done a pretty good job in the organization. He pitched very well for the Portland Sea Dogs last season and it was thought a good Spring Training impression could see him in Boston at somepoint this season. That has not been the case with more ready players on the 40 man roster, but if he continues to pitch well he could be added and we might see him in September.
Trending Down- Jose Iglesias SS .227/.275/.245/.519 (AVG, OBP, SLG, OPS)
This season, we have learned something from the 21 year old shortstop prospect. He isn’t a very good hitter yet. The slick fielder had his moments with the Red Sox, scoring a walk off run earlier this season, but the transition to Triple A pitching has been a struggle. His OBP is horrendous as is his average, and really all of his stats. It could be argued that he should have started this season with Portland again.
Portland Sea Dogs (35-54 5th in Eastern)
The Sea Dogs won three games in a row this week when they completed their series with the Bimghampton Mets. After that they found more ways to lose, falling twice to the Fisher Cats in the four game series in New Hampshire.
Trending Up- Reynaldo Rodriguez 1B .288/.336/.559/.895
Rodriguez is a former player from the Golden Baseball League, the same league as PawSox outfielder Daniel Nava who saw MLB time last season. He started the year out as the Salem Red Sox first baseman but a terrific start made sure he was promoted to Double A Portland. Rodriguez is a good fielding first baseman with some power potential and raw hitting ability.
Trending Down- Oscar Tejeda 2B .268/.324/.364/.688
Tejeda has always been over rated in my eyes. He is a pretty good fielder with some good hitting skills but I’ve always seen him as that second player in a deal. Not the top guy, but an additional player to complete a trade. He has major league potential but not the super star potential scouting sites always seem to give him, certainly not a top ten prospect in any organization. Like I said, he has some good skills and we may see him in Pawtucket if their second base situation still has problems. But I’m just not all too high on him.
Salem Red Sox (41-46, 3rd in Carolina)
It has been a week of Winston-Salem and Wilmington for the Salem Sox. They picked up one loss to the Blue Rocks, and a game was suspended against the Wilmington team. The Salem Sox won all the other games.
Trending Up- Kolbrin Vitek 3B .270/.335/.362/.697
Vitek was the Red Sox first round draft pick last season and he has made the adjustment to High Single A very well. Last year he was a standout with Short Season Single A Lowell Spinners and started this one on the Greenville Drive. His impressive performance saw him promoted to the Salem team and he has impressed there as well. Vitek projects to be an outfielder due to his shaky play at third base but his bat is his biggest asset. He will be a good average hitter despite his relatively low power ceiling.
Trending Down- Zach Gentile .235/.292/.333/.625
I’m so disappointed in Zach Gentile. I expected him to have a breakout season of sorts in 2011 and maybe establish himself as a top 2B prospect. I’m not big on Tejeda as I wrote earlier and Sean Coyle is still young, so Gentile really had his chance this year. Gentile is built a lot like Coyle in the sense he is a small, defensive middle infielder but Coyle is already the better hitter.
Greenville Drive (47-42 2nd in South Atlantic)
Very bad week for Greenville. They were only able to pick up one win, and it was against the Rome Braves. They had losses to Rome and the Asheville Tourists.
Trending Up- Brandon Workman SP 3.84/1.29/.273/.729
Workman was the Red Sox second round pick last season and he is most known for his electric cutter. He has a good fastball with nice offspeed pitches but it’s that cutter that makes him nasty. He has had no problem adjusting in his first year of pro ball after dominating at the University of Texas. He does need to work on his changeup a bit or the lack to throw many pitches could see him as a bullpen pitcher.
Trending Down- Xander Boegarts SS .233/.330/.511/.841
Boegarts is one of the top shortstop prospects in the Boston system but he has struggled in his first year out of the GCL team. Since leaving the Gulf Coast squad Boegarts is hitting a measly .233 but the OBP 100 points higher than the awful average. He is a power hitting and slick fielding middle infielder, a rare combination. He just needs to get his raw talent together and become a complete player.
Lowell Spinners (11-13, 2nd in New York Penn)
The Spinners completed a double header against the Connecticut Tigers last Tuesday before starting back into their regular schedule. They picked up wins against Hudson Valley and Aberdeen.
Trending Up- Travis Shaw 1B .329/.467/.671/1.139
Shaw is a 2008 32nd round draft pick in his first year of pro ball at age 21. He has some power potential and has played third base most of his career but his defense is not the most stable so he will likely be playing 1B in all of his professional baseball. Shaw was not a big name heading into the season but he has emerged as one of the top Spinners players to watch.
Trending Down- Hunter Cervenka SP 8.40/2.00/.295/.905
Cervenka was really bad in Greenville. And now he was demoted to Lowell and he has been really bad there. The first time I saw Cervenka pitch it was opening day for Lowell last season, and he walked and hit about six hitters without getting an out to start the game. Not much has changed, it seems. Cervenka has control problems and his stuff ain’t that good either,