Monday, July 2, 2012
SoxProspects: Bogaerts hot stuff in June
By Mike Andrews, SoxProspects.com
Here’s a look at the best and worst performances in the Red Sox minor league system for June. (SoxProspects.com prospect ranking in parentheses)
Top offensive players in June
(2) Xander Bogaerts, SS, Salem -- .330/.424/.620 with 8 HRs
(3) Jackie Bradley Jr., OF, Portland/Salem -- .327/.446/.452 with 0 home runs and 6 SBs
(5) Ryan Lavarnway, C, Pawtucket -- .405/.469/.667 with 4 home runs
(23) Travis Shaw, 1B/3B, Salem -- .276/.403/.571 with 7 home runs
(43) Mauro Gomez, 1B/DH, Pawtucket -- .340/.411/.630 with 6 home runs
After a monster month dominating the Carolina League at the age of 19, Bogaerts is solidifying his status as one of the top prospects in all of baseball. … Bradley hasn’t missed a beat after his June 20 promotion to Portland, keeping himself among the top 10 hitters in average and OPS across the minor leagues. … Lavarnway led all of Triple-A for the month of June with a 1.135 OPS. … Shaw continued his remarkable 2012 season by paring impressive power and plate discipline numbers for the month. … Gomez is proving to be one of the better minor league free agent signings the club has made in recent years and may bring back some value as a trade chip later this month.
Top pitchers in June
(13) Brandon Workman, SP, Salem -- 2-2, 2.40 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, 18/4 K/BB, 30.0 IP
(16) Henry Owens, SP, Greenville -- 4-0, 5.31 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 29/4 K/BB, 20.1 IP
(28) Noe Ramirez, SP, Greenville -- 0-0, 2.70 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 15/3 K/BB, 20.0 IP
(PP4) Justin Germano, SP, Pawtucket -- 4-1, 1.69 ERA, 0.77 WHIP, 34/6 K/BB, 42.2 IP
(NR) Keivin Heras, SP, DSL Red Sox -- 2-0, 0.78 ERA, 0.74 WHIP, 12/4 K/BB, 23.0 IP
PP means “post-prospect,” a minor leaguer who has exhausted MLB rookie eligibility
NR means player is not ranked in the top 60
Workman, a second-round pick in 2010, has shown steady improvement in High-A and should be on pace for a promotion to Double-A in the second half. … Owens, 19, continues to post outstanding strikeout numbers (85 strikeouts in 58.2 innings), but he’s generally been very hittable after the fourth inning, meaning he’ll need to improve his stamina and focus. … After missing the first two months of the season while building up arm strength in extended spring training, Ramirez made his debut on June 10 with five perfect innings against Texas. … Germano has a July 1 opt-out date in his contract, meaning he may have pitched his last game in the organization. … Heras, a 17-year-old Venezuelan lefty, held opposing DSL batters to a .167 average for the month.
(11) Anthony Ranaudo, RHP, Portland -- 1-1, 5.40 ERA, 1.90 WHIP, 17/13 K/BB, 20.0 IP
(17) Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Portland -- 1-2, 6.75 ERA, 1.66 WHIP, 13/10 K/BB, 25.1 IP
(24) Sean Coyle, 2B, Salem -- .250/.308/.345 with 0 HRs
(32) Che-Hsuan Lin, OF, Pawtucket -- .190/.277/.274 with 0 HRs
(47) Nate Spears, UT, Pawtucket -- .184/.245/.276 with 1 HR
Not only does Ranaudo continue to struggle from a statistical standpoint, but he’s had issues with repeating his delivery, his fastball velocity has yet to return to form, and he hasn’t made ample strides with his changeup. … Pimentel is looking more and more like a future bullpen arm, as he’s struggled with control after the third inning. … Unless he can turn around a season that has fallen below expectations, Coyle may be in line to repeat High-A in 2013, as he’s still only 20. … Lin still has some value as a speedy, defensive-minded fifth outfielder, but his future may not be with the Red Sox (an organization seemingly loaded with fourth and fifth outfielders), so he may be on the trading block this month. … Given his subpar offensive output, Spears’ value is essentially as versatile Triple-A insurance depth, as he’s able to play all infield and corner outfield positions.
As of July 2, here are your batting leaders in the Red Sox system (cumulative stats, minimum 150 plate appearances): Bradley at .356, Greenville OF Drew Turocy at .353, Greenville OF Keury De La Cruz at .326, Lavarnway at .316 and Shaw at .315 … The organization’s home run leaders are Gomez at 19, Shaw, Bogaerts and Portland 1B Reynaldo Rodriguez at 12 and De La Cruz at 11 … Stolen base leaders are Greenville 3B Garin Cecchini with 28, Salem OF Shannon Wilkerson with 23 and Bradley with 18 … ERA leaders as of July 2 (cumulative, minimum 40 IP) are Salem RHP Matt Barnes at 1.86, Germano at 2.40, Greenville LHP Mickey Pena at 2.61, Portland LHP Chris Hernandez at 2.91 and Salem RHP Scott Swinson at 2.91 … Strikeout leaders: Barnes with 98, Owens with 85, Pawtucket RHP Brandon Duckworth with 77 and Germano with 72 … Three players got the call to Boston from the minor leagues in June -- OF Ryan Kalish, RHP Clay Mortensen and RHP Mark Melancon … As of July 2, Boston has signed all of its draft picks from the first 10 rounds of the 2012 draft, and 21 out of 42 picks overall … The highest remaining unsigned pick is Jamal Martin, an outfielder out of Dwyer High School in Florida. Selected in the 11th round, Martin is committed to Florida State, but is still in negotiations to potentially sign a pro contract with the Red Sox … On the injury front, Boston has Jacoby Ellsbury, Carl Crawford, Scott Podsednik and Chris Carpenter currently on minor league rehab assignments … Minor leaguers on the disabled list include PawSox RHP Mark Prior (side), Portland 3B Kolbrin Vitek (intercostal strain), Rodriguez (finger), Greenville RHP Madison Younginer (lat) and Greenville SS Jose Vinicio (shoulder).