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Scouting Red Sox and Rangers prospects

Updated: April 17, 2012, 12:44 PM ET
By Keith Law

I stopped in Greenville on Wednesday night while en route from Macon to Charlotte, making my first visit to Fluor Field, one of the nicest minor league ballparks I've seen. It's located right in a revitalized downtown area, not far from a row of bars and restaurants that was still busy at 10:30 that evening. Greenville, Boston's low-A affiliate, hosted Hickory, a Rangers affiliate, in a game that featured several high draft picks and international bonus babies.

• Hickory starter Luke Jackson was mostly 92-95 mph early in the start, 90-93 later, and was fine the first time through the order but lost his release point in the third inning, narrowly avoiding disaster by throwing his curveball when he needed a strike. The curve was anywhere from 74-79 and was very inconsistent, some showing good depth and others hanging up in the zone, while his changeup at 79-84 had excellent arm speed and was more consistent than the breaking ball. His warmup was unconventional, with a very long delivery, but in the game he was much shorter, very short for a starter, and didn't have great success repeating it.

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