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    Red Sox Minor League Observations And Updates

    The strides made by Bradley and Webster this spring constitute the highlight of the camp for many Red Sox fans. It is heartening to have someone like Webster as the next pitcher in line instead of someone like Aaron Cook.

    Other young players that were really impressive were Christian Vazquez, Dan Butler, Jose De La Torre and Henry Owens.

    Other observations:

    De La Rosa:

    The odds are in favor of De La Rosa being a reliever more so than a starter, even though the Sox want to stretch him out over the course of the season.

    Henry Owens:

    He has that potential to be a top of the rotation pitcher. There's a good argument to be had over whether Owens or Webster has the higher ceiling -- noting of course that it's easier to have a higher ceiling when you've only pitched in Low-A, as is the case with Owens. He's got dominant strikeout stuff with his fastball and changeup, and if he can harness his control, he can be really good. He's still only 20, though, and a few years away.

    Steven Wright:

    He had a rough spring (8.59 ERA in 7 1/3 innings) and has tempered expectations a little bit. He doesn't look like the first Triple-A starter in line like he did before spring training started. Then again, if he goes to Pawtucket and strings together three or four strong starts, he might be right back in the picture again. The knuckleball is a mysterious thing.

    Anthony Ranaudo:

     It's kind of amazing how far off the radar Ranaudo fell after a season in which he'd been hurt. He went 13 up, 13 down and pitched in the upper 90s with three pitches in his last outing of the spring yesterday. That's nothing to scoff at.

    Lavarnway:

    We use the term make-or-break year a lot with players, but this does look like a make-or-break year for Lavarnway. You can explain away his offensive struggles last year by saying he was getting used to catching full-time for the first time as a pro. He won't have that excuse this year. If he gets back to the offensive production he showed in 2011, now you have a catcher you can feel good about starting in 2014.

    Vasquez:

    It might be tough for him to be Opening Day ready for 2014. He's played 20 games at Double-A. But then again, Jackie Bradley, Jr....

    Bryce Brentz:

    He will not be a full time Sox outfielder by 2014. Not unless he can handle breaking pitches a a little better and calm some of his streakiness. Then again, he could grow into a power-hitting righty who can tattoo the Green Monster.

     

     

     
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    Did youy seriously need to start another prospect thread when we already have one we've had going for at least 3 weeks?

     
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    I am not high on Brentz and think less of Lavarnway

     
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    In response to notin's comment:

    I am not high on Brentz and think less of Lavarnway




    I was very impressed with Christian Vazquez.

     
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    In response to 2004Idiot's comment:

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    I am not high on Brentz and think less of Lavarnway

     




    I was very impressed with Christian Vazquez.

     



    I thought we did well with the second tier guys, CV being one of them.  And I think he could be ready to split time in 2004 with Ross.  I think he'd have enough AA+ ABs, certainly over one full season.

     
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    In response to notin's comment:

    I am not high on Brentz and think less of Lavarnway




    You weren't high on JBJ either.

     
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    Daniel Bard threw a scoreless inning in his first outing since his demotion. 94-95, touched 96, bloop double, walk, double play.

     
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    Double-A Portland releases its roster. As expected, Barnes, Britton, Ranaudo and Workman all there. Bogaerts, Shaw, too.            

     
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     Greenville releases its roster: Johnson, Light and Maddox from last year's draft class, plus Montas and Betts up from Lowell.

     
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     Greenville releases its roster: Johnson, Light and Maddox from last year's draft class, plus Montas and Betts up from Lowell.



    No Deven Marrero, so we can assume he -- as expected -- will open at Salem, as will Henry Owens and Blake Swihart.

     
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     Greenville releases its roster: Johnson, Light and Maddox from last year's draft class, plus Montas and Betts up from Lowell.

     



    No Deven Marrero, so we can assume he -- as expected -- will open at Salem, as will Henry Owens and Blake Swihart.

     



    The other absence from the announced Greenville roster was fourth-round pick Ty Buttrey, who presumably is staying in extended spring.

     
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    Brentz will learn better patience and pitch recognition, but hes going to have his share of K's to go along with a few bombs. You cant have every guy working counts in your line up. usually doesnt happen and I dont think it should. Having a couple free swingers throws things off a bit for the pitcher.

    Between WMB and Brentz (when he gets here) you could easily see 50-60 HR, but will also see 200-250 K's...I can live with that.

     
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    High-A Salem announces roster. Cecchini, De La Cruz, Marrerro, Owens, Swihart all on it.

     
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    Any idea who is scheduled to pitch Thursday night for the SeaDogs opener? I'm thinking Workman or Britton--I'm looking forward to seeing Bogaerts again before he gets moved up to the PawSox---it should be May????

     
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    Thanks that was a little more helpful than Sox Affiliates:

    http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/minorleagues/affiliates/index.jsp?c_id=bos

     

     
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    PawSox rotation for their first series: Wright, Webster, Hernandez, Doyle.

     
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    In response to MadMc44's comment:

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    Seadogs Website

    http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t546

     



    Thanks that was a little more helpful than Sox Affiliates:

     

    http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/minorleagues/affiliates/index.jsp?c_id=bos

     




    probably Barnes or workman

     
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    De La Rosa is on the PawSox roster. He'll pitch two-inning stints to start off

     
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    (Odds are that De La Rosa will tandem with Graham Godfrey in some fashion in the fifth spot in the rotation, but we'll find out soon.)

     
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    Re: Red Sox Minor League Observations And Updates

    The Red Sox added first baseman Brandon Snyder and assigned him to Pawtucket. Snyder was released by the Rangers four days ago.

     
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    Snyder is a career .275/.335/.431 hitter in the minor leagues and has put up similar numbers in 106 plate appearances in the majors.

     

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