Red Sox minor league roundup

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    From Baseball Prospectus:

    Matt Barnes, RHP, Red Sox (High-A Salem)
    Throughout the entire month of April, it was pretty clear that Barnes didn't belong in Low-A, as the 2011 first-round pick allowed just one run over 26 2/3 innings while striking out 42. On Saturday, Barnes showed that he might not belong in High-A either, as he whiffed 12 over six four-hit innings in his Carolina League debut. Just as important as the numbers, Barnes has started to break out the secondary stuff, as after relying primarily on a fastball that can touch 97 in Greenville, he was generating swings and misses with a curveball that has been an inconsistent pitch in the past. His ceiling hasn't changed yet, but his timetable is quickly accelerating.

    Jose Iglesias, SS, Red Sox (Triple-A Pawtucket)
    Every bit of hyperbole you've heard or read about Iglesias' defensive prowess is true: he's the best defensive shortstop in the minors. But what if he can hit? Even just a little bit? Even just enough to hit 9th every day? It's impossible to say he can do that yet, but with two hits in all three weekend games, he's strung together five straight multi-hit games to lift his averages to .253/.330/.293. His longest such streak all of last year was three games. The question is still a what if, but the answer isn't as sure as it once was.

     
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    Lavarnway also seems to be breaking out of his offensive funk going 2-4 with a double on Sunday and 3-3 with a walk yesterday.  Still not showing the power but hopefully that will come along as he heats up.
     
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    From Ben Buchanan at OTM:
    "Jackie Bradley: 2-3, 2B, HR, BB
    -The unbelievable season continues. After declaring he was ready to hit Homers on May 1, Jackie Bradley now has three of them in six games, going 8-for-15 with six walks, two strikeouts, and three stolen bases."

    Unbelievable season is right.  JB Jr is hitting .375 / .500 / .583 with 11 SBs and only 1 CS ... he needs to go to Portland soon.  Maybe it's time to cut DMac, and move 'em all up the line: Nava to MLB, Linares to AAA and JBJr to AA?  Or do we jump JCL directly to the bigs?
     
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    He's definitely ready to show what he's got at Portand. Linares would need to go to Pawtucket or Boston for that to happen. I wouldn't rush him to the bigs though. He was playing for South Carolina last year.
     
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    Carnie - Yep, not suggesting Bradley should be rushed to the bigs.  I was saying cut DMac and either Nava or Linares goes to Boston to make room for Bradley at Portland.  

    One of the strangest things about Bradley's stats is that 1/3 of his PAs have not involved putting the ball in play.  He's got 23 walks vs. 16 Ks.
     
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    He's got a nice arm too.
     
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