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Down on the farm

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff  July 27, 2006 03:17 PM

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With the trading deadline just four days away, letís take a look at some of the recent performances of some of the top prospects in the farm system courtesy of the Red Sox minor league report for this week:

Can he Phil a need? Left-hander Phil Seibel has gone 2-0 without allowing a run in four relief appearances since joining Triple-A Pawtucket on July 15. The 27-year-old was on Double-A Portlandís disabled list from June 17-July 14 with left elbow soreness, and was sent to Pawtucket at the time of his activation.

Seibel has gone a combined 6-3 with a 1.11 ERA in 17 games (13 starts) this season between Pawtucket, Portland and Greenville. The University of Texas product missed the entire 2005 season after undergoing ďTommy JohnĒ reconstructive surgery on his left elbow at the conclusion of the 2004 campaign.

Closer material? Lefty Javier Lopez has picked up a save in each of his three PawSox appearances since being optioned from Boston on July 18. He posted no record and a 4.32 ERA in 14 big league outings for Boston after being acquired from the Chicago White Sox on June 15.

Dustin bustiní out: Infielder Dustin Pedroia has gone 6-for-16 (.375) in his last five games to improve his average in July to .365 (31-for-85) in 23 contests. Bostonís first pick in 2004 ranks 10th in the league with a .305 average on the season.

Rolling Moss: Double-A Portland outfielder Brandon Moss has hit safely in 11 of 13 games since the All-Star Break, batting .411 (23-for-56). The stretch includes eight multi-hit efforts and he has scored at least one run in nine of his last 11 games (crossing the plate 15 times). On Tuesday vs. Reading, Moss went 2-for-4 with two homers, three RBIs and three runs scored, his first multi-homer game of the season.

Martinez looks good: Right-hander Edgar Martinez has a 1.93 ERA in eight appearances in July, limiting foes to a .184 batting average. On Monday vs. Reading, Martinez notched his ninth save of the season, his first since June 15 at Bowie. Since June 21, the 24-year-old is 1-0 with one save and 1.89 ERA.

Some nice outings for Bryce: Right-hander Bryce Cox was promoted to Single-A Wilmington this week and has tossed a pair of scoreless relief appearances. He has limited foes to two hits and one walk while striking out five in four innings of work. Bostonís third-round pick in last monthís draft began the season with Lowell, where he went 0-1 with a 1.59 ERA in three relief appearances.

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