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Cultivating the Farm: Portland Sea Dogs benefit from system shuffling

Posted by Craig Forde  August 14, 2012 09:02 AM

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Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for PawSoxlogo.gifPawtucket (66-56, 1st in IL North – AAA) – In the midst of the annual late-season organizational shuffle, the PawSox lost their foothold atop the North Division in the International League. A 5-7 start to August has aided the slide from the top, but they do maintain a 1 ½ game lead in the wildcard race. They are looking to make back-to-back playoff appearances for the first time since 1996-97…SS Jose Iglesias is in the midst of a season-high nine game hitting streak. He has collected four doubles in August, matching the total amount of doubles he hit in the prior four months of the season…Almost half of 1B Mauro Gomez’s 115 hits have been of the extra-base variety (57). He is batting .311 in 95 games, third best average in the International League…In their recent Best Tools edition, Baseball America named OF Alex Hassan as having the ‘Best Strikezone Judgment’ in the International League. On the season he has drawn 55 walks and has 1.134 OPS when working ahead in the count.

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for SeaDogslogo.gifPortland (55-65, 5th in EL Eastern – AA) – The Sea Dogs may have received the bulk of the talent during the recent run of organizational transactions. The likes of Travis Shaw, Xander Bogaerts, Christian Vazquez and Brandon Workman have all made their way north since the start of August. It won’t turn the season around by any means, but it should provide a glimpse of what Portland might look like at the start of next season…After steam rolling through the first three months of the season, OF Jackie Bradley is finally facing a little adversity at the plate. In 40 games over July and August, he is batting .254, after hitting .358 through June…OF Bryce Brentz was named the ‘Best Outfield Arm’ in the Eastern League by Baseball America. In 76 games as a right fielder he has ten assists…RHP Stolmy Pimentel has lost two of his last three starts, including the shortest outing of his career against Binghamton on July 28th when he lasted only a third of an inning. He allowed 12 earned runs on 13 hits and 11 walks in his last three appearances.

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for SalemSoxlogo.gifSalem (18-32 second half, last in CL Southern – High A) – First it was the promotion of Jackie Bradley, now it’s the departure of Xander Bogaerts that has the Salem Sox reeling. They have lost all five games since the 19-year-old shortstop headed to Portland and the team is batting .192 during the losing streak…RHP Yeiper Castillo has gone five or more innings in each of his seven starts for Salem. His 104 total strikeouts (between Greenville and Salem) rank fourth in the organization…OF Brandon Jacobs is in a 0-for-18 slump and is 4-for-45 (.089) in the month of August…C Adalberto Ibarra has hit safely in seven of his last eight games, including five multi-hit games. The 25-year-old Cuban is batting .536 during this stretch.

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Drivelogo.gifGreenville (22-25 second half, 5th in SAL Southern - Low A) – The Drive have yet to make a playoff appearance since become a Red Sox affiliate in 2005, and unfortunately that trend will continue. Greenville is 4-6 in August and have allowed 46 runs in those ten games…3B Garin Cecchini has stolen 40 bases on 44 attempts and has the most swipes of any player in the Red Sox organization. Baseball America voted him as having the ‘Best Infield Arm’ in the South Atlantic League…After picking up two straight losses, LHP Henry Owens has won his last two starts, striking out ten batters over eleven innings. He has a total of 117 strikeouts in 85 2/3 innings and trails only Matt Barnes (124) for most Ks in the organization…After allowing two home runs and four runs in an August 4th outing, RHP Justin Erasmus was released after four years in the Sox system. The reliever from South Africa had allowed 13 home runs in 49 2/3 innings this season. In 24 appearances with Greenville last season he went 4-1 with a 1.11 ERA, but in 26 appearances this year he was 1-3 with a 9.24 ERA.

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Spinnerslogo.gifLowell (26-28, 2nd in NYPL Stedler - Short Season A) – Mired in the basement of the Stedler Division since the get-go, the Spinners have made a remarkable run, rattling off fifteen wins over their last eighteen games. Sure, they are still 14 games out of first place, but this was a team that lost eleven straight at one point, so a turnaround of this magnitude is noteworthy…OF Dreily Guerrero and RHP Francisco Taveras will play for the American League in the New York-Penn League All-Star game on Tuesday night in Mahoning Valley, Ohio…RHP Mike Augliera has gone three innings in his last four starts and has not allowed a run in that twelve inning span. He has struck out 17 and walked only one batter in those games. A fifth rounder in the 2012 draft, Augliera has struck out 30 and walked 2 in 23 1/3 innings of work…OF Aneury Tavarez has six multi-hit games in his last nine. In 40 games he has 41 hits and is batting .311, tied for eighth in the league…After a 0-for-21 stretch, SS Deven Marrero has gone 4-for-10 with a home run, two RBIs, three runs and two stolen bases.

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Red Sox logo.gifGulf Coast (27-21, 1st in GCL South – Rookie) – The GCL Sox maintain a slim, half-game lead over the Twins heading into the final 11 games of the season. They are 6-5 in the month of August…CF Jose Colorado is ninth in the league in batting (.295), tied for sixth in stolen bases (13) and fourth in runs scored (29). He has also walked 21 times and has made only two errors in a team-high 42 games played…3B Nick Moore had a seven game hit streak snapped, a span in which he hit three home runs. He has played in 41 games and has a .390 on-base percentage, fifth best in the league…RHP Austin Maddox, a third-round selection in the 2012 draft out of Florida, made his pro debut on August 10th, working a scoreless inning in a start against the Twins. Maddox struck out one batter.

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