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Cultivating the Farm: PawSox finish July back on top and other Sox system notes

Posted by Craig Forde  August 1, 2012 07:26 AM

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Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for PawSoxlogo.gifPawtucket (62-39, 1st in IL North – AAA) – In the second half of July the PawSox went 10-5 to regain first place in the International League’s North Division. Pawtucket will face the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, who are just a half game back in second place, eight times down the stretch. The PawSox are 5-2 against the Triple-A Yankees this year…C Ryan Lavarnway had his worst month of the season with lows in batting average (.244), home runs (1), runs (10) and on-base percentage (.303)…LHP Chris Hernandez, a 7th round pick in 2010, picked up his first Triple-A victory at Indianapolis on July 27th. In that game he threw five innings of scoreless relief, scattering four hits and striking out three...OF J.C. Linares batted .356 with four home runs, 14 RBIs and 12 runs in twenty-four July games. Linares played seven games with Pawtucket in June and batted .179 with no home runs, RBIs or runs.

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for SeaDogslogo.gifPortland (49-61, 5th in EL Eastern – AA) – The Sea Dogs were an even 15-15 in July. In twelve of those wins they held their opponents to two of fewer runs. In ten of the losses they allowed five or more runs…OF Bryce Brentz suffered his worst month of the season, batting just .200 over 26 games in July. He still has a .272 season average, best of any Sea Dogs player with 60 or more games played…OF Jeremy Hazelbaker went 10-for-10 on stolen base attempts in July. He has a team-high 26 steals on the season which is tied for fourth in the Eastern League…RHP Steven Wright, acquired at the trade deadline for Lars Anderson, made 20 starts for Akron (Cleveland) of the Eastern League. He has a 2.49 ERA which is second best in the league and his 101 strikeouts are fourth most…RHP Aaron Kurcz posted a 0.71 ERA in July after allowing just one run in 12 1/3 innings. The reliever went 1-0 and struck out 18 batters in 6 appearances.

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for SalemSoxlogo.gifSalem (14-24 second half, last in CL Southern – High A) – The Salem Sox longest win streak of July was three games, which happened once. Their longest losing streak was also three games, but that occurred three times in the month. Their elimination number is 25 heading into the final full month of the season…1B Michael Almanzar’s record-setting string of reaching base in 16 straight at-bats helped him climb to a .309 batting average. He had his best month of the season at the plate in July, batting .333 with a .415 OBP, five home runs, 15 RBIs, 15 runs and 5 stolen bases. After walking 15 times over the first three months combined, he drew 12 free passes in July…2B Sean Coyle has picked up 16 hits over his last nine games…RHP Brandon Workman, 2nd rounder in 2010, posted a 2-2 record in five July starts. He struck out 32 batters and walked only four in 31 innings. He has a team-high 94 strikeouts and only 19 walks this year.

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Drivelogo.gifGreenville (18-20 second half, 5th in SAL Southern - Low A) – A respectable finish of 6-3 helped the Drive salvage an otherwise rough July. They had a 12-16 record for the month…OF Keury De La Cruz finished the month with six two-hit games over his last seven. He has a team high .314 batting average, tied for seventh best in the league. He also leads the team with 16 home runs and 66 RBIs…3B Gavin Cecchini and OF Henry Ramos have both played a team-high 95 of 108 games this season. Last year the two combined for 119 games played…RHP Michael McCarthy has put together two solid starts, allowing no runs, four hits, and one walk, with six strikeouts in eleven innings. McCarthy has allowed only one home run and is the only Drive pitcher to allow so few in 49 or more innings of work.

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Spinnerslogo.gifLowell (16-26, last in NYPL Stedler - Short Season A) - The Spinners are in the midst of a season-long, four-game winning streak that has been spearheaded by some impressive pitching. Lowell ran off three straight shutouts and a franchise-record, thirty-inning scoreless streak. They also managed to get through a complete game without walking a batter for the first time since August of 2010…RHP, 37th overall pick in 2012, has had five two-inning starts and allowed three runs on eleven hits, most of which came in his first two outings. He has struck out 12 batters and only walked four over ten innings…LHP Brian Johnson, 31st overall pick in 2012, made his pro debut for the Spinners on July 29th against State College. He allowed two hits and a walk in working a scoreless inning and a third. It was the first live game action that he had seen since June 16th when his Florida Gators lost, 7-3, to South Carolina in the College World Series…Infielder Mookie Betts entered July batting .245, but ended the month with a .285 mark, best among active Spinners players. He has fourteen hits and five walks over his last ten games.

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Red Sox logo.gifGulf Coast (21-17, tied for 2nd in GCL South – Rookie) – A 9-5 run in the second half of July puts the GCL Red Sox three games back of the Twins…First baseman Nathan Minnich was shipped to the Gulf Coast after batting just .136 in twelve games with Lowell. In tens games since being sent down, he is batting .324 with a .457 OBP and 10 RBIs…RHP Jeffrey Wendleken, a 13th round selection in 2012 out of Middle Georgia College, is 1-0 with a save and 0.71 ERA in 7 appearances. He has struck out 16 batters and has not allowed a walk in 12 2/3 innings…Andrew Bailey is slated to begin a rehab assignment with the Golf Coast Sox on Wednesday. Expected to be Boston’s closer heading into the season, Bailey has been on the disabled list since Spring Training following surgery on his thumb.

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