The PawSox get the honors of closing out the season after extending things with a first round playoff series win over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees. They kick up their Governor’s Cup series against the Charlotte Knights (White Sox) on Tuesday night (7:05 p.m.) at McCoy Stadium in a best-of-five series.
It is the first time since 2003 that Pawtucket has been to the International League finals, with their last Governor’s Cup title coming in 1984.
This season the PawSox were 3-5 against the I.L. South champion Knights who are making their first finals appearance since 2006.
Some names of note for Charlotte include outfielder Conor Jackson who played in 12 games with the Red Sox last season, outfielder Trayce Thompson who MLB.com ranks as the White Sox top prospect and pitcher Charlie Leesman, ranked as the White Sox best pitching prospect per MLB.com.
Leesman (12-10, 2.47 ERA) will get the ball for Charlotte in game one. The PawSox have not yet released their pitchers for the series.
McCoy Stadium will host game two on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. I will be in attendance for at least game one and will provide pre and post-game updates as well as a live running blog of the game itself. If all works out we'll do it again for game two.
The winner of the Governor’s Cup will play the champion of the Pacific Coast League in a one-game Triple-A National Championship on September 18th in Durham, North Carolina.
The Pacific Coast League finals will pit the defending league champion Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals) against the Reno Aces (Diamondbacks). The Storm Chasers feature outfielder Wil Myers who was recently named Minor League Player of the Year by Baseball America. The Aces are led by hurler Trevor Bauer, the third overall pick in the 2011 draft.
Once the PawSox put out the lights on the 2012 MiLB season, we will go ahead and give individual wrap-ups for each team in the Sox system, and then start looking at the fall leagues, the offseason and how some of these prospects might impact the Red Sox moving forward.
The author is solely responsible for the content.