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Brentz, Almanzar are Rising Stars; Ranaudo to pitch in Puerto Rico

Posted by Craig Forde  November 2, 2012 02:56 PM

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Brentz AFL.jpgBryce Brentz and Michael Almanzar were selected to the Arizona Fall League’s Rising Stars Game set for this Saturday, November 3rd at 8:00 p.m.

Brentz is batting .304 for the Surprise Saguaros, having hit safely in all but one of the 12 games he has played in. He has eight RBIs, seven runs scored and two stolen bases on two attempts.

Almanzar, a post season All-Star in the Carolina League this season, is batting just .235 in 14 games with the Saguaros, but has scored ten runs to go along with four RBIs.AlmanzarSS.jpg

Nineteen players selected to play in the game are ranked in MLB.com’s Top 100, including Astros top pitching prospect Jarred Cosart, Tampa Bay’s top positional prospect Hak-Ju Lee and the third overall pick in the 2012 draft, Seattle Mariners catching prospect Mike Zunino.

The game will be played at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale and you can watch the action live on MLB Network and MLB.com.

VazquezSS.jpgIn other Sox-Saguaros news, catcher Christian Vazquez was named the Best Defensive Catcher in the Red Sox system by Baseball America, who also released their updated Top 10 for the system (see below) as well. Vazquez is backing up BA’s claim down in Arizona, having thrown out 8 of 17 base runners for a 47% success rate to go with a pick off of a runner at first base.

Pitchers Brock Huntzinger, Pete Ruiz, Ryan Pressly and Chris Martin have all made seven relief appearances for Surprise. Ruiz is second on the team with 15 strikeouts in 9 2/3 innings, while Pressly has allowed only one walk in his nine innings. Martin and Huntzinger are yet to allow a home run.

Circling back around, to no one’s surprise Baseball America listed shortstop 2012_bogaerts_xander (1).jpgXander Bogaerts as the top player in the Red Sox farm system. Here is their complete list along with their Best Tools selections:

1. SS Xander Bogaerts
2. OF Jackie Bradley Jr.
3. RHP Matt Barnes
4. RHP Allen Webster
5. LHP Henry Owens
6. C Blake Swihart
7. 3B Garin Cecchini
8. OF Bryce Brentz
9. SS Jose Iglesias
10. SS Deven Marrero

Best Hitter for Average - Bradley
Best Power Hitter - Bogaerts
Best Strike-Zone Discipline - Bradley
Fastest Baserunner - SS Tzu-Wei Lin
Best Athlete - Bogaerts
Best Fastball - Barnes
Best Curveball - Barnes
Best Slider - RHP Alex Wilson
Best Changeup - LHP Miguel Pena
Best Control - RHP Brandon Workman
Best Defensive Infielder - Iglesias
Best Infield Arm - Cecchini
Best Defensive Outfielder - Bradley
Best Outfield Arm - Bradley

Ranaudo readies for start of Puerto Rican League
042511_ranaudo.jpgAnthony Ranaudo continues to put in work to return to top-form in 2013 after suffering a dead arm injury during the 2012 campaign that caused him to miss much of the season. The 2010 first-rounder is currently down in Puerto Rico, ready to pitch for Criollos de Caguas of the Liga de Beisbol Profesional de Puerto Rico. He will be joined by fellow Sox pitcher Jose De La Torre, who was acquired by Boston in a deal for Brent Lillibridge. Other names of note for Caguas include former Sox farmhand Aaron Bates and the third selection of the 2000 draft (Cubs) Luis Montanez who is currently in the Cardinals organization. The Criollos kick off their season on Saturday versus Santurce.

Other Sox prospects kicking around on the rosters that we could find for teams in La Liga de Beisbol Profesional de Puerto Rico this winter include pitcher Jeremy Kehrt who is playing with Los Indios de Mayaguez and 20-year-old outfielder Henry Ramos with Leones de Ponce.

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Anthony Ranaudo photo credit - John Corneau/Lowell Spinners

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