Doubront named Red Sox minor league pitcher of the year


The Red Sox rolled out their Minor League award winners, and 22-year-old lefty Felix Doubront was at the top of the list. An 8-3 combined record and a 2.81 ERA between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket earned him pitcher of the year honors.

First baseman Anthony Rizzo (.260, 25 HRs, 100 RBIs in Single-A Salem and Double-A Portland) and catcher Ryan Lavarnway (.288, 22 HRs, 102 RBIs in Salem and Portland) were named co-offensive players of the year.

Doubront is recovering from a mild strain of a pectoral muscle near his collar bone, and Sox manager Terry Francona said he likely wouldn’t pitch again. Doctors looked at Doubront yesterday and said that he was progressing, but he will be re-evaluated Monday.

“I think logic kind of says that this kid isn’t going to pitch again,” Francona says. “We’re getting to that point. I do think what we’d like to do is get him ramped up so when we send him off for the season we know we have a feeling that he can turn it loose, there’s not any issues and then go about his winter program.

Because he’s a kid that he needs to have a good winter program. He’s a young, really exciting pitcher, but he’s still got to work on his body, so he really needs to have a good winter.”


Asked if the Doubront could start or come out of the bullpen, Francona said, “I probably shouldn’t speak for the organization yet. I’m sure some of that may depend on what happens this winter, but I think we all feel comfortable that he can start or relieve, which is really good. He showed us enough in a lot of areas. We think he can pitch. If you’re asking me personally do I think he can pitch in the bullpen, yeah.”

The Red Sox will recognize all seven award winners before tonight’s game.

From their press release:
Pitcher of the Year: LHP Felix Doubront, Double-A Portland/Triple-A Pawtucket: Combined to go 8-3 with a 2.81 ERA (25 ER/80.0 IP) and 72 strikeouts in 17 games (16 starts) between Portland and Pawtucket as a 22 year old…Has also appeared in 12 games (three starts) with the Red Sox this season in his Major League debut…Held opponents to two earned runs or less in 12 of his 14 minor league starts…Began the season as Portland’s Opening Day starter and went 4-0 with a 2.51 ERA (12 ER/43.0 IP) before a May 20 promotion to Pawtucket, where he went 4-3 with a 3.16 ERA (13 ER/37.0 IP)…Signed with the Red Sox as an international free agent in 2004.
Offensive Co-Player of the Year: 1B Anthony Rizzo, Single-A Salem/Double-A Portland: Hit .260 (138-for-531) with 42 doubles, 25 homers, 100 RBI and 61 walks in 136 games between Salem and Portland…At 21 years old, led the Red Sox minor leagues in home runs and ranked second in RBI…Set a franchise record for the Sea Dogs with 32 RBI in August…Was selected as the Eastern League Player of the Week for August 2-8, batting .444 (12-for-27) with four doubles, three home runs and 12 RBI in that span…Was Boston’s seventh pick (sixth round, 204th overall) in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft.
Offensive Co-Player of the Year: C Ryan Lavarnway, Single-A Salem/Double-A Portland: Batted .288 (133-for-462) with 27 doubles, 22 home runs, 70 walks and 102 RBI in 126 games with Salem and Portland…Led Boston’s minor league system in RBI and ranked second in homers…The 23 year old was named Player of the Week in both the Carolina League (April 8-18) and Eastern League (August 23-29)…Named to both the Carolina League mid-season and post-season All-Star teams…Selected as the eighth pick by the Red Sox (sixth round, 202nd overall) in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft.
Defensive Player of the Year: OF Che-Hsuan Lin, Double-A Portland: Committed just three errors in 338 chances for a .991 fielding percentage over 118 games between right field (four games) and center field (114 games) for Portland as a 21 year old…Hit .275 (126-for-458) with 17 doubles, four triples, two home runs, 34 RBI and 72 walks in 119 games with the Sea Dogs…Signed as an international free agent in 2007.
Base Runner of the Year: OF Jeremy Hazelbaker, Single-A Greenville: Led the Red Sox organization with 63 stolen bases, the most in a season by a Boston farmhand since Gus Burgess stole 68 bases in 1981…The 23-year-old outfielder was caught stealing 17 times for a 78.8 percent success rate…Hit .267 (118-for-442) with 29 doubles, nine triples, 12 home runs, 59 walks and 62 RBI…Named a South Atlantic League post-season All-Star for the 2010 season…Was Boston’s fourth pick (fourth round, 138th overall) in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.
Minor League Latin Program Pitcher of the Year: RHP Raul Alcantara, Rookie-Level DSL Red Sox: Was 5-3 with a 3.28 ERA (22 ER/60.1 IP) in 13 starts for the DSL Red Sox…Tied for the team high in wins and ranked second in innings…The 17 year old finished 3-0 with a 1.29 ERA (3 ER/21.0 IP) and 17 strikeouts over his last four starts…Was named to the 2010 DSL All-Star team.
Minor League Latin Program Player of the Year: SS Xander Bogaerts, Rookie-Level DSL Red Sox: Hit .314 (75-for-239) with seven doubles, five triples, three home runs, 42 RBI and 30 walks in 63 games for the DSL Red Sox…Paced the club in batting average, hits, homers, RBI, total bases (101) and slugging (.423)…The 17 year old was named to the 2010 DSL All-Star team.

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