Archive for May, 2011

Ranaudo, Balcom-Miller promoted in Red Sox farm system

By Jeff Louderback Two promising starting pitching prospects – one a first round pick and the other an unheralded trade acquisition – were promoted by the Red Sox yesterday. Anthony Ranaudo, who has top of the rotation potential, was called up to advanced Single-A Salem from Single-A Greenville while fellow right-hander Chris Balcom-Miller was promoted [...]

Peavy outpitches Lester in Boston’s 7-3 loss

While Jake Peavy was hitting his spots and keeping Red Sox hitters off-balance, Jon Lester was shaky, pitching into deep counts and allowing a plethora of baserunners. Still, Lester was involved in a 3-3 game in the sixth inning at Fenway Park, until the Chicago White Sox finally capitalized. The White Sox plated four runs [...]

A grab bag of notes and observations from the Red Sox-Tigers doubleheader

Doubleheaders are entertaining for fans, since we get to watch two Red Sox games in one day, but usually they are not ideal for the teams. After all, most of the time there is a split, and if the starting pitchers don’t give their respective team at least six innings in each game, the bullpen [...]

Ryan Kalish nearing return to Pawtucket

Theo Epstein and Terry Francona will have a question to answer during the off-season. Who will be the starting right fielder for the Red Sox in 2012? One of the options – top prospect Ryan Kalish – will return to minor league action soon. The 23-year-old Kalish injured his shoulder while making a diving catch [...]

Felix Doubront set to return from the DL

Alfredo Aceves and Tim Wakefield are providing the Red Sox with valuable starting pitching depth with John Lackey and Daisuke Matsuzaka on the disabled list. Boston is close to getting another insurance policy back in top prospect Felix Doubront. The 23-year-old left-hander, who has posted a 1.98 ERA this season at Pawtucket and is highly [...]

Wakefield matches Aceves with another quality start in Boston’s 6-3 win over Detroit

The Red Sox have not missed a beat with John Lackey and Daisuke Matsuzaka on the disabled list. Alfredo Aceves has delivered two solid starts and Tim Wakefield has matched him. Tonight, Wakefield overcame a shaky beginning and limited the Detroit Tigers to two runs and five hits over seven innings in Boston’s 6-3 victory. [...]

Meet the top seven relief pitching prospects in the Red Sox farm system

It is usually not a good idea to sign relief pitchers to expensive free agent contracts. Look at Rafael Soriano’s deal with the Yankees and Bobby Jenks with the Red Sox. Both are injured and neither has delivered on the mound. Often, relievers are up and down from one season to the next, and investing [...]

Red Sox offense scores 14 runs for second straight game, Aceves delivers again

Alfredo Aceves deserved to be on the opening day roster, but he wasn’t. Now he has given the Red Sox no choice but to keep him on the big league club. Need a long man who can effectively eat innings? He’s your man. Want a reliable arm out of the bullpen in a late-inning situation? [...]

Reddick, Sutton in today’s starting lineup for Red Sox

A new face – at least to the Red Sox this season – will patrol right field this afternoon at Comerica Park. Josh Reddick was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket when Darnell McDonald was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a quad injury. One of the organization’s top prospects, the 24-year-old Reddick has produced [...]

Recently promoted Red Sox outfield prospects thriving

May is an exciting month in minor league baseball. Typically, it is a time when the first wave of promotions happens. Recently, the Red Sox summoned Che-Hsuan Lin from Portland to Pawtucket, Jeremy Hazelbaker from Salem to Portland, Bryce Brentz from Greenville to Salem and Henry Ramos from extended spring training to Greenville. A highly [...]