Monthly Archives: June 2011

Mike Cameron Designated for Assignment

Mike Cameron has been designated for assignment, as has been confirmed by Theo Epstein.

“It’s on me, not going to sugarcoat it.” was the GM’s response about Cameron not working out.

Yamaico Navarro is being called up to replace Cameron on the roster. Navarro can play three different infield positions and has played in the outfield some during his stay at Pawtucket.

It appears that the injury Youkilis sustained last night when he fouled a pitch off of his foot forced the Sox to make a roster move. Youkilis underwent X-rays today, which came back negative.

Game 77: Red Sox @ Phillies

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Darnell McDonald LF
Jason Varitek C
Mike Cameron RF
Marco Scutaro SS
Josh Beckett RHP (6-2, 1.86)

All I have to say is Terry Francona may be on something.

"Boston Red Sox"

Around the Minors 6/27

Pawtucket Red Sox


Box Score

Key Lines:

Yamaico Navarro: 0-4 2 SO

To say Navaroo is struggling would be an understatement. He’s hitting .128 in his last 10 games.

Ryan Lavarnway: 0-4

Lars Anderson: 0-3 SO

Jose Iglesias: 0-3 BB SO

Portland Sea Dogs


Box Score

Key Lines:

Reynaldo Rodriguez: 1-5 2B SO

Junichi Tazawa: 0.2 IP 3 H 6 ER 2 BB SO

A “yikes” start by Tazawa to say the least. Don’t write him off yet but this start is far from encouraging. (more…)

Prospect #7: Kolbrin Vitek, INF

Vitek is yet another draftee from the exceptional 2010 draft class. The Sox’ first pick, and twentieth overall, Vitek enjoyed a terrific career at Ball State, where he dominated competition during his sophomore and junior year before entering the draft class and subsequently joining the Red Sox organization. His college career was very well-decorated; during his sophomore year he posted an OPS of 1.201 and followed it up his junior year with a 1.136 mark (for comparison’s sake, Adrian Gonzalez’ 2011 season is at 1.026 through June 27) while winning the Mid-Atlantic Conference’s Player of the Year award and placing on the first team all-MAC. Between 440 at-bats over the two seasons, Vitek hit 30 home runs with 82 total extra-base hits.

Despite the terrific power numbers, Vitek’s calling card as a draftee was his advanced plate approach, not unlike Kevin Youkilis or Dustin Pedroia. However, this may be where Vitek has really struggled most as a professional to this point; while at Ball State, he had a nearly even walk-to-strikeout ratio, and struck out just 70 times between his sophomore and junior season. Although Ball State’s competition isn’t at the same level as minor league baseball, the jump in strikeouts has been unexpected; in 204 at-bats in Lowell last season, Vitek struck out 61 times, a trend continued this year with an aggressive approach to high-A Salem, where Vitek has been rung up 60 times in 266 at-bats.

There is certainly cause for optimism. While Vitek has had some struggles in the field, with 19 errors to this point, as well as the documented strikeout problems, he’s still hitting at a .270 clip despite making a huge organizational jump this season, essentially bypassing low-A Greenville for Salem. April saw him post a .341 batting average, and while he hit a major slump in May and early June, there’s definitely the possibility he’s turning a corner; he’s had 5 multi-hit games over his last 7 appearances, and he hit his first home run of the season this past week. He’s shown his fair share of flashes of brilliance so far this year, and as he continues to cope with higher levels of pitching, we’re expecting to see the offensive prowess he boasted coming out of college continue to emerge at the professional level.

DTH: Should the Red Sox resign David Ortiz?

Sorry about the long distance between DTH’s, that’s on us. From now on we’ll be dropping the hammer every Monday.

The debate about whether or not we should resign David Ortiz would have been a lot easier if he had had another April slump, but he didn’t slump and he’s mashing the ball this year. Which makes the decision a lot harder because designated hitters like Ortiz are hard to find. Either way, it’s going to be a tough decision for Theo Epstein and an even tougher debate topic for our writers. The question is should we resign Ortiz or should we cast him away? Our writers answer that question in this week’s DTH.

David Ortiz


Around the Minors 6/24

Pawtucket Red Sox


Box Score

Key Lines:

Che-Hsuan Lin: 3-5 2B R 5 RBIs SO

Yamaico Navarro: 0-3 SO

Jose Iglesias: 0-2 SO

Lars Anderson: 0-4 R BB SO

Ryan Lavarnway: 2-4 2 R 2 2B BB SO

Another stellar game by Lavarnway raises his average to .361. His average is far from average (terrible joke).
Kyle Weiland: 5 IP 3 H 2 ER 4 BB 1 SO

Another great game by Weiland to raise his season record to 6-6. Man is it nice to have so much depth at SP.

Portland Sea Dogs


Box Score

Key Lines:

Reynaldo Rodriguez: 2-4 2 2B SO

Rodriguez is finally hitting his stride for Portland hitting .300 now. He now has a slash line of .300/.317/.575

Oscar Tejeda: 0-4 RBI

Stolmy Pimentel: 3 IP 3 H 2 ER 2 BB 2 SO (more…)