Monthly Archives: August 2011

Red Sox DFA Randy Williams

The Red Sox have designated for assignment Randy Williams in order to open up a spot on the 40 man for top catching prospect Ryan Lavarnway. Randy Williams

In 7 games with the Red Sox 35 year old Randy Williams went 0-1 with a 6.48 ERA with a 1.80 WHIP. For the PawSox Williams appeared 22 games posting a 1.44 ERA with opponents batting .202 against him.Lefties hit .103 against him in AAA. It’s unlikely another team will claim him so he’ll probably remain on the PawSox.

Kevin Youkilis to DL, Ryan Lavarnway Called Up

Ryan LavarnwayPawtucket Red Sox catcher and DH Ryan Lavarnway will join the big league team today due to Youkilis being placed on the DL by the Red Sox. Youkilis will likely receive a shot but will not be on the DL for long.

Lavarnway was hitting at a .301/.385/.608 slash line at Pawtucket with 16 home runs. Between Portland and Pawtucket he has 30 home runs in 110 games. Overall this year he is hitting at a .293/.372/.559 slash line. He has 85 RBIs. Best of luck Ryan!

UPDATE: Terry Francona has stated that Lavarnway will be in the starting lineup tonight against Kansas City. He will be batting 7th as the DH.

Raul Alcantara to start tomorrow for the Spinners

According to the Lowell Spinners Facebook page Raul Alcantara will start tomorrow for the Spinners.






To say the least Alcantara is having a ridiculous year. In 9 starts with the GCL Red Sox Alcantara went 1-1 with a 0.75 ERA with a 0.60 WHIP in 48 innings pitched. Pretty ridiculous stats. Last year he went 5-3 with a 3.28 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP with 60.1 innings pitched for the DSL (Dominican summer league) Red Sox. It’ll be very interesting to see how Raul does in his first start in A ball. He has a very high ceiling and is one of the Red Sox top pitching prospects. If he can do well for the Spinners to end the year he’ll certainly be regarded as a top 20 Red Sox prospect and maybe even a top 100 prospect if the stars align in the right way.

Draft Buzz: Sox Sign Top Picks

The signing deadline has come and passed!  The dust is still settling, but word on the street is that the Sox have inked their top four picks; Matt Barnes, Blake Swihart, Henry Owens, and Jackie Bradley, welcome to Red Sox Nation officially!

Barnes’ deal was reportedly for $1.5 million.  Swihart signed for $2.5 million, a staggering figure that is only so astronomical when you remember that he had a full ride to play at Texas–wise choise, Blake!  Henry Owens signed for $1.55 million, it’ll be interesting to see how the high school lefty develops in the lower levels of the Sox system for the next couple of years.  The fourth selection, Jackie Bradley, struck a deal with the Sox for $1.1 million, keeping superagent Scott Boras at bay, and keeping Bradley from regaining his high draft stock by returning to South Carolina for another season.

Glad to see the Sox are spending their money on player development, and not just in major league talent–I’d like to see these guys climb the ranks, and we’ll track their progress as they represent the first draft class we’ve covered here at Bloodysox.  Hopefully these guys are in our system for  a long time, as I have very high hopes from all the scounting reports I’ve read.  Good luck, Gentlemen!

3 Up 3 Down 8/15

By: Matt Mcgrath

Three up:

Alex Hassan: In what continues to be a trend for this column, Hassan jumped from the “three down” list last week into the “three up” section of this week’s edition. Following his recent struggles, Hassan turned in a 10-for-22 week that included seven extra-base hits (including two home runs) and five walks, for a final slash line of .454/.555/1.000.

Matt Fox: Despite little acclaim, Fox continued his strong season this past week, turning in two outstanding performances on the road as he continues to rattle off quality starts for Pawtucket. Fox got off to a great start to the week on the 9th, holding Charlotte to just three baserunners over six innings while striking out eight. He topped that with a gem last night by throwing a complete-game shutout Gwinnett while striking out seven and scattering three baserunners.

Stolmy Pimentel: Pimentel’s struggles this season have been well-noted, but he’s turned a corner of late after a mid-season demotion to Salem. He’s now won his last three starts, the latest a six-inning outing where he allowed just two baserunners and struck out five. Hopefully this can help rebuild Stolmy’s confidence heading into the 2012 season. (more…)