Monthly Archives: July 2012


Red Sox prospect Travis Shaw called up to Portland

1B/3B Travis Shaw has been called up to AA Portland according to his Facebook page.

In 99 games and 354 at bats for the Salem Red Sox, Shaw hit .305/.411/.545 with 16 home runs, 31 doubles, and 3 triples. He drove in 73 runs and stole 11 bases in 13 tries.

I interviewed him after he was drafted by the Red Sox in the 32nd round of the 2011 MLB draft. Since then he’s done nothing but impress. In time split between Lowell, Greenville, and Salem, Shaw has hit .292/.398/.511 with 24 home runs, 45 doubles, and 3 triples in 157 games and 562 at bats.

It’ll be interesting to see how he does in Portland. Some scouts have concerns that he’ll struggle to adjust to AA pitching, but with the way he’s hammered the ball so far in professional ball, signs point to Shaw hitting well in AA. He has an advanced approach at the plate which bodes well for him.


Red Sox trade Lars Anderson to the Indians

Former top Red Sox prospect Lars Anderson has been traded to the Cleveland Indians for 27 year old minor league knuckleballer Steven Wright.

Anderson had hitt .259/.359/.415 in 340 AAA at bats so far this year with 9 home runs, 22 doubles, and 2 triples. He will be assigned to AAA Columbus.

Steven Wright was 9-6 with a 2.49 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP in 115.2 innings for the AA Akron Aeros. He is known as a knuckleball pitcher and is seen as organizational filler. He has battled control issues in the past and has a propensity to walk batters.


Game 104: Boston Red Sox vs. Detroit Tigers

Time: 7:10 PM ET

TV/Radio: NESN, MLB Network / WEEI

Red Sox (52-51)
Ellsbury CF
Crawford LF
Pedroia 2B
Gonzalez 1B
Ross RF
Saltalamacchia DH
Middlebrooks 3B
Shoppach C
Ciriaco SS
Pitching: RHP Josh Beckett (5-9, 4.57)

Tigers (54-49)
Jackson CF
Berry LF
Cabrera 3B
Fielder 1B
Young DH
Boesch RF
Avila C
Peralta SS
Infante 2B
Pitching: RHP Justin Verlander (11-6, 2.60)


Red Sox Acquire Craig Breslow from Arizona

The Red Sox have acquired left handed relief pitcher Craig Breslow. The Red Sox are sending Matt Albers and Scott Podsednik to the Arizona Diamondbacks in return.

Breslow was previously a member of the Red Sox organization in 2006 and 2007. He pitched 12 innings for the big league club in 2006 but did not pitch in Boston in 2007. He was called up in September when rosters were expanded. He did not pitch once in the majors that year, but he still won a ring as a member of the Sox that year!

Breslow has a career 3.02 ERA. He is 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA through 43.1 innings in 2012. It certainly doesn’t hurt to add another left handed specialist to the bullpen.


Ryan Sweeney to the DL, Ryan Kalish recalled

According to multiple sources, Ryan Sweeney has been placed on the DL and Ryan Kalish has been added to the major league roster. This move was made because Sweeney broke his hand punching a door. You can’t make this stuff up.

He is likely to miss two months thanks to this random act of rage. Apparently he punched a door after grounding out to second base in last nights game. Obviously he likes Boston as now he has no chance of being traded.

So far this season, Sweeney is hitting .260/.303/.373 with no home runs, 19 doubles, and 2 triples in 63 games.

Kalish hit .217/.238/.250 in his limited stint with the big league club this season. He hit .307/.388/.533 with 4 home runs and 5 doubles in 17 games for the PawSox.

For comedic relief, here’s a video that fits this situation perfectly.


Game 103: Boston Red Sox vs. Detroit Tigers

Time: 7:10 PM ET

TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI

Red Sox (51-51)
Ellsbury CF
Crawford LF
Pedroia 2B
Gonzalez 1B
Middlebrooks 3B
Saltalamacchia DH
Sweeney RF
Shoppach C
Ciriaco SS
Pitching: RHP Clay Buchholz (8-3, 4.93)

Tigers (54-48)
Jackson CF
Berry LF
Cabrera 3B
Fielder 1B
Young DH
Boesch RF
Peralta SS
Avila C
Infante 2B
Pitching: RHP Max Scherzer (10-5, 4.49)


Game 101: Boston Red Sox @ New York Yankees

Time: 4:05 PM ET

TV/Radio: FOX / WEEI

Red Sox (49-51)
Ellsbury CF
Ciriaco DH
Pedroia 2B
Gonzalez 1B
Ross RF
Middlebrooks 3B
Shoppach C
Aviles SS
Nava LF
Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (5-8, 5.46)

Yankees (60-39)
Jeter SS
Granderson CF
Teixeira 1B
Cano 2B
Jones LF
Nix 3B
Martin DH
Suzuki RF
Stewart C
Pitching: LHP CC Sabathia (10-3, 3.30)


Game 100: Boston Red Sox @ New York Yankees

Time: 7:05 PM ET

TV/Radio: NESN, MLB Network / WEEI

Red Sox (49-50)
Ellsbury CF
Crawford LF
Pedroia 2B
Gonzalez 1B
Ross RF
Saltalamacchia C
Middlebrooks 3B
Nava DH
Aviles SS
Pitching: RHP Aaron Cook (2-3, 3.50)

Yankees (59-39)
Jeter SS
Granderson CF
Cano 2B
Teixeira 1B
Ibanez LF
Jones DH
Chavez 1B
Ichiro RF
Martin C
Pitching: RHP Phil Hughes (9-8, 4.09)


Game 99: Boston Red Sox @ Texas Rangers

Time: 8:05 PM ET

TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI

Red Sox (49-49)
Ellsbury CF
Ciriaco DH
Pedroia 2B
Gonzalez 1B
Ross RF
Middlebrooks 3B
Crawford LF
Shoppach C
Aviles SS
Pitching: RHP Josh Beckett (5-8, 4.53)

Rangers (57-39)
Ian Kinsler 2B
Elvis Andrus SS
Josh Hamilton DH
Adrian Beltre 3B
Michael Young 1B
Nelson Cruz RF
David Murphy LF
Yorvit Torrealba C
Craig Gentry CF
Pitching: LHP Derek Holland (6-5, 4.84)


Prodigal Sox Should Stand Pat

“But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger!’”
The Parable of the Prodigal Son

The quote above comes from the turning point in the life of the initial focal character in the parable of the Prodigal Son. He has finally hit rock bottom after a string of outrageous days and nights of extravagant spending have played out a third of his father’s estate and he’s found destitute and alone (unless you count living with pigs company). If you’re familiar with the story you may not realize that the word prodigal does not refer directly to the party lifestyle he entertained but the reckless spending he undertook to grab the golden ring.

With that in mind, it’s no too much of a stretch to say that the Red Sox have reached that same moment in their own prodigal story. The Red Sox have spent lavishly on free agents in an attempt to patch holes in their roster that the farm system was unable to shore up from within. They shifted tactics (Run production? Run prevention?), bought big names, and tried to find bargains. With all that they’ve produced a .500 team currently occupying last place in the AL East.

That’s why they should make no additional purchases between now and August 1st.

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