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4/20 MiLB Gameday: Workman debuts for Salem


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#1 jonasi

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 10:23 AM



#2 Cuzittt


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Posted 20 April 2012 - 10:35 AM

Today's Games:

IL: Pawtucket (Doug Mathis) @ Syracuse (Matt Torra) [6:15pm]
EL: Portland (Chris Balcom-Miller) @ Binghamton (Greg Peavey) [7:05pm]
CL: Salem (Brandon Workman) @ Potomac (Adam Olbrychowski) [7:05pm]
SAL: Greenville (Miguel Pena) vs. Augusta (Bryce Bandilla) [7:05pm]
NYPL: Lowell - Season Begins June 18th.
GCL GCL Sox - Season Begins June 18th.
DSL DSL Sox - Season Begins Early June/Late May (No Schedule yet available)

Notes:


Media:

MiLB TV
MiLB Radio

Local Media:

Pawsox: Providence Journal, Pawtucket Times

Seadogs: Portland Press Herald

Salem: Roanoke Times

Greenville: Greenville Online

Lowell: Lowell Sun

#3 Buzzkill Pauley


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Posted 20 April 2012 - 10:56 AM

Can I just say again how much I love the everyday Salem lineup?

Once Barnes is promoted and balls start flying on summer breezes, that team will be the one to watch.

Of course, since it's not participating on milb.tv, maybe it's just the one to wish-I-could-watch.

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 01:15 PM

No. 5 WILL MIDDLEBROOKS, 3B RED SOX Team: Triple-A Pawtucket (International)
Age: 23
Why He's Here: .423/.464/.923 (11-for-26), 4 HR, 1 2B, 13 RBIs, 7 R, 2 BB, 2 SO
The Scoop: Middlebrooks hit a total of 19 home runs in 217 games at two Class A stops, but he's turned up the power production since advancing to Double-A last season. He hit 20 home runs in 2011 alone, indicating that the old scouting adage may be true and power is the last tool to develop. Middlebrooks has kept mashing in 2012 by going deep five times in 14 games thus far and slugging .684 in the International League. That is a positive development for any corner player, particularly one with designs on being a first-division regular.

No. 10 MATT BARNES, RHP RED SOX Team: low Class A Greenville (South Atlantic)
Age: 21
Why He's Here: 1-0, 0.00, 11 IP, 4 H, 0 R 0 BB, 16 SO
The Scoop: As a first-round pick last year out of Connecticut, Barnes should be expected to breeze through a relatively conservative assignment to Greenville. Still, the way he's completely overmatched South Atlantic League hitters has been eye-catching. Through three starts, Barnes has yet to allow a run and has barely allowed any baserunners, with a 25-2 K-BB ratio and just six hits allowed in 16 innings. Given his stuff and polish, Barnes probably can keep his suitcase packed because a bump to high Class A Salem would seem to be imminent.

http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/prospects/prospect-hot-sheet/2012/2613288.html

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 03:37 PM

To make room for Workman on the Salem roster, Marco Duarte to the 7-day DL with right elbow inflammation (per Evan Lepler).

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 03:56 PM

The Red Sox signed 35-yo veteran catcher Mike Rivera, who was released this spring by the Brewers. He had signed with the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League, whose season begins next week.

Rivera's been assigned to Pawtucket, with Matt Spring returning to Portland. The Sea Dogs put Jayson Hernandez on the 7-day DL with a strained hamstring.

Edited by mabrowndog, 20 April 2012 - 04:14 PM.


#7 priligybay

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 05:04 PM

how do you do?

#8 tonyarmasjr

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 06:26 PM

Does anybody know what the delay in Pawtucket is?

#9 SoxScout


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Posted 20 April 2012 - 06:41 PM

Juan Carlos Linares grounds out, third baseman Jefry Marte to first baseman Eric Campbell.
Binghamton Bottom of the 1st
Defensive Substitution: Bryce Brentz replaces right fielder Juan Carlos Linares, batting 4th, playing right field.



#10 Detts

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 06:41 PM

The Drive sit one minor leaguer at the gate to sign autographs before each game.

Swihart was the kid tonight.

Yah, fanboy me got his ticket signed, but about 15 mins later I realized 'crap, this means he is not starting.








#11 tonyarmasjr

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 06:42 PM

Saw that. Hopefully it's because Repko's hurt and not Linares.

#12 Buzzkill Pauley


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Posted 20 April 2012 - 06:43 PM

Does anybody know what the delay in Pawtucket is?


Is it a real-live delay, or a gameday delay?

I was trying to check out Salem on milb gameday, got nothing, then saw the box score was 6-0 Sox in the 2nd inning.

As far as I can see, Pawtucket's currently behind in the 1st inning 0-2.

#13 tonyarmasjr

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 06:52 PM

Is it a real-live delay, or a gameday delay?

I was trying to check out Salem on milb gameday, got nothing, then saw the box score was 6-0 Sox in the 2nd inning.

As far as I can see, Pawtucket's currently behind in the 1st inning 0-2.

Don't know. They/gameday started on time (6:15), but it hasn't updated since the end of the top of the 1st.

#14 Buzzkill Pauley


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Posted 20 April 2012 - 06:55 PM

Don't know. They/gameday started on time (6:15), but it hasn't updated since the end of the top of the 1st.


My guess is that milb.com is just having issues, then. Salem also hung after posting an immediate 1 1/2 innings of play.

#15 Cuzittt


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Posted 20 April 2012 - 09:09 PM

Pawsox win 15-10.

Boxscore

Doug Mathis went 2 2/3 innings, allowing 5 runs (4 earned) on 7 hits (1 HR) and 3 walks; striking out 2. Tony Pena went 1 1/3 innings, allowing 2 runs on a hit, 2 walks and a HBP. Brandon Duckworth went 4 innings, allowing 3 runs on 4 hits, a walk and a WP; striking out 5. Mark Melancon went an inning, giving up a hit and a HBP; striking out 2.

Mauro Gomez went 4/5 with 2 HRs and a walk. Will Middlebrooks and Jose Iglesias each went 2/4 with a walk; Middlebrooks with a HR, Iglesias with a CS. Alex Hassan and Tony Thomas each went 2/4 with a HR. Josh Kroeger went 2/5. Lars Anderson and Ryan Lavarnway each went 1/5; Anderson with a double. Che-Hsuan Lin went 0/4 with a walk.

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 09:10 PM

SeaDogs lose 7-5.

Boxscore

Chris Balcom-Miller went 2 innings, allowing 6 runs on 5 hits (1 HR) and 5 walks; striking out one. Jeremy Kehrt went 4 innings, giving up 4 hits and a walk; striking out one. Aaron Kurcz went an inning, allowing an unearned run on 2 hits and a walk; striking out 2. Caleb Clay went an inning, giving up 2 hits and an intentional walk; striking out 2.

Kolbrin Vitek went 4/5. Bryce Brentz went 2/4 after replacing Juan Carlos Linares who went 0/1. Dan Butler went 1/3 with a triple and a walk. Derrik Gibson went 1/4 with a walk and a CS. Oscar Tejeda and Heiker Meneses each went 1/4; Meneses with a HR. Jeremy Hazelbaker went 1/5 with 2 SBs. Reynaldo Rodriguez went 0/3 with a walk. Ronald Bermudez went 0/4.

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 09:12 PM

Drive loses 3-2.

Boxscore

Miguel Pena went 5 innings, allowing a run on 5 hits and a walk; striking out 4. Nefi Ogando went 2 innings, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits, 2 HBPs and a WP. Hunter Cervenka went 2 innings, giving up a hit and a walk; striking out 2.

Lucas LeBlanc went 2/4 with a double. Bryan Johns went 1/3 with a walk and a SB. Keury de la Cruz went 1/4 with a double. Boss Moanaroa went 0/2 with 2 walks. Garin Cecchini, Jordan Weems and Jose Vinicio each went 0/3 with a walk; Cecchini with a PO/CS. Cody Koback and Henry Ramos each went 0/4.

#18 Cuzittt


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Posted 20 April 2012 - 09:14 PM

Salem wins 13-4.

Boxscore

Brandon Workman went 4 1/3 innings, allowing 4 runs on 8 hits (2 HRs), a walk and a WP; striking out 4. Manuel Rivera went 3 2/3 innings, giving up a hit and 2 walks; striking out 5. Michael Olmsted struck out the side in his one inning of work.

Sean Coyle went 3/5 with 2 doubles and a HR. Shannon Wilkerson went 2/4 with a walk and a SB. Christian Vazquez and Drew Hedman each went 2/5, Vazquez with 2 doubles. Xander Bogaerts went 1/3 with a triple before being replaced by Michael Almanzar who went 0/1 with a HBP. Brandon Jacobs and Travis Shaw each went 1/5. James Kang went 0/3 with a walk. Jackie Bradley went 0/4 with a walk.

#19 SoxScout


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Posted 20 April 2012 - 10:47 PM

Kid is an absolute freak show right now.

https://twitter.com/...513966876622849

#PawSox club FIVE homers tonight and top Durham 15-10. Alex Hassan with his 1st AAA HR, Will Middlebrooks belts a 3-R HR, his 6th this year.

https://twitter.com/...522214136590336

Will Middlebrooks in 15 games: .370, 6-HR, 20-RBI, 9 multi-hit games, 4x 3-R HR. Last 7 games: 5-HR, 15 RBI, 4x 3+ RBI, 5x 2+ hits. #RedSox



#20 Detts

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 10:52 PM

Takeaways from Greenville:

Weems isn't horrible behind the plate defensively, but offensively he looked at fastballs and swung at offspeed with no contact. I saw nothing that said his .094 average is SSS.

Moanaroa is batting cleanup and playing first. Uh...yah.

Vinicio is not afraid to swing at a fastball at his eyes. Unfortunately he can't hit it.

It's just a different 'feel' this year vs. last year. It is more of a developmental team vs. a bunch of 'how soon do we promote them to Salem' (except for Barnes) players.

#21 PedrosMangoTree

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 11:44 PM

I was at tonight's game in Binghamton. Linares suffered an apparent leg injury in the first inning. He left under his own power but was really hobbling. I didn't see exactly what happened, as I looked away and next thing I knew he was down, but I'm guessing he hurt himself landing on the bag trying to beat out the grounder.

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 07:41 AM

Just a couple things from the Pawsox game....


Mauro Gomez is hitting a ton, 2 more homers last night, at what point does he pass Lars on the MLB 1stbase depth chart.... not that Lars is doing badly, but.

Iglesias got another walk along with two hits, it appears that he is doing a bit better than last season getting on base. Does anyone remember what his OBP. was at this point last season?

Did anybody get a look at Melancon closing it out last night? Any better stuff, Mechanics, body language?

Middlebrooks is proving why most lists had him as the number 1 prospect in the system, does anyone know if Youkilis hears the footsteps yet?

Edited by Carl Everetts Therapist, 21 April 2012 - 07:42 AM.


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Posted 21 April 2012 - 08:19 AM

STORIES

PAWSOX

Game Story

The PawSox continued their sparkling start with a wild victory over Durham Friday in the opener of a six-game homestand.
After a very successful (7-2) trip north, Pawtucket came from behind and beat Durham, 15-10, Friday night. Alex Hassan was the hero, belting a grand slam in the bottom of the seventh — one of five PawSox homers. Will Middlebrooks clinched it with a three-run blast in eighth, his sixth of the season.
Mauro Gomez, the rugged first baseman/designated hitter, belted two home runs and also had two singles and a walk. He scored four times and had 3 RBI, as Pawtucket scored in every inning except the fourth. Tony Thomas added a three-run homer. Tony Taylor contributed a three-run homer. Mark Melancon closed it out in his first appearance for the PawSox.
Pawtucket pitchers struggled as they allowed four multiple run innings, but the offense picked up the slack.
“Our pitching has been very good,” said Pawtucket manager Arnie Beyeler. “And when we haven’t pitched well our hitters have carried us.”


Melancon

On paper, there appears a surefire remedy to put struggling reliever Mark Melancon – viewed as one the key moves Ben Cherington made during his first offseason as Boston’s general manager – back together.
Fans will undoubtedly cringe when they hold Melancon’s cover-your-eyes 49.50 ERA up to the light, knowing full well the 27-year-old’s inability to get anyone out played a huge part in the big-league club demoting the struggling pitcher to Pawtucket. Yet what gets lost in shuffle is that Melancon was not pitching on a regular basis.
Melancon made four appearances with the Sox, each one coming three or more days apart. Granted there are off-days to factor in, but it seemed that when he pitched poorly, Melancon had little choice but to sit around and think about what went wrong instead of getting back out there right away. By deploying Melancon on such an infrequent basis, BoSox manager Bobby Valentine was saying without actually issuing a statement that he had lost confidence in him.
As PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler noted Friday about his newest arrival, Melancon will get plenty of chances to work his way out of his current rut.
"Down here, when it’s time for guys to pitch, they’ll pitch. That game doesn’t work that way up there [in the bigs],” said Beyeler. “We want to get him consistent and to the point where they [meaning the parent club] can count on him to come in and get some guys out.”
For his part, Melancon understands why he lost favor with Valentine. He’s also looking forward to ironing out the kinks in a pressure-free atmosphere.


SEADOGS

Game Story

Three relievers combined to shut out the Sea Dogs on three hits over the final 51/3 innings Friday night to secure a 7-5 win.
The Sea Dogs strung together five third-inning singles to wipe out a three-run deficit, then used a Dan Butler triple and Heiker Meneses homer in the fourth to cut into another.
"I thought we managed our at-bats pretty well against Peavey," Sea Dogs Manager Kevin Boles said. "He's got a quality arm, and coming into this game he was among the best pitchers in the league.
"We were able to work some counts and drive some balls, and our guys were able to do some things on the bases."
Peavey, who didn't give up a run in 102/3 innings over his first two starts, left after a walk put the tying run on with two outs in the fourth.
Erik Turgeon, Robert Carson and Josh Edgin controlled Portland from there, allowing only one runner to reach scoring position.
Sea Dogs third baseman Kolbrin Vitek went 4 for 5 and was in the middle of the streak of five straight hits.
"We've been struggling at the plate a little bit so we're all trying to take a step back and simplify things up there," Vitek said after raising his average to .308. "We need to have good at-bats and get things rolling, and get some hits back-to-back.
"We did that tonight and were able to stay in the ball game."


SALEM

Game Story

Sean Coyle drove in six runs to lead the Salem Red Sox to a Carolina League blowout of Potomac on Friday without manager Rich Gedman.
Gedman, a two-time All Star catcher for the Boston Red Sox, was in Boston helping celebrate the 100th anniversary of major league baseball in Fenway Park.
Coyle went 3 for 5 with two doubles and a home run for the Sox, who scored six runs in the top of the first inning and five more in the fifth.
Christian Vazquez has two doubles and three RBIs for Salem, and Drew Hedman homered and drove in three runs.
Shannon Wilkerson went 2 for 4 with a stolen base.
Brandon Workman made his Carolina League debut on the mound for Salem. He allowed four runs on eight hits and a walk in four and a third innings. He struck out four and gave up two home runs.
Workman was a second-round pick in the 2010 draft. Salem added him to the roster from extended spring training and put pitcher Marco Duarte (elbow inflammation) on the disabled list.
Shortstop Xander Bogaerts tripled to extend his hitting streak to 10 games.


DRIVE

Game Story

The Greenville Drive were hopeful a return home to Fluor Field would turn around their fortunes.
That hasn’t happened so far as the Drive dropped a 3-2 decision to the Augusta GreenJackets in front of 5,061. That was Greenville’s second straight loss to its South Atlantic League opponent.
After collecting 15 hits in a 9-8 loss to the GreenJackets on Thursday, the Drive bats were silent on Friday as the team collected only four hits, which made it impossible to capitalize on six walks by Augusta pitchers and two errors by the squad.
“We kind of missed a couple pitches,” said Greenville manger Carlos Febles. “They were throwing strikes and changing speeds on us and we couldn’t make any adjustments. Even though we had some opportunities to score we weren’t able to drive them in. We were trying too much at the plate. When you get those opportunities on a day when you only get (four) hits, you’ve got to take advantage.”
The game opened as a pitching duel between starters Mickey Pena of Greenville and Augusta’s Bryce Bandilla.
Neither allowed a run in the first three innings, although the GreenJackets picked up four hits, including a double, and a walk, during that period.
Augusta was first to get on the board, pushing a run across in the fourth when designated hitter Brett Krill hit a one-out triple to right field. He scored on a sacrifice fly by first baseman Ben Thomas.



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Posted 21 April 2012 - 03:03 PM

Just a couple things from the Pawsox game....


Mauro Gomez is hitting a ton, 2 more homers last night, at what point does he pass Lars on the MLB 1stbase depth chart.... not that Lars is doing badly, but.

Iglesias got another walk along with two hits, it appears that he is doing a bit better than last season getting on base. Does anyone remember what his OBP. was at this point last season?

Did anybody get a look at Melancon closing it out last night? Any better stuff, Mechanics, body language?

Middlebrooks is proving why most lists had him as the number 1 prospect in the system, does anyone know if Youkilis hears the footsteps yet?

Gomez is going to have a hard time passing Lars due to the fact that Lars is already on the 40-man. Also, that question isn't terribly interesting since it looks like Middlebrooks is ahead of both of them. (Youk to 1st, Middlebrooks to 3rd if Gonzalez misses time.)

There's a thread on the main board for the Middlebrooks call-up discussion. My take: it's way too early to be talking about this. Even if Middlebrooks is a better option than Youk, Youk needs some playing time and the Red Sox need a key injury to be suffered at an infield corner by a contending team before his trade value is sufficient to make considering a move worthwhile.

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 03:26 PM

Iglesias got another walk along with two hits, it appears that he is doing a bit better than last season getting on base. Does anyone remember what his OBP. was at this point last season?

Yeah, the uptick in the walk rate is encouraging. Still no XBH though. Too early to say anything definitive about the BABIP, but it seems like a fairly speedy guy who hits a lot of grounders should do better than the .275-.285 figures he's been putting up over the past season+. I dunno if that's bad luck or the fact that he doesn't hit the ball very hard or what though.