2024 Worcester Red Sox (AAA)

Ale Xander

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What's big if true?

Princess Kate going to be at OD?

Link doesn't show anything for me
 

JM3

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It's kind of cool watching the new depth charts coming together.

View: https://twitter.com/ByAndrewParker/status/1771276758274207895


Worcester also has Stephen Scott. Elih Marrero is kind of in a precarious position with Teel & Hickey in AA & those guys in AAA.

Hickey is another guy like Scott who probably needs to learn if he can play 1B/LF acceptably enough to carry their bat, though, so Marrero may be the Teel backup & get called up if any of the catcher logjam goes away.
 

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Chase Meidroth is starting the year in Worcester. Jorge Benitez too. Those two were on the bubble
Not sure if it's official unless I quote your Tweet saying that lol

View: https://twitter.com/ByAndrewParker/status/1772697430481334401


Once Yorke got announced to AA, Meidroth to AAA made a ton of sense. & I think Benitez earned AAA this Spring (7.2 IP, 2.35 ERA, 13 k's).

Going to be a fair # of lefties there again...

Bernardino
Booser
Benitez
Luetge
Jacques

ETA: Oops, missed your Tweet on this, too:

View: https://twitter.com/ByAndrewParker/status/1772693434492387357
 

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That's exciting. Meidroth might have been the most fun player to watch this spring of all the prospects. He just seems like an easy player to root for.
 

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Not sure if it's official unless I quote your Tweet saying that lol

View: https://twitter.com/ByAndrewParker/status/1772697430481334401


Once Yorke got announced to AA, Meidroth to AAA made a ton of sense. & I think Benitez earned AAA this Spring (7.2 IP, 2.35 ERA, 13 k's).

Going to be a fair # of lefties there again...

Bernardino
Booser
Benitez
Luetge
Jacques

ETA: Oops, missed your Tweet on this, too:

View: https://twitter.com/ByAndrewParker/status/1772693434492387357
Still won’t ever beat the group of lefties Bloom stashed in Worcester last year. They outnumbered the right-handers at times.
 

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Caught up with Justin Hagenman today at WooSox media day…. Might want to watch him this year. New cutter is working wonders for him.
 

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Caught up with Justin Hagenman today at WooSox media day…. Might want to watch him this year. New cutter is working wonders for him.
Thanks, Andrew, it would be great to see Hagenman make a leap (straight east for 40-odd miles)!
 

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In addition to Hagenman...

View: https://twitter.com/ByAndrewParker/status/1773139606566777195

Caught up with Justin Hagenman today after a solid showing in big league camp for the Red Sox. Was “surprised” by how many swings and misses his cutter created. “It was a new pitch for me last year and we upped the usage of it this spring. When we did that, it ticked up in velocity and played better off my other pitches. Thought it was working pretty well for me.”
Parker also caught up with AJ Politi who is glad the Red Sox are finally on his analytical level...

View: https://twitter.com/ByAndrewParker/status/1773131674269737014

All smiles from WooSox right-hander AJ Politi during WooSox media day today. Pretty interesting quote regarding new pitching leadership in the org: “It’s more in line with what I like to do in regards to analytics. It was huge for my development just during spring training alone. Big fan of the DriveLine way of thinking.”
& Joe Jacques who feels better about his slider...

View: https://twitter.com/ByAndrewParker/status/1773125478959788268
 

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& Kelly

View: https://twitter.com/ByAndrewParker/status/1773390752808087849


Caught up with Zack Kelly yesterday in Worcester in regards to recovering from his oblique injury. “I still have to build up a little bit. I have only pitched once since March 2nd in a game. The first couple of outings here in Worcester are going to be me building up more. I still have to go two innings and am going to try to go back-to-back games early on.”
 

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Rotation is starting to be set:

Grant Gambrell - Friday
Brian Van Belle - Saturday
Jason Alexander - Sunday
Cooper Criswell - Tuesday (home opener)
 

Ale Xander

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Not a lot of pay to see talent there. Need to make it to Portland

will probably still make it to a few Tuesdays
since, you know, parking.
 

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I was going to go, but little one isn’t feeling great. Not too unhappy about not having to spend a few hours in 45 degree weather with 30 mph winds…
 

Ale Xander

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Game today postponed to Friday 3:35. Single admission 7innings per game doubleheader.
 

JM3

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Article on Grant Gambrell:

Grant Gambrell took the ball for the season opener last Friday and threw four scoreless innings while punching out seven batters. While the right-hander mentioned it was '“a real cold one”, he was honored to be the opening day guy picked to pitch.

“I am never a finger licker, but it was so cold I had to lick my fingers and use bubble gum to try to get a little bit of tack because there was no moisture in the air.” Gambrell told Beyond the Monster on Tuesday. “I was trying to do as much as possible just to find a little bit of grip whenever possible.”
I thought it was interesting with most of the MLB starters drastically cutting down on the 4 seam fastball that Gambrell is upping the usage of his:

“It is the same arsenal as last year but I am trying to use the four-seam a little more this year just so people don’t only sit on the sinker.” Gambrell said. “It just gives them something else to change their eye levels with. I just pitch my game and fill up the zone. I have a really good defense and good catchers that are here so I trust them to make the plays when they come and I will do my job to throw strikes and keep the hitters off balance.”
https://beyondthemonster.substack.com/p/grant-gambrell-talks-working-on-sinker
 

Ale Xander

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Today has been also postponed. To prevent back to back doubleheaders (and I guess they can’t do Sunday DH) todays home game will be made up as a road game in May or June.

wild
 

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Am I looking in the wrong place, or is there no mention of last night's WooSox one-hitter? Are the minor league game threads dead? Jason "Costanza" Alexander with six hitless innings (7K, 2BB), then Jorge Benitez -- who threw the ball really well in spring training -- pitched a hitless 7th, before allowing a one-out GB single in the 8th. Guerrero with a perfect 9th.

Nathan Hickey hit a first inning HR and Sox won, 9-0.
 

JM3

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Yeah, sorry, am back home, but life has been pretty exhausting & have been slacking on trying to get caught up.
 

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Yeah, sorry, am back home, but life has been pretty exhausting & have been slacking on trying to get caught up.
Take care of yourself man. We will still be here, and there are plenty of ways to know what’s going on in minor league land.
 

byAndrewParker

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I should be posting here since I am at the games and in the clubhouse but I do forget. I will pick it up
 

mwonow

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I should be posting here since I am at the games and in the clubhouse but I do forget. I will pick it up
That's what we longtimers used to call a "humblebrag..." ;-}

Thanks, welcome, looking forward to your insider posts!
 

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On Sunday, Worcester lost 10-5, despite a nice outing from Cooper Criswell.

Criswell pitched 5 scoreless, but then left with 1st & 2nd & 1 out in the 6th. Chase Shugart allowed 1 of the 2 runners to score & then came back put fire the 7th & allowed 6 more runs.

Criswell's final line:

5.1 IP
1 ER (0.87 ERA on the season)
4 hits
2 bb
2 hbp
4 k's

82 pitches, 50 strikes (61%)

View: https://twitter.com/PatSullivan05/status/1777059376357888473


View: https://twitter.com/ByAndrewParker/status/1777029941474865197


Overall Shugart allowed 6 runs, 5 earned, in 0.2 IP.

Lucas Luetge allowed a double in the 7th which let Shugart's last runner score, but didn't allow any runs of his own in an inning.

Bernardino continued to struggle in AAA, allowing 3 runs in 0.2 innings (he did get 2 k's).

AJ Politi pitched the last 1.1 innings scoreless with a walk & 3 strikeouts.
 

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Eddy Alvarez was 1-3 with a homer, a walk & an hbp.

View: https://twitter.com/WooSox/status/1777059739572093238


View: https://twitter.com/WooSox/status/1777064715954335965


Niko Kavadas was 1-3 with a homer & 2 walks.

View: https://twitter.com/WooSox/status/1777072568429666684


Tyler Heineman was 4-4 with a walk.

Jamie Westbrook was 2-5 with a double.

Mark Contreras was 0-4 with a walk, but picked up his 7th steal. He has not been caught yet. His career high in a season is 23, which he got each of the last 2 years.

Hickey was 1-4 with a walk.
 

JM3

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Am I looking in the wrong place, or is there no mention of last night's WooSox one-hitter? Are the minor league game threads dead? Jason "Costanza" Alexander with six hitless innings (7K, 2BB), then Jorge Benitez -- who threw the ball really well in spring training -- pitched a hitless 7th, before allowing a one-out GB single in the 8th. Guerrero with a perfect 9th.

Nathan Hickey hit a first inning HR and Sox won, 9-0.
Thx for picking up my slack!

The WooSox pitching line for the game:

9 IP
0 runs
1 hit
3 bb
10 k's

116 pitches, 77 strikes (66.4%)

View: https://twitter.com/WooSox/status/1777473152961876393

View: https://twitter.com/ChrisHenrique/status/1777478061572690281
 
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JM3

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Hickey was 2-5 with the aforementioned (& aftershown) home run:

View: https://twitter.com/WooSox/status/1777446205934424404


Meidroth was 1-3 with a walk, a steal & a sac fly.

Niko was 1-3 with a walk, a double & an hbp.

Guthrie was 1-3 with 2 walks.

Heineman was 0-2 with 2 walks & a hbp.

Rosier was 1-4 with a sac fly. He's having a rough year, hitting .087.