Friday, March 7, 2014
The Arizona Fall League concluded over the weekend and outfielder Juan Carlos Linares was easily the top Red Sox player, batting .397 in 17 games, with 7 doubles, 3 home runs and 14 RBI.
At 26, Linares may not be returning to the Sea Dogs, but could be pushed with a promotion to Pawtucket in April.
Sea Dogs shortstop Jose Iglesias batted .269 with one double ... catcher Ryan Lavarnway batted .268 with 3 home runs and 12 RBI, and a .380 on-base percentage (16 walks).
On the mound, Casey Kelly got in his work, with two good outings and two not-so-good (16 IP, 11 K, 4 BB, 6.75 ERA).
Jason Rice led the relievers (3.86 ERA), followed by Daniel Turpen (5.40), Seth Garrison (6.23) and Eammon Portice (6.57).
Elsewhere, the winter leagues continue.
In the Dominican, Yamaico Navarro is batting .261 in 20 games, with 4 home runs and 15 RBI ... Oscar Tejeda (.188) and Josh Reddick (.182) are off to slow starts ... Luis Exposito (.077) has played only four games ... Lefty Kris Johnson has made four starts (11 K, 6 BB, 2.11 ERA) ... Right-hander Robert Coello has appeared in seven games (25 IP, 18 K, 10 BB, 4.68 ERA).
In Venezuela, Bubba Bell is batting .290 in 25 games, with 4 doubles and 9 RBI.
Kevin Thomas covers baseball and basketball for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He wisely moved to Maine in 1994 after working for the St. Petersburg Times. He is married to Nancy and they have nine children.
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