Sunday, March 9, 2014
Two promising Red Sox pitching prospects are Kyle Weiland and Anthony Ranaudo (past and future Sea Dogs). Both are right-handers with "stuff," meaning their pitches produce swings and misses.
Weiland, shown at right with the Sea Dogs last year, has not always had the results match his potential. He struggled in his Pawtucket opener last week, but look nasty on Thursday night in Syracuse
While he lasted only 4 2/3 innings, Weiland struck out 10. he allowed 4 H, 1 R and 2 BB. Weiland projects to be in the Boston bullpen someday, although he continues to stretch out as a starter,
Ranaudo, 21, is considered the best of Boston's draft picks last year. A dominant pitcher at Louisiana State and in the Cape Cod League, Ranaudo is beginning his pro career in Class A Greenville. He has yet to give up a run in two starts.
He went 4 innings on Thursday (three walks and a tight pitch count ended his night. He gave up 2 hits while striking out 5.
Portland has received solid relief, but the starts have been inconsistent. Brock Huntzinger lasted only 2 2/3 innings on Thursday (7 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 1 K) in the Sea Dogs loss. Eammon Portice (1 K over 3 1/3 IP) and Seth Garrison (2 IP) pitched hitless relief.
Will Middlebrooks (.407) hit his second HR. Alex Hassan (.500, .563 OBP) was 1-for-2 with 2 BB.
Lefty Chris Hernandez, a 7th-round draft pick out of the University of Miami last year, made his Salem debut (5 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K).
Two former Sea Dogs, now in the Padres organization, had good nights. Anthony Rizzo (.333) hit his second Triple-A home run ... Casey Kelly (3.48) pitched 6 innings in Double-A (3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K).
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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