Sunday, March 9, 2014
While Boston fans watch their 10-11 Red Sox rise up the AL East standings (third place, 3.5 behind New York), let's look at some future and past players in the organization.
Kyle Weiland was 5-9 with a 4.42 ERA in Portland but was still promoted to Pawtucket. His opening game was a stinker (4 R in 3 IP), but he has a 1.72 ERA in his past three outings. On Sunday, Weiland gave up only 2 hits (one a HR) over 6 IP, with 2 BB and 3 K.
Yamaico Navarro (pictured) showed his versatility in Pawtucket, playing the outfielder. He also stroked two doubles and upped his average to .323 ... Josh Reddick (.279) hit his fourth HR.
Salem first baseman Reynaldo Rodriguez continues to rip the ball, bucking for a promotion to Portland, Rodriquez, 25, was originally with the Yankees organization but never got past rookie ball. He played independent ball in 2009 before the Red Sox signed him.
Rodriguez batted .281 in Greenville last year, but is hitting .377 for Salem so far, with a 1.163 OPS. He went 3-for-4 on Sunday with two doubles and a home run.
And now for former Sox players:
Cleveland Indians starter Justin Masterson gets another start today. So far, he is 4-0 with a 1.71 ERA.
With Josh Hamilton hurt, outfielder David Murphy is playing more in Texas. He is batting .286.
A bunch of former Sea Dogs are in Triple-A:
First baseman Anthony Rizzo (Padres) could be in the majors soon. he is batting .420 with six home runs and a 1.255 OPS.
Outfielder Bubba Bell (Indians) is batting .292 as a part-time player.
Catcher Dusty Brown (Pirates) is hitting .278 with two HR.
Outfielder Brandon Moss (Phillies) also has two HR, and is batting .260.
Shortstop Argenis Diaz (Tigers) is batting .231.
In Double-A, former Sea Dogs pitcher Casey Kelly (Padres) picked up his first win Sunday, although he gave up 8 H and 5 R over 5 IP, with 3 BB and 5 K. His ERA is 4.64.
The Sea Dogs are home tonight. I'll check back from Hadlock Field.
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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