Friday, April 18, 2014
The Boston Red Sox announced their minor league awards ad the majors ones went to three who began the season in Class A and ended up with the Portland Sea Dogs.
Offensive Player of the Year: Xander Bogaerts: Hit a combined .307 with 37 doubles, three triples, 20 home runs and 81 RBI with Salem and Portland. He actually improved when promoted to Double-A: .326 in 23 games,
Pitcher of the Year: Brandon Workman: A combined 10-8 with a 3.50 ERA (130 strikeouts/25 walks in 138 2/3 innings) in Salem and Portland. (3-1, 3.96 in Double-A).
Defensive Player of the Year: Jackie Bradley Jr.: Committed seven errors all season in center field, while playing the position as well as any Red Sox prospect in recent memory. He also batted a combined .315 with 42 doubles, four triples and nine home runs.
All three are expected to be back in Portland in April, but looking to move up ASAP.
Another prospect was overlooked. Then again, Juan Carlos Linares is 28 and is sometimes forgotten. I think he could be playing left field in Fenway sometime next year. For that and other tidbits, see Today's Column.
Now for the standings:
Orioles 87-64 (1 back)
Rays 82-70 (6.5)
Angels 83-69 (2.5 back)
Rays 82-70 (3.5)
Tigers 80-70 (4.5)
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Blue Jays 66-84
RED SOX 68-85
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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