Thursday, April 17, 2014
In today's Press Herald, we take a quick look at Garin Cecchini and the family that raised a stellar young man (on and off the field).
Included in the story is Baseball America's list of the top 10 Red Sox prospects. No. 5 on that list is left-handed pitcher Henry Owens, who is only 20 (but 21 next month).
Owens pitched seven strong innings for Salem on Tuesday: 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K. Among the spectators was Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington. Owens is 6-2 with a 2.74 ERA; 86 strikeouts/29 walks in 72 1/3 innings.
Bound for Portland soon?
Speaking of that prospects list, Jose Iglesias was No. 9. Doubt if we will see him in the minors again. On the day that Will Middlebrooks was sent down to Pawtucket, Iglesias went 3-for-4, upping his average to .434.
Brandon Workman (3-1, 2.16) continues to look good since his promotion to Pawtucket. He went six innings on Tuesday: 7 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 5 K.
Xander Bogaerts (.229) hit his fourth home run in 12 games for Pawtucket (he hit six in 56 games for Portland). Bogaerts went 2-for-5. His average is slowing rising. He also has a .781 OPS ... Jackie Bradley Jr. (.309) was 2-for-6 ... Alex Hassan went 4-for-5 and is batting .438 in nine games.
The Sea Dogs play two today (finishing Tuesday's suspended game 0-0 after two innings - and then playing a 7-inning game), starting at 5 p.m.
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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