Thursday, April 24, 2014
Josh Reddick is showing signs of coming out of his slump, but that is not why he figures to be in Boston today. Slump or no slump, the Red Sox need Reddick in center field, with both Jacoby Ellsbury and Mike Cameron ailing.
Reddick, batting .179 in Pawtucket, had a double and triple Monday night ... Also in the game, Daniel Nava (.286) went 2-for-5 and Aaron Bates homered.
As for the Sea Dogs, lot of players came through, led by Lars Anderson (2-for-4, HR). See the Press Herald.
Salem's Anthony Rizzo (.313) went 2-for-5. Infielder Oscar Tejeda (.375) homered.
Rizzo and Tejeda remain prospects, but what of Salem outfielder Drew Hedman? A 50th round draft pick last year out of Pamona College (home of the Sagehens!), Hedman is enjoying a nice start to his first full pro season (7-for-23, .304). He had two hits Monday.
Another "non-prospect" to root for is infielder Zach Gentile, 23, the 49th-round pick out of Western Michigan in 2008. Gentile (.368) had two hits for Greenville on Monday.
I'll check back later from Hadlock.
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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