June 13, 2010

On Baseball: No better time for a Red Sox progress report

By Kevin Thomas kthomas@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Daniel Nava is a 27-year-old outfielder not considered a top prospect in the Red Sox organization, but he leads Pawtucket in average, homers and RBI in his first Triple-A season. He hit a grand slam in his first at-bat with the Red Sox on Saturday.

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18. Stolmy Pimentel, 20, right-handed pitcher. He has a 3.86 ERA in Salem, but demonstrated his potential with a perfect six innings last month and six no-hit innings two weeks ago.

19. Robert Coello, 25, right-handed pitcher. A converted catcher, Coello has 51 strikeouts and only 14 walks in 43 innings.

 20. Kyle Weiland, 23, right-handed pitcher. He's still learning to be a starter (4.44 ERA) after closing in college. Has good stuff, but just needs consistency. 

TWO SEA DOGS infielders need to be mentioned even though they may not be considered prospects because they are minor league veterans in Double-A: third baseman Ray Chang, 26, and second baseman Nate Spears, 25. Chang is batting .322. Spears .264, with a .406 on-base percentage. Both are solid in the field and should be in Triple-A. 

FOUR PLAYERS who have been on the top-prospect list are off to slow starts.

Outfielder Josh Reddick, 23, has been called up to Boston despite a .191 average in Pawtucket.

Sea Dogs infielder Yamaico Navarro, 22, is full of talent and may be starting to come on. He's raised his average nearly 20 points in June to .261.

Michael Bowden figured to be close to the Boston rotation by now, but he's 1-3 with a 4.97 ERA in Pawtucket.

Kris Johnson is 3-5 with a 4.75 ERA in Pawtucket. He shows flashes (one earned run total in his last three starts in May) and then falls back (nine earned runs total in his first two starts in June). 

STILL TO COME are several of the new prospects, including some of the 2010 draft class who will be playing with the short-season Class A Lowell Spinners beginning Friday. 

Staff Writer Kevin Thomas can be reached at 791-6411 or at:

kthomas@pressherald.com

 

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