July 3, 2011

On Baseball: Red Sox vow the promise is there for two struggling Sea Dogs prospects

By Kevin Thomas kthomas@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Stolmy Pimentel went through a tough stretch with the Sea Dogs, but is just 21 in a league with generally older players.

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Oscar Tejeda of the Sea Dogs continues to be a work in progress, both at bat and at second base. But the talent is there and the Red Sox are hoping he will continue to improve.

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MAINERS IN THE MINORS

(statistics through June 30)

Ryan Baker, Portland, catcher (Yankees): Played five games for Double-A Trenton before going back on the disabled list.

Ryan Flaherty, Portland, Inf/OF (Cubs): Batting .310 with 14 home runs, 62 RBI and a .941 OPS for the Double-A Tennessee Smokies.

Andrew Giobbi, Portland, catcher (Mariners): Was batting .195 for advanced Class A High Desert before going on the disabled list this week.

Mike MacDonald, Camden, pitcher (Blue Jays): Is 5-3 with a 6.32 ERA in 17 games (14 starts) with Triple-A Las Vegas.

Ryan Reid, Portland, pitcher (Rays): Has a 5.91 ERA with 25 strikeouts in 18 appearances (32 innings) for the Triple-A Durham Bulls.

Mark Rogers, Orrs Island, pitcher (Brewers): Remains on the disabled list with the Class A Brevard County Manatees.

NOTES: MacDonald made three relief appearances before starting again on Tuesday, getting the win, allowing four runs over six innings. Flaherty went 3 for 4 Tuesday with a home run and five RBI. Reid's ERA rose nearly two points after allowing seven runs in one inning on June 24.

-- Kevin Thomas

But in two starts in early June, Pimentel lasted only 1 1/3 inning each time, allowing a total of 14 earned runs.

The Red Sox have cut back Pimentel's workload, and he pitched a total of five innings over his next two starts.

Boles said "consistency and confidence are definitely the issues at this point."

Pimentel said, "I want to forget about the past and go game-to-game."

Tejeda had a breakout season at Class A Salem last year, batting .307. This season he's slowly coming around, although he excels with runners in scoring position (a .315 average).

Tejeda's play and range at second base have been a work in progress.

"His management of the strike zone has improved. But it definitely needs to keep improving," Boles said. "He's increasing his range (at second base), and creating better accuracy (with his throws)."

Tejeda said he knows he's still learning and can see progress.

Boles believes progress will continue for both players. He said expectations cannot be elevated because of their 40-man roster status.

"Both are ahead of the game. We believe in their ability," Boles said. "There should be no urgency with these two guys. You have to stay even keel with these guys. They're going to be fine, both of them."

In the end, the onus will be on the players.

"Every young player has to go through (struggles)," Hazen said, "and they will have to find their way through it if they're going to be a major league player with the Red Sox."

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

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