The Boston Red Sox have the luxury of having a farm system well stocked with talent. The stars of the future are currently honing their skills all across the Red Sox various farm clubs. Heading into their Wednesday games, the four Red Sox minor league clubs, Pawtucket, Portland, Salem, and Greenville are 70-50 overall and owners of the second best combined record for a minor league farm system.
The 19-15 Pawtucket Red Sox will look to get back to their winning ways today when they close out their four-game series with the visiting Toledo Mudhens. The Pawsox have now dropped back-to-back games for the third time this season.
Right-hander Ruby De La Rosa takes the ball tonight looking to rebound on a personal level having dropped his last two decisions while giving up eight runs (six earned) in the process.
Players to watch
In early April, infielder Brock Holt became the first PawSox player to get promoted to the big club. Holt spent a day with the Red Sox before being returned to Pawtucket the following day. Two weeks later, following the reassignment of infielder Ryan Roberts, Holt officially made his 2014 Red Sox debut and batted .348 over seven games with four RBI, three runs scored and a stolen base in 28-plate appearances. For the PawSox, Holt is batting .318 with a home run, five RBI and 19 runs scored over his first 85-at bats. Currently blocked at third base by Will Middlebrooks and the likely odd man out with the presence of Xander Bogaerts and the emergence of Garin Cecchini, Holt does not appear to have a long-term future with the Boston Red Sox. Holt, however, has value as a short-term option should Will Middlebrooks lose time due to injury or a bout of ineffectiveness.
Drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the fourth round of the 2010 MLB June Amateur Draft, Cecchini begins his first full season at Triple-A Pawtucket. Cecchini is widely considered as the number two overall prospects in the Red Sox organization and is likely at least another year or two away from making a legitimate impact at the major league level. Cecchini was added to the 40-man roster over the offseason and is viewed as the third baseman of the future. In 2013, Cecchini batted .322 with seven homers, 61 RBIs, 23 stolen bases and a .443 on-base percentage over 129 games between Single-A and Double-A ball. Cecchini, who is currently riding a 17-game on base streak, is batting .307 with one home run, 16 RBI and 15 runs scored over 97 at-bats for the PawSox.
Drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the first round of the 2011 MLB June Amateur Draft, the right-handed Connecticut native has allowed just five hits and three runs over his last two starts, but has only a no-decision and a loss to show for it. On the season, Barnes is 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 12 strikeouts over 16 innings pitched. The 91 pitches thrown on Tuesday versus the Mudhens were a season-high and a good sign that the shoulder inflammation that caused him to miss most of the month of April is no longer a concern.
Catcher Ryan Lavarnway has played 19 games at first base.
Outfielder Daniel Nava is batting .263 (10-for-38) and has reached base in eight of the eleven games he has played with the PawSox since his demotion.
20 of the 34 games played this season have been decided by two runs or less.
PawSox batters are hitting just .212, over 22 home games, with just 10 home runs.
PawSox manager Kevin Boles has used a different line-up in each of the team’s 33 games played this season.
The PawSox had a seven-game errorless stretch before reliever Drake Britton committed an error on Tuesday night. The errorless stretch was the club’s longest since 2011, also seven games.
The PawSox have yet to use a pinch-hitter this season.
The PawSox are picking up where the 2013 Boston Red Sox left off with 10 come-from- behind wins on the season, seven wins in their last at-bat, and two wins via the walk-off.
The PawSox are currently third in the International League with a .981 fielding pct. (23 errors in 1208 total chances).
PawSox pitchers have allowed just two home runs on the road this season, the fewest in the IL.