Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Minor league week in review

I hope to give a run down of how the Red Sox farm teams are doing on a weekly basis. This week, while I'm still getting into the swing of things, I'm just going to touch on the top two levels while leaving both A level clubs alone.

You think things are tough for the major league club? The Paw Sox are off to an 0-5 start this year and are the only winless team in the International League. (LOU 8/PAW 1, IND 7/PAW 6, IND 7/PAW 4, IND 7/PAW 6, and IND 7/PAW 5) Kelly Shoppach is off to a hot start already with 2 homers and a .385 avg in 13 at bats. Right fielder Justin Sherrod, a 27 year old with little in the way of a future, but with a little pop, is the only other Paw Sox player with an average over .300 as he started the year batting .364. He also leads the team with six walks. The pitching has also pretty bad. The season started off with Curt Schilling getting hammered. Lenny Dinardo (4.1 IP w/ 5 K's and 4 ER on 3 H and 2 BB), Jeremi Gonzalez (6 IP w/ 2 K's and 4 ER on 9 H and 1 BB), Abe Alvarez (4 IP w/ 2 K's and 5 ER on 4 H and 2 BB), and John Stephens (6 IP w/ 4 K's and 4 ER on 6 H and 1 BB) also contributed to the teams record with poor starts.

The Portland Sea Dogs, on the other hand, are a perfect 5-0 this year. (POR 1/NB 0, POR 8/NOR 0, POR 7/NOR 4, POR 7/NOR 3, POR 4/NOR 2) Former Devil Ray and nephew of Hall of Famer, Ryne Sandberg, Jared Sandberg is leading the way for the offense with 17 total bases already to go along with a .467 avg. Double play combo and prospect duo extraordinaires Dustin Pedroia (.385/.500/.615 w/ 4 R, 4 RBI, 1 HR, and 1 SB) and Hanley Ramirez (.353/.353/.471 w/ 6 R, 2 RBI, and 2 SB) are both off to good starts. Although Pedroia has already made his first error as a pro. The only dissapointment so far has been the .182/.250/.273 showing so far by Brandon Moss. The rotation has performed well for the most part. Kason Gabbard (7 IP w/ 0 K and 0 ER on 3 H and 2 BB), Jon Papelbon (6 IP w/ 7 K and 2 ER on 5 H and 0 BB), and Charlie Zink (6 IP w/ 2 K and 0 ER on 4 H and 0 BB) all pitched fantastic games for the Sea Dogs to get the win. Dave Pauley (5 IP w/ 5 K and 1 ER on 4 H and 2 BB) and Jon Lester (4 IP w/ 7 K and 3 ER on 5 H and 1 BB) both pitched well enough to keep the team in the game.

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