On the Farm: May 2009 update


A lot of things going on in the minor league system this past month. Here’s an update:

Pawtucket (AAA)

Clay Buchholz nearly tossed a perfect game and now owns a 3-0 record with a 1.47 ERA. Even more staggering is that he’s allowed just 29 hits and 12 walks in 55 IP for a 0.75 WHIP. Oh, and he also struck out 52 batters. If he wasn’t ready before, he’s certainly ready now, so look for him and John Smoltz to join the big league rotation very soon.

Michael Bowden had a down month (for him). He walked 14 batters and struck out only 18 over 34 .1 IP, but still managed a 2.10 ERA for the month. He’s still pretty hard to hit (19 hits), but is allowing more fly balls, and that isn’t helping things.

Charlie Zink went 4-1 with a 2.22 ERA this month, showing last year’s polish once again. The walks are still a bit of a problem, but he’s hard enough to hit that it just didn’t matter this month.

Fernando Cabrera (1.59 ERA, 7 saves, 4 BB and 15 K in 11.1 IP) is pitching with confidence and getting it done as the right-handed closer for the Paw Sox. Marcus McBeth has done an excellent job in relief this month as well (2.51 ERA, 2 saves, 3 BB, 12 K in 14.1 IP).

Portland (AA)

Aaron Bates had a monster May for the Sea Dogs, hitting .370/.456/.602 with 6 HR. Rumors of his loss of prospect status may have been premature, and I’m glad for it. Lars Anderson hasn’t fared so well, adn is mired in a terrible .194/.318/.376 slump. The walks and isolated power are still there, but he needs something to break out of this funk he’s in.

Mark Wagner may have regained his stroke, as he hit .341/.429/.561 for the month of May. He hasn’t stroked as many home runs yet, but seven extra base hits in just 41 ABs is really something. If he continues to develop, he’d be an intriguing catching prospect for the Sox.

Junichi Tazawa just gets better and better. With a 4-1 May in which he posted a 1.91 ERA and 35 punchouts to just 9 walks in 33 IP, he is rapidly moving up the Red Sox farm charts. He gave up just one long ball this month. Journeyman reliever T.J. Large had another phenomenal month and now owns a miniscule 0.82 ERA in innings of work.

Salem (High-A)

Luis Exposito is a big (6-3, 210) catcher who showed some promise last season. After a slow April, he went .315/.344/.483 in May with 12 XBH and 11 RBI in 89 AB. Soxprospects.com likes his defense, so if his stick continues to develop, he could be a very nice catching prospect.

Eammon Portice continues to rack up the strikeouts, but he had a little less luck this month. He was 1-2 with a 5.40 ERA in 26.2 IP, striking out 31 and walking only 8. The thing is, batters hit .306 and racked up 33 hits against him. Whether that’s bad luck, bad defense or loss of effectiveness remains to be seen, but I like his other peripherals.

Kyle Fernandes looks like he could become a decent lefty bullpen option. He turned in a nice month, going 16.2 IP in 8 appearances for the Salem Red Sox and striking out 14 while walking just 4. He always posts good strikeout numbers, and has pretty good control for a southpaw.

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2 Responses to On the Farm: May 2009 update

  1. Pat says:

    Awesome post. Thanks for the update.

    I’m curious about Hagadone, Kalish, and Reddick. I imagine there isn’t anything worth reporting on them if you left them out.

  2. redsoxtalk says:

    For those who were wondering about the status of Nick Hagadone, our #1 pick in 2007:
    http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2009/06/12/red_sox_hagadone_will_keep_the_change

    A lefty who can throw 97 mph? Yes, please.

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