16 May 2005

Brandon Moss Update- 5.15.05

Brandon Moss continues to be overwhelmed by AA pitching.

.204/ .280/ .311, 103 AB, 21 H, 5 2B, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 11 BB, 37 SO, 2 SB

Box from 5.9.05- New Hampshire 4, Portland 2
0-for-1, RS, 2 BB

Box from 5.10.05- Portland 6, New Hampshire 1
1-for-3, RS, BB, RBI, HR

Box from 5.11.05- Portland 6, New Hampshire 5
1-for-3, 2 RS, BB, 2B

Not great when these are your AA highlights. Here are some interesting articles on Brandon from the last few months:

Recalling the Dominance of Brandon Moss, Walton Tribune from 4/05

MaineToday.com tells of Moss' (since snapped) on-base streak:

Brandon Moss has a 10-game on-base streak (7 for 34, 7 walks, HBP)

Other than this, not much to report. Keep hoping for Brandon- thankfully he's young, and the Sox can afford to be patient with him. Maybe being sent down is what he really needs. We shall see...

  • Brandon Moss Update- 5.4.05

  • Brandon Moss Update- 4.20.05

  • Brandon Moss Update- 4.13.05

  • Brandon Moss Update- 3.30.05

  • mL Organizational Standouts...

    Hanley Ramirez | SS | T:R | B:S
    .302/ .358/ .468, 126 AB, 38 H, 4 2B, 7 3B, HR, 14 RBI, 9 BB, 21 SO, 10 SB

    Box from 5.8.05- Portland 3, Norwich 2: 2-for-4, RS, BB, 3B
    Box from 5.11.05- Portland 6, New Hampshire 5: 2-for-4, 2 RS, 2B
    Box from 5.15.05- Portland 3, Bowie 9: 1-for-4, RS, RBI, HR (first of the season).

    Dustin Pedroia | 2B | T:R | B:R
    .347/ .434/ .521, 121 AB, 42 H, 9 2B, 4 HR, 23 RBI, 18 BB, 12 SO, 4 SB

    Box from 5.5.05: 3-for-4, RS
    Box from 5.11.05- Portland 6, New Hampshire 5: 1-for-3, 2B, RBI, 2 BB
    Box from 5.15.05 (Game One)- Portland 1, Bowie 2: 2-for-3, RS, RBI, HR
    Box from 5.15.05 (Game Two)- Portland 3, Bowie 9: 2-for-4, RS, 2 RBI, HR

    Big Adjustment for Pedroia, Boston.com- 5.13.05. Great article...

    But, before Pedroia can be a fan favorite he's got to get to Boston, and there's one telling statistic that suggests he will: He's been using a wooden bat for less than 10 months, and in that time, playing in Single A and Double A, he has more extra-base hits than strikeouts. At low A Augusta, high A Sarasota, and now Double A Portland, he's cranked out 30 extra-base hits and fanned just 18 times.

    "Guys that do that tend to adjust really well to a higher level," said Ben Cherington, the Sox' director of player development. "No, I don't think we're surprised, but we didn't necessarily expect him to lead the league in hitting."

    Pedroia, in his Double A baptism, went into yesterday second in the Eastern League in hitting (.342), third in on-base percentage (.432), and tied for sixth in RBIs (20). The middle infielder was called up to the Sox for a few road trips in spring training, and, at 21, doesn't seem wowed...

    Anibal Sanchez | RHP
    3-1, 2.19 ERA, 37 IP, 26 H, 6 BB, 55 K, 2 HR

    That's not a typo. That's 55 Ks... in 37 IP. That's a 13.38 K/9. Here's an article on Anibal from MaineToday.com talking about his possible promotion:

    Sanchez, 21, is listed as the Red Sox's No. 5 prospect, according to Baseball America. Should he come to Portland soon, the Sea Dogs would have the top six Red Sox prospects.

    The Red Sox signed Sanchez out of Venezuela when he was 16. He underwent elbow surgery in 2003 and pitched for short-season Lowell last year (4-4, 1.77, 101 strikeouts in 76 innings).

    His fastball is said to be in the mid-90s and lively - but apparently under control. He also used a curve and change-up.

    Abe Alvarez | LHP
    2-2, 3.82 ERA, 37.2 IP, 32 H, 7 BB, 24 K, 3 HR

    Kelly Shoppach | C | T:R | B:R
    .274/ .389/ .566, 106 AB, 29 H, 4 2B, 9 HR, 20 RBI, 16 BB, 28 SO

    MaineToday tells us Kelly Shoppach was named the Boston organization's top defensive player of the month of April:

    Pawtucket catcher Kelly Shoppach, who threw out 8 of 16 potential base stealers, was named defensive player of the month. The top base stealer was Pawtucket's Alejandro Machado (5 for 5 in stolen bases).

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