25 May 2005

Brandon Moss Update

Brandon Moss has shown some improvement since the last update:

.224/ .306/ .360, 125 AB, 28 H, 8 2B, 3 HR, 15 RBI, 14 BB, 40 SO, 3 SB

Box from 5.16.05 | W, 5-4 over Erie
1-for-3, 2B, BB

Box from 5.17.05 | W, 5-3 over Erie
3-for-5, 2B, 3 RBI

Box from 5.20.05 | L, 1-4 to Bowie
1-for-3, 2B, RBI, BB

Box from 5.27.05 | L, 1-4 to Norwich
1-for-2, R, RBI, BB, HR

MaineToday's game recap of Portland's 5.27.05 loss to Norwich:

Brandon Moss provided the Sea Dogs with a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, sending a Valdez pitch down the right-field line for his third home run of the season.

But Claus was clear in analyzing his team's offensive output.

"Though we had some quality at-bats, you can't control the defense," he said. "Our guys played with good energy. I was happy with what we did offensively. We didn't score a bunch of runs, but we definitely have something to build on."

He's cut down on the strikeouts and is walking a bit more, but he's still not making contact consistently enough, and he'll need to hit for a bit more power. But, things improving is things improving, so that's a good thing.

  • Brandon Moss Update- 5.16.05

  • Brandon Moss Update- 5.4.05

  • Brandon Moss Update- 4.20.05

  • Brandon Moss Update- 4.13.05

  • Brandon Moss Update- 3.30.05

  • Hanley Ramirez | B:R | T:R | SS
    .306/ .360/ .453, 148 AB, 45 H, 5 2B, 7 3B, 2 HR, 14 RBI, 11 BB, 23 SO, 12 SB

    Box from 5.22.05 | L, 1-2 to Bowie: 2-for-4, R, 2B
    Box from 5.28.05 | L, 4-6 to Norwich: 2-for-4, R, BB, RBI, HR

    Dustin Pedroia | B:R | T:R | 2B
    .327/ .402/ .510, 147 AB, 48 H, 10 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 25 RBI, 18 BB, 15 SO, 4 SB
    Box from 5.17.05 | W, 5-3 over Erie: 2-for-5, R, 2 RBI, HR
    Box from 5.22.05 | L, 0-4 to Bowie: 2-for-3, 3B

    Q&A with Dustin at BostonGM.com:

    BGM.com: Is there any area of the game you feel you’ve especially improved upon this year?

    DP: Just my all-around game. This year, [he’s concentrating] more on base running and just getting on base and scoring runs. The first 25 games, I was hitting second in the order, just trying to get on base and score runs. Now I’m hitting third, so I’m just trying to drive in runs—doing anything I can offensively to help the team win and just making all the plays [in the field]. Playing hard out there and setting a good example for the guys.

    Kelly Shoppach was called up to the Big Show on May 26th:

    TORONTO -- The struggling Boston Red Sox will have a new look when they check into Yankee Stadium for a three-game series on Friday.
    Joining the Sox will be veteran first baseman John Olerud, a former Yankee, and catcher Kelly Shoppach, who makes his first visit to the Major Leagues.

    Shoppach had his first ML AB today in the 7th inning, and was hit by a Paul Quantrill pitch.

    Anibal Sanchez | RHP | Portland
    4-1, 2.09 ERA, 43 IP, 10 ER, 2 HR, 6 BB, 64 K

    Minorleaguebaseball.com's article on Anibal is really interesting. A lot of great material from Mr. Sanchez himself.

    WILMINGTON, Del. -- The sheepish grin on Anibal Sanchez's face told more of a story than the words he used to describe his outing Monday during the Hall of Fame Game in Cooperstown.
    The hard-throwing right-hander is one of Boston's brightest pitching prospects, a young Venezuelan who has an electric fastball and crippling changeup. That he started for the Red Sox in their exhibition game against Detroit spoke volumes about how highly the organization thinks of him.
    "I was very happy," said Sanchez, standing in the bowels of Frawley Stadium on a rainy Tuesday afternoon. "I know it was only an exhibition game, but they gave me the opportunity to throw. I think it was good for me, to have [Boston manager] Terry Francona look at me and have the team see how I throw to big leaguers. It was a good opportunity for my career.
    "I'd like to reach the big leagues this September when they expand the rosters," Sanchez said. "I'd like to move up and know that I can throw at Double-A. But this is a good level for me because I get to practice everything. Right now, all the players here are like me. They don't have big-league experience. I need to learn more and make adjustments."

    Sanchez's early dominance would suggest he might outgrow the Carolina League quickly, if he already hasn't. He's coming off a 2004 season in which he went 3-4 with a 1.77 ERA in 15 starts for Class A Lowell after Tommy John surgery cost him the entire 2003 season.

    I bet his favorite player is ARod.

    Rob Neyer recently compiled a list of the Greatest Foreign Born Players in MLB history. Pretty cool list.

    C- Ivan Rodriguez (Puerto Rico)
    1B- Rafael Palmeiro (Cuba)
    2B- Roberto Alomar (Puerto Rico)
    SS- Luis Aparicio (Venezuela)
    3B- Edgardo Alfonzo (Venezuela)
    LF- Manny Ramirez (Domincan Republic)
    CF- Bernie Williams (Puerto Rico)
    RF- Roberto Clemente (Puerto Rico)

    SP- Pedro Martinez (Dominican Republic)
    RP- Mariano Rivera (Panama)

    I was pretty surprised that the DR was so under-represented, and that Puerto Rico made such a strong showing. Would have guessed it was the other way around.

    Anyway, nice to see Pedro and Manny make it, and kinda puts a chink in Mike and the Mad Dog's case against Pedro as a Hall of Famer Right Now, huh?

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