14 April 2006

Lowrie/ Buchholz Update No. 2

Iiiiiittt'ssss update time! Clay pitched last night for the Greenville Drive against Augusta, which means today, I'm bringing you up to speed on to of our best A-ball players. I do it for both of us.

Here are the two previous Jed/ Clay-days:

Tuesday, April 4th
Friday, April 7th

JED LOWRIE | 2B/ SS | B:S T:R | 22 YO | HI-A WILM.


Jed had an up-and-down five games, but more up than down, which leads to a nice .394 OBP. He's taken a few more walks this week, and has started to bust out a few more base hits. The power still isn't really there- but it's early enough not to attribute too much to that just yet.

His best game since the last update was the April 9th game in Myrtle Beach against the Pelicans. Lowrie went 2-for-4 with a 2B, 2 BBs and 2 RBI. Here's the game story from the Delaware Online.

Recently, Wilmington manager Chad Epperson was interviewed about his Blue Rocks in the Delaware Online.

Speaking of young players, what is your take on outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, the Red Sox's No. 1 pick last year, and infielder Jed Lowrie, Boston's 2005 compensatory sandwich pick between the first and second round?

"I think the fans are going to fall in love with these two kids. Jed Lowrie is so far advanced as far as maturity. He's already showed us his leadership qualities... Both of them get after it."

Jed has also recently updated his Online Diary from MiLB.com- you can check for updates here.

The season has finally started. It was a long last week of Spring Training, capped off by a nice surprise trip to Philadelphia with the big-league team. We took a chartered flight from Fort Myers directly to Philadelphia and played two exhibition games.

I am writing from Kinston, N.C. We have been on the road for our first eight games, the last road game being Thursday. We have our home opener on Friday, April 14. We have a night game on Thursday and have to be back in Delaware for our home opener. So that means a long bus ride -- around seven hours -- and getting back around six in the morning. And our opener is that night at 7 p.m. against Salem.


I started switch-hitting in games when I was a freshman in high school, Jason. I am a natural right-handed hitter, so it was my left-handed swing that I had to work on. It still takes a lot of work for me to be a switch-hitter, but it took about a year of hard work before I felt comfortable enough to switch-hit in games. The younger you start, the better. And the most important thing is that you have fun working at it.



In Buchholz' second start of the season, he was excellent, using his limited pitch count to go 5 IP, yielding only four scattered hits, walking no one, and striking out three against the Augusta GreenJackets and Daniel Griffin, one of San Francisco's top pitching prospects. Here's the game story from OurSportsCentral.com.

Clay's next scheduled start looks to be April 18th in Columbus against the Catfish, Sally League affiliate of the LA Dodgers. Their best hitter to date has been OF Adam Godwin.

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