19 April 2006

Lowrie/ Buchholz Update No. 3

Update time for our two favorite farmhands...

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


Lowrie had a pretty off five game stretch, mixing a few 1-fers with a 2-for-6 in the extra inning affair last night (Tues 18th), and an 0-fer earlier in the week.

Most of all, he's going to have to start making more consistent, solid contact. Since the last update, Jed has 4 Ks against one walk and only one XBH, a 2B.

The Delaware Online has an article loosely related to Wilmington's disappointment with the prospects they got as a first year in Boston's system.

Frawley Stadium attendance didn't drop, and sales of Red Sox memorabilia saw a huge increase over Royals gear.

General manager Chris Kemple has no regrets.

"To this day, I think we did the right thing," Kemple said.

Rocks owner Matt Minker feels a bit differently. In published reports, Minker has said last year's struggles troubled him. If this year's Blue Rocks don't improve, Minker said he would consider not extending the affiliation with Boston.

"That is not even on our mind," said Bob Stewart, the team's secretary-treasurer and a limited partner. "We haven't talked anything about that and we wouldn't until the end of the season. As far as I can see, Boston's here and we're happy to have them here."
According to the Boston Globe, four of this year's Blue Rocks are among the top 10 prospects in the Red Sox organization. They are led by Ellsbury, rated by the Globe as Boston's second-best prospect.

The Globe also lists 21-year-old shortstop Jed Lowrie (No. 4), 23-year-old third baseman Andrew Pinckney (No. 9) and 23-year-old center fielder Jeff Corsaletti (No. 10). Also new is catcher John Otness, who hit .331 with 12 home runs last season in low Class A Greenville.

No update from Jed's MiLB.com Player Journal since our last entry.



Clay Buchholz made his third start of the season last night, garnering a ND in a win for the Drive over the Columbus Catfish, 4-2 in 13 innings.

Clay went 5 IP, giving up an ER on his first HR allowed of the season. He surrendered 4 hits and a pair of BBs, but also struck out 6. Here's how Clay's out distribution looked last night:

GB: 7
FB: 2
SP: 6

That's an excellent sign. Strikeouts, groundouts and getting far into the game on his limited pitch count are all precisely what Clay needs to continue to do. Buchholz has absolutely done everything right so far this year. A few more starts in a row like this may see him jump a level to join Jed in Wilmington, but they definitely don't want too rush him early in the season. Clay does, however, need to move quickly through the lower ranks.

Here's the gamestory.

Columbus would cut the lead in half off of Drive starter Clay Buchholz in the bottom of the fifth when Lucas May led off the inning with a solo home run of his own to left field. Buchholz pitched 5.0 innings, allowing one run on four hits and two walks, while striking out six in receiving a no-decision.

Tuesday, April 4th
Friday, April 7th
Friday, April 14th

Also, please feel free to make liberal use of the comments section for any and all prospect discussion, especially that not limited to Jed and Clay. Prospect talk is always fun talk.

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