16 May 2006

Pedroia/ Buchholz Update No. 8



More of the same so far for Dustin- strong walk rate, middling batting average, and no power. Over the last week, he did have some contact issues that were a tiny bit more pronounced than the full season- his so/bb ratio was 4:4. Dustin's best performance since the last update was the May 10th game in Pawtucket against Syracuse. In it he went 3-for-4, and with 2 2Bs.

The question is- does the shoulder injury still linger and sap his power? Or is he still effectively warming up on the season? He's 90 ABs into 2006, so the latter is hard to fathom. We'll just have to wait and see on the former.

The PawSox have had a number of rainouts recently, so hopefully some rest healed him up strong and he can head out on a tear that I can report next update time.

Just as a note on Lowrie: he has been sent (along with OF Jacoby Ellsbury and LHP Adam Blackley) to extended spring training to finish his rehab for a sprained ankle.



So, Clay had his first poor start of the season last night pitching in Lexington against the Legends.

His line: 4.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

GB: 4
FB: 8
SO: 2

Buchholz started relatively strong, going scoreless through the first 4 innings on three hits, getting a couple double play balls along the way. However, he blew up in the 5th, going strikeout, single, hr, fly out, walk, single before being lifted with two outs for Tim Cox. Here's what Thomas Manzella had to say about his HR off Buchholz in this morning's Lexington-Herald Leader:

"I had a long at-bat my first at-bat and I had pretty much seen all of his (Drive starter Clay Buchholz's) pitches, and he had thrown me three changeups in the first at-bat," Manzella said. "He got me to a 2-and-1 count. I figured he probably wasn't going to do the same thing, since he was starting to leave his change-up up a little bit.

"I was kind of looking for a fastball somewhere, just trying to put the barrel on it and move the runners around. ... Luckily, I just got under it a little bit and it carried out."

To me, this sounds like a guy in his second start back from injury simply running out of gas as the unseasonably cold night wore on (~50 degrees). Definitely not worth worrying about yet- even great prospects have stinkers here and there.

Getting his gb ratio back up is going to be key as well. Sounds like he got tired and left pitches up. Clay's next start appears to be May 20th in West Virginia against the Power, Milaukee's Sally League affiliate. West Virgina has two 2B splitting time to great effect- Keith Holmberg (1.002 OPS) and Mike Bell (.827). OF Lorenzo Cain and C Angel Salome lead the team regulars in OPS with both sitting in the 800s- Salome leading his team in RBI with 27.

Tuesday, April 4th
Friday, April 7th
Friday, April 14th
Wednesday, April 19th
Thursday, April 27th
Tuesday, May 2nd
Sunday, May 7th
Wednesday, May 10th

I'm going to continue to update Lester's starts as they come as well, sort of mixed in with any other general posts I'll throw up. Lester's progress seems too important to just not mention.

Also, I'll be doing a pre-draft post (thanks almost in total to templeUsox at SoSH, who's put together a definitive draft thread in the minor league subforums), and a draft day diary. Should be fun...

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