Red Sox Prospecting: Bogaerts promoted; Ranaudo ties record; Bard out
The Guru Contributing Writer
The Red Sox number one minor league prospect, Xander Bogaerts, has been promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket.
The 20-year-old Bogaerts hit .311 in 56 games for the Portland Sea Dogs with 12 doubles, six triples, six home runs, 35 RBI, and five stolen bases. Bogaerts had reached safely in 51 of 56 games this season.
Red Sox manager John Farrell said, "It's exciting. We get the daily reports and kind of read up on how guys are doing, guys you've been exposed to in spring training. Certainly all the attention, and rightfully so, that he's generated across the game, not only inside our own organization, this looks to be a pretty special player.”
Bogaerts will be the youngest player in the International League. Farrell said, “He's well ahead of the age curve."
Some scouts think the 6-foot-3 Bogaerts will become too big to play shortstop. While Farrell believes his future is at short, Bogaerts could see action elsewhere. "He is going to get some work at other positions as well, not just at shortstop."
The plan is to have Bogaerts play shortstop for 7-10 days, then play some third and second base in case a need arises in with the big club. Bogaerts played third base for The Netherlands during the World Baseball Classic this past spring.
Pawtucket's game Thursday night was rained out, so Bogaerts will make his PawSox debut Friday. Is a Fenway debut far behind?
The next prospect to keep an eye on is Portland’s Anthony Renaudo. The starting pitcher may be gunning for a promotion of his own.
Last night at Hadlock Field, Renaudo set a career-high going 7 2/3 innings with just two hits and striking out a franchise record 13 batters. At one point Ranaudo struck out seven straight.
The 6-foot-7 righthander is 7-1 with a 2.15 ERA.
A promotion could also be in the works for High Single-A Salem third baseman Garin Cecchini.
The 22-year-old is hitting .355 with five home runs and 15 stolen bases. Cecchini is the only player in the Carolina League with an OPS over 1000. He could land at Portland soon.
And old friend Daniel Bard has been shut down and put on the disabled list with a strained abdominal muscle. He has not pitched in a game since May 15, when he walked five batters in an inning-plus of work.
Bard is 0-1 with a 6.39 ERA, 17 walks and six strikeouts in 12 2/3 innings this year in Portland.
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