Boston Red Sox prospect Bryce Brentz had a breakout season at the plate batting .306 with 25 Doubles, 4 Triples, 30 Home Runs and 94 RBI’s between the Low-A Greenville Drive and the High-A Salem Red Sox. While his offensive production was as good as anyone in all of Minor League Baseball in 2011, Brentz struggled defensively making 17 errors in the outfield. In the story link below, Brentz talks about focusing on improving his defense during the offseason, his approach at the plate, and adjusting to contact lenses that helped improve his vision.
Boston Red Sox prospect Bryce Brentz and Salem Red Sox manager Bruce Crabbe each got ejected during this past Tuesday’s game against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Crabbe believed Brentz had been hit by a pitch and is subsequently ejected after arguing his point. Brentz is then run a pitch later for saying something to the home plate umpire. The entertaining part of the video is the Salem fan who is clearly upset about the umpire’s judgement and expresses his displeasure as the argument on the field takes place.
The Carolina League matchup between the Salem Red Sox and the Kansas City Royals High-A affiliate Wilmington Blue Rocks was postponed on Thursday due to inclement weather. A fan in attendance at Judy Johnson Field in Wilmington filmed the insane lightning show. A few seconds into the video it appears on bolt strikes extremely close to where they were standing. Scary stuff.
The Seattle Mariners have traded Erik Bedard and pitching prospect Josh Fields to the Boston Red Sox in a 3 way deal that sends Tim Federowicz, Juan Rodriguez, Stephen Fife, and Chih-Hsien Chiang to the Mariners who then flipped Federowicz, Fife, and Rodriguez to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Trayvon Robinson. The 23 year old Robinson has been one of baseball’s breakout prospects in 2011. He’s hit .293 with 9 Doubles, 6 Triples, 26 Home Runs, and 71 RBI’s for the Triple-A Albuquerque Isatopes. In 2010 the 5’10” centerfielder hit .300 with 23 Doubles, 5 Triples, 9 Home Runs, and 57 RBI’s for the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts. Robinson was a 10th round pick of the Dodgers in the 2005 draft. In the deal, Los Angeles gets the soon to be 24 year old catcher Federowicz who is currently batting .275 with 20 Doubles, 7 Home Runs, and 50 RBI’s for the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs. Last season for the High-A Salem Red Sox he hit .253 with 34 Doubles and 4 Home Runs. Federowicz is a U.S. National team alum. The Red Sox drafted him the seventh round of the 2008 draft out of the University of North Carolina. The 22 year old Rodriguez is currently 2-4 with a 5.19ERA in 32 appearances for High-A Salem. He has 88 strikeouts in 59 innings. He pitched in the Gulf Coast League in 2010 going 5-1 with a 3.51ERA. Rodriguez was signed by the Red Sox as a non drafted free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 2008. The 24 year old Fife is 11-4 with a 3.66ERA in 18 starts for Portland. He’s repeating Double-A this season after going 8-6 with a 4.75ERA for the Sea Dogs in 2010. Fife was a third round pick of the Red Sox in the 2008 draft out of the University of Utah. Additionally in the deal, the Mariners received and are keeping Chih-Hsien Chiang from Boston. The 23 year old Chiang is currently hitting .338 with 36 Doubles, 4 Triples, 18 Home Runs, and 76 RBI’s at Portland. The native of Taiwan is repeating Double-A and has vastly improved upon the .260, 35 Double, 11 Home Run, 65 RBI season he had with the Seadogs in 2010. Chiang was signed by the Red Sox as a non drafted free agent in 2005. Boston acquires Fields who is 1-2 with a 3.92ERA and 3 saves in a combined 39 innings out of the bullpen for the Double-A Jackson Generals and Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers. Fields was the 20th overall pick of the 2008 draft out of the University of Georgia.
The Kansas City Royals have traded Mike Aviles to the Red Sox for prospects Yamaico Navarro and Kendal Volz. The 23 year old Navarro has seen brief big league action with the Red Sox in each of the last two seasons. He batted .143 in 20 games with Boston in 2010, and batted .216 in 16 games this season. Prior to his 2011 call up Navarro batted .258 with 8 Doubles and 5 Home Runs in 128 Triple-A at bats for Pawtucket. He was originally signed by the Red Sox as a non drafted free agent back in 2005. Volz is 6’5″ right handed reliever. He is currently 2-3 with a 3.33ERA and two saves in 31 appearances at High-A Salem. He has struck out 56 while walking just 12 in 51.1 innings of work, with opposing hitters batting .222 against him. the 23 year old is a Team USA alum and was drafted by the Red Sox in the ninth round of the 2009 draft out of Baylor. He has been a starter in the Red Sox system prior to this year.