Your Weekly PawSox Update, keeping you update with your local Triple-A Team.
Ryan Fox (@Spider_Fox87)
Hello to all PawSox fans. Welcome to another episode of the PawSox Weekly Update here on WBOB Sports. This past week was a doozy with a lot going on down at McCoy as the PawSox began the week taking on not only the opposing team but Mother Nature herself.
Where They Stand
Since the last PawSox Weekly Update, the team was able to leapfrog over the Rochester Red Wings to claim second place in the International League North Division with a 13-10 (.565) record. The PawSox currently ahead of both the 10-9 Buffalo Bison (.526) and the 11-10 Rochester Red Wings (.524) by 1.0 games.
Just the Stats Jack
At the plate:
-INF Brock Holt leads the team in batting average (.380), OBP (.446), slugging percentage (.600), and OPS (1.046), stolen bases (4), and total bases (30)
-3B Garin Cecchini leads the team in hits (22 and is tied with OF Bryce Brentz for team lead in RBIs (13)
-Brentz is also tied with OF Alex Hassan for team lead in drawing walks (11).
-Hassan leads the team in on-base percentage (.365) and runs scored (13)
-1B/3B Brandon Snyder leads the team in home runs (4)
- C/1B Ryan Lavarnway leads the team in at-bats (79)
On the mound:
- SP Allen Webster leads the team in innings pitched (26.1), and is tied with SP Anthony Ranuado for games started (5).
- RP Chris Resop and RP Drake Britton lead all pitchers in game appearances (9).
- Britton also leads the team in saves (2) and in ERA (0.73)
- Resop and fellow RP Tommy Layne each lead the team in wins (3).
- SP Rubby De La Rosa leads the team in WHIP (0.66) opponent batting average (.151)
- SP Chris Hernandez, SP Jeremy Kerht, and SP Anthony Ranuado each lead the team in loses (2).
- Kerht leads the team in earned runs allowed (14) while Ranuado leads the team in strikeouts (25), hits allowed (27) and walks allowed (14). Both Kerht and Ranuado are tied for team lead in runs allowed (17)
Last week, there was little action on the movement front. This time around, it seemed like there was a new face at McCoy every day. Not to mention that this past week had two Boston Red Sox players on injury rehab assignment (OF Shane Victorino with right hamstring & 3B Will Middle Brooks with right calf strain).
Stat Correction: Last week, it was reported that OF Shane Victorino was transferred to Pawtucket on 4/18. He was officially transferred to Pawtucket on 4/19. The PawSox instead received RHP Jose Valdez from Double-A Portland Sea Dogs.
- Received OF Shane Victorino from Boston (MLB) on 20-day injury rehab assignment
- Received INF/OF Carlos Rivera from Portland (AA)
- Sent RHP Jose Valdez to Portland (AA)
- Received 3B Will Middlebrooks from Boston (MLB) on 20-day injury rehab assignment
- Received INF Ryan Roberts from Boston (MLB) after being designated for assignment on 4/18
- Sent INF/OF Carlos Rivera to Portland (AA)
- Sent RHP Alex Wilson to Boston (MLB)
- Received RHP Alex Wilson from Boston (MLB)
- Sent OF Shane Victorino to Boston (MLB) after completion of rehab assignment
- Received OF Daniel Nava from Boston (MLB)
- Received INF Brock Holt from Boston (MLB)
- Activated SP Matt Barnes from Disabled List
- Sent 3B Will Middlebrooks to Boston (MLB) after completing of rehab assignment
- Transferred SS Heiker Meneses off roster
- Transferred RHP Jeremy Kerht to 7-day Disabled List (flu-like symptoms)
- Sent RHP Wilfredo Boscan to Lowell (Short-Season A)
Debuts All Around
In their Friday home series finale against the Rochester Red Wings, the PawSox decided to debut two new, yet familiar faces to the 2014 squad. First, making his 2014 season debut on the mound was starting pitcher Matt Barnes. Barnes spent the majority of the season on the disabled list due to a. Last year, Barnes started the season at Double-A Portland. He went 5-10 with strikes, walks, and a 4.33 ERA in 24 games with the Sea Dogs. Barnes was then called up to Pawtucket on August 29 and finished 2013 with them. He ended up making one start with the team against the Syracuse Chiefs, going. However Barnes stayed with the squad during their Governors’ Cup playoff run, going 0-1 with 10 Ks and a 3.86 ERA in 2 starts during that run.
The other PawSox player making his debut was none other than OF Daniel Nava. With Shane Victorino finishing up his rehab assignment and getting transferred to Boston, Nava ended up being the odd man out in the crowded Boston Red Sox outfield. Nava is no stranger to the McCoy faithful. He played with the PawSox from 2010-12 with stints up in Boston sprinkled in between. His career numbers with the PawSox are as followed: a career .280 batting average (231-for-834), 24 HR, 114 RBI, 15 SB, 114 BB, 167 SO with an OBP of .379, slugging percentage of .379, and OPS of .817 in three seasons with the PawSox. In the early going of 2014 in Boston, Nava is batting .149 (10-for-67) with 2 HR, 3 RBI, 6 BB, 17K, 1 SB, OBP of .240, slugging of .269 and OPS of .509. More than not this will be just a the rebuilding process to boost Nava’s confidence to get him back to his 2013 form.
I AM IRON PIG!!!
After Friday night, the PawSox hit the road to close out the month of April. Their last opponent for the month is none other than the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs from April 26 to April 29. Ironically enough, the PawSox opened up the month of April with a home series against the same Iron Pigs (splitting that series 2-2).
That’s it for your PawSox Weekly Update. Tune in next week for the next PawSox Weekly Update only on WBOB Sports page.
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