Annnnnnd….baseball is officially back!!!!
While BC threatened by tacking the first run up on the board, the Sox came back strong in the 5th. (Complete Red Sox box score to this afternoon’s game can be found below).
Also good to see that Beckett went 2 innings without giving up a hit or a run and also had 2 strikeouts.
Clay Buchholz followed Beckett and threw 1 inning without giving up a hit or a run, while recording 1 strikeout.
Also impressing today was shortstop prospect Yamaico Navarro who went 2 for 2 with a homerun and 2 RBI. According to Baseball America, Navarro is the #10 prospect in the Red Sox organization, and the 6th overall position player in the Sox system. And according to my good Front Office co-worker Jon (who worked at the Spinners when Yamaico was with them) Navarro is a fun and exciting player to watch.
From Our Media Guide…which will soon be on sale through Red Sox Publications – firstname.lastname@example.org!
HT: 5’11”; WT: 170; BATS: Right; THROWS: Right; BORN: 10/31/1987 in San Pedro de Macoris, DR;
RESIDES: San Pedro de Macoris, DR
ACQUIRED: Signed by the Red Sox as a non-drafted free agent, 9/23/2005
2008: Combined to set career highs with a .304 (154-for-506) average, 11 homers and 77 RBI in 125 games split between Single-A Greenville and Single-A Lancaster…ranked among Red Sox minor leaguers in hits (T2nd, 154), games (4th, 125), RBI (6th, 77), triples (T6th, 6), average (8th, .304), runs (9th, 79) and (T10th, 27)…played in 83 games with Greenville and earned South Atlantic League mid-season All-Star honors, finishing 4th on the team with a .280 (91-for-325) average (min. 100 at-bats)…tied for the team lead with 54 RBI…played 21 games at shortstop and 4 at second base in April and was named that month’s Red Sox Minor League Defensive Player of the Month…reached base in 19 straight games from May 24-June 14, hitting .329 (26-for-79) during the stretch…named South Atlantic League Player of the Week for June 2-8 after hitting .429 (12-for-28) with 4 home runs, 2 doubles, 10 RBI and 10 runs scored…earned a promotion to Lancaster on July 14 and hit .348 (63-for-181) in 42 games with 4 home runs and 23 RBI…hit .395 (32-for-81) during a 18-game hit streak from July 21-August 9…recorded his first career 5-hit game on August 2 vs. Rancho Cucamonga with a career-high 3 doubles…named Red Sox Minor League Offensive Player of the Month for August/September after posting a .389 (44-for-113) average with 2 homers, 15 RBI and 22 runs scored in 27 games…led Lancaster with 11 hits and 10 runs in 9 playoff games…hit a game-tying RBI single in the 9th inning of Game 2 in California League semifinal series…Lancaster won in the 10th…drove in the winning run in the 8th inning of Game 5 of the California League semifinal series…hit .207 (18-for-87) with one home run and 11 RBI in 22 games for Hawaii Winter Baseball’s North Shore Honu club…after the season, ranked by Baseball America as the No. 10 prospect and No. 6 position player in the Red Sox farm system…
Now it’s still WAY to early to be ablet to tell anything based on these outings, but I think it’s just exciting that the team is out there and playing ball again.
Don’t forget to watch Wakefield and the Sox take on the Twins tonight!
All the best from the Front Office,
“The Voice of the Nation”
Box score courtesy MLB.com below!