Feb 17, 2013; Fort Myers FL, USA; Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Allen Webster (64) poses during photo day at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Minor League Update: Webster, Owens Excel In First Starts

Here on BoSox Injection, I’m going to be starting a weekly running series called “Minor League Update” where I post highlights from the weeks of the top Red Sox prospects. The series will be posted every Sunday, starting here after the first week of the season.

The Pitchers

  • Allen Webster started Opening Day for the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox and did quite well in his start. Although he did walk 3 batters, he allowed just 2 hits and struck out 5 in 5 shutout innings to start the year. Webster was great in spring training and a shift in mechanics which could improve his control, although not evident in this start, could make him an elite prospect.

  • Henry Owens was just as good in his first start of the year for the High-A Salem Red Sox, as he went 5 shutout innings, allowing 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out 4. As a tall lefty with phenomenal stuff, a good performance this year could vault him well into top prospect rankings and this was a good start.
  • Brandon Workman threw his first game of the year for the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs and was not quite so good as Webster and Owens. Although he did strike out 9 batters in his 5 innings, he also allowed 4 runs on 3 hits and a walk. A few mistakes were enough to cost Workman, who normally relies on his control and ability to not make mistakes.

The Hitters

  • Xander Bogaerts did not get off to a great start in his first week of games in the 2013 season. Playing in his second go-around with Portland, he batted just .214 (3-14) with an RBI, although he did go 2-5 today against the Trenton Thunder. Hopefully Bogaerts gets hot soon and can earn himself a promotion to Triple-A Pawtucket.
  • Bryce Brentz, on the other hand, has gotten off to a very good start in his first four games. The Pawtucket right fielder has batted .368 (7-19) with 3 RBIs and has flashed some power with 4 doubles so far. If the Red Sox have injuries in their outfield, it’ll likely be Brentz that they call upon first.
  • Garin Cecchini hasn’t gotten off too a great start at the plate in his first games as a Salem Red Sox. He came through with his first hit of the year today in a 1-4 effort, but is only hitting .091 (1-11) on the year. Cecchini is a few years away, but he’s an exciting prospect no doubt.
  • Deven Marrero, alternately, has gotten off to a great start at the plate in Salem. He is currently batting .333 (4-12) with a double and an RBI on the young season. Marrero is known for his defense, so a major offensive output from him would be a huge boost to the Red Sox of, say, 2016.


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