July 9, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; USA pitcher Matt Barnes (26) delivers a pitch in the ninth inning of the 2012 All Star Futures Game at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Minor League Update: Barnes, De La Rosa Turning It Around


As a good year in the Red Sox farm system progresses, this week saw a turnaround from a couple of the slow starts that the Red Sox had. Matt Barnes and Rubby de la Rosa, who struggled considerably in April, continued their May trends of turning things around. On the offensive side, Garin Cecchini and Xander Bogaerts have continued rolling.

The Pitchers:

  • Matt Barnes is finally turning his season stats around as this week, he recorded not one, but two great starts. On Tuesday, he allowed 5 hits and a walk while striking out 4 over 6 shutout innings. Yesterday, he was excellent again as he allowed a run on 3 hits and 3 walks, striking out 7 over 5 innings. This brings his season record to 3-1 with a 4.65 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 31 innings.
  • Rubby de la Rosa is also performing quite a bit better after a rough start to his season. In a pair of 4 inning relief appearances this week, he allowed a combined 6 base-runners while striking out 13 batters. After a slow start, this brings his season ERA to a decent 4.35 mark and he has 26 strikeouts to 10 walks in 20.2 innings pitched.
  • Anthony Ranaudo has continued his rebound season with a pair of nice starts this week. On Wednesday, he went 6 innings while allowing 3 earned runs on 5 hits and a walk. Today, he tossed 6 scoreless innings with 3 hits and 3 walks to 5 strikeouts. He is now 5-1 with a 1.38 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 39 innings.

The Hitters:

  • Xander Bogaerts continued the nice little upswing he has been on with a quality week here. He batted .250 with a triple and 3 RBIs and is now batting .296/.372/.452 with a pair of homers and 14 RBIs. If he continues to hit like this, he should be in Pawtucket before too long.
  • Garin Cecchini just keeps piling onto his age 22 season in Salem by hitting .333 with a home run and 5 RBIs. Cecchini has kept his slash line  at a torrid .368/.463/.640 with 4 home runs, 22 RBIs, and 11 steals. So far, Cecchini has been doing it all this season and if a spot opens up in Portland, you can bet he’ll be filling it.
  • Blake Swihart is beginning to break out of his early season slump, as he had a good week here. He batted .273 with a double and 2 RBIs and has brought his season slash line to .267/.353/.422 with 11 RBIs. His bat seems like it is coming along slowly, but if he can become a good defensive catcher and hit like he has in the minors, nobody is going to complain.

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