March 24, 2013; Clearwater, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts (72) in the dugout against the Philadelphia Phillies at Bright House Networks Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Minor League Update: Bogaerts, Cecchini Getting Hot At New Levels

This was a very divided week for Red Sox prospects. While the hitting prospects did just fine for the most part, as Xander Bogaerts, Garin Cecchini, and Jackie Bradley Jr. continue to stay hot, many major pitching prospects had their share of struggles. Still, this doesn’t change what has been an excellent year in the farm system thus far.

The Pitchers:

  • Anthony Ranaudo did not struggle in his most recent start, unlike many Red Sox prospects. In his last start on Friday, Ranaudo went 7 innings, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks while striking out 3 batters. He has excelled in Portland this year, and it looks as though he may be in the market for a promotion given his 2.67 ERA and 94:32 strikeout to walk ratio in 91 innings.
  • Brandon Workman was another of the few pitchers that did not struggle in this week’s segment. He turned in a masterful outing for Pawtucket, tossing 6.1 shutout innings, allowing 5 hits and walking 2 against 5 strikeouts. After starting the season quite well in Portland, he has been even better since moving to Pawtucket, as he now holds a 2.80 ERA and 34:13 strikeout to walk ratio in 35.1 innings at the level. With all the recent injuries to the Red Sox’ pitching staff, one has to wonder if we’ll see Workman make a spot start before the end of the year.
  • Drake Britton had a pretty great week here. Not only did he have a shutdown performance, throwing 7 scoreless innings while allowing 7 hits, 3 walks, and 4 strikeouts, but with that performance, Britton earned himself a promotion to Pawtucket. He had been solid so far in Portland, with a 3.51 ERA and 80:36 strikeout to walk ratio in 97.1 innings.

The Hitters:

  • Xander Bogaerts is finally shaking off the rust after a slump immediately after his start in Pawtucket. The 20 year old shortstop not only batted .318 on the week, but he also walked 6 times and cracked a home run and 5 RBIs over the course of the week. Bogaerts’ slash line is up to .262/.361/.429 in his time in Pawtucket, bringing his OPS to an even .800. His bat is coming to life and a September cup of coffee is far from out of the question.
  • Jackie Bradley Jr. just keeps adding on to a surprisingly productive season down in Pawtucket. While his pure hitting ability was known entering the season, his power has been very unprecedented as he is now batting .297/379/.530 after a week where he hit just .250 but drove 3 home runs and walked 5 times.
  • Garin Cecchini’s 2013 season is becoming nothing short of ridiculous. He hit incredibly well in Salem, but is doing even better in Portland as his slash line is now all the way up to an absurd .418/.522/.600 and this week was another excellent one for him as he hit an even .500 with 4 doubles and a home run.

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