Minor League Update: Barnes, Owens Impress

A strong season in the minor league system has slowed down a little bit of late. A few pitching prospects dealing with fatigue like Rubby de la Rosa and Anthony Ranaudo coupled with a few hitting prospects going through slumps like Xander Bogaerts and Garin Cecchini has resulted a surprisingly lackluster week here.

The Pitchers

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

  • Henry Owens was decidedly not one of the pitching prospects who struggled this week. In his start on Wednesday, Owens threw the first 6 innings of a no-hitter for Salem, walking 4 batters and striking out 10. This is Owens’ second consecutive start with no earned runs allowed as he continues a very strong season for the High-A Salem Red Sox; his ERA now sits at 2.93 and he has a 107:47 K:BB ratio in 92 innings.
  • Matt Barnes was another unlikely candidate turning in an excellent start this week. Entering the season as the Red Sox’ number three prospect, Barnes has struggled on the surface in 2013– posting a 4.75 ERA, but he has a 98:31 K:BB ratio in 77.2 innings. This week, he improved both of those statistics by going 7 shutout innings, striking out 10 and allowing 3 hits and 3 walks.
  • Anthony Ranaudo also made one start this week and while he wasn’t terrible, he continued his latter-season struggles. He allowed 4 runs on 9 hits in 6.1 innings, and he struck out 4 while walking 3. He still has a 2.87 ERA and over a strikeout per inning, but he has certainly struggled lately.

The Hitters:

  • Xander Bogaerts is going through a little midseason slump of his own down in Pawtucket. This week he batted only .167 with 2 doubles and 2 RBIs after returning from a 2-3 performance in the Futures Game. With his advanced approach for his age, however, he should soon get back to impressing; after all, he has batted .250/.346/.448 as a 20 year old in Triple-A.
  • Jackie Bradley Jr., on the other hand, had himself a very nice week especially after a 3-6 performance which saw him fall a single short of the cycle last night. Overall on the week, Bradley batted .267 with 1 home run and 4 RBIs. Bradley will stay in the minors as depth for now, but he has been phenomenal in Pawtucket, slashing an uncharacteristically powerful .295/.387/.540.
  • Garin Cecchini is also going through really his first real slump of the season. He is raking between Salem and Portland this year, but this was a rough week for him as he batted just .200 with 1 double, 1 triple, 1 home run, and 2 RBIs for the Sea Dogs. He is now slashing a still impressive .317/.415/.475 as a 22 year old in his first taste of Double-A.

Topics: Boston Red Sox, Prospects

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