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After that brief, rocky beginning, Brentz morphed into one of Pawtucket’s hottest hitters throughout its postseason run to the Governors’ Cup. Brentz went 2-for-5 in his last regular-season game, then 8-for-24 through the playoffs. More impressive, six of those eight hits went for extra bases.
The hope is that the late-season experience with the PawSox serves as a head start for Brentz in 2013 — the way it did for Will Middlebrooks last season. Middlebrooks, after all, couldn’t boast of any Triple-A success before exploding out of the gates in Pawtucket last April.
“It was toward the end, but I got a little feel for the league,” Brentz said Friday, while he was in town for the organization’s rookie development program. “It helps to get that little taste and know what you’re walking into. Each level as a player, especially when you’re moving up, is a new animal and a new mountain to climb. Sometimes it takes a little while for players to figure out the league and get comfortable. Having experienced that, I think I have an edge going into next season.”
ProJo | Brentz looks to continue momentum from late 2012 into 2013
Brentz is somebody who has intrigued me for a while. While he doesn't grade out as a high-potential prospect the way Jackie Bradley and Xander Bogaerts, Brentz is a power-hitting outfielder in an organization that hasn't produced one in...a while. Not counting Jacoby Ellsbury's phantom 2011 season, the last time a home-grown prospect hit for power was...Trot Nixon, maybe? (Well, Josh Reddick, but let's move along before I get depressed.)
Making the Brentz to Middlebrooks comparison yields the obvious question: Does this mean we should expect Bryce to make an impact on the 2013 Red Sox (Boston variety, not Pawtucket)? Right now it seems unlikely, but this time last year it didn't seem very likely for a corner infielder to bust through the Kevin Youkilis/Adrian Gonzalez combo in a year in which the team was expected to contend. A lot can change.
Maybe Ellsbury does finally get traded. Maybe Gomes gets hurt and the team doesn't want to trust Daniel Nava with a full-time role. Maybe Brentz plays so well they have no choice to bring him up and figure out workload later. Maybe Ortiz gets hurt, Lavarnway slumps, and they need a DH. A lot could happen, and if it does, Brentz might be a viable option.
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The latest from the story that won't die comes from Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, who says that the Sox and Mike Napoli have made progress to the point that something is expected to be finalized next week. But that doesn't mean it's done:
Napoli is said to be talking to a couple other American League teams but the Red Sox are clearly heavily involved and may be the focus...
The second half of Boston’s next great youth movement, is also the second half of the “B” team. Besides Bogaerts and Bradley, there is Brentz and Barnes.
Bryce Brentz has a resume that makes me believe he has the chance to be a power hitter for Boston. When he played at Middle Tennessee State as a sophomore in 2009, he led the nation in home runs (28), batting...
The Red Sox kicked off their busy offseason by signing Mike Napoli — or so we thought.
More than a month has passed since reports surfaced stating that the Sox had agreed to a three-year deal with Napoli, but the veteran still hasn’t been formally introduced, and more recent reports have indicated that a hip issue is to blame.
The Red Sox reportedly want to alter the terms of ...
Former Red Sox manager Terry Francona as well as former general manager Theo Epstein have some unkind words for the current Red Sox ownership group
Former Red Sox manager Terry Francona has a new book coming out titled “Francona: The Red Sox Years” that is co-authored by some blow hard in the Boston media that I will not give the time of day to. I will give you a hint who it...
Mike Napoli's deal with the Boston Red Sox might be shrinking. The free agent catcher/first baseman and the team are closing in on a one-year contract, according to ESPNBoston.com. Napoli and the Red Sox agreed to terms on a three-year, $39 million deal last month at the winter meetings, but the contract was never signed, reportedly because the 31-year-old veteran failed his...
Vicente Padilla won’t be a part of the retooled Red Sox bullpen in 2013.
MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez reports that the veteran right-hander has agreed to pitch in Japan this season. According to the report, Padilla has agreed to a one-year deal worth $3.25 million with the SoftBank Hawks.
Source: Former Red Sox pitcher Vicente Padilla has agreed to a one-year deal for $3.25M with...
It’s been more than seven weeks since reports surfaced stating that Mike Napoli was Boston bound, but we might actually have a resolution relatively soon.
According to CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman, Napoli and the Red Sox have made progress and continue to try to work out an agreement after the original three-year, $39 million deal hit a snag.
Multiple reports have indicated that...
The Boston Red Sox have shown interest in free agent first
basemen Casey Kotchman and Lyle Overbay, but “nothing is active” regarding the
team’s pursuit of either player, according to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com.
According to multiple baseball sources, the Red Sox have
shown interest in free agent first basemen Casey Kotchman and Lyle
Overbay. One source reported...
Xander Bogaerts, the No. 1 prospect in the Red Sox organization, is starting to garner more and more recognition among the Boston fan base. It might not be long before he’s recognized on the global stage.
According to ESPN.com’s Gordon Edes, Bogaerts, a native of Aruba, is likely to represent Team Netherlands in this year’s World Baseball Classic.
Bogaerts, who was on the Netherlands...
The Boston Red Sox and free agent Mike Napoli initially had a three year contract in place, a deal that is pretty much voided now because of health concerns. Even so the player and team continue to talk and work towards a new deal. Jim Bowden of ESPN is reporting that the two teams are making significant progress towards a new, one-year deal.
The Red Sox and Mike Napoli have nothing...
Former Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona has co-authored a book, and as expected there are parts in it that paint an unflattering picture of the way the team’s owners operate. As many of us already suspected, John Henry and company care more about the image of their team than they do about putting a winning team on the field.
In his book, “Francona: The Red Sox Years,”...
Terry Francona's upcoming book, which will be released later this month, takes some shots at the Boston Red Sox owners, according to excerpts published by WBZ in Boston. The implication is the owners don't love baseball and put ratings and attendance above everything else. One except describes a meeting with Theo Epstein (then the Red Sox general manager), Francona...
NEW YORK (AP) -- Owners of the Boston Red Sox thought the team wasn't marketable after the 2010 season and needed to add "sexy players," former general manager Theo Epstein says in a new book co-written by former manager Terry Francona.
Epstein says owner John Henry, chairman Tom Werner and president Larry Lucchino made the team's image a priority, according to...
So, going into Spring Training 2013, the Red Sox have an abundance of catchers. I'll come right out with it, I'm a big Salty fan so anyone other than him as our main man next season and I'm going to be very disappointed. It was bad enough that I suffered the trauma of Tek retiring, to deal with the trade or demotion of a Saltalamacchia as well, this could be a challenge...