The Red Sox announced the winners of their 2008 Minor League awards on Thursday, with the recipients being honored during a pre-game on-field ceremony as Boston finishes up a four-game set with the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park.
Here’s a list of the recipients:
of the Year: RHP Daniel Bard, Greenville/Portland: Combined to go 5-1 with a 1.51 ERA and
107 strikeouts in 77.2 innings in 46 relief appearances at Greenville and
Portland…Was 1-0, 0.64 with 43 strikeouts in 28.0 innings over 15 games
at Greenville and 4-1, 1.99 with 7 saves and 64 strikeouts in 49.2 innings in
31 outings with Portland…Was Boston’s April Minor League Pitcher of
the Month…Was the 28th overall pick in the 1st
round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft
Player of the Year: 1B Lars Anderson, Lancaster/Portland: Combined to bat .317 with 85 runs, 32
doubles, 18 homers, and 80 RBI in 118 games for Lancaster and
Portland…Had a .317 average with 13 homers and 50 RBI in 77 games with
the JetHawks and a .316 mark with 5 homers and 30 RBI in 41 games with the Sea Dogs…Had
the 3rd highest average and finished 2nd in runs among Boston minor
leaguers…Reached base in 36 of 41 games after promotion to Portland on
July 17…Was the Eastern League Player of the Week for period ending
August 17…Was Boston’s 22nd round selection in the 2006
First-Year Player Draft.
Player of the Year: OF Che-Hsuan Lin, Greenville: Had a .961 fielding percentage in 207
total chances in 88 games in the outfield for Greenville…Batted .249 with
5 homers and 37 RBI in 91 games for the Drive…Ranked 2nd among
Boston minor leaguers with 33 stolen bases…Was the Most Valuable Player
of the 2008 XM Satellite Radio All-Star Futures Game at Yankee Stadium, going
2-for-2 with a home run…Was signed by the Red Sox as a non-drafted free
agent in June 2007.
Runner of the Year: OF Wilfred Pichardo, GCL Red Sox/Lowell: Led the Red Sox organization with 43
stolen bases…Topped the Gulf Coast League with 42 stolen bases in 51
attempts, the most steals in the GCL since 1991…Batted .297 in 52 games
for the GCL Red Sox, finishing 3rd in the league in runs (36) and 5th
in hits (60)…Played in 3 games at Lowell at the end of the
season…Was signed by the Red Sox as a non-drafted free agent in July
League Latin Program Pitcher of the Year: LHP Manuel Rivera, DSL Red Sox: Was 4-3 with a 2.24 ERA and 58 strikeouts
in 52.1 innings in 13 starts…Is participating in the Florida
League Latin Program Player of the Year: 1B Eddie Lora, DSL Red Sox/GCL Red Sox: Hit .300 with 6 doubles, 5 homers, 26
RBI, 21 runs, 34 walks, and a .455 on-base percentage in 35 games for the DSL
Single-A Greenville provided more than enough power on Saturday to earn a 15-9 victory over Columbus.
The Drive, a Red Sox affiliate, pounded four homers in the road win — two of which coming from right fielder Jered Stanley. It was Stanley’s third multi-home run game of the season, and he knocked in six runs with a pair of three-run shots during the contest.
He has four homers in his last eight games and 13 overall on the season.
Meanwhile, shorstop Oscar Tejada went 3-for-5 and is batting .381 in his last six games.
Greenville finished the first half of the season fourth in the South Atlantic League Southern division with a 40-30 record. The Drive are 17-18 in the second half thus far but are 4-1 in their last five outings.
Red Sox first-round pick Casey Kelly is taking a bit of time adapting for the Rookie-Level Gulf Coast League Red Sox.
Kelly has played in seven games since signing with the organization on July 17 and reporting to the GCL the following day. In seven games, Kelly is batting .107 (3-for-28) with a double and no RBIs. He’s struck out 12 times.
Kelly was highly touted for his abilities both pitching and at shortstop. Initial indications from team scouts were that they’d like to see him develop into a pitcher, but upon signing Kelly both sides agreed to get him in at shortstop while looking into getting him on the hill at the right time.
Meanwhile, second-round selection Derrik Gibson — another drafted shortstop who is regularly playing third base alongside Kelly — is making a dent in the lineup with those same GCL Red Sox.
Gibson is batting .250 in eight games with the club, nabbing two doubles and two RBIs in the process. Gibson’s summer is highlighted by a 3-for-4 outing against GCL Twins, including a double and an RBI.
With both players vying for playing time in the same infield, it will become an interesting to see how they develop together and progress throughout the rest of this summer.
The GCL squad is currently 2.5 games behind the Twins in the South standings.