This is the first in what will be a weekly column of Red Sox newsbites. Every Monday I will put together some short bits of news in this column.
Red Sox Agree to Terms with First Round Draft Pick
The Red Sox have agreed to terms, pending a physical, with 2014 first round draft pick Michael Chavis to a deal with a signing bonus of $1.87 million. Chavis joins Michael Kopech, Sam Travis (who signed earlier in the day), Josh Ockinney, Danny Mars, and Ben More as picks from the first ten rounds of the draft to sign with the Sox. Chavis was excited when drafted by the Sox, and many felt that it was just a matter of time before he signed a deal.
Notes from Pawtucket Red Sox game on 6/15/2014
I had the opportunity to go see the Pawtucket Red Sox play the Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox AAA affiliate) yesterday. I came back with the following player thoughts:
Mookie Betts: Mookie looked great in CF. Excellent range and a pretty good arm. No hits, but he did walk in the first and scored on a wild pitch.
Felix Doubront: No hits in 5 innings, but it wasn’t a very good outing. Fastball topped out at 91 and he had WAY too many 3 ball counts in five innings. Seemed like every time I looked up there were three balls. I am no more comfortable about Felix in the rotation than I was before.
Matt Barnes: Barnes’ fastball is filthy. Pretty sure he was expected to finish the game and probably would have had he not been hit with a comebacker in the 8th. He stuck it out and finished the inning, though, so hopefully he’s not hurt too badly.
Drake Britton: Gave up a 2 run HR in the 9th. Ball was crushed. It ended up being the difference in the game.
Ryan Roberts: Dude tried to break Mookie. They collided in shallow CF on a ball that neither one got. Ended up being the first hit of the game. Mookie just shook it off but it’s another reason to not like Ryan Roberts.
Christian Vazquez: The more I see of him, the more I am convinced that he will be god enough offensively to play in Boston. No hits, but drew two walks, including one in the 9th that would have been, had he been driven in, the winning run. He also very nearly picked a runner off 3rd (to the point where everyone in the stadium except the umpire thought he had) and showed excellent speed in getting back to a foul ball behind the plate.
Rubby De La Rosa Has Another Good Outing
In what may have been his last chance to prove that he should stay in the rotation, Rubby De La Rosa took the mound against the Twins tonight at Fenway Park. De La Rosa had a shaky first inning, but he turned it around and put forth a seven inning performance. In the seven innings, he allowed one hit and three walks against three strikeouts. He retired the final 13 twins he faced. It was an excellent performance and should go a long way to improve De La Rosa's confidence.
No Word on Workman's Suspension
The Red Sox expected to hear early this week on Workman's appeal. As of the writing of this column, no such announcement has been made. Workman, as you will recall, was suspended 6 games for not hitting Evan Longoria after warnings were issued to both the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox during a game where David Price hit David Ortiz, grazed Xander Bogaerts (who was not awarded a HBP) and hit Mike Carp. Price was fined but not suspended. Workman appealed the suspension and put together two quality starts while waiting for his appeal to be heard. MLB heard the appeal on Thursday.