Shaq Thompson has record worthy flop of a start

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Shaq Thompson has record worthy flop of a start

It could be more than argued that the Red Sox have had a rocky go this season. But, they don't seem to be in that bad of shape if you compare them to Shaq Thompson, who was selected in the 18th round of the 2012 MLB entry draft to the Red Sox.
Thompson, a recent Sacramento (Calif.) Grant High School graduate, was known for his athletic ability on the football field before starring on the baseball team his senior year. As one of the nation's top prospects who signed with Washington, lets hope his start on the football field is more productive.
From Yahoo Sports:
Competing for a short-season Gulf Coast League squad in Florida, Thompson has opened up with one of the worst stretches of first weeks in professional baseball history. As noted by the Sacramento Bee, through his first 26 official at-bats in FLorida, the former Grant star had 0 hits and a whopping 25 strikeouts.
In fact, the best result Thompson had mustered during his first nine games was a meek groundout to first base, as elementary an out as possible. Prep Rally couldn't find adequate data of the worst minor league starts in baseball history, but suffice it to say that Thompson's 25 strikeouts would make the list.
Obviously, this news is disappointing for the Red Sox, who were counting on Thompson to eventually make an impact eventually with his athletic gifts. Washington football officials might not be as upset anticipating he will be able to focus solely on their program in the coming years.

Wright extends scoreless streak to 9 1/3 innings in Red Sox' 10-7 win over Pirates

Wright extends scoreless streak to 9 1/3 innings in Red Sox' 10-7 win over Pirates

The angst surrounding the David Price- and (possibly) Drew Pomeranz-less Red Sox starting rotation may have eased a little -- or a lot -- on Thursday.

Steven Wright extended his string of scoreless spring-training innings to 9 1/3 by blanking the Pirates for 4 1/3 innings in his third spring-traing start, leading the Sox to a 10-7 victory over the Pirates at SkyBlue Park.

Red Sox-Pirates box score

Wright allowed two hits -- the only two hits he's allowed this spring -- with one walk and three strikeouts.

Several of his pitching brethren, notably Heath Hembree and Robbie Ross Jr., didn't fare nearly as well. (See box score above.) But the Sox -- using what may be their regular-season batting order for the first time -- bailed them out with a 16-hit attack, led by Dustin Pedroia (3-for-3, now hitting ,500 for the spring). Mookie Betts, Hanley Ramirez, Jackie Bradley Jr., and, yes, Pablo Sandoval each added two hits. Sandoval also drove in three runs and is now hitting .362.

Xander Bogaerts went 1-for-4 in his return to the Sox from the World Baseball Classic.

 

A hungry ballplayer: Ex-Sox prospect Moncada once ate 85 Twinkies in a week

A hungry ballplayer: Ex-Sox prospect Moncada once ate 85 Twinkies in a week

This isn’t your average young and hungry player on the brink of the big leagues.

Yoan Moncada, the ex-Red Sox prospect who was one of the principal pieces in the trade for Chris Sale, ate 85 Twinkies in a week, his agent told ESPN The Magazine

David Hastings, Moncada's agent, clarified to CSNNE that this was a one-time thing when Moncada first arrived in the U.S. Moncada had never had Twinkies before, Hastings said, so he was like "a kid in a candy store."

He's still in great shape. Moncada had a huge spring training with the White Sox after a disappointing major-league debut with Boston in September. 

The 21-year-old third baseman has been optioned out of big-league camp, so he’s slated to start the year in Triple-A. But he hit .317 with a .391 on-base percentage and .683 slugging percentage and 3 home runs in 41 at-bats — some of the best numbers anywhere.

Moncada took a $31.5 million signing bonus from the Red Sox, money that the Sox turned into Sale. Moncada, meanwhile, didn’t exactly invest every cent.

Twinkies weren’t his only indulgence. 

More from the story: 

Moncada had money to spend on drones, video games, toys and clothes. He sometimes spent $1,500 or more during nights out, David says. After he purchased the second $200,000 car, Josefa [Hastings, David’s wife] tried to talk some sense into him.

David Hastings reinforced to CSNNE that the message to Moncada was to invest in things that appreciate in value.