Sox take three locals on day three of the draft

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Sox take three locals on day three of the draft

By MaureenMullen
CSNNE.com

The Red Sox wrapped up the third and final day of the draft by taking a local product, right-handed pitcher John Gorman from Norwood, Mass. and Catholic Memorial High School with their final pick in the 50th round on Wednesday.

In all, the Sox took 29 pitchers (21 right-handers, eight lefties), 10 infielders, 10 outfielders and four catchers. Of the 53 players they selected, 29 are from high school, 24 from college.

One of the familiar names they drafted is third baseman Matt Gedman from UMass-Amherst. His father Rich was a catcher with the Sox for 11 of his 13 big league seasons and is currently the hitting coach for short-season Lowell. Matt earned an All-New Englandfirst team selectionand was named to the Atlantic 10 Baseball All-Conference First Team after leading the A-10 with a .402 average (76-for-189) this season.

On Day 3, the Sox added another player with local ties. Right-hander Corey Vogt from Suffield, Conn. and Keene State College in New Hampshire was their 39th-round pick. Vogt, a two-time All-Little East Conference reliever, had four saves while posting a 2.82 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 16 relief outings with Keene State this year.

Gorman was named Gatorade MassachusettsBaseball Player of the Year, posting a record of 6-1 with a 0.14 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 51.0 innings at the time. He also hit .362 as a third baseman.

Following are all the Sox picks in the 2011 draft:

RD PLAYER POS. BT HT WT SCHOOL HOMETOWN1 MattBarnes RHP RR 6-4 203 University of Connecticut Bethel,CT1 BlakeSwihart C SR 6-1 175 V.Sue Cleveland HS Rio Rancho, NMComp. HenryOwens LHP LL 6-6 190 EdisonHigh School Huntington Beach, CAComp. Jackie Bradley Jr. OF LR 5-10 175 University of South Carolina Prince George, VA2 Williams Jerez OF LL 6-4 190 Grand Street Campus HS Brooklyn,NY3 JordanWeems C LR 6-3 165 ColumbusHigh School Columbus, GA4 NoeRamirez RHP RR 6-3 180 CalState Fullerton East Los Angeles,CA5 MookieBetts SS RR 5-10 165 JohnOverton High School Nashville, TN6 MiguelPena LHP LL 6-2 175 SanJacinto College Palmview, TX7 CodyKukuk LHP LL 6-4 200 LawrenceFree State HS Lawrence, KS8 SenquezGolson OF RR 5-10 191 PascagoulaHigh School Pascagoula, MS9 TravisShaw 1B LR 6-4 215 KentState University Wash. Court House, OH10 CodyKoback OF RR 6-0 185 U.of Wisconsin Stevens Point Plover, WI11 KevinBrahney LHP LL 6-5 220 CalState University, Chico Sunnyvale,CA12 Deshorn Lake RHP RR 6-1 210 Menchville High School Menchville,VA13 MattyOtt RHP RR 6-2 195 Louisiana State University Chalmette,LA14 MikeMcCarthy RHP RR 6-3 185 Cal State Bakersfield Brentwood,CA15 BradenKapteyn RHP RR 6-4 220 Universityof Kentucky Lansing, IL16 DanielGossett RHP RR 6-2 165 JamesF. Byrnes High School Duncan, SC17 BlakeForslund RHP RR 6-4 215 LibertyUniversity Lynchburg, VA18 AndrewJones RHP RR 6-3 185 SamfordUniversity Marietta, GA19 SikesOrvis 1B LR 6-3 210 Freedom High School Orlando,FL20 ZachGood LHP LL 6-4 185 Grayson County College Mesquite, TX21 AustinDavidson SS LR 6-0 175 OxnardHigh School Oxnard, CA22 JoeHoltmeyer RHP RR 6-3 240 Univ.of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha, NE23 JarrettBrown LHP RL 6-3 169 SalemHigh School Conyers, GA24 DrewTurocy OF LL 6-3 185 Universityof Akron Canfield, OH25 TaylorArd 1B RR 6-1 228 WashingtonState University Vancouver, WA26 CodyDill RHP RR 6-1 165 Los Osos High School RanchoCucamonga, CA27 AlexMassey RHP RR 6-2 180 CatholicHigh School Baton Rouge, LA28 BrendenShepard RHP RR 6-0 190 StonehillCollege Boxford, MA29 MattSpalding RHP RR 5-11 190 St.Xavier High School Louisville, KY30 NickMoore 3B SR 6-3 210 BrookwoodHigh School Snellville, GA31 TylerWells OF RR 6-5 180 Lexington Catholic High School Lexington, KY32 JuliusGaines SS RR 6-0 165 LuellaHigh School Locust Grove, GA33 DavidChester 1B RR 6-5 270 Universityof Pittsburgh Collinsville, OK34 BenDartnell LHP RL 6-2 200 Vauxhall High School EastSt. Paul, Manitoba35 CarlosCoste C RR 6-2 186 AcademiaBautista High School San Juan, Puerto Rico36 Jace Herrera RHP RR 6-4 210 Wekiva High School Apopka,FL37 Robert Youngdahl OF LL 6-2 185 Hill-Murray High School Maplewood, MN38 TylerPoole RHP RR 6-6 205 Hickory High School Hickory,NC39 CoreyVogt RHP RR 6-0 170 KeeneState College Suffield, CT40 JordanGross LHP LL 6-2 195 DonBosco Prep HS Franklin Lakes,NJ41 MattMarquis OF RR 6-0 200 Universityof Maryland Annandale, NJ42 DerekODell SS RR 5-11 210 CanyonHigh School Canyon, TX43 BrandonDownes OF RR 6-2 175 South Plainfield High School South Plainfield, NJ44 MattMartin C RR 6-1 195 ThePendleton School (HS) Bradenton,FL45 MattGedman 3B LR 6-2 205 UMASS Amherst Framingham,MA46 MacWilliamson OF RR 6-4 240 WakeForest University Wake Forest, NC47 SamWolff RHP RR 6-2 195 College of Southern Nevada Rapid City, SD48 DavidSosebee RHP RR 6-1 200 WhiteCounty High School Cleveland,GA49 JaddSchmeltzer RHP RR 6-5 245 CornellUniversity Tappan, NY50 John Gorman RHP RR 6-2 220 CatholicMemorial High School Norwood, MA
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Quotes, notes and stars: Donaldson dominates Kelly

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Quotes, notes and stars: Donaldson dominates Kelly

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 7-5 loss to the Blue Jays:

 

QUOTES

 

* “He had quality stuff, but the story of this one is not being able to contain (Josh) Donaldson. Big night for him . . . I though Joe had quality stuff . . . [He] wasn’t as sharp with the overall location as he was the first time out for us.” John Farrell on Joe Kelly’s second start since his return from the disabled list.

 

* “He’s such a good player and does it in critical moments.” Farrell on Josh Donaldson after his two-homerun, 4-5 performance for Toronto.

 

* “He throws hard and has a lot of sink on his ball. Not much you can do with it. Just try to put it in play and see what happens.” Xander Bogaerts on facing Toronto’s start Aaron Sanchez.

 

* “Bottom line is the results. I think there’s been a strong precedent set with that,” Farrell before the game on moving Clay Buchholz to the bullpen to make room for Eduardo Rodriguez.

 

 

NOTES

 

* Following Friday night’s performance, Josh Donaldson is now 12-20 in his career against Joe Kelly with a double, two home runs and nine RBIs.

 

* The Red Sox’ five runs brings their season total to 38 on the road, averaging 3.8 per game through ten road games. At home, Boston has averaged 7.8 runs through 18 games.

 

* Despite a rough start, Joe Kelly still didn’t record a loss. He hasn’t been on the wrong side of a decision since 7/22/15.

 

* Xander Bogaerts extended his streak to 20 games in his second at-bat against Aaron Sanchez. Boston’s shortstop now has the longest active streak in the league.

 

 

STARS

 

1) Josh Donaldson

Toronto’s third baseman dominated not only Joe Kelly, but Koji Uehara, launching two balls over the fence in a 4-5 day.

 

2) Aaron Sanchez

Although he got tired late, Toronto’s starter only had three earned runs through 6.2 innings against one of the most potent offenses in the league.

 

3) Xander Bogaerts

After teammate Jackie Bradley, Jr. saw his streak die Thursday night, Bogaerts squeaked one up the middle, bringing his streak to 20 games, against a starter who’s caused problems for him before.

First Impressions: Kelly’s setback unsettling

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First Impressions: Kelly’s setback unsettling

First impressions of Red Sox 7-5 loss to Toronto:

 

Joe Kelly still has to prove he can be trusted to start for the Red Sox.

With the demotion of Clay Buchholz to the bullpen after Kelly’s lockdown start in his return from the DL, Kelly went back to his old ways.

After mixing pitches well in his first outing, Kelly threw 94 pitches -- 70 fastballs -- in 4.2 innings. In his previous start, he threw 66 fastballs over 104 pitches.

That approach won’t fly, especially if his fastball command is as subpar as it was against Toronto.

The Blue Jays’ batters seemed very comfortable in the box, despite Kelly throwing as hard as he does with so much movement. That can’t become the norm for opposing hitters.

 

The Red Sox offense can handle any starting pitcher -- but they can’t do it alone.

After Jon Gray shut down Boston in the final game of the Colorado series, Red Sox hitters faced a familiar foe that had already had success against them earlier in the year in Aaron Sanchez.

Despite using his curveball much more than his start earlier in the season, Boston’s hitters made adjustments. He did hold them down for much of the early going, but Red Sox hitters still scraped out four runs in his seven innings.

But the pitching staff didn’t hold up it’s end, essentially letting Josh Donaldson beat Boston by himself.

 

Xander Bogaerts made sure Sanchez didn’t ruin the streak.

Now hitting safely through 20 games, Bogaerts extended his streak against the starter who had him baffled when they faced off earlier in the year. The biggest difference from their last matchups was Bogaerts put good swings in against Sanchez mistakes -- and he didn’t appear off-balance after every swing.

 

Matt Barnes will not be Carson Smith’s replacement in 2016.

Despite his upper 90s fastball and 12-6 curveball, Barnes still can’t put together dominant appearances. His lack of command -- with a straight fastball -- is the big reason. Boston will have to look elsewhere -- internally or from another organization -- to give the bullpen another reliable set-up man given Koji Uehara’s age and durability.

 

The baseball gods are on Boston’s side -- for now.

As if Jose Bautista sitting out after appealing an earlier suspension wasn’t enough, the Red Sox scored their first run without a hit. Then the red Sox tied the game in the eighth on an error, after Dustin Pedroia had reach on a double that landed because Michael Saunders and Kevin Pillar had a communication breakdown.

Rodriguez to start Tuesday, Buchholz to bullpen

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Rodriguez to start Tuesday, Buchholz to bullpen

As expected, Eduardo Rodriguez will start for the Red Sox on Tuesday in Baltimore and Clay Buchholz will go to the bullpen, manager John Farrell told reporters in Toronto.

The move became apparent after Buchholz (2-5, 6.35 ERA) struggled again Thursday night, allowing three two-run home runs in an 8-2 loss to the Rockies.

Rodriguez, who hurt his knee in spring training, has yet to pitch for the Red Sox this season. The left-hander, who was 10-6 with a 3.85 ERA as a rookie last season,  made three rehab starts at Triple-A Pawtucket. 

"The bottom line is the results, and there's been a strong precedent set with that," Farrell said of Buchholz in annoucning the move.