Sox make first round of spring roster cuts

Sox make first round of spring roster cuts
March 13, 2014, 10:30 am
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- After almost two weeks worth of games, the Red Sox made their first roster cuts of the spring Thursday morning, trimming down from 58 to 46 players in camp.
Optioned to Pawtucket were pitchers Anthony Ranaudo and Alex Wilson; infielder Garin Cecchini; and outfielders Alex Hassan and Bryce Brentz.
Another seven players were returned to minor league camp: pitchers Matt Barnes, Miguel Celestino, Noe Ramirez and Henry Owens; catcher Blake Swihart; infielders Travis Shaw and Heiker Meneses.
"As a whole," said John Farrell, "I think guys showed very well. I think it speaks loudly to the unity that major league and minor league (departments) have. I think guys came in and handed themselves well, they handled the environment well. And on the field, there were a lot of positive signs. There was a lot of consistency of at-bats from Hassan, Brentz, to what a young guy like Blake Swihart showed behind the plate.
"Not that we're over-valuing our own players, but there was a lot of talent that was just sent out of camp."
Farrell had some comments about a number of players who were cut.
On Barnes, who was shut down 10 days ago because of some shoulder stiffness: "He's out to 120 feet today. We expect him to be back on the mound by the end of the month. How that affects his eventual start date at the minor league level remains to be seen, but he's making expected progress."
On Brentz: "One of the things that he hoped to display here was more of the all-field approach that he shown in winter ball. That was the case. Equal to the power that he shows, when he was in a two-strike situation, there was more of a two-strike approach, where he'd look to go the other way. His defense was more consistent and those are the attributes that make him a strong prospect."
On Owens: "The thing that stands out to me was the other day in Sarasota. Things weren't going his way but it was the mound presence and poise . . . he didn't get rattled. That to me is more of a tell-tale sign than anything (else) - how do they respond when situations aren't going well on the mound? I thought he passed it with flying colors. For a young guy facing their 'A' lineup, he didn't back away from the challenge. He didn't start walking people. The game didn't speed up on him. They hit him, but he controlled his emotions very, very well and that is something that I thought was impressive."
On Ranaudo: "The changes in his delivery, the tempo, have been a positive for him. He's had a very good developmental year and is moving in the right direction. He's getting close. I think there's an understanding, as he gets to the upper levels, how to use his stuff more readily and what works best for him. But that's a lot going in his favor -- size, stuff, (throwing on a) downhill plane, (throwing his) breaking pitch for strikes."