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Brentz stays hot in Arizona, Caribbean winter leagues underway

Posted by Craig Forde  October 19, 2012 02:55 PM

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Fall and winter baseball leagues are in full swing and the Red Sox seven sent to Surprise for the fall have helped the Saguaros jump out to a 5-3 mark in the Arizona Fall League.

Brentz AFL.jpgBryce Brentz brought his hot bat with him to Arizona as the outfielder has hit safely in all five games that he has played in. He has a .333 batting average and has picked up a triple, home run, five RBIs and seven runs scored thus far. The triple came in the Saguaros first game of the fall against Peoria, matching his regular season total for three-baggers.

First baseman Michael Almanzar has played in six games for Surprise, but has not fared as well as Brentz at the plate. He has collected four hits, all singles, and is batting .182. He has one RBI, scored four runs and struck out six times in 22 at-bats.

The third Red Sox positional player with the Saguaros, catcher Christian Vazquez, is batting .231 through four games, but did pick up all three of his hits in a 3-for-4 outing against the Phoenix Desert Dogs on Thursday. He has drawn four walks to only two strikeouts and has scored two runs. In four games behind the dish Vazquez has gunned down four of five would-be base stealers. He threw out 40% of runners who attempted to steal against him in the regular season.

The four Sox pitchers with Surprise, Brock Huntzinger, Chris Martin, Ryan Pressly and Pete Ruiz, have each made three relief appearances and all have walked only one batter. Huntzinger is 0-1 and has struck out four batters over six innings. Martin has also struck out four batters in his 4 2/3 innings pitched. Pressly has five Ks over three innings of work and Ruiz has mowed down eight by way of the strikeout in just 3 2/3 innings.

Three of the four Caribbean winter baseball leagues have kicked off and the following is a listing of Red Sox players that are currently on a team’s roster, with their statistics over the first few games.

P Josh Fields, Aguilas Cibaenas: 0-0, 9.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 IP, 1 ER, 2 K, 1 BB
P Tony Pena Jr, Aguilas Cibaenas: Yet to play
P Stolmy Pimentel, Estrellas de Oriente: 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 IP, 0 ER, 1 BBMauro winterball.jpg
3B Nate Spears, Gigantes del Cibao: 3 G, .091 BA, 1 H, 1 R, 5 K, 1 BB
P Steven Wright, Leones del Escogido: Yet to play
C Matt Spring, Leones del Escogido: Yet to play
1B Mauro Gomez, Leones del Escogido: 2 G, .125 BA, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K
C Dan Butler, Toros del Este: 3 G, .083, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K

P Marco Duarte, Aguilas de Mexacali: 0-0, 4.50 ERA, 2 G, 4 IP, 2 ER, 6 K, 2 BB
OF Jeremy Hazelbaker, Yaquis de Obregon: 5 G, .250 BA, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 4 R, 3 SB

P Yeiper Castillo, Aguilas de Zulia: Yet to play
OF J.C. Linares, Bravos de Margarita: 2 G, .333 BA, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 R
P Ricardo Betancourt, Leones del Caracas: Yet to play
P Luis Diaz, Leones del Caracas: Yet to play
P Franklin Morales, Leones del Caracas: Yet to play
OF Ronald Bermudez, Leones del Caracas: 4 G, .250 BA, 2 R, 1 K
2B Heiker Meneses, Tiburones de la Guaria: 1 G, .000 BA, 0-1

We will provide weekly updates of all of the Sox players who continue to rake through the offseason, as well as anything else news worthy from these fall and winter leagues.

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