Red Sox minor league roundup: Anthony Ranaudo keeps rolling, Jose Iglesias goes deep

April 21, 2013 - 2:44 am
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A brief look at what took place on Saturday throughout the Red Sox farm system: TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX: 5-4 LOSS AT ROCHESTER (TWINS) (BOX) -- Shortstop Jose Iglesias went 1-for-4 with a homer, his second longball of the year. The two homers (through just seven games) marks a personal best in any of his four minor league seasons (though it's worth noting that, last year, after hitting one homer in 90 minor league games, he also went deep once in 25 big league contests). In his first seven games since getting sent back down to Triple-A, Iglesias is hitting .222 with a .300 OBP and a surprising .481 slugging mark. PROGRAMMING NOTE: Iglesias and PawSox manager Gary DiSarcina will join Down on the Farm on Sunday morning from 8:30-9 am on WEEI to discuss the phenomenon of prospects who get sent down to the minors following a compelling run of major league success. -- In his first game in Triple-A, Jackie Bradley Jr. went 1-for-5 with a single and a stolen base while batting leadoff. -- First baseman Brandon Snyder continued his scorching start, going 3-for-4 with a double. Snyder has reached base in all 13 of the games he's started, collecting hits in 12 of them. For the season, the 26-year-old is hitting .391 with a .472 OBP, .739 slugging mark and 10 extra-base hits in 14 games. -- Knuckleballer Charlie Haeger, who missed all of 2012 after undergoing Tommy John surgery, logged five innings in which he allowed three runs (all unearned) on six hits (all singles) while walking two and striking out two. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS: 7-1 WIN VS. NEW BRITAIN (TWINS) (BOX) -- For the first time this season, Anthony Ranaudo worked into the sixth inning, permitting one run on four hits in 5 2/3 frames. His struggled with his control more than in any other outing this year (a season-high three walks while throwing just 59 percent -- 50 of 85 -- of his pitches for strikes), but he minimized the damage, continuing an early season run of impressive run that has seen him forge a 1.15 ERA with 17 strikeouts and five walks in his return to Double-A. He's given up just nine hits and no homers, with opponents hitting .184 against him. -- First baseman Travis Shaw has now reached base in all 14 games in which he's played this year after going 2-for-5 with a double on Saturday. Though he has yet to homer this year, the 23-year-old is hitting .327 with a .469 OBP, seven doubles, 14 walks and 12 strikeouts in 14 games. -- Xander Bogaerts went 1-for-4 with a walk -- his sixth free pass in 14 games this year. In his last five games, he's 10-for-20 with three walks, good for a .565 OBP in that stretch. -- Second baseman Heiker Meneses went 2-for-5 for his fifth multi-hit game in his last eight contests. The 21-year-old is hitting .319 with a .347 OBP. -- Catcher Christian Vazquez went 1-for-2 with a pair of walks, extending his hitting streak to seven games. During the stretch, he's hitting .333 with a .429 OBP. In 11 games this year, he has seven walks and just four strikeouts, with his plate discipline permitting him to have a .364 OBP despite a modest .229 average. He's also thrown out eight of 16 potential base stealers. -- For the first time since 2011, Portland (8-7) is over .500. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX: 7-4 WIN AT LYNCHBURG (BRAVES) (BOX) -- Third baseman Garin Cecchini, who turned 22 on Saturday, went 2-for-4 with a walk and two stolen bases, giving him a .340/.400/.520 line with six steals and six extra-base hits in 13 games this season. After walking just once in the first nine games of the year he's taken four free passes in his last four contests. -- Outfielder Brandon Jacobs went 2-for-5 and doubled for the third straight game and fourth time in five games. -- Second baseman Sean Coyle, who was off to a scorching start, has played just once in the last six games while waiting for a jammed thumb to improve. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE: 1-0 LOSS AT LEXINGTON (ROYALS) (BOX) -- Right-hander Justin Haley had his best outing of the young season. The 21-year-old, taken in the sixth round of last year's draft, had been struggling with his command (16 walks in 10 1/3 innings), but on Saturday, he stayed in the strike zone and once again proved a difficult pitcher to square up. He gave up one run on two hits and a season-low one walk while striking out six, allowing him to work a season-high five innings in his fourth start. The right-hander has given up two or fewer hits in each of his four starts, with opponents hitting just .125 against the strong 6-foot-5 right-hander. -- Right-hander Jason Garcia tossed three scoreless innings of relief behind Haley while striking out four and walking two. While walks have been an issue for him (9 in 16 2/3 innings), the 20-year-old now has 22 punchouts in 16 2/3 innings. -- Greenville's ongoing tale of offensive woe: two straight games being shut out, and four such contests in seven games last week.