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Red Sox happy with affiliates Pawtucket & Lowell; extend agreements through 2020

 

The Boston Red Sox have extended their Player Development Contracts (PDC) with the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox and short-season Single-A Lowell Spinners for an additional two years through the 2020 season, the clubs announced today.

Red Sox Vice President of Player Development Ben Crockett, PawSox Executive Vice President/General Manager Dan Rea, and Spinners owner Dave Heller made the announcement.

The Red Sox and PawSox, whose partnership began in 1973, will celebrate their 46th season of affiliation in 2018. It is the second longest partnership in Triple-A behind only the Kansas City Royals and Omaha Storm Chasers of the Pacific Coast League (since 1969). Over that time, Pawtucket has finished in first place in its International League division seven times and advanced to the postseason 16 times, winning the Governors’ Cup title in 1973, 1984, 2012, and 2014. The PawSox play their home games at McCoy Stadium, which was erected in 1942 and is the oldest ballpark in all of Triple-A.

The partnership between the Red Sox and Spinners began in 1996, with 2018 marking their 23rd season of affiliation. Competing in the New York-Penn League, Lowell has finished atop the Stedler Division three times (2008-09, ’16), winning a franchise-record 47 games in 2016 with the league’s third-best record (47-29, .618). Since 1998, the Spinners have played their home games at Edward LeLacheur Park, located on the banks of the Merrimack River near the UMass-Lowell campus.

Excluding rehab assignments, 30 players on the Red Sox’ 40-man roster are Pawtucket alumni, including Dustin Pedroia (2005-06), Xander Bogaerts (2013), and Matt Barnes (2013-15). Sixteen members of the 40-man roster have played for Lowell, including Hanley Ramirez (2002), Jackie Bradley Jr. (2011), Mookie Betts (2012), and Andrew Benintendi (2015).

Pawtucket and Lowell are two of Boston’s six domestic minor league affiliates, joining Double-A Portland (Eastern League), High-A Salem (Carolina League), Single-A Greenville (South Atlantic League), and the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Red Sox (Gulf Coast League).

Read more: Boston Red Sox
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Boston announces Minor League affiliates field staffs for 2018

The Boston Red Sox today announced the 2018 field staffs of their minor league affiliates.

Red Sox Vice President of Player Development Ben Crockett made the announcements.

Pawtucket (Triple-A, International League)

Kevin Boles will return for his fifth year as PawSox manager in 2018, his 11th year in the organization. Bruce Crabbe will remain on his staff as an additional coach for the fifth consecutive season, extending his tenure with the organization to 14 years. Joining the PawSox in the role of pitching coach is Kevin Walker, who held the same position with Double-A Portland for the last three seasons and has coached Red Sox affiliates for the last decade. Rich Gedman will continue as the club’s hitting coach for his fourth year in that role and eighth with Red Sox minor league clubs. Eric Velazquez, who joined Pawtucket as athletic trainer last season, will return for 2018. Kirby Retzer will serve as strength and conditioning coach in his third year with the team.

Portland (Double-A, Eastern League)

After managing Single-A Greenville to the franchise’s first South Atlantic League Championship in 2017, Darren Fenster will be at the helm for the Sea Dogs in 2018. Entering his seventh season in Boston’s system, Fenster had managed Greenville for the past four seasons. Also new to the Sea Dogs’ staff is Pitching Coach Paul Abbott, who joined the Red Sox organization in 2011 and spent the last two seasons as High-A Salem’s pitching coach. Lee May Jr. returns for a second season as hitting coach, having joined the organization in 2016. Entering his third season in the Red Sox’ system, Scott Gallon will continue as the Sea Dogs’ athletic trainer after moving into that role in 2017. Chris Messina, who joined Portland in 2016, will serve as strength and conditioning coach.

Salem (High-A, Carolina League)

Manager Joe Oliver will return to Salem for his third season at the helm, his fifth coaching Red Sox affiliates. He will be joined by Lance Carter, who takes over as pitching coach after spending the last three seasons in that role with Short-A Lowell. Nelson Paulino, who begins his 21st season coaching in the organization, will continue as hitting coach after starting in that position in 2016. Trainer Nick Kuchwara, who also joined the staff in 2016, will return in the same capacity in 2018.

Greenville (Single-A, South Atlantic League)

Former Red Sox minor leaguer Iggy Suarez will manage the Drive in 2017. The former infielder began his coaching career as Lowell’s hitting coach in 2015 before managing Short-A Lowell for the past two seasons. A 19-year veteran of the organization and South Carolina resident, Bob Kipper will return to Greenville as pitching coach. Most recently with the PawSox for three seasons, Kipper previously held his current role from 2005-06 and 2008-09. Returning in the same role is Hitting Coach Wilton Veras, who spent eight seasons (1995-2002) playing in the Red Sox organization before returning as a coach in 2012. Phil Millan, who joined the Drive in 2017 after assisting with the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Red Sox in 2016, will remain Greenville’s athletic trainer.

Lowell (Short-A, New York-Penn League)

Corey Wimberly will become Lowell’s new manager after joining the Greenville coaching staff last spring. Wimberly played professionally from 2005-16, reaching the Triple-A level from 2010-13. Assuming the role of pitching coach is Nick Green, who played seven minor league seasons with Angels (2004-08) and Brewers (2009-10) affiliates before joining the Red Sox organization in 2015. Nate Spears will return as hitting coach for a second year after spending 2016 as a coaching assistant with Greenville. Spears played 12 seasons of professional baseball as an infielder from 2003-2014, including 2010-12 in the Red Sox organization. Joel Harris will continue in his role as athletic trainer for the third year.

Gulf Coast League Red Sox (Rookie, Gulf Coast League)

Tom Kotchman enters his fifth season as manager of the Gulf Coast League Red Sox, having spent 38 total seasons as a minor league manager and scout. New to the GCL staff last season, 2003 American League Rookie of the Year Angel Berroa will continue to serve as an additional coach in the coming year. Pitching Coach Dick Such will return for his sixth season in that role and 10th in the organization. Junior Zamora will be back as hitting coach, entering his fourth year in that capacity after seven years as a bench coach for the Rookie-level Dominican Summer League Red Sox. Mickey Jiang, who has been coaching in the Red Sox’ system since 2009, will join the GCL club as a coach and interpreter. Entering his third season with the team, Ben Chadwick will continue in his role as strength and conditioning coach.

Dominican Summer League Red Sox (Rookie, Dominican Summer League)

Jose Zapata will return for his 12th season as the Red Sox’ Latin American field coordinator. New to the staff is major league veteran Fernando Tatis, who will manage one of Boston’s two DSL clubs. The Dominican-born Tatis played 11 major league seasons for five different teams (1997-2003, ’06, ’08-10). Managing the other DSL Red Sox squad will be Aly Gonzalez, who has been with the organization for the last nine seasons as a player (2009-11) and coach (2012-17), including the last three seasons in the same role.

Carlos Adolfo, entering his third season in the organization, and Ozzie Chavez, beginning his fourth, will serve as DSL hitting coaches. A six-year veteran of the program, Oscar Lira will continue as pitching coach for one of the two clubs. Also returning to the coaching staff are Claudio Sanchez, Carlos Sequera, and Leonel Vasquez, who will be joined by newcomer Steven Pollakov. A Chicago native, Pollakov played professionally in the White Sox’ system in 2016 and in the independent Frontier League in 2017. Guillermo Hinojosa will return for his ninth season as athletic trainer, while Mario Anguizola and Antonio Diaz will resume their roles as strength and conditioning coaches.

Additionally, the Red Sox have hired Joe Hudson and Richard De Luna to minor league strength and conditioning coaching positions.

Read more: Boston Red Sox
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MLB suspends four Minor League players for violation of drug policies

(By OCAL, courtesy Clker.com)

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that four Minor League players have been suspended following their violations of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Chicago Cubs Minor League right-handed pitcher Wilfre Delgado, who is currently on the roster of the rookie-level Dominican Summer League Cubs, has received a 72-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Program. The suspension of Delgado will be effective at the start of the 2018 DSL season.

Seattle Mariners Minor League outfielder Eric Filia, who is currently on the roster of the Double-A Arkansas Travelers of the Texas League, has received a 50-game suspension without pay following a second positive test for a drug of abuse in violation of the Program. The suspension of Filia will be effective at the start of the 2018 Texas League season.

Boston Red Sox Minor League right-handed pitcher Antonio Police, who is currently on the roster of the rookie-level Dominican Summer League Red Sox, has received a 72-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Boldenone, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Program. The suspension of Police will be effective at the start of the 2018 DSL season.

Free agent Minor League right-handed pitcher Joel Romero has received an 80-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Program. The suspension of Romero will be effective immediately upon his signing with another Major League organization.

 

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MLB suspends five Minor League players for violating drug policies

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced recently that five Minor League players have been suspended following their violations of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Free agent Minor League left-handed pitcher Kevin Duchene has received a 100-game suspension without pay following a third positive test for a drug of abuse in violation of the Program. The suspension of Duchene will be effective immediately upon his signing with another Major League organization.

Kansas City Royals Minor League right-handed pitcher Travis Eckert has received a 50-game suspension without pay following a second positive test for a drug of abuse in violation of the Program. The suspension of Eckert, who is currently on the roster of the Single-A Lexington Legends of the South Atlantic League, will be effective at the start of the 2018 SAL season.

Toronto Blue Jays Minor League right-handed pitcher Juan Jimenez and left-handed pitcher Naswell Paulino have each received a 72-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Boldenone, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Program. The suspensions of both players, who are currently on the roster of the rookie-level Dominican Summer League Blue Jays, will be effective at the start of the 2018 DSL season.

Blue Jays Minor League right-handed pitcher Jol Concepcion has received a 60-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Boldenone, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Program. The suspension of Concecpcion, who is currently on the roster of the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Blue Jays, will be effective at the start of the 2018 GCL season.

 

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MLB commissioner suspends five minor leaguers for violations of drug policies

 

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that five Minor League players have been suspended following their violations of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Houston Astros Minor League right-handed pitcher Carlos Pimentel has received a 56-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Program. The suspension of Pimentel, who is currently on the roster of the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Astros, will be effective at the start of the 2018 GCL season.

Free agent Minor League right-handed pitcher Angel Nesbitt has received a 50-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Heptaminol, a stimulant in violation of the Program. The suspension of Nesbitt will be effective immediately upon his signing with another Major League organization.

Three Toronto Blue Jays Minor Leaguers – shortstop Hugo Cardona, infielder Yhon Perez and catcher Leonicio Ventura – have each received a 72-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Boldenone, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Program. The suspensions of all three players, who are currently on the roster of the rookie-level Dominican Summer League Blue Jays, will be effective at the start of the 2018 DSL season.

 

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