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Thursday, August 18, 2005

Minor League Notes

*The scintillating season continues for Portland center fielder David Murphy, the club's top pick in 2003. Murphy, through Wednesday, was batting .378 (17 for 45) with 13 runs scored in 13 games in August, after hitting a scorching .379 (39 for 103) with 20 runs scored in 28 July games…As I expressed in July, the issue with Murphy is his lack of power numbers for a man with a 6-4 frame. Even though power is commonly the last skill to develop, Murphy is 23 and has never hit for much power even at Baylor. Perhaps, the Sox are fine with good defense and OBP from their $1.5 million bonus boy, but it is too much cash for possible a tweener – his glove is not good enough for center and the bat is not enough for a corner spot everyday (i.e. Gabe Kapler and his 2004 salary of 750K).

*$4 million is a large investment in an amateur relief pitcher, Craig Hansen. He should eventually become a starter. Since Hansen is coming out of the pen in Portland, the Sox must think he could help in September…so forget about the change up until the winter.

*The just legal pair for the Old Port in Portland, Jon Lester and Anibal “Dirty” Sanchez, should be shut down in the near future and/or sent to the pen – fear the injury nexus.

*Is Hanley Ramirez’s star falling? He was a part of the annual possible Manny to the Mets deal, is slugging only 393 in AA, and has been spending time away from the most important position on the field - shortstop.


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