16 Aug 2007
It’s official, Clay Buchholz is going to start game one of Friday’s day/night doubleheader. As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, Buchholz is considered one of baseball’s top pitching prospects and certainly Boston’s top prospect.
Buchholz is 8-3 in the minors this year with 164 K’s (leading all of the minors) in 117 innings.
AA – Portland: 7-2, 86.2 IP, 55 H, 17 ER, 22 BB, 116 K, 1.17 ERA
AAA – Pawtucket: 1-1, 30.1 IP, 23 H, 11 ER, 8 BB, 48 K, 3.26 ERA
To be fair, Buchholz dominated at AA and has done just fine at AAA, but he will be facing a very good Anaheim Angels team and specifically, will be going against John Lackey. This is likely to be a one time deal as he will probably be option right back to Pawtucket until further notice. But it certainly will be fun to watch his debut.
Other news of interest is the fate of Wily Mo Pena. In order to make room for Buchholz, something has to give. Because Javier Lopez (he has options) is already in the minors, there are really no clear decisions here. If the Red Sox have a deal in place for Wily Mo, then he is the one to go when Buchholz gets called up. Upon Buchholz’s return to AAA, we will either see Bobby Kielty or Jacoby Ellsbury (check out his hitting log on his hyperlink, 17 hits in his last 10 games).
So we may be saying goodbye to Wily Mo, who I am convinced will hit 40 HRs with any team willing to give him a starting job, and hello to either a veteran in Kielty or to a top prospect in Ellsbury.
Friday will be a great baseball day for Red Sox fans.