• by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

    Red Sox OF Bryce Brentz undergoes thumb surgery

    Red Sox outfielder Bryce Brentz will be sidelined for three months after he underwent thumb surgery Tuesday, reports the Providence Journal. Brentz suffered the injury while diving head first into second base during a minor-league game last week.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Owens, Cecchini among Red Sox cuts Thursday

    The Red Sox announced several cuts from major-league camp Thursday, included in the group were top pitching prospect Henry Owens and infielder/outfielder Garin Cecchini. Owens, who is considered the Red Sox's second-best prospect by Baseball America, was reassigned to minor-league camp. Cecchini, who is considered the Red Sox's 10th-best prospect, was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket. Manager John Farrell said Cecchini will play third base, first base and left field at Pawtucket. The Red Sox also optioned outfielder Bryce Brentz, pitcher Heath Hembree and pitcher Zeke Spruill to Triple-A, while pitcher Mitchell Boggs was released.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Red Sox promote slew of players from Pawtucket

    Ballyhooed Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo is far from the only promotion from Triple-A Pawtucket made by the Red Sox on Wednesday. But he is certainly the most significant. The team has also brought up left-hander Edwin Escobar, right-hander Heath Hembree, third baseman Garin Cecchini, outfielder Bryce Brentz and catcher Ryan Lavarnway.

  • by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

    Red Sox send five to Triple-A

    The Red Sox have sent Anthony Ranaudo, Alex Wilson, Garin Cecchini, Bryce Brentz and Alex Hassan to Triple-A. The club cut down from 58 to 46 players Thursday. Both Ranaudo and Cecchini are considered prospects within the system, but need more time to develop in the minors before they make their major-league debuts.

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    Red Sox add three to 40-man roster

    The Red Sox added third baseman Garin Cecchini, outfielder Bryce Brentz and pitcher Anthony Ranaudo to the 40-man roster Thursday. Cecchini hit .322/.443/.471 with seven home runs, 61 RBI and 23 stolen bases in 454 at-bats between high Class A Salem and Double-A Portland in 2013. Brentz his .264/.312/.475 with 17 home runs and 56 RBI in 326 at-bats with Triple-A Pawtucket. Ranaudo went 11-5 with a 2.66 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 127:47 K:BB ratio in 140 innings between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket.

  • by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

    Bryce Brentz returns with a home run

    Red Sox prospect Bryce Brentz hit a home run Sunday in his first game back since meniscus surgery. Brentz was thought to be out for the remained of the year after undergoing surgery in July. In his first game back, Brentz went 1 for 3 with the home run. He finished with one run scored and two RBI. Brentz is hitting .270/.323/.506 over two levels in the minors.

  • by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

    Bryce Brentz likely done for the season

    Red Sox outfield prospect Bryce Brentz will likely miss the remainder of the minor-league season after undergoing surgery to repair the meniscus in his right knee, the Providence Journal reports.Brentz injured himself on a slide on July 5 and has not played since. He would need roughly six weeks to recover from surgery and it remains unclear if the Red Sox would consider using him as a major-league option when rosters expand in September. He batted .272 with 16 homers and 53 RBI in 75 games at Triple-A Pawtucket.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Bryce Brentz 'a hidden gem' for Red Sox

    Triple-A Pawtucket manager Gary DiSarcina swears Red Sox outfield prospect Bryce Brentz isn't a forgotten player. "He may have flown under the radar for a lot of other teams, but for our organization, we know what we have with him," DiSarcina said, per MLB.com. "He's kind of a hidden gem. He's not on the 40-man roster, so there hasn't been a lot of hype about him." Brentz is batting .270 with a .484 slugging percentage and .807 OPS in 70 games for Pawtucket. He also has one triple, 14 doubles, 15 home runs, 33 runs and 51 RBI. Unfortunately, Brentz's high strikeout rate (71 strikeouts to 19 walks) means he still has an area of his game that needs improvement. "The thing we're trying to get him to do is to be steady -- cut down on the strikeouts and use the whole field. He's strong enough to hit the ball to right-center field," DiSarcina said. "He's working on plate discipline. He'll try to hit a home run with the first-pitch fastball. But he'll also try to hit a home run on the outside slider -- and ends up grounding out to third. With two strikes, he needs to use right-center and not worry about hitting the ball out of the park down the left-field line. He's strong enough to hit the ball out to right-center."

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Bryce Brentz finds home run stroke at Triple-A

    Red Sox outfield prospect Bryce Brentz homered for the third straight game Tuesday for Triple-A Pawtucket. Brentz is heating up, batting .297 (11 for 37) with one double, one triple, four home runs and 10 RBI in his last 10 games. Brentz is batting .272 with a .522 slugging percentage through 23 games. He has one triple, five home runs, six doubles, 15 runs and 18 RBI.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Slump brings down Bryce Brentz's average at Triple-A

    Red Sox outfielder Bryce Brentz has slipped into a hitting slump for Triple-A Pawtucket. Brentz is batting .195 (8 for 41) in his last 10 games, dropping his season average to .255. Brentz has managed one home run, five doubles, eight RBI and eight runs in 13 games. He's one of the players highlighted in this week's Down on the Farm column.