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Koji, Where Hast Thou Gone?

Let’s get the horrible, cheesy joke out of the way, because I can’t help myself and have zero impulse control: lately, with Koji Uehara, it’s been more #HangHeadCity than #HighFiveCity. Okay, that’s out of the way, and I’m sufficiently embarrassed. In all seriousness, though, Koji has been pretty horrible lately. We’ve definitely been spoiled by his […]

Where Will Brock Holt Play in 2015?

If there’s one thing to take away from this disastrous 2014 Red Sox season, it’s not the fact that Clay Buchholz is still incredibly inconsistent. It’s not that age is not slowing down David Ortiz. It’s that Brock Holt is having a breakout season, and has become the ultimate utility man while still managing to […]

Prospect Showdown: Christian Vazquez or Blake Swihart

While the Boston Red Sox are struggling to break .500 as the season rolls along, there’s plenty of optimism looking past this season into the near future. That feeling of optimism is in large part to two young catchers, Blake Swihart and Christian Vazquez. Now before we get into breaking down any statistics, let’s run […]

Robert Coello: The One Man Battery.

Catcher-turned-pitcher Robert Coello made his Triple-A debut with the Pawtucket Red Sox on April 19, 2009 against Lehigh Valley.

Coello blanked the Iron Pigs for 1 1/3 innings and then was sent to Class-A Salem where he was 5-3 with two saves, a 2.05 ERA and 82 strikeouts in 66 innings.

Looking back on Coello’s debut with Pawtucket, one thought stuck in the mind of pitching coach Rich Sauveur.
Robert Coello
“If you had asked me a year ago after he pitched that one inning, I would have said ‘Good luck. I hope you have a good education,’” related Sauveur. “But the strides he’s made in the last year are outstanding.

“He very much wants to learn this game of pitching. Ask me now and I’d say the kid has an opportunity because he throws strikes and he’s got velocity on his fastball. He gets a lot of swings and misses with his fastball.

“I’m very hopeful this kid will stay here,” added Sauveur, “and help our team win.”

During his first three outings (one start and two relief appearances) with the PawSox, the 25-year-old right-hander has given every indication he’ll do exactly that – since he was 1-0 with a 0.73 ERA, replete with only five hits plus 19 strikeouts in 12 1/3 innings.

In retrospect, those stats are a microcosm of his performance with Portland, where he began the season.

The Future Holds many Questions for the Red Sox Catching — And Hopefully an Answer

Fact: As a catcher, Victor Martinez makes a good first baseman – and a D.H.

MLB: Red Sox vs Royals APR 11

Fact: Jason Varitek, at 38, is on the down side of a once brilliant career.

Fact: Both players’ contracts expire after the 2010 season.

Question: Who will comprise the next generation of Red Sox catchers?
Will it be either Pawtucket catcher Mark Wagner or Dusty Brown, each of whom is on Boston’s 40-man roster?

Or will it be one – or both – of Boston’s very best catcher prospects, Luis Exposito or Tim Federowicz?

5/2 Online Seates Game Thread: Sox Must Save Face in Baltimore

GAME NOTES Just hours after the Boston Red Sox, coughed up a second straight loss to the struggling Orioles, the boys from Beantown will take the field one last time in Camden Yards to try to pull a win out of the series and avoid the sweep. Josh Beckett will need to improve on the sub-par performance of Daisuke Matsuzaka during last night’s loss, as the O’s send Kevin Millwood to the hill.

One Coming, One Going?

In a day that saw the Red Sox add another very intriguing, young, good hitting catcher, they may also be saying goodbye to a old friend. (Click on the headline or ‘read more’ below.)