Slugger Bryce Brentz Happy To Be Back With Boston Red Sox Organization After Injury Filled Year Away
Bryce Brentz signed with the Boston Red Sox as a minor league free agent on January 10, 2019.
But this wasn’t the first time the 30-year-old has signed a contract with the Red Sox organization. The Crossville, Tennessee native was drafted by Boston in the supplemental round of the 2010 June draft and spent the first 8 seasons of his professional career with the Red Sox organization.
Boston who had depth in the outfield and no spot for the slugger in the Big Leagues traded Brentz to the Pittsburgh Pirates in February of 2018 for cash considerations.
Brentz was coming off a season in which he belted 31 home runs and drove in 85 runs for the PawSox with a .271 batting average and was looking for his big break.
After a quick stint in the Pirates organization Brentz was claimed off waivers by the New York Mets in March of 2018.
“I learned how all good things have to come to an end. Nervous being the first year of free agency, not knowing what is going to happen. But, also went through that processes this year and it was little better. Now we are back in a place were we are comfortable. That is the biggest thing for me family, and comfortable with routine and where we are going.” Brentz said on Media night.
Brentz who spent parts of 6 seasons in Pawtucket is happy to be back saying:” It’s pretty good, it’s good to see some familiar faces.. being back with the people up here is pretty exciting.”
The former Middle Tennessee State University standout said the decision to come back to the Red Sox organization was easy for him and his family.
“First class all the way, the way they do stuff and to be able to have opportunists here. They are not afraid to call people up, and I feel like that is the reason why I signed back.”
Brentz’s 2018 campaign was a rather difficult one for the 2017 Triple-A Home Run Derby Champion who missed nearly three months of the season due a fractured foot.
In 2019 Brentz is just trying to stay out on the field all year.
“Personally for me? Be healthy and just do what I need to do. I feel like, stay on the field, accomplish what I need to accomplish. Other than that, as far as the team. The whole goal is to get everybody to the big leagues , help out the team. While we are here, win and bring a championship home as well.”
Pawtucket who hired a new manager this off-season, Billy McMillon, is a familiar face for Brentz.
McMillon was Brentz’s second manager as a pro in Greenville back in 2011. Brentz has some advice for his teammates.
“Got to be on time, be professional, get your work in. Play the game the right way and everything will be ok.”
Brentz and the PawSox will kick off their 2019 season on Thursday at Tim Tebow’s Syracuse Mets.
“We’re excited, spent some time down in Flordia and now we are back up here in the cold. Everyone is getting ready to go, it’s going to be pretty fun.”
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Mejia had rewarded McMillon in the season opener on Thursday with a save but this time around it was a different story.
Mejia quickly loaded the bases setting up a David Thompson sacrifice fly to tie the game at 4-4 and force the second extra inning game in three days.
In the 8th inning it was Providence, RI native Trevor Kelley who came in to replace the former banned for life pitcher in Mejia. Kelley didn’t fare much better however as he also allowed the bases to be loaded.
For a brief moment it was set up to be another Tim Tebow miracle for the Mets but the former Patriots QB grounded into a force out. Following Tebow was the true hero for Syracuse in Adeiny Herchavarria who singled in the run to walk-off in the bottom of the 8th inning.
On the offensive side of things there wasn’t much going for Pawtucket.
Overall it was the Gorkys Hernandez show as he went 1-3 at the plate but drove in all three runs for the Pawox who only managed 4 base hits and 2 walks in 8 innings.
Hernandez also impressed in the field getting Mejia out of a jam in the 7th inning and forcing extras by recording a double play in center field throwing out a dashing Dillion Herrera who was thrown out by Hernandez trying to take home plate.
The 31-year-old Hernandez showing signs of life shouldn’t come as a shock tho anyone as he has been an everyday player for the San Francisco Giants for the past two seasons.
McMillon’s clubs offense performance on Saturday leaves a lot to be desired with his lineups only collecting 8 base hits over the span of 15 innings of baseball platting 6 runs. Conversion rate of hits to runs is impressive, but just not enough production and an overall failure to string together base hits.
Pawtucket will be back on action in Syracuse on Sunday with Josh A. Smith on the mound to close out the first series of the year before heading over to Buffalo.
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On Saturday the Pawtucket Red Sox announced that both infielder Tzu-Wei Lin and pitcher Marcus Walden were called up to the Boston Red Sox.
Walden for the PawSox pitched in their season opener on Thursday going 1.2 innings allowing 1 base hit while striking out 2 batters. As for Lin, the hyper utility player went 1-4 with a walk and a strikeout.
Pawtucket as of post is sitting at 24 players on their roster short a pitcher. Likely a correspoinding move coming ahead of their series finale at Syracuse on Sunday.
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