It looks like the PawSox may have found their third baseman for 2010.
After Jorge Jimenez was selected by the Astros from the Red Sox organization in the Rule 5 Draft (and subsequently traded to Florida), there was no obvious candidate to be the opening day third baseman in Pawtucket.
Now there is, and his name is Nate Spears.
According to Baseball America, the Red Sox have signed the 24-year-old infielder to a minor league contract.
Spears was the primary third baseball for the Triple-A Iowa Cubs last year, and batted .253 with 2 HR and 37 RBI. His career batting average in seven professional seasons is .276.
Of course, plenty can happen between now and April, but Spears would certainly appear to be in the mix to start at the hot corner for the PawSox.
Baseball America also reports that Boston has signed RHP Stephen Fox out of the Independent Can-Am League.
The 24-year-old pitcher attended Hofstra but didn’t play college baseball. Fox doesn’t have enough experience to start the year with Pawtucket, but he is an intriguing addition to the organization based on this description on BaseballAmerica.com:
As you would expect for a pitcher with no college experience and little coaching, Fox was not a refined product when he arrived in Sussex. A month into the season he had a 9.72 ERA. But Skyhawks pitching coach Brooks Carey worked at getting Fox to stop opening up so early in his delivery (which caused him to leave the ball up) and to stop falling off to first base on his follow-through. Once he got his delivery closed up and started striding towards home plate, Fox didn’t allow an earned run in his final nine innings of work (while striking out nine) and he had a 1.90 ERA with 29 strikeouts in 24 innings over the final two months of the season.
Some recent PawSox have reached deals with new organizations:
Sean Danielson – minor league deal with Cincinnati.
David Pauley – minor league deal with Seattle.
Matt Ginter, Jon Switzer – minor league deals with Houston.
Marcus McBeth – minor league deal with Oakland.
John Otness – minor league deal with Texas.
Joey Gathright – minor league deal with Toronto.