It’s no secret that the 2009 Pawtucket Red Sox were not exactly an offensive juggernaut.
After scoring 753 runs the year before, the ’09 PawSox managed to cross the plate a mere 486 times – the fewest runs scored in the International League.
Despite playing half of their games in the home run friendly confines of McCoy Stadium, the PawSox HR total dropped from 176 in 2008 to just 87 in 2009.
It didn’t exactly attract big headlines on Monday, but the Red Sox signed a slugger to a minor league contract who could help fill the power void in the middle of the Pawtucket lineup this summer.
His name is Brett Harper and the 28-year-old first baseman/DH spent last year in the Pacific Coast League where he batted .292/.333/.508 with 19 HR between Las Vegas and Albuquerque.
Harper was originally drafted by the Mets and had his best season in 2005 when he belted 36 HR between Single-A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton. Following that season, he was rated the 14th-best prospect in the Mets organization.
In 9 pro seasons, the son of former major league catcher Brian Harper has solid stats, batting .298/.354/.498.
Pacific Coast League sluggers don’t always put up comparable numbers in the International League — does the name Paul McAnulty ring a bell? (happy to see that Paul signed with the Angels recently . . . great guy who just didn’t hit up to his normal standards with Pawtucket).
We’ll see if Harper can put some sock in the PawSox in 2010.