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Augliera keeps command for Red Sox Single-A Lowell
Former BU ace has 10 strikeouts, no walks in first four pro starts
July 11, 2012Tweet
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VESTAL, N.Y.—Former BU ace Mike Augliera has four starts under his belt for the Lowell Spinners, Boston’s Class A affiliate in the short-season NY-Penn League.
Augliera tossed two scoreless innings in his most recent start at Batavia on Sunday and has strung together four consecutive scoreless innings spanning two starts. The Red Sox are continuing their practice of easing collegiate pitchers into their pro careers with limited innings. Augliera has made four starts and has been on a predetermined two-inning maximum for each outing.
Bearcats coach Tim Sinicki understands the constraint.
“The Red Sox, like many other Major League teams, don’t want to push their young pitchers on the heels of a long and demanding college season. So they will be cautious in the summer and will likely plan to give Mike more innings in their fall instructional league as well.”
Augliera had one tough start that spiked his ERA, which currently stands at 4.50. He has allowed 11 hits and four runs in eight innings. After ranking second in the entire nation in strikeout-to-walk ratio this spring for the Bearcats, he is continuing his command of the strikezone as a professional. Augliera has collected 10 strikeouts and hasn’t walked a single batter.
His next start is slated for Saturday at Staten Island.
Two more former BU pitchers are also continuing their summer pro ball. Oakland draft pick Lee Sosa has made six appearances for Arizona Athletics in the Rookie Arizona League and pitched a scoreless inning of relief on Monday.
Oakland 2009 draft pick Murphy Smith is excelling at Double-A Midland in the Texas League. Smith is 5-5 with a 4.15 ERA and was chosen to play in the all-star game. In his last outing on July 6, Smith went a season-high 7.2 innings and allowed just two runs in a no-decision. He struck out three and didn’t walk a batter. He has allowed just three runs in his last 14.1 innings.