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Augliera on roll for Red Sox Class-A team
Fifth-round pick hasn't allowed an earned run in last 12 innings for Lowell Spinners
August 9, 2012Tweet
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VESTAL, N.Y.—Former BU ace Mike Augliera has hit his stride for the Lowell Spinners, Boston’s Single-A affiliate. In his last four starts, Augliera (0-2, 6.17 ERA), a fifth-round draft pick of the Boston Red Sox, hasn’t allowed an earned run - a span of 12 innings.
He hasn’t allowed an earned run in six of his 10 starts but back-to-back bad starts in mid-July caused his ERA to swell. Accustomed to pitching seven+ innings for the Bearcats, Augliera has had to adjust to 2-3 innings of work per outing, as the Red Sox are historically cautious with their college draft picks who are coming off long seasons.
In his last start on Wednesday, Augliera tossed three scoreless innings in Lowell’s 4-1 win over Brooklyn. He had seven strikeouts in his previous start. In 10 outings for the Spinners, Augliera has 30 strikeouts against just two walks, continuing to demonstrate the remarkable control that positioned him No. 2 in the entire nation in strikeout-to-walk ratio this past spring.
“He’s pounding the strike zone with good stuff. He has confidence right now,” Lowell manager Bruce Crabbe said. “Every pitcher goes through a phase. My gosh, especially at this level, never having played pro ball.”