Shortstop Ozhaino Albies (7) of the Rome Braves warms up before a game against the Greenville Drive on Monday, June 15, 2015, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, South Carolina. Greenville won, 9-3. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)
The Atlanta #Braves have named INF Ozhanio “Ozzie” Albies the 2015 Rome Braves Player of the Year.
Second baseman Yoan Moncada (24) of the Greenville Drive, top, sits in the dugout before a game against the Lexington Legends on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, South Carolina. The Cuban-born 19-year-old Red Sox signee has been ranked the No. 1 international prospect in baseball by Baseball America. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)
Baseball America’s All-Prospect Team For August includes 2B Yoan Moncada of the @GreenvilleDrive. One of many year-end acolades.
Starting pitcher Anderson Espinoza (39) of the Greenville Drive warms up before his Class A debut in a game against the Savannah Sand Gnats on Saturday, September 5, 2015, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, South Carolina. Espinoza is a 17-year-old from Venezuela. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)
Espinoza was pulled from his Class A debut with one out in the fourth inning on Saturday after allowing three runs on four hits. He walked two and struck out four.
The Red Sox signed the Venezulean righthander in July 2014 and was called up to the Greenville Drive on Friday.
In 10 starts for the Gulf Coast League Red Sox this year, Espinoza posted a 0.68 ERA with three earned runs, 40 strikeouts and just nine walks.
Prior to the GCL, Espinoza posted a 1.20 ERA in four starts with the Red Sox lowest level affiliate in the Dominican Summer League.
Greenville Drive second baseman Yoan Moncada has been named to the South Atlantic League Annual All-Star Team and was selected as the league’s Most Outstanding MLB Prospect, league President Eric Krupa announced Tuesday.
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Pitcher Michael Kopech (34) of the Greenville Drive warms up before a game against the Savannah Sand Gnats on Thursday, May 7, 2015, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, South Carolina. Kopech was a first-round pick of the Boston Red Sox in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft. Savannah won in 11, 7-5. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)
Boston Red Sox 2014 first-round draft pick Michael Kopech was suspended for 50 games on Thursday after the commissioner’s office said he tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance.
The Greenville Drive righty appeared in 16 games this season and was 4-5 with a 2.63 ERA and 70 strikeouts. Last month he was named to the South Atlantic League All-Star Team.
He released the following statement to MiLB.com:
“I would like to start by apologizing to all of baseball, baseball fans, and specifically the Red Sox and Red Sox fan base. I respect the game as much, if not more than, anyone else. With that being said, I never have and never will intentionally cheat the game that has been so great to me. I haven’t bought any supplements that aren’t NSF certified for sport. Therefore, I know I have not bought a supplement containing this drug. I have never heard of Oxilofrine, honestly. Apparently, it is a drug that many people use for weight loss. I have been trying to gain weight since I signed with the Red Sox. I do understand this is also a stimulant. This drug would have no positive outcome for me and that’s why I chose to appeal. I realized I didn’t have much evidence to prove that I’m innocent, but I didn’t have any understanding of how I could have failed a test. I respect the system and understand why they have to be so careful with the testing. I also understand why that means my suspension couldn’t have been overturned without proper evidence. I have 50 games to get to work and better myself and as a ball player. Next season I’ll be better than ever. Drug free.”
Second baseman Yoan Moncada (24) of the Greenville Drive watches his game-tying double in the 8th inning of a game against the Charleston RiverDogs on Sunday, June 28, 2015, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, South Carolina. Charleston cane back to win, 12-9. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)