The Spinners sent a pair of pitchers who dominated the NY-Penn League up the Red Sox ladder this week to Greenville. Brantley New moved up after allowing just one earned run in 10 innings of work out of the bullpen for the Spinners. New has been limited to bullpen duty after already working 106 innings during his college season for Mercer University. The 23-year-old was a 27th round pick by the Red Sox in this year’s draft. In his first outing for Greenville New pitched three scorless relief innings against Kannapolis.
Jimmy James, 22, was the best pitcher in the NY-Penn League before his promotion. James was signed out of Venezuela in 2002 and earned GCL pitcher of the year honors in 2004 at age 18. However, amidst another successful GCL stint in 2005 James blew out his arm and missed all of 2006 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. In his first action since the surgery this year, James was totally dominant. He allowed only 11 baserunners in 19 innings and struck out 19 hitters. His ERA was 0.47.
Best of luck to these two as they move along the Road to Fenway.