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November 19, 2013

Cecchini, Ranaudo locks to be added to Boston's 40-man roster

DEADLINE DAY FOR SOX

Here is a list, via SoxProspects.com, of the Red Sox minor leaguers eligible for the Rule-5 draft if they are not added to Boston’s 40-man roster by midnight today:

Mario Alcantara, Michael Almanzar, Chris Balcom-Miller, Carson Blair, Bryce Brentz, Chris Carpenter, Garin Cecchini, Keith Couch, William Cuevas, Keury De La Cruz, Luis Diaz, Leonel Escobar, Derrik Gibson, Dreily Guerrero, Jayson Hernandez, Chris Hernandez, Peter Hissey, Aaron King, Aaron Kurcz, Juan Carlos Linares, Heiker Meneses, Boss Moanaroa, Yunior Ortega, Oscar Perez, Mathew Price, Anthony Ranaudo, Nate Reed, David Renfroe, Pete Ruiz, Felix Sanchez, Kyle Stroup, Francisco Taveras, Raynel Velette, Jose Vinicio, Kolbrin Vitek, Stefan Welch, Shannon Wilkerson and Madison Younginer.

Garin Cecchini and Anthony Ranaudo definitely will be added while Bryce Brentz most likely will be.

Cecchini, a 22-year-old third baseman, batted 322 with a .443 on-base percentage, .471 slugging percentage, .915 OPS, 33 doubles and 47 extra-base hits in 129 games between Single-A Salem and Double-A Portland this past year.

Ranaudo, a 24-year-old right-handed pitcher, went 11-5 with a 2.96 ERA combined between 25 games (24 starts) for Double-A Portland and Triple A-Pawtucket.

Brentz was limited to 81 games because of surgery on his meniscus, batting .264 with a .312 OBP, .475 slugging percentage, .788 OPS, 17 homers, 56 RBIs, 16 doubles and one triple in 349 plate appearances with Triple-A Pawtucket. Brentz, a right fielder who will be 25 next season, needs to improve his plate discipline, but it would be difficult for the Red Sox to give up on a hitter with pretty intriguing right-handed power.

Third baseman Michael Almanzar, right-handed pitcher Keith Couch and left-handed hurler Chris Hernandez are all on the fence.

ANDOVER REIGN

Andover swimming placed second at the Division 1 state meet Sunday, snapping a four-year run as state champions. But the Golden Warriors will return some elite swimmers next year and have a good chance to return to the top.

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