Wouldn’t it be something if the city of Lawrence produced a Major Leaguer?
It’s can be a long ways away, but Ruben Sosa is playing Triple-A ball and he’s playing at a high level.
The 22-year-old, 5-7, 170-pounder is off to a fine start with the Oklahoma City RedHawks (Houston Astros organization) of the Pacific Coast League.
Playing in the city where he had great success as a collegian, Sosa is batting .345 (10 of 29) in 11 games. He’s scored six runs, driven in three and is 5 of 6 on steals. He’s played second base, DH and outfield.
Sosa jumped from Single A ball, where he was hitting .300 (15 of 60) with Quad-Cities.
The former Lawrence High star just has to ask Terry Doyle how fickle this game can be.
He’s been knocking on the door of the majors for years, shining at the highest levels of the minors and Japanese ball but has yet to pitch in a regular-season major league game.
The former two-time Eagle-Tribune MVP at Salem High will turn 28 in November but he’s still determined.
The 6-4, 240-pound ex-BC star was 5-6 with a 5.60 ERA with the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox. He had fanned 64 and walked 39 in 80.2 innings.
He was recently demoted to Class AA Portland. He took the loss in his only appearance to date but scattered seven hits and gave up just two runs (both earned). He struck out five and walked two in the eight-inning stint wit the Red Sox minor league affiliate.
The Sea Dogs will be playing the Fisher Cats in Manchester Monday-Wednesday.
Zach Mathieu of Derry
Appalachian League (Rookie)
Many a Major Leaguer can look back and laugh about some painful beginnings in pro ball. Mathieu, the former Pinkerton Academy and Franklin Pierce great, hopes he’ll someday be telling that story.