'Pedro' goes to Pawtucket

"We had been planning for an All-Star break move [to Pawtucket], but with Edgar Renteria's wrist a little sore we wanted to see sooner rather than later how he'd adjust to a higher level." -- Theo Epstein on Pedro, Boston Globe

'Pedro' Goes to Pawtucket

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Dirt Dog Dustin Gets the Call Up to Triple-A

Top second base prospect Dustin Pedroia has been promoted from the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs to the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox. He will start for the PawSox tonight against the Durham Bulls at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, RI. Pedroia hit a two-run homer off the message board in left-center in Portland last night while Sox GM Theo Epstein was in attendance.

As recently as June 17, Pedroia was fourth in the Eastern League in batting and fifth in on-base percentage (.401) and hits. He remained the only player in the league with at least 150 at-bats who had more extra-base hits (24) than strikeouts (23). -- Boston Globe, 6.17.05

Pedroia was the Red Sox 1st pick (2nd round, 65th overall pick) of 2004 June draft and is rated as the No. 6 prospect in the Red Sox organization by Baseball America, who also rated him as having the “Best Strike Zone Discipline” in the Sox organization.

Pedroia was an All-America shortstop from 2002-04 and Pac-10 Conference Co-Player of the Year in 2003 with the Arizona State Sun Devils, who advanced in the College World Series by beating Nebraska last night. Sun Devils coach Pat Murphy recently expressed regret that Pedroia never got to play in a College World Series. “My heart goes out to Pedro,” Murphy said. “He should be here with us. He would be a great story in Omaha.” Murphy also had the name "Pedroia" written on his hat today as the Sun Devils beat Florida 6-1.

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Big adjustment for Pedroia

"Seeing major league pitchers, it's not that much different. I was expecting everything to be lights out. They miss their spots just like everybody else. The game is the same as Double A, it's just on a bigger stage with a lot more people." -- 5.13.05 Dustin Pedroia, Boston Globe

Pedroia is a Real Mover

"Kind of an overachieving-type guy. He may not profile in some scouts' minds as the typical high pick. I think he's a winning baseball player. That's what we're hoping for. -- 3.22.05 Terry Francona"

"I'm just going to play my game and hopefully get to the big leagues soon."
-- Dustin Pedroia, 4.5.05

Big Man on Sox Campus

Boston Dirt Dogs

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Dustin Pedroia is one of the shortest players in the Sox system
He's listed at 5-foot-9 in some places, but is actually 5-7

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