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BOSTON–The Red Sox must like lefthander Phil Dumatrait. He’s about the only pitching prospect they didn’t trade this season.

The Sox dealt six arms during the year, but Dumatrait survived on the strength of an impressive first full season.

"We were fortunate enough to be able to retain some prospects we value highly, and Phil Dumatrait is one of them," interim general manager Mike Port said.

The organization’s pitcher of the year at low Class A Augusta, he went 8-5, 2.77, then added four solid starts after a promotion to high Class A Sarasota.

In the process, the 6-foot-2, 175-pounder established himself as the organization’s top lefty prospect and among its few blue-chip prospects in general.

"I’m pleased with how things went, especially since I started so late last year," Dumatrait said. "It’s good to get in a full season."

Dumatrait, 21, pitched just 43 innings in 2001, with his start delayed until July by shoulder tendinitis. He pitched 135 innings this year, striking out 124 and walking 62.

Though Dumatrait has a cool exterior, he says he often found himself too wound up over bad starts. The 2000 first-round pick said he had to learn to roll with the punches.

"I’ve worked on that quite a bit," he said. "It’s a long season. You’re going to have bad starts, bad games. Of course you’re going to get upset, but you have to remember that the sun comes up tomorrow and it’s a new day."

Dumatrait maintained his low 90s velocity throughout the season while relying on a 12-to-6 curveball as his out pitch. He’s pleased his stuff proved effective at Sarasota, where he went 0-2, 3.86.

"That was a big confidence boost," he said. "You never know what could happen. We’ll see what happens in spring training."

Sox Yarns

Unheralded righthander Marty McLeary made the most of his early opportunities in the Arizona Fall League, winning three games in relief for Scottsdale.

The Red Sox signed righthander Hansel Izquierdo to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Izquierdo went 2-0, 4.55 with the Marlins last year.

Previous organization reports: Chris Elmore

General manager:
  Mike Port
Farm director:
  Kent Qualls
Scouting director:
  David Chadd

Farm System
AAA Pawtucket
AA Trenton
A Sarasota
A Augusta
A Lowell*
R GCL Red Sox
* short-season

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