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August 29, 2016 at 5:49 PM

Weekly Notes: Moncada, Devers, Tavarez nab postseason awards

Here are this week's minor league notes:

  • Managing Editor Matt Huegel sat down with 2016 fifth-round draft pick Mike Shawaryn to discuss the start of his professional career in Lowell. The two chatted about the University of Maryland product's feelings on sliding to the fifth round after being regarded by some scouts as a first-round talent.
  • SoxProspects Director of Scouting Ian Cundall took a look at Shawaryn, as well as 2016 third-round draft pick Shaun Anderson out of the University of Florida, in his latest Scouting Scratch. Cundall captured video of the two pitchers in action.
  • With the end of the minor league season approaching, leagues are starting to announce their postseason All-Star teams. In Double-A, Aneury Tavarez (pictured, above) was the only Sea Dog named to the 2016 Eastern League Postseason All-Star Team, according to a team release. At the High-A level, Yoan Moncada and Rafael Devers were named Carolina League Postseason All-Stars, according to a Salem Red Sox press release.
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Cup of Coffee: Salem walks off, Downs homers

8/29 Cup of Coffee: Each affiliate received a good starting pitching effort, as Pawtucket and Salem notched shutouts. Ryan Hanigan rehabbed with Portland in a game and saw Yoan Moncada belt a home run. Jordan Procyshen walked off for Salem, and Jerry Downs (pictured) led Lowell's offensive attack.


The PawSox shutout the Chiefs behind some great work from starter Roenis Elias and the bullpen. Elias went the first six and did not allow a run on three hits and three walks. He punched out six and lowered his ERA with Pawtucket to 3.78. The bullpen did not allow a hit, as William Cuevas pitched two innings and Joe Kelly finished it off. 

Five of nine Red Sox starters recorded multi-hit games, including three-hit games from Rusney Castillo and Deven Marrero. Castillo doubled, tripled, and scored twice. Chris Marrero went 2 for 4 with a double and a walk, and Chris Dominguez and Christian Vazquez each went 2 for 5. 
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August 28, 2016 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Groome impresses while Johnson falters

8/28 Cup of Coffee: Jason Groome missed plenty of bats in his second appearance with the GCL Red Sox, while Brian Johnson had a rough start for the PawSox. The Sea Dogs finally lost in 15 innings, Salem split a doubleheader with Frederick, and C.J. Chatham and Bobby Dalbec provided some late firepower to lift Lowell. The DSL regular season came to a close with both of the Red Sox squads advancing to the playoffs. 


It was a big step back for Brian Johnson, as he was hit hard in a loss to Syracuse that eliminated Pawtucket from postseason contention. After entering the game with a 1.76 ERA over his last five starts, Johnson allowed seven runs on eight hits over four innings. Three of the hits were home runs, including back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the fourth. Chandler Shepherd was able to keep the Chiefs at bay with three shutout innings of relief, striking out four. 
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August 27, 2016 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Dubon collects five hits, Chatham belts two homers

8/27 Cup of Coffee: Mauricio Dubon just won't cool down, as he picked up five more hits in the Sea Dogs' win. C.J. Chatham belted two homers and Rafael Devers and Aneury Tavarez each had big nights. The system also got some great starting pitching from Henry Owens, Keith Couch, Trey Ball, Dedgar Jimenez, and Darwinzon Hernandez.


Henry Owens dominated in his first start back with Pawtucket after his rough outing with Boston. He threw six shutout innings, allowing just five hits and a walk. He struck out eight. Roman Mendez tossed two scoreless innings without allowing a hit before Noe Ramirez picked up the save with a scoreless ninth.

Bryce Brentz had a big day, reaching four times with three hits, including a triple, and a walk. Christian Vazquez continued to swing a nice bat, collecting two hits and two RBI. Ryan LaMarre also had a pair of hits. 
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August 26, 2016 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Dubon comes up clutch, Dalbec stays hot for Lowell

8/26 Cup of Coffee: Mauricio Dubon (pictured) paced the Sea Dogs offense and Mitch Atkins posted his second straight stellar start for a Portland win. Michael Chavis extended his hitting streak since his promotion to High-A in a Salem victory. Josh Pennington pitched arguably his best game of the season and Bobby Dalbec continued to rake for Lowell.


Lehigh Valley IronPigs (PHI) 6, Pawtucket Red Sox 1
Despite racking up 12 strikeouts as a team, the PawSox were also tagged for 11 hits and four home runs in Thursday's loss. Justin Haley allowed three runs on five hits, including a pair of solo home runs. He walked two and struck out four. Pawtucket remained within striking distance until Kyle Martin allowed two more home runs in his second inning of relief. The PawSox managed just one extra-base hit in the game. Christian Vazquez and Rusney Castillo each went 2 for 4. Mike Miller drove in the team's only run on a solo shot in the third.
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August 25, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Scouting Scratch: Mike Shawaryn and Shaun Anderson

- Once considered a potential late first-round pick for the 2016 draft, Lowell right-handed pitcher Mike Shawaryn fell to the Red Sox in the fifth round of the 2016 draft where he received a well over-slot bonus, as Managing Editor Matt Huegel examined yesterday. Shawaryn has gotten off to a solid start in pro ball, striking out 15 in 9 2/3 innings, albeit while walking 5 and allowing 11 hits and 5 earned runs. I have had the chance to see Shawaryn twice now, once in a two-inning stint and then most recently in a three-inning stint, his longest since joining the Red Sox.

Shawaryn has a sturdy, filled-out frame, looking his listed 6-foot-3, 225 pounds. He does not have much projection left and has a solid lower half that looks like it could withstand a starter’s workload.

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Cup of Coffee: LaMarre powers Pawtucket, Kopech whiffs 10

8/25 Cup of Coffee: Pawtucket and Portland both put up double-digit runs in victories. Lowell's six-game winning streak was snapped, and the fifth-ranked prospect on, Michael Kopech, submitted another dominant performance. 


The PawSox used a five-run sixth inning to secure just their third victory in their last eight games. Sean O'Sullivan picked up the win, allowing a run on three hits and two walks while striking out six in 5 1/3 innings. William Cuevas added 2 2/3 innings of relief, allowing one run while punching out three. Pawtucket got the scoring started in the second, plating two runs on a Chris Dominguez RBI double and a Rusney Castillo RBI single. In the fifth, Pawtucket extended the lead to 4-0 on a Ryan LaMarre (pictured, above right) two-run home run. In the sixth, Dominguez led off the inning with a solo shot, Castillo slammed a two-run double, and LaMarre added another two-run homer. LaMarre finished 3 for 5 with two runs scored, two home runs, and four RBI. Dominguez was 3 for 4 with two home runs and three RBI.
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August 24, 2016 at 10:00 AM

After draft slide, Shawaryn regaining peak form in Lowell

LOWELL, Mass. – The second half of the minor league season is marked by an infusion of new talent via the draft, and seeing which players will be the first to impress and break out is an exciting part of following prospects. The Red Sox fifth-round pick this year, right-hander Mike Shawaryn, is starting to look like he could be one such player after performing impressively in three of his four starts for the Lowell Spinners.

In those three starts, working the typical two-to-three-inning outings that the Red Sox have college draftees begin their careers with in Lowell, he allowed just four hits and one run over 7 2/3 innings. Viewed as a potential first rounder heading into this year’s college season, Shawaryn provided a glimpse of why many analysts regarded him so highly in his two most recent starts.

On August 17, in his third outing as a pro, not only did the right-hander not allow a hit, but the ball did not get out of the infield while he was on the mound, with a liner caught by the first baseman in the second inning the only ball hit in the air. Batters had a tough time squaring up any of his pitches, although he did allow three walks in the game.

“[He was] nibbling the corners a little bit,” Lowell manager Iggy Suarez said. “He's just got to attack the zone a little bit better, but still, the way it was coming out of his hand, that's what we like.”
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Cup of Coffee: Moncada shows off power and defense as he eyes the big leagues

8/24 Cup of Coffee: Yoan Moncada (pictured, left) is doing his best to prove he is ready to contribute in Boston down the stretch; he homered and walked four times in the Sea Dogs' victory. Both Ben Badler of Baseball America and Kevin Thomas of the Portland Press Herald reported that Moncada made several good plays at third base in addition to his contributions at the plate.

Elsewhere Roenis Elias and Daniel McGrath had rough starts, Chris Madera hit a go-ahead single in the ninth for the Spinners, and Michael Chavis made his debut with Salem. 


It was a rough start for Roenis Elias, who allowed seven runs on nine hits over six innings. Elias entered the game having allowed only four runs over his last 23 2/3 innings with Pawtucket. Robby Scott and Noe Ramirez each followed with a scoreless inning, and Roman Mendez allowed two runs in his only inning of work.

The only extra-base hit for the PawSox came from Bryce Brentz, who went 2 for 4 with a double and an outfield assist. Jose Vinicio was the only other batter to record a multi-hit game, going 2 for 3, and Chris Marrero went 1 for 3 with a walk.

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August 23, 2016 at 2:22 PM

2014 First-rounder Michael Chavis promoted to High A Salem Executive Editor Chris Hatfield is reporting that third baseman Michael Chavis has been promoted to High A Salem. Boston’s 2014 first-round pick, Chavis has hit .244/.321/.391 in 74 games with Greenville this season and is the organization’s 13th-ranked prospect on 

Chavis joins a Salem squad that has already clinched a playoff berth by virtue of its first-half division championship. With Rafael Devers already patrolling Salem’s hot corner, Chavis will likely split time with the Dominican slugger at that position and get at-bats as a designated hitter. 

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