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June 19, 2021 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Bello dominates again; Duran powers WooSox


6/19 Cup of Coffee:
It was a big night on the farm, with some of the 2021 season's top performers again grabbing the spotlight. Jarren Duran blasted a monster home run in Worcester's victory, while Brayan Bello (pictured) was dominant in his second start since his promotion to Double-A Portland. The top prospect from the 2018-19 international class made a splash in his stateside debut as Eduardo Lopez teamed with Gilberto Jimenez to lead the Salem victory. The only loss of the night came out of Greenville, as the Drive's seven-game winning streak was snapped despite the best efforts of Brandon Howlett.

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The hits have tended to come in bunches for Jarren Duran, as they did on Friday. A two-run homer in the fifth innings highlighted a 3-for-4 effort, already the fourth game with at least three hits for Duran this season. Michael Chavis and Yairo Munoz had solo home runs and Jeter Downs added a double. After following an opener in his last two outings, Stephen Gonsalves returned to a traditional starting role. He went six innings, allowing one run on seven hits, striking out seven without issuing a walk. 
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June 18, 2021 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Houck returns, Downs crushes game-winning home run


6/18 Cup of Coffee: Great pitching and long balls were the story last night, as Tanner Houck returned and dominated, Jeter Downs' bomb gave Worcester a win, and the Sea Dogs crushed three homers and received great pitching. Chris Murphy (pictured) was also fantastic in his start for Greenville, and Nick Yorke stayed hot for Salem. 

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The Sox won this one thanks to a clutch go-ahead solo home run by Jeter Downs in the bottom of the eighth to break a 2-2 tie. The second-ranked prospect took at 1-1 breaking ball and sent it deep into the Polar Park night. He added a single as well and now has multiple hits in three of his last four games. Jarren Duran also had a good night, going 2 for 4 with his seventh double of the year. On the mound, Tanner Houck returned to action for the first time since May 4 and looked fantastic. The right-hander fired three shutout innings with six strikeouts and just one walk while not allowing a hit. The Sox staff ended up with 15 strikeouts, as Matt Hall and Kaleb Ort each tossed two shutout innings of their own with three strikeouts each. 
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June 17, 2021 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Yorke keys Salem; Howlett walks off wild Drive comeback


6/17 Cup of Coffee:
It was an evening of comeback victories and stellar bullpen efforts, as the affiliates took three out of four on Wednesday. Of the 14 pitchers who threw in relief, only one gave up so much as a run, with the crew combining to surrender just two across 21 2/3 innings. That work enabled three comeback victories, none more unlikely than Greenville's rally from a 5-0 deficit in the bottom of the ninth to extend its winning streak to six games. Portland went to extra innings to complete its win, while Nick Yorke (pictured) and Jaxx Groshans both reached base four times in the Salem victory. Worcester was the only team in the system to fall, snapping a week-long winning streak.

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The WooSox winning streak came to an end at seven games on a tough evening at Polar Park. Daniel Gossett saw his night spoiled with a five-run fifth inning. Overall, the right-hander surrendered six runs on eight hits in 4 1/3. Brandon Brennan made his return to Worcester after being outrighted earlier in the day, striking out two and allowing one hit in a scoreless inning. A two-run eighth-inning rally spoiled the shutout bid. Johan Mieses had two of the six Worcester hits. Top prospects Jarren Duran and Jeter Downs combined to go 0 for 9 in the loss. 
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June 16, 2021 at 4:30 PM

Podcast Ep. #213- Talking Bello on the water


Chris and Ian are back with your weekly trip around the Red Sox farm system. We talk through Brayan Bello’s promotion and how he might fare in our next rankings update. The guys also talk about another pitcher who is showing he is ready to level up. They welcome Yacksel Rios to the club, to join the ranks of hard throwing right handed relievers. They have updates on some injured prospects as well as some news from the now-renamed Florida Complex League. Chris and Ian check levels and crack open the mailbag to close the show. Thanks for writing in and make sure to send your questions to podcast@soxprospects.com


0:00 - Intros, housekeeping, email us and remember to check us out on Patreon and we’re conducting our annual Donation Drive
4:00 - Brayan Bello Promotion
14:30 - Worcester openers
20:15 - Welcome Yacksel Rios
23:10 - Injury Updates
26:15 - Rookie Ball is happening
33:50 - Checking Levels
51:45 - Mailbag


Players Mentioned


Brayan Bello
Thaddeus Ward
Connor Seabold
Tanner Houck
Aldo Ramirez
Darwinzon Hernandez
Garrett Whitlock
Stephen Gonsalves
Kyle Hart
Zac Grotz
Kaleb Ort
Austin Brice
John Schreiber
Phillips Valdez
Brandon Brennan
Ryan Weber
Yacksel Rios
Michael Chavis
Hudson Potts
Roldani Baldwin
Nick Decker
Tyler Dearden
Jeremy Rivera
Grant Gambrell
Freddy Valdez
Luis De La Rosa
Marcus Wilson
Franchy Cordero
Danny Santana
Pedro Castellanos
Frank German
Jay Groome
Brandon Howlett
Nick Yorke
Blaze Jordan
Triston Casas
Christopher Acosta
Johan Mieses


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at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Cordero raises average to .406, Groome strikes out seven


6/16 Cup of Coffee:
It was a clean sweep for the affiliates on Tuesday as the offense was firing on all cylinders at each level. Jeter Downs, Jonathan Araúz, and Franchy Cordero (pictured) helped Worcester put up a 10-spot on the IronPigs, Jeisson Rosario drove in four for Portland, Tyler Esplin had three hits in support of Jay Groome in Greenville, and Ceddanne Rafaela was on base four times for Salem. 

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Franchy Cordero went 3 for 3 with three doubles and two walks to raise his average to .406 in Worcester's victory. .406 is a more sacred number at the major league level than it is in the minors, but at this point, it is clear that Cordero is not being challenged in Triple-A. He was walked intentionally with two on and two out in the fourth inning, and he now has 14 extra-base hits in 16 games with the WooSox. Jeter Downs went 2 for 3 with two walks, Jonathan Araúz drove in four runs as part of a 3-for-4 night, and Jarren Duran went 2 for 6 with a double. Josh Ockimey hit his sixth home run and drew two walks in his first start since last Tuesday. 
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June 15, 2021 at 12:00 PM

Minor Notes: Red Sox acquire Rios, Chavis hits his way to Boston


Here are this week's minor league notes:

  • Chris and Ian recorded a much-anticipated Podcast episode reviewing the final prospects received in the Andrew Benintendi trade. They also discussed the Olympic Qualifier event and answered mailbag questions. 
  • The 2021 SoxProspects.com Donation Drive is live! We have been able to keep this site free, and any donations help us stay free. As always, thanks to all of our readers for visiting the site and all of our forum members for posting!
  • The bottom of the 40-man roster saw some turnover last week as Brandon Brennan was designated for assignment. Ryan Weber was added to the 40-man, but after a rough outing against the Blue Jays, he was also designated for assignment. Weber's spot was quickly filled as Yacksel Rios was acquired from Seattle for cash considerations. 
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June 14, 2021 at 10:00 AM

2021 SoxProspects Donation Drive


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We're asking for your help to raise $7,000 to keep SoxProspects.com up and running. We have kept the site free for almost 18 years now, and we hope to do so for the foreseeable future. As we scout dozens of games first-hand each year, travel costs pile up. Our other costs to run the site often go up on an annual basis as well, and our ad revenue only covers a portion of those costs. So we're reaching out to the community for donations to help us keep the site running. Donations help cover site costs in two primary areas: (1) first-hand coverage travel costs for scouting; and (2) general IT costs such as hardware, software, internet costs, and hosting fees.


Your donations help us travel to Ft Myers in March to cover spring training and in the fall to cover the Instructional League each year, which are vital to get “one-stop shopping” for prospects across the system at levels we can’t see regularly. They also help cover the costs of travelling to affiliate games for regular first-hand coverage. We anticipate that our total costs will exceed $15,000 in 2021. While we should cover about half of that from online advertising revenue, your donations help us ensure we can cover those costs in order to keep the site going.

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at 6:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Ramirez shuts down Fredericksburg; Downs homers twice


6/14 Cup of Coffee:
Sunday's slate was highlighted by tremendous offensive performances in the upper minors and some great pitching in the lower minors. Aldo Ramirez (pictured) and Chase Shugart led Salem and Greenville to victories, while the WooSox launched five home runs with two coming from Jeter Downs and one coming from Jarren Duran. Nick Yorke continued to hit his way out of his early-season slump, and Brandon Howlett remained one of the hottest hitters in the system with another home run. 

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Worcester had 10 runs by the third inning as they came out swinging in the series finale with Syracuse. Jeter Downs hit his fourth and fifth home runs as part of a 2-for-6 night. Downs was just 3 for 23 since returning to the WooSox lineup, but he rebounded to notch his third career multi-homer game. Jarren Duran had also been a bit cold in the same stretch as he was 4 for 24, but he went 2 for 4 with his 10th home run and two walks on Sunday. Also going deep were Johan Mieses and Michael Gettys, and Franchy Cordero went 2 for 6 with a double and two strikeouts. The performance actually lowered his OPS to 1.195 with Worcester. 
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June 13, 2021 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Duran homers, Gambrell makes system debut


6/13 Cup of Coffee:
Overall, it was a winning Saturday for the Red Sox system, as the four teams went 3-2 on the day, including a split in a double-header by Salem. Worcester put forth the most dominant performance, drilling three home runs, including a lead-off shot by Jarren Duran (pictured) as well as an impressively deep shot by Franchy Cordero to help put the home team away. Chris Herrmann and Jack Lopez added three hits each, providing a spark for the top of the lineup. Portland and Greenville split a pair of pitcher's duels, one of which went to extra innings, while Salem alternated between struggling offensively and putting on some fireworks.

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A trio of home runs, one each by Jarren Duran, Franchy Cordero and Michael Chavis, led the Red Sox to a dominant win Saturday night. Duran, who was 2 for 6, got it started early with a leadoff big fly, while Chavis extended the lead with a three-run homer in the third as part of a two-hit day. Cordero's home run in the eighth was an exclamation point on the proceedings in Syracuse. Chris Herrmann and Jack Lopez each added three hits at the bottom of the lineup as well. John Schreiber was utilized as an opener and surrendered a hit in his inning, followed by Kyle Hart. He went seven solid innings, scattering five hits and two runs, with four strikeouts and a pair of walks mixed in.
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June 12, 2021 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Castellanos goes deep twice; Howlett powers Greenville


6/12 Cup of Coffee: It was a night of comebacks all across the system. While the major league club was making up a season-high four-run deficit, Triple-A Worcester used a late rally led by Michael Chavis to take its fourth straight win. Portland was on the other end of a decisive rally, carrying a Pedro Castellanos-powered (pictured) 6-4 lead into the ninth only to see New Hampshire score 10 unanswered runs. Greenville led from the post, scoring in the top of the first and surviving a bases-loaded jam in the ninth. Salem could not come back from a walloping from Mother Nature early in the day that left the grounds unplayable.

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What had been a pitchers' duel between Stephen Gonsalves and Tylor Megill turned wild in the late innings. The WooSox prevailed in a wild comeback, scoring four runs in the final two innings off of old friend Stephen Nogosek. Michael Chavis provided a key two-run eighth-inning double that gave Worcester the advantage. Chavis had previously gotten Worcester on the board with his solo homer in the fourth. Jack Lopez had a pair of hits coming off the bench, including a decisive ninth-inning single. 
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June 11, 2021 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Howlett ropes three doubles, Duran goes deep


6/11 Cup of Coffee: The WooSox, Sea Dogs, and Drive all received very solid starting pitching performances from Daniel Gossett, Josh Winckowski, and Brian Van Belle. Brandon Howlett (pictured) had a monster game at the plate for Greenville with three extra-base hits, and Jarren Duran went deep for Worcester. 

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Jarren Duran belted his first home run since coming back from Team USA, a two-run blast in the third. All the Sox runs came via the home run, as their other three runs came on a three-run homer by Jonathan Arauz. Yairo Munoz also had a big night at the plate, going 3 for 4. Daniel Gossett delivered a solid start, lasting the first 5 2/3 innings while allowing just two runs on five hits. The bullpen did not allow a run, as Austin Brice struck out three in 1 1/3 frames, and Matt Hall and Kaleb Ort each tossed a scoreless inning. 
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June 10, 2021 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Chavis powers WooSox; Granberg keeps hitting


6/10 Cup of Coffee:
Some standout offensive performances highlighted a Wednesday split down on the farm. Michael Chavis (pictured) had a big day backed by a few of the regular recent standouts for Worcester, continuing its offensive surge. Salem was on the opposite end of a blowout, with Jeremy Wu-Yelland toiling through the toughest start of his young professional career. Portland prevailed in a back-and-forth contest, while Greenville fell despite the efforts of Devlin Granberg and a patient ninth-inning rally.

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Getting away from hitter-friendly Polar Park has not dulled the Worcester offense, as the WooSox tallied double digits for the second straight night in Central New York. A pair trying to reset in Triple-A led the offensive attack in the mid-week matinee. Michael Chavis had a three-run homer in addition to two singles and a walk, while Franchy Cordero raised his OPS since his demotion to 1.306 with a three-hit afternoon that included a double and a walk. Marcus Wilson blasted his eighth home run of the season, while Johan Mieses went deep for a 13th time and second since his promotion from Portland. 
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June 9, 2021 at 6:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Duran and Casas return; Ramirez impresses again


6/9 Cup of Coffee:
The Worcester and Portland offenses got a big shot in the arm with Jarren Duran and Triston Casas returning from their time with Team USA. Both players made an immediate impact upon their return, though Marcus Wilson (pictured) and Joey Meneses had the biggest hits in those games. Ryan Weber and Aldo Ramirez had great starts while AJ Politi and Chase Shugart struggled. Salem is playing the Fredericksburg Nationals once again, but they have improved and won 7 of their last 12 games after starting the season 1-17. 

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A gem from Ryan Weber and a balanced offensive performance led to Worcester's blowout victory. Weber twirled seven two-run innings, with both of the runs scoring with two outs in the seventh. He walked two, struck out five, and allowed only two hits. 
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June 8, 2021 at 4:43 PM

Podcast Ep. #212 - Finally, the rest of the Benintendi bounty


It’s your weekly trip from Fort Myers to Boston, with stops in Salem, Greenville, Portland and Worcester, in between. And yes, with 4 straight weeks, we can officially call ourselves a weekly podcast. This week, Chris and Ian talk about the final return for Andrew Benintendi as the players at last have been named later. After that, the news from the system include an unfortunate injury update for Thaddeus Ward along with a promotion for Johan Mieses. Ian shares updates from the Olympic Qualifier. The guys talk through the return of Brandon Workman and some interesting updates to the Baseball America Top 100 list. And before cracking open the mailbag, the guys share some thoughts on Nick Yorke and small samples. And to close the show we get to a couple of your questions. Thanks for writing in and make sure to send your questions to podcast@soxprospects.com

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at 2:07 PM

Minor Notes: Casas, Duran play well for Team USA



Here are this week's minor league notes:

  • The 2021 SoxProspects.com Donation Drive is live, as we look to reach our goal of raising $7,000. We have been able to keep this site free, and any donations help us stay free. Any help is very much appreciated and as always, we thank everybody for reading!
  • The SoxProspects.com May Players of the Month were announced, as Johan Mieses and Brayan Bello were recognized for their terrific starts to 2021. The month for Mieses earned him a promotion to Worcester on Wednesday, where he has already hit a home run. The month for Bello vaulted him into the top 10 on the SoxProspects.com rankings, and he also earned a promotion to Portland in a transaction announced Tuesday. 
  • Speaking of rankings, the newest SoxProspects.com podcast is out with a lot of rankings discussion. Chris and Ian also talk about the demotion of Franchy Cordero, as well as an update on the rest of the players the Sox received from Kansas City in the Andrew Benintendi trade. They end the show with a mailbag.
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June 7, 2021 at 3:00 PM

SoxProspects welcomes moderator (back) to team


The SoxProspects.com team is happy to announce that longtime contributor jmei (John) is rejoining the moderator team. 

John previously served as a moderator from 2012 until stepping away in July 2019. He was a leader on forum management team and has long been one of our most knowledgeable and insightful posters. We are thrilled to have him back on board.

Head on over to the forum to welcome him back and converse about the rest of the goings on in the system.

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at 6:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Bello strikes out nine; Davis homers twice


6/7 Cup of Coffee
: It was a mixed bag for the affiliates on Sunday, with most of the best performances coming from the lower minors. Brayan Bello (pictured) struck out nine and did not walk a batter in his latest gem, while Matt Kent and Shane Drohan also turned in solid performances. Brandon Howlett, Cameron Cannon, and Joe Davis all had great days at the plate as Greenville scored 15 runs and Salem scored 9. 

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A day after giving up 18 runs, the Worcester staff struggled again against the Red Wings. With the bullpen already taxed, Kyle Hart had to take one for the team as he surrendered nine runs over 5 1/3 innings. Hart was tagged for four home runs on a 91-degree day with the wind blowing out at 11 mph. Caleb Simpson also allowed a home run, but Kaleb Ort was able to strike out the side in his lone inning of work. 
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June 6, 2021 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Offenses struggle, Granberg homers in Greenville back-and-forth win


6/6 Cup of Coffee:
It was not pretty down on the farm Saturday evening. Two affiliates were held to one run, while a third was shut out. While Portland and Salem kept it close, Worcester suffered a devastating 17-run defeat. Salem was kept to five hits, while the offensive drought was worse for the Sea Dogs, as only three hitters managed to notch a base hit. Yairo Munoz (pictured) provided a dose of power for Worcester, drilling a home run to provide the only scoring for the home team at Polar Park. Greenville provided the lone bright spot, as some key walks in the eighth inning gave the Drive the win over Asheville.

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Rochester posted eight runs in the first inning against Kevin McCarthy and it did not get better from there, as the visitors followed that up with three and six runs in the second and third innings, respectively, on their way to a dominant win. Worcester scored its only run on a Yairo Munoz home run in the sixth inning. He was one of three Red Sox hitters with two-hit outings, joining Jeter Downs and Marcus Wilson. Matt Hall replaced McCarthy and did not fare much better, allowing seven runs to cross the plate in 1 1/3 innings, though only four of them were earned. Tate Matheny made his debut on the mound, delivering a scoreless ninth.
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June 5, 2021 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Cordero fireworks signal Benintendi trade completion; Granberg goes wild


6/5 Cup of Coffee:
It was a big day for the Red Sox organization, as the team completed its offseason deal that sent Andrew Benintendi to Kansas City less than an hour before kicking off the first series of 2021 against the Yankees. Franchy Cordero and Josh Winckowski, the two players named at the time of the trade, formed the welcoming committee for Freddy Valdez, Luis De La Rosa, and Grant Gambrell. Cordero blasted two homers as he reestablishes himself in Triple-A, while Winckowski turned in a solid outing despite taking the loss for Portland. Greenville's 14-hit attack was led by Devlin Granberg (pictured), while the three Salem hurlers turned in a six-hit shutout win.

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Things got off to an inauspicious start at Polar Park when Luis Garcia began the game with a home run off Daniel Gossett. Gossett quickly righted the ship as the Worcester offense gave him more than enough support. The 28-year-old righty went seven innings, allowing just that one run on three hits, walking three and striking out nine. Austin Brice and Caleb Simpson threw a scoreless inning apiece after the bullpen. 
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June 4, 2021 at 11:00 AM

May Players of the Month: Johan Mieses and Brayan Bello


Even with some of the top prospects getting hurt, there were several very strong performances across the minor leagues in May. The two winners are at very different stages of their career, with Johan Mieses in his eighth minor league season while Brayan Bello (pictured) is in his third. Mieses formed a formidable middle-of-the-order in Portland with Triston Casas and Joey Meneses, but he will now take his talents to Worcester. Bello is part of a talented Greenville rotation that has three prospects in the top 23, but he has stolen the show early on. 

Mieses was signed as a minor league free agent in February of 2020 after he hit .233/.319/.440 across 118 games in Double-A and Triple-A with the Cardinals in 2019. The powerful right-hander hit 22 home runs and seemed to get a bit unlucky with a .254 batting average on balls in play. The Red Sox started Mieses in Portland, but he's already hit his way to Worcester. He leads the system with 11 home runs and ended May hitting .288/.374/.725. He struck out in 20 percent of his plate appearances while alternating between left field and right field. The 25-year-old now joins a crowded outfield that includes Jarren Duran, Franchy Cordero, Marcus Wilson, and Michael Gettys. If Mieses keeps hitting it will be hard to keep him out of the lineup no matter who is in front of him. 
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