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April 22, 2019 at 12:15 PM

Minor Notes: Chavis makes MLB debut


Here are Monday's minor league notes:

  • With Dustin Pedroia, Eduardo Nunez, and Brock Holt all on the Injured List, Boston called up SoxProspects.com's No. 1 prospect Michael Chavis (pictured) After starting five games at second base for Pawtucket this season, Chavis made his first MLB start on Sunday at second base. On Saturday, he pinch-hit in the top of the ninth in a tie game and roped a double to center field that, according to Statcast, left his bat at 108.7 MPH. 
  • For more on Chavis, Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic (subscription required) wrote a piece on what the Red Sox can expect from the 2014 first-round draft pick. 
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Cup of Coffee: Scorching hot Duran delivers first homer


4/22 Cup of Coffee: It was a quiet day on the farm, with the two affiliates in action combining for just three runs. Jarren Duran (pictured) continued his excellent play, homering on an otherwise lackluster day for Salem. Pawtucket suffered a sweep in Syracuse, while Portland and Greenville were off.

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The PawSox squandered numerous opportunities, going 1 for 17 with runners in scoring position as the Mets completed the three-game series sweep. Gorkys Hernandez reached base three times, going 2 for 4 with a walk and two stolen bases. Josh Ockimey had a triple and a walk, while Jantzen Witte recorded a pair of doubles. Mike Shawaryn allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits in five innings. Travis Lakins and Jenrry Mejia were solid in relief, combining for three scoreless innings.
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April 21, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Duran leads offensive explosion; Scherff sharp again


4/21 Cup of Coffee: With two postponements Friday night, it was another busy day for the Red Sox affiliates. Salem was the lone winner Saturday night with an offensive outburst lead by Jarren Duran (pictured) and Dylan Hardy. In Greenville, Alex Scherff (pictured) continued his promising start to the season as the Drive lost in heartbreaking fashion.

Syracuse Mets (NYM) 5, Pawtucket Red Sox 2
Despite having seven batters reach base, the PawSox were unable to get much going in the first game of their doubleheader with Syracuse. Batting cleanup, Sam Travis drove in both of Pawtucket's runs with a third-inning single. Josh Ockimey had a solid night at the plate, collecting two hits while Gorkys Hernandez and Mike Miller each singled and scored a run. Josh Smith only had to pitch six innings to go the distance for Pawtucket, but his uneven performance wasn't enough to lift the PawSox. Despite striking out six and only walking one batter, Smith was tagged for eight hits and allowed five runs (three earned) to collect his first loss of 2019.

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April 20, 2019 at 9:30 AM

Cup of Coffee: Bello leads great Greenville pitching performance


4/20 Cup of Coffee: There were two more postponements on Friday, so only Portland and Greenville saw action. The Sea Dogs fell just short of completing an incredible comeback led by C.J. Chatham. The Drive received a tremendous effort on the mound, as three pitchers combined to toss a shutout with 12 strikeouts and no walks. 

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Pawtucket Red Sox @ Syracuse Chiefs (NYM), PPD (inclement weather) 
The PawSox were postponed due to rain and will be playing a doubleheader today beginning at 1:05 pm. 

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After entering the bottom of the seventh down 10-1, Portland broke out for eight runs, but it was still too little too late. C.J. Chatham had a big game, going 2 for 4 with a double and four RBI. Brett Netzer went 2 for 3, Bobby Dalbec ripped an RBI double, and Tate Matheny collected two RBI. Denyi Reyes took the loss after allowing nine runs in just 3 1/3 innings. Durbin Feltman struggled as well, allowing a walk and a two-run home run in his only inning of work. 

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Frederick Keys (BAL) @ Salem Red Sox, PPD (inclement weather)
Salem was also postponed due to rain and will be playing a doubleheader today beginning at 1:00 pm. 

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The Drive got three stellar pitching performances, the first from starter Brayan Bello (pictured) who went five scoreless innings and struck out five without walking a batter. Yorvin Pantoja and Rio Gomez each went two innings in relief and did not allow a hit or a walk. Pantoja struck out four and Gomez struck out three. Grant Williams roped a two-run single for Greenville's only runs. Kole Cottam and Devlin Granberg each had two-hit games and Jordan Wren tripled and walked. 

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Player of the Night: 19-year old Brayan Bello turned in this third consecutive solid outing to start the season. Overall, the righty has surrendered just two runs in 14 innings, good for a 1.29 ERA. Bello was an international free agent signing in 2017. He spent most of last season in the DSL, where he posted a 1.68 ERA in 64 1/3 innings. 

Photo Credit: Brayan Bello by Kelly O'Connor



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April 19, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Dominance ongoing for Mata; Esplin powers Greenville


4/19 Cup of Coffee: All three games on Thursday's slate were low-scoring affairs. Tyler Esplin and Triston Casas provided the offense in Greenville's win as Chris Machamer and a pair of relievers completed a shutout. Portland and Salem both had tough-luck losses, despite notable individual efforts. Bryan Mata (pictured, left) continues to inflict ongoing harm on Carolina League hitters in his repeat engagement in the circuit, extending his scoreless streak to 14 innings. 

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Portland missed out on several opportunities in a homestand-opening loss, going 1 for 10 with runnners in scoring position. Keith Curcio picked up a pair of hits, including the Sea Dogs' only double. Starter Kyle Hart took the loss, allowing two runs on four hits in 4 1/3. Jordan Weems turned in a strong outing in long relief, striking out seven of the 15 batters he faced. He also allowed one run on two hits in his 3 2/3 frames. 
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April 18, 2019 at 12:00 PM

Minor Notes: Swihart DFA'd, Holt begins rehab assignment


Here are Thursday's minor league notes:

  • Tuesday was a busy day for player movement, with the big story being Blake Swihart (pictured, right) being designated for assignment. Swihart was a first-round pick in 2011, with the pick being received as compensation for losing Adrian Beltre to Texas in free agency. Swihart was the top prospect in the system at the end of the 2014 season after he hit .293/.341/.469 in 110 games between Portland and Pawtucket. 
  • Sandy Leon was called up from Pawtucket to take Swihart's place on the roster. Leon was hitting just .120/.154/.120 over 25 at-bats for the PawSox. The PawSox activated Jake Romanski from the injured list to fill their catching void. 
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Cup of Coffee: Curcio knocks 4 hits; Lin delivers 3 RBI


4/18 Cup of Coffee: For the upper minors, it was a night of offensive battles, as both Pawtucket and Portland needed 11 runs to record victories. Another recurring theme was ineffective starting pitching, as Chandler Shepherd, Dedgar Jimenez and Yasel Santana each allowed six runs or more. Michael Chavis continued his offensive tear, notching his fourth home run this season. Salem failed to stave off the sweep against Down East in a four-hour, 12-minute, 11-inning nail-biter. 

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The PawSox were able to overcome Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s tape measure home run and a seven-run first inning by the Bison in an offensive outburst where each team belted 13 hits. Four Pawtucket hitters had two hits and four more had multiple RBI. Tzu-Wei Lin (pictured, left) led the way, going 2 for 5 with a pair of doubles and three RBI, while Michael Chavis drilled his fourth home run of 2019 in the seventh inning. All 11 of the Red Sox' runs came across three frames. Chandler Shepherd allowed seven runs, none of which were earned, on five hits in 2/3 of an inning. Josh Ockimey committed an error with two outs, allowing the stanza to continue. Bobby Poyner struck out six batters in two innings as part of a bullpen that allowed just one run in 8 1/3 frames of work.

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April 17, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Holt begins a rehab assignment, Crawford strikes out eight


4/17 Cup of Coffee: A late Greenville rally was the only thing that saved the system from being swept on Tuesday night, though there were some impressive performances in the losses. Brock Holt made a rehab appearance with the PawSox, Mike Shawaryn and Kutter Crawford (pictured, right) pitched well in losses, and Grant Williams hit a clutch double to lift Greenville. Darwinzon Hernandez struck out the first two batters he faced, but he slowly lost his control as he continues to be stretched out after working as a reliever in spring training.

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It was a busy day in Pawtucket, with Brock Holt starting a rehab assignment and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in town with Buffalo. Mike Shawaryn was the tough-luck loser in the first game of the doubleheader, allowing two runs on six hits over six innings, walking one and striking out six. Shawaryn now has 20 strikeouts against only three walks over 17 1/3 innings this season. Josh Taylor followed with a scoreless inning of relief. 
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April 16, 2019 at 1:00 PM

Minor Notes: Ockimey and Mata start hot


Here are Tuesday's minor league notes:
  • While it was not enough to earn him Player of the (extended) Week this week, SoxProspects.com top prospect Michael Chavis (pictured, right) had a boom or bust start to the season. On opening day, he went 3-for-4 with a home run and walk. He then went hitless in his next 19 at-bats, though he did reach on four walks. In the two games over the weekend he caught fire, going 5-for-8 with two home runs, a double, three runs scored, and two RBI. Perhaps most interesting is his defensive versatility writes Christopher Smith for MassLive. Christopher notes that he has started his first ever four games at second base along with three at third base and one at first.
  • There are injuries and illnesses all over the Boston outfield, and, as Bill Koch writes for the Providence Journal, it is testing their outfield depth. The only member of the Pawtucket outfield currently on the 40-man roster is Sam Travis. Now a post-prospect, the 25-year old has really struggled in the upper minors including a .258/.317/.360 line at Pawtucket last year. This season has not been much better for him, going only 6-for-26 to start the year in Pawtucket and going 2-for-7 in a brief two-game stint with the Red Sox.
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Cup of Coffee: Chatham and Dalbec power Portland


4/16 Cup of Coffee: An offensive outburst gave Portland just their second win of the 2019 season. The Sea Dogs' lineup tallied 11 hits, including five doubles while C.J. Chatham (pictured) and Bobby Dalbec combined for five RBI's on the night. Things did not fare as well for Salem and Greenville, as both teams struggled to get anything going Monday night. Meanwhile, in what has become a feature of the minor league season, the PawSox had their game postponed due to inclement weather.

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Pawtucket Red Sox vs. Buffalo Bisons (TOR), postponed
Pawtucket had its third game of the season postponed due to inclement weather last night. The game will be made up tomorrow at 4:05 PM.

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The Sea Dogs put in their best offensive performance of 2019 with a season-high nine runs. C.J. Chatham led the charge with two doubles and three runs batted in while Bobby Dalbec recorded two hits (one double) and drove in two. Not to be outdone, Josh Tobias collected three hits and two doubles of his own. Jeremy Rivera also added a double while Brett Netzer contributed two hits, an RBI, and a run scored.
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April 15, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Blasts from Chavis, Ockimey power PawSox


4/15 Cup of Coffee: The PawSox were the only affiliate to come away victorious on Sunday. Sixth-inning homers from Michael Chavis (pictured) and Josh Ockimey and a three-hit day from Rusney Castillo led the way at McCoy Stadium. Greenville fell in a slugfest, Portland's early-season woes continued, and the rain did not cooperate in Salem. 

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The day after breaking out of a week-long slump with a 470-foot homer, Michael Chavis followed up with a 467-foot blast that broke a 2-2 tie. It's the third home run of the season for the organization's top prospect, to go along with a single. Two batters after Chavis's sixth-inning homer, Josh Ockimey ripped a two-run insurance shot. Rusney Castillo was 3 for 4 with a double, bringing his average to .294 as his embarks on his quest for a third-straight .300 season. Ryan Weber got the start, allowing two runs on six hits in five innings. Travis Lakins was impressive in relief, striking out two in a perfect eighth inning. Bobby Poyner worked around a pair of walks in the ninth to earn the save.
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April 14, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Chavis goes yard, Portland struggles continue


4/14 Cup of Coffee: It was an exciting night in the Red Sox system as six games were played, four of which were decided by one run. Michael Chavis (pictured) helped Pawtucket reach their highest run total of 2019 with a monster home-run, while the Salem and Greenville lineups came alive to help hold off late comebacks. Portland’s early-season struggles continued, losing both games of their double-header by only a run despite strong performances from Kyle Hart and Matthew Kent.

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The bats came alive to help Pawtucket cruise to its fifth win of the season, tallying a season-high seven runs. Michael Chavis and reigning International League batting champion Rusney Castillo were the heroes of the night, each slugging a home run. Castillo added another hit, while Chavis went 3 for 4 in addition to his 470-foot home run. Cole Sturgeon also came up big for Pawtucket, collecting two hits, including an RBI double, to open the scoring. On the mound, Josh Smith was devastatingly efficient, needing only 75 pitches to get through six innings while striking out 10 Syracuse batters. Josh Taylor and Jenrry Mejia combined for two scoreless innings to close out the game, each striking out one batter apiece.

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April 13, 2019 at 6:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Bats fall silent as Padron impresses in relief


4/13 Cup of Coffee: It was a very quiet Friday night on the farm, as nobody in the system recorded an extra-base hit. Part of the reason, however, was due to a rainout in Salem and a suspended game between Trenton and Portland. Trevor Kelley and Angel Padron (pictured) each turned in impressive relief outings, combining for nine strikeouts and no walks in six innings.

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The Pawtucket bats were silent against Syracuse, scattering just seven singles. Josh Ockimey reached twice with a walk and a single and scored the lone run. Mike Miller also walked and singled, driving in Ockimey. Chandler Shepherd didn't feature his best control, walking five in 5 1/3 innings, but he was able to limit the damage to two runs. Trevor Kelley punched out four without a walk in 1 2/3 innings and Bobby Poyner tossed a scoreless ninth.
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April 12, 2019 at 6:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Mata, Ramirez shine in home openers


4/12 Cup of Coffee: The 2019 schedules got underway at McCoy Stadium and Haley Toyota Field, with Pawtucket and Salem splitting their home openers. All three affiliates in action saw stellar starting pitching, with Bryan Mata (pictured), Erasmo Ramirez, and Thaddeus Ward combining for just one earned run allowed in 16 1/3 innings, striking out 20 and walking only one. Josh Ockimey homered for the PawSox, while Jarren Duran, Ryan Fitzgerald, and Kervin Suarez continue to pile up the doubles for Salem and Greenville. 

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The PawSox celebrated their home opener with a bang, as Josh Ockimey and Bryce Brentz blasted back-to-back homers in the second inning. It was the first round-tripper for Brentz since re-joining the Red Sox system. The 2010 first-round pick hit 129 homers during his first stint in the organization from 2010 to 2017. Ockimey added a pair of walks to his solo shot. The two runs were plenty of support for Erasmo Ramirez. The veteran righty fired six shutout innings, allowing just three hits. He struck out five without issuing a walk, and faced only two batters over the minimum. Jenrry Mejia recorded his third save, striking out three in 1 1/3 perfect innings.
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April 11, 2019 at 12:00 PM

Minor Notes: Duran and Bello highlight weather shortened week



Here are Thursday's minor league notes:

  • The SoxProspects podcast team released their most recent episode Wednesday, the first since their trip to Spring Training. The guys previewed the minor league season for the Red Sox system from top to bottom and highlighted which players they are excited to see after getting a good look at many of them this spring.
  • SoxProspects has begun overhauling the layout of our player pages in order to make scouting reports, stats, and photos easier to for you to access. For now, the update will apply to the top-10 prospects, but player pages will be updated as prospects enter the top 10 and may be expanded to the top 20 prospects in time.
  • After a short rehab stint with the Drive, the Red Sox have activated Dustin Pedroia, optioning Tzu-Wei Lin in a counter move.  
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