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July 13, 2015 at 3:55 PM

Weekly Notes: All-Star notes and Futures game

Here are this week's minor league notes:

  • Manuel Margot and Rafael Devers (pictured, right) each went hitless in two at-bats at the All-Star Futures Game on Sunday, but told Ryan Hannable of WEEI.com they were "proud" to represent the Red Sox organization on the World Futures. Margot was the starting center fielder for the World players and was lifted after the fifth inning. Devers entered the game as a replacement at third base in the sixth inning. He struck out looking to end the game. The U.S. Futures crushed the World Futures, 10-1.
  • Portland's William Cuevas was named the starting pitcher for the East Division in the Eastern League All-Star Game to be held at the home of the Sea Dogs, Hadlock Field, on July 15, according to a release. Cuevas is 8-5 with a 3.40 ERA and 80 strikeouts in 16 starts.
  • Sea Dogs pitcher Madison Younginer was added the East Division roster for the Eastern League All-Star Game, according to a team release. Younginer replaces Binghamton Mets pitcher Luis Cessa, who was promoted to Triple-A. The Sea Dogs now have six players on the All-Star squad: Younginer, Cuevas, Carlos Asuaje, Marco Hernandez, Robby Scott and Jantzen Witte.
  • In case you missed it, left-handed starter Brian Johnson was called up to Boston to replace the injured Clay Buchholz.
  • Five Red Sox prospects were listed on the Baseball America midseason Top 50 prospects list. Yoan Moncada was listed at No. 11, Rafael Devers at No. 15, Manuel Margot at No. 24, Brian Johnson at No. 38 and Henry Owens at No. 47.
  • Greenville Online profiled the recent signs of a turnaround for Yoan Moncada and Michael Chavis since the Single-A All-Star break, possibly due to the change in their spots in the lineup. The article also features South Carolina native and Greenville pitcher Jamie Callahan.
  • WEEI.com featured some of the up-and-coming pitchers in the system at Low and High-A. Specifically, writer Ryan Hannable interviewed Trey Ball, Michael Kopech, Ty Buttrey and Teddy Stankiewicz.
  • Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald speculated which prospects the Red Sox could possibly deal at the July 31 trade deadline. He says that Jackie Bradley Jr. could be at the top of that list.
  • Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal interviewed Noe Ramirez after his brief call-up to Boston.

Players of the Week 7/6-7/12

Kevin Steen, RHP, GCL Red Sox
2 G, 1-1, 8.0 IP, 2 R, 0 ER, 6 H, 0 BB, 11K

Steen (pictured, left) has yet to allow an earned run in 16 innings over four games for the GCL Sox, taking a tough-luck loss in his first start of the season on Saturday. Steen struck out five batters in a row at one point. A 2014 ninth-round draft pick out of Oak Ridge High School in Tenn., the 6-foot-1 righty has struck out 17 batters in his four outings with a minuscule 0.69 WHIP. According to SoxProspects.com's scouting report, Steen has a high-80's fastball that touches the low 90's with late life and a promising mid-70's curveball.

Season Stats: 4 G, 1 GS, 3-1, 16.0 IP, 0.00 ERA, 8 H, 3 BB, 17 K

Javier Guerra, SS, Greenville Drive
6 G, 28 PA, 13 H, 3 HR, 6 R, 7 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K, .520/.536/.880

Guerra has been red-hot so far in the month of July with eight multi-hit games in his last 10 appearances. The Drive shortstop has raised his batting average 30 points in that time after he had been at a season-low .268 on June 30. The 19-year-old from Panama was signed as an international free agent in 2012. Guerra was also recognized as the South Atlantic League Player of the Week. 

Season Stats: 70 G, 285 PA, 77 H, 16 2B, 2 3B, 11 HR, 41 R, 44 RBI, 6 SB, 19 BB, 75 K, .298/.349/.504

Photo Credit: Rafael Devers and Kevin Steen by Kelly O'Connor