April 20, 2017 at 12:00 PM
Here are Thursday's minor league notes:
- Since the SoxProspects notes are now released twice a week, welcome to the newly renamed "Minor Notes."
- After a year off, SoxProspects.com is pleased to present the return of its System Restart series. The position-by-position pieces take a look at who to keep an eye on this season. So far, you can read about the Red Sox organization's corner infielders, middle infielders, and outfielders.
- SoxProspects.com Director of Scouting Ian Cundall released his first Scouting Scratch of the season, taking a look at the depth of the Portland bullpen.
- The heroics of Michael Chavis (pictured) lit up Twitter with his three-home run performance, including a walk-off two-run shot. It was the first three-home run game by an individual player in the history of Haley Toyota Field, the home of the Salem Red Sox, since since the park opened in 1995, according to Alex Speier of the Boston Globe. In the pitcher-friendly Carolina League, Rafael Devers and Deiner Lopez led Salem with three home runs each at home all season last year. Watch Chavis's walk-off homer here.
- Before earning his first major league win on Monday, Brian Johnson spoke about his long and winding road back to the big leagues with Rob Bradford of WEEI.com that included battles with anxiety and two line drives to the head.
- Ranked 20th on SoxProspects.com, Ben Taylor has suddenly become a fairly important part of the major league bullpen that is currently one of the best in the MLB, despite still missing key parts like Carson Smith and Tyler Thornburg, according to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal.
- Kevin Thomas of the Portland Press Herald sat down with Sea Dogs outfielder Danny Mars, who is off to a .423/.692/1.175 start in his first eight games this season. Mars is ranked 44th by SoxProspects.com.
- According to the Providence Journal, the Pawtucket Red Sox have launched a real estate development group to work on projects around a proposed new ballpark.
Photo Credit: Michael Chavis by Kelly O'Connor