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July 13, 2017 at 1:00 PM

Minor Notes: Brentz wins Home Run Derby, Chatham returns

Here are Thursday's minor league notes:
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  • The Draft History page has been updated with signing bonus information for every player the Red Sox signed in the 2017 MLB Draft. 
  • Bryce Brentz (pictured) won the Triple-A Home Run Derby on Monday, blasting 38 home runs over the three rounds. This was the second year in a row that a player from Pawtucket won the title, with Chris Marrero coming out on top last year.
  • It has been a bounce-back season for Brentz, who is batting .270/.340/.532 at the end of the first half. Brendan McGair of the Pawtucket Times interviewed Brentz's wife Anne Marie after the Home Run Derby, and she gave some good insight into the life and mindset of a baseball wife. 
  • While he is still down in Double-A, Rafael Devers told Jen McCaffrey of MassLive.com that he feels he is ready to make the jump to Pawtucket. Devers pointed to pitch selection as the thing he has most improved on this year, and the 20-year-old does not figure to be in Portland for too much longer. 
  • With the season at the halfway point, Ryan Hannable of WEEI.com took a look at how the prospects in the Chris Sale trade have fared this year. While Moncada and Kopech both show flashes of stardom, they still have a good bit of development left to do in the minors. 
  • After suffering a second hamstring injury last month, CJ Chatham began a rehab assignment this week with the GCL Red Sox. The shortstop had played in only one game this season due to injuries. 
Photo Credit: Bryce Brentz by Kelly O'Connor