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May 23, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Chatham returns to shortstop, blasts grand slam


5/23 Cup of Coffee: As has often been the case this year, the story of the night was the excellent play of the Salem shortstop. But this time, rather than Santiago Espinal, it was CJ Chatham (pictured) who powered the Sox in a wild victory. Chatham and company's 13-run outburst supported a strong effort from top active prospect Bryan Mata. Elsewhere, the Pawtucket bullpen stifled Scranton, while Portland and Greenville squandered good starts from Kyle Hart and Denyi Reyes

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The PawSox put together consecutive wins for the first time since May 6th – incidentally, the last time they were hosting Scranton. Ramon Flores delivered a three-run homer in the second, and a two-run shot by Aneury Tavarez put Pawtucket on top in the third. Rusney Castillo was 2 for 4 with a run and stolen base, ticking his batting average back above .300. The bullpen turned in excellent work, allowing just one run in five innings. Tyler Thornburg struck out two in a perfect seventh inning as he nears his return to the Boston bullpen. Dustin Pedroia was scheduled to start at second base, but was held back due to rain in the area affecting the field conditions.
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May 22, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Espinal has three hits, Houck deals


5/22 Cup of Coffee: Portland had a scheduled night off, but the system had a successful night as Pawtucket and Salem each recorded wins. Tanner Houck pitched effectively, and Santiago Espinal (pictured) led the way offensively for Salem, while Mike Olt and Anuery Tavarez led a Pawtucket comeback. On the back of Everlouis Lozada's double, Greenville scored two in the ninth before falling in extras.


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Pawtucket Red Sox 5, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (NYY) 4
With a run each in the seventh and eighth, the PawSox took a 4-3 deficit and made it a 5-4 lead on their way to snapping their four-game losing streak. Mike Olt and Aneury Tavarez each hit solo home runs in the victory, with Tavarez' tying the game in the seventh. Cole Sturgeon added a pair of RBI with a 2-for-4 night and two doubles, and despite Austin Maddox walking four batters in his inning of work, he combined with Hector Velazquez and Ryan Brasier to throw three no-hit innings of relief to end the contest.

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May 21, 2018 at 1:00 PM

Minor Notes: Many on the mend; MLB draft creeping closer


Here are Monday's minor league notes:

  • Dustin Pedroia nearly talked his way into the lineup on Sunday, after originally planning on taking the day off, but due to slick conditions in Rochester, the rehabbing second basemen was eventually pulled from the lineup. After going 0 for 3 on Saturday for the PawSox, Pedroia asked if he could get a few more at-bats as designated hitter. He was granted that request before the Red Sox decided field conditions weren't ideal in his return from surgery on his left knee.  
  • Speaking of rehabs, Tyler Thornburg is with Pedroia at Triple-A, as the right-handed reliever is inching his way closer to being called up to finally pitch for the Red Sox. He missed all of 2017 with thoracic outlet syndrome after being acquired by Boston on Dec. 6 of 2016 in exchange for Travis Shaw, Mauricio Dubon, Josh Pennington (pictured, right) and Yeison Coca
  • Pennington, a 29th-round selection in the 2014 draft for the Red Sox, just announced his retirement after sustaining an arm injury. Pennington would've required his second Tommy John surgery. Dubon is also on the mend after tearing his left ACL earlier this month. As SoxProspects.com executive editor Chris Hatfield tongue-and-cheek suggested, the Brewers "might want to put Yeison Coca in bubble wrap for a bit."   
  • The Major League Baseball draft starts on June 4 and lasts until June 6. SoxProspects.com will have you covered each of those days as Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com gives us a Mock Draft, where he has the Red Sox selecting Steele Walker, an outfielder out of the University of Oklahoma. When it comes to New England talent projected to be selected near the top of the upcoming draft, BC High's Matt Vasil, a University of Virginia commit, is someone that could be selected in the top-50 picks.
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Cup of Coffee: Chatham, Netzer key Salem sweep


5/21 Cup of Coffee: After enduring an eight-game losing streak and then four consecutive days of rainouts, things were going pretty rough for Salem headed into the weekend. But after getting back into the win column on Saturday, the Sox exploded for 21 hits to sweep Sunday's doubleheader in Wilmington. Brett Netzer (pictured) and CJ Chatham played major roles in both ends of the twinbill. 

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The PawSox offense sputtered during their three-game sweep in Rochester, managing just one run in the series. Ivan DeJesus collected three of Pawtucket's six hits, including a double. Dustin Pedroia, who has been on rehab assignment, got the day off due to slick conditions after appearing in consecutive games for the first time. The offensive struggles overshadowed a solid day by the pitching staff. Marcus Walden drew the starting assignment, giving up one run on five hits in 3 1/3. Williams Jerez was particularly impressive out of the bullpen, striking out five across his two scoreless innings of work. 
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May 20, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Dalbec delivers decisive dinger; Pedroia and Thornburg quiet in rehab


5/20 Cup of Coffee: Despite just one win on the farm, all four starting pitchers, especially Jhonathan Diaz, pitched well while four different sluggers hit home runs on Saturday. Bobby Dalbec (pictured) had the loudest homer, hitting an eighth-inning shot that proved to be the game-winner for Salem. Dustin Pedroia and Tyler Thornburg were quiet in their rehab appearances at Pawtucket. 

Rochester Red Wings (MIN) 2, Pawtucket Red Sox 1
Mike Olt hit a solo home run in the fifth inning in what was just one of three hits for the PawSox in a loss to the Red Wings. Dustin Pedroia went 0 for 3 in his third game at Triple-A Pawtucket. In eight at-bats, Pedroia has one hit. Also rehabbing, Tyler Thornburg delivered just 1/3 of an inning of relief, allowing two walks. He threw just three of his 11 pitches for strikes. 

Justin Haley suffered his fifth loss of the season, giving up five hits, two earned runs and one walk with six strikeouts. 
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May 19, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Stankiewicz slams door on Altoona; Cedrola knocks three hits


5/19 Cup of Coffee: Including a scheduled off day on Monday, Salem has not gotten a game in since Sunday, as rain continued to pound Virginia, with the Red Sox getting rained out for the fourth consecutive day. Thanks to Teddy Stankiewicz (pictured), Portland was the only squad to win out of those that played, despite Lorenzo Cedrola's three hits for Greenville in a close loss.

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Rochester Red Wings (MIN) 2, Pawtucket Red Sox 0

Dustin Pedroia was 0 for 2 with a pair of walks in his relief appearance and that was the type of offensive night the rest of the Pawtucket lineup had, as they were four-hit as part of a shutout in its series opener with Rochester. Also in rehab, Tyler Thornburg and Austin Maddox pitched a scoreless inning each. Anuery Tavarez was the only bright spot offensively, working a walk as part of a 2-for-3 evening, wasting Chandler Shepherd's strong outing. He gave the PawSox six innings, allowing two runs to come across (one earned) on seven hits. He walked one and struck out three.

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May 18, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Tendler's 10th-inning homer caps wild Portland comeback


5/18 Cup of Coffee: With the relentless rain in Virginia and the PawSox getting a day off of the scheduled variety, only two affiliates were in action Thursday. Fortunately, the Portland contest contained enough action for a full system worth of games. The Sea Dogs capped an epic comeback after trailing by seven runs with a three-run tenth-inning home run off the bat of Luke Tendler (pictured). 

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The Sea Dogs pulled off an improbable comeback on Thursday, coming out on top in a contest that they were trailing 7-0 headed into the seventh inning. It was a frustrating start, as the Sea Dogs squandered several opportunities, stranding at least one batter in each of the first six innings. The floodgates then opened, with Portland plating two, three, four, and three runs over the final four innings. Altoona actually had a comeback of its own, evening the score at nine with a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth, but Luke Tendler blasted a three-run homer in the tenth to give Portland the series-opening win.
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May 17, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Rei has a day; PawSox cough it up


5/18 Cup of Coffee: Portland won big in Game 1 of a doubleheader with Reading before losing in extra innings in Game 2 of the twin-bill while Pawtucket coughed up an unearned run in what proved to be the game-winner for Buffalo on Wednesday. There was no shortage of power on the farm, however, as Austin Rei (pictured) and Jantzen Witte both homered for the Sea Dogs while Sam Travis added a home run for himself with the PawSox.  

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Ryan Brasier was the tough-luck loser, giving up an unearned run in the top of the ninth as Pawtucket lost to Buffalo.

After a leadoff walk to Roemon Fields in the top of the ninth, Fields stole second and moved to third on a throwing error from catcher Mike Ohlman. Fields then scored on a sacrifice fly to center field. William Cuevas pitch six innings, allowing six hits and four earned runs while striking out four in the no-decision. Sam Travis blasted his second home run of the season as the PawSox mustered only two extra-base hits.    
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May 16, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Crawford in control; Renda powers Sea Dogs


5/16 Cup of Coffee: Portland's veterans, an emerging Greenville righty, and wet weather were the stories on Tuesday. Recently signed minor league free agent Tony Renda had a five-hit day between two Portland contests, the second of which was suspended due to rain. He got help from Jantzen Witte and Chad De La Guerra, who rejoined Portland from Pawtucket in the last week, and 2017 minor league Rule 5 pick Luke Tendler. Meanwhile, Kutter Crawford (pictured) continued to solidify himself as one of the top performers in the organization in 2018. Pawtucket and Salem were washed out, and will try again tomorrow. 

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Pawtucket Red Sox vs. Buffalo Bisons (TOR), PPD rain
Rain and wet field conditions made McCoy Field unplayable Tuesday evening. The teams are set to play their regularly scheduled contest on Wednesday, and will make up the rain out when Buffalo returns in mid-June. 
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May 15, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Lin leads walk-off win while Thornburg serves up homer


5/15 Cup of Coffee: It was an offensive day for the farm as Tzu-Wei Lin hit his first homer of the season and led the PawSox to a wild walk-off win after Tyler Thornburg struggled in relief. The pitching wasn't much better for Portland in a loss while the Drive busted out 19 hits in a narrow victory over the Legends. 

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In a wild back-and-forth affair, Tzu-Wei Lin hit a single in the bottom of the tenth to plate the game-winning run in a walk-off victory for the PawSox.

Dan Butler doubled home Cole Sturgeon, who started the inning on second base, before Mike Miller, who pinch ran for Butler, scored on Lin's single to center field. The Bisons held three separate leads in the contests, including a 5-4 advantage after scoring one run in the top of the 10th, but Buffalo couldn't hold on.

Lin also smacked his first home run of the season while Rusney Castillo went 2 for 4 from the cleanup spot with a run, while raising his batting average to .317. Tyler Thornburg, in what was planned to be one of his final rehab stints at Triple-A, allowed a leadoff home run in the top of the eighth and then another run, while recording just one out, and issued a walk and another hit. Thornburg threw just eight of 19 pitches for strikes. Williams Jerez picked up the win despite allowing a run in relief.   
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May 14, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Minor Notes: The system struggles; major league reinforcements soon to arrive


Here are Monday's minor notes:
  • Tyler Thornburg, who has yet to pitch for Boston since being acquired in Dec. 2016, is almost ready to don a Red Sox uniform after a long recovery from thoracic outlet syndrome. The Providence Journal's Bill Koch has the rundown on what the right-hander's timeline is.
  • Earning an aggressive placement at Double-A Portland in his second full season, Mike Shawaryn (pictured, right) has been pitching well. Kevin Thomas of the Portland Press Herald profiled the 23-year-old on Sunday.
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Cup of Coffee: Jhonathan Diaz shines as affiliates falter again


5/14 Cup of Coffee: On a day when Alex Speier wrote in The Boston Globe discussing the travails of the Red Sox system so far in 2018, the affiliates were outscored 32-10, getting swept for a second straight day. Some individual performance provided encouragement as Jhonathan Diaz (pictured) turned in an excellent start for Greenville, while Roniel Raudes provided another quality start for the Salem Red Sox to keep them close the day following Salem's worst loss in franchise history. 

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Little went right for the PawSox as they closed out a 1-6 road trip. Ivan De Jesus was the bright spot, reaching three times on a single, double, and walk. Starter Marcus Walden allowed one run in 2 1/3 innings. Brandon Workman allowed two runs in his two innings of relief, but continues to pound the strike zone. He threw 22 of 33 pitches for strikes, and has 22 strikeouts without issuing a walk over his last nine outings.
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May 13, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: De La Guerra hits first homer on winless night



5/13 Cup of Coffee: Tough sledding on the farm on Saturday as all four teams lost. The PawSox and Sea Dogs combined for 20 total hits in losses. Pawtucket and Salem both failed to get to the .500 mark or better as all four teams now possess losing records.   

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Ryan Brasier walked a batter with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth to give the Chiefs a walk-off win over the PawSox. An inning earlier, Brasier induced a 4-6-3 double play to get Pawtucket out of a jam but couldn't repeat his luck in the bottom of the ninth.
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May 12, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Chatham and Dalbec stand out for Salem


5/12 Cup of Coffee: It was a mixed bag on the farm last night, with solid outings from Chandler Shepherd and Denyi Reyes being offset by the struggles of Trey Ball and Darwinzon Hernandez. The Pawtucket offense erupted in support of Shepherd and Steven Wright, and C.J. Chatham and Bobby Dalbec did their best to carry Salem but it was not enough.

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The PawSox pummeled the Chiefs, scoring eight runs before recording their second out. Two-run doubles from Ivan De Jesus Jr. and Tzu-Wei Lin led the way in the first, and Rusney Castillo later added two sacrifice flies and an RBI single as part of his 2-for-4 night. Lin ended the night with two doubles, while Ramon Flores went 3 for 3 with a walk. Every starter had a hit and the 12 runs were a season-high for the PawSox.
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May 11, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Tendler, Sturgeon power Sea Dogs sweep; Workman in control


5/11 Cup of Coffee: Portland returned home to sweep its doubleheader with identical 7-2 scores. Luke Tendler (pictured) and Cole Sturgeon were the prime players at the plate, leading the only affiliate to win on the day. Bryan Mata couldn't get settled in for Salem, while Kutter Crawford did not get offensive support. Depsite a loss, the Pawtucket bullpen continues to impress, with Brandon Workman submitting a particularly notable effort. 

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Pawtucket dropped the opener of its four-game set at NBT Bank Stadium. William Cuevas was outpitched by fellow veteran Tommy Milone taking the loss. Cuevas surrendered five runs (four earned) on eight hits in his four innings of work. The bullpen did excellent work keeping the PawSox hopes alive, highlighted by two scoreless innings with four strikeouts from Brandon Workman.  Over his last eight outings, Workman has 20 strikouts without walking a batter. Bobby Poyner tossed a scoreless seventh before the Chiefs notched an insurance run off Williams Jerez. Aneury Tavarez was 2 for 4 with a triple, and Jantzen Witte also tripled and walked twice.
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May 10, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Shawaryn shoves; Ockimey homers


5/10 Cup of Coffee: Portland was the only team on the day to get the win, as Mike Shawaryn (pictured) threw seven shutout innings. Greenville got blown away despite registering 10 hits, and Salem came back from three down twice, but could not do so for a third time in extra innings. Shawaryn was helped by home runs from Josh Ockimey and Cole Sturgeon.

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The Iron Pigs completed the sweep, handing the PawSox their third consecutive loss. Pawtucket earned just two hits, one from Anuery Tavarez and the other from Jordan Betts. On the mound, Jalen Beeks took the loss, despite allowing one run on four hits in five innings. He struck out six and walked one. Kyle Martin allowed a run in his lone inning of work, partly due to three walks, while Ryan Brasier coughed up Lehigh Valley's third run in the eighth.
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Minor Notes: Top prospect Groome to get Tommy John surgery


Here are Thursday's minor league notes:
  • Top-ranked prospect Jason Groome (pictured, right) will undergo Tommy John surgery and will miss the rest of the season. Sean McAdam of Boston Sports Journal had the news first. It's been a tough past two years for the prized left-hander, as Groome started the season on the disabled list with an elbow strain after an impressive spring training. The 19-year-old spent most of last season on the DL with an intercostal strain and flexor strain, throwing only 55 innings in 2017. He's started just 15 games in the Sox system after being selected with the 12th overall pick in the 2016 MLB Draft. 
  • Steve Adams of mlbtraderumors.com says the injury "saps some of Groome's trade value, lessening the possibility that he could be used to acquire a key piece in trades hit summer" if the Red Sox were open to dealing their top-pitching prospect.
  • It has been a rough go of things for SoxProspects.com's top-two prospects with Groome now having season-ending surgery and Portland third baseman Michael Chavis currently serving an 80-game suspension following a failed PED test. As SoxProspects.com's Director of Scouting Ian Cundall said on Twitter, with Groome and Chavis out of action, Salem right-handed pitcher Bryan Mata is now the top-ranked prospect in uniform in the Sox system.
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May 9, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Lakins impresses for Portland; Wright rehabs


5/9 Cup of Coffee: Pitching was the story on Tuesday, with two starters and a six-inning reliever all turning in strong outings. Travis Lakins (pictured) turned in another stretch of three scoreless innings against a very-tough lineup in Manchester, while Roniel Raudes was solid once again for Salem. Steven Wright got his first work of 2018, pitching six strong innings out of the bullpen as he tunes up for a return to the major league squad. 

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With his 30-day suspension set to expire next week, Steven Wright made his first rehab appearance for Pawtucket. The knuckleballer may be in a relief role when he rejoins the major league squad, and that was how he was used on Tuesday, entering the start of the third inning. The IronPigs reached Wright for a run in his first inning of work, but he quickly settled in, closing with five consecutive scoreless frames. In all, Wright gave up one run on eight hits in six innings, striking out one without issuing a walk. Marcus Walden got the start and struggled with his control, walking three and allowing three runs in 1 2/3, throwing just 21 of 43 pitches for strikes. Jordan Betts ripped a double for the PawSox only extra base hit, while a single by Rusney Castillo gives him at least one hit in 17 of his last 19 games.
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May 8, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: De Jesus saves farm from sweep


5/8 Cup of Coffee: It took two errors and two unearned runs in the top of the seventh inning in the Drive's 3-2 victory over the Grasshoppers to help the farm avoid a full case of the Monday's on Monday. Cole Sturgeon, Jerry Downs, and CJ Chatham all got hits to keep their averages well above .300 to start the season while Enmanuel De Jesus (pictured) picked up the lone win of the night.

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The PawSox couldn't muster much against Lehigh starter Cole Irvin as Mike Ohlman (2 for 3) was the only player with multiple hits for Pawtucket while Jordan Betts drove in the lone run with a solo home run in the seventh inning. Josh Smith picked up the loss for the PawSox, pitching four innings while allowing 8 hits, 3 runs and striking out 3. It was Smith's first decision of the season in his three starts.

Betts continues to hit well since his promotion to Pawtucket on April 23. In 13 games with the Triple-A club, Betts has 13 hits and 3 home runs to go along with 11 RBI. 
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May 7, 2018 at 3:00 PM

Minor Notes: Washington and Scherff nab players of the week


Here are Monday's minor league notes:

  • SoxProspects.com's Director of Scouting Ian Cundall joined the Over the Monster podcast, The Red Seat, this week to take a deep dive on the state of the farm system
  • Portland first baseman Josh Ockimey (pictured, right) has always shown the consistent ability to work the count and get on-base, with a .364 on-base percentage as a professional. He has also flashed some power as well, and Kevin Thomas of the Portland Press Herald writes about his "ridiculous raw power".
  • Coming off the April that won him Pitcher of the Month honors, lefty Jalen Beeks continued to dominate Triple-A hitters, throwing 6 2/3 innings while allowing 5 hits, 2 earned runs, 1 walk, and 9 more strikeouts. Amazingly that impressive start actually caused his ERA to rise, now sitting at 1.71 while striking out an incredible 15.7 batters per 9 innings. The PawSox twitter account even featured a video of his final pitch of the night. It is no surprise that his strong 2018 performance has led to him rising from 13th in the start of the season SoxProspects.com rankings, up to 8th where he sits currently.
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Cup of Coffee: Castillo, Haley spoil Sheffield's Scranton debut


5/7 Cup of Coffee: The affiliates split their contests on Sunday, as each continued a weekend series on the road. Justin Haley (pictured, left) and a pair of relievers outpitched a top Yankee prospect making his Triple-A debut, while the bat of Kevin Suarez and arm of Denyi Reyes helped the Drive cruise to its second straight.

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It was a big day in Scranton, with the RailRiders debut of Yankee top prospect Justus Sheffield. He immediately found a nemesis in Pawtucket leadoff hitter Rusney Castillo, who singled in each of his three plate appearances against the lefty. The two runs Pawtucket reached him for were plenty for the trio of Justin Haley, Brandon Workman, and Bobby Poyner. Haley scattered three hits in his five innings, striking out five. Workman was outstanding in three perfect innings of relief, striking out three and needing only 33 pitches to retire nine batters. Poyner, back from a very short excursion with the major league team, pitched a scoreless ninth for the save.
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May 6, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Shepherd herds RailRiders, Campana comes up clutch



5/6 Cup of Coffee: The Sea Dogs tried all they could to make Saturday a clean sweep for the farm but ended up falling to the Yard Goats in the affiliates' only loss. Chandler Shepherd had his first impressive performance of the season in a shutout victory for the PawSox while both Salem and Greenville held on for narrow one-run victories.

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Chandler Shepherd tamed the RailRiders over seven innings of work, allowing just four hits and no runs in an economical 87-pitch performance. Shepherd threw 62 of those pitches for strikes and struck out five in his first win of the season. Tyler Thornburg and Robby Scott both pitched an inning of scoreless relief to preserve the shutout, with Scott picking up his first save of the year.
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May 5, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Washington blasts three homers as Salem wins slugfest


5/5 Cup of Coffee: The pitching has impressed far more than the hitting down on the farm in 2018, but the force was with the bats on Friday. Standing out from a bevy of strong offensive performances on the night was a monster three-home-run showing by Salem outfielder Kyri Washington. Washington (pictured) is the first Red Sox minor leaguer to go deep three times in a game since Michael Chavis did so last year, leading Salem in a slugfest. Pawtucket staved off a Scranton rally with a big night from Mike Ohlman, while neither a Marino Campana grand slam nor continued production from Cole Sturgeon was enough to get Greenville or Portland back into the win column. 

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The PawSox were led by catcher Mike Ohlman, who blasted a solo home run in the first inning and another in the sixth. Jeremy Barfield broke out of a deep 3-for-47 skid, going 2 for 3 with a double and a walk. Mike Olt failed to record a hit, but his three walks raised his on-base percentage to an excellent .432 since his promotion from Portland. 
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May 4, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Beeks keeps rolling; Scherff steps up


5/4 Cup of Coffee: Despite having a quartet of top-20 prospects on the mound--and despite three of them pitching quite well--the affiliates were swept in Thursday's slate full of road games. Jalen Beeks continued striking out International League hitters at an absurd rate, re-taking the minor league lead in that category. Travis Lakins pitched three scoreless following a lengthy rain delay. Salem and Greenville both had morning games on tap, with Alex Scherff (pictured) turning in an excellent five shutout innings.

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Thursday evening featured yet another outstanding performance by the scorching-hot Jalen Beeks. The 24-year-old lefty allowed two runs on five hits in 6 2/3, striking out nine against only one walk. In 26 1/3 innings, Beeks has totaled 46 strikeouts, leading all affiliated minor leaguers in 2018. At the plate, Mike Miller had a three-hit night that included a solo home run and a pair of runs scored. Rusney Castillo was 2 for 5, raising his average to .327 and extending his hitting streak to seven games. 
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May 3, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Minor Notes: Thornburg gets back on the hill, Beeks rises up


Here are Thursday's minor league notes:
  • SoxProspects.com Assistant Director of Scouting Chaz Fiorino posted the final scouting notes from Spring Training earlier in the week, covering pitchers Darwinzon Hernandez, Zach Schellenger, and Jared Oliver. Hernandez has gotten off to a good start this year, but some of the command issues that Chaz notes in the report have shown up in the Carolina League. 
  • The SoxProspects.com Pitcher and Player of the Month awards for April were announced on Tuesday, with Jalen Beeks (pictured, right) and Cole Sturgeon being recognized for their great starts to the season. Staff Writer Tommy Cassell went in-depth on their performance, and for Beeks his performance combined with some good scouting notes moved him up five spots to eighth in the updated SoxProspects.com rankings
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Cup of Coffee: Tavarez, Sturgeon have four-hit games, Ball struggles


5/3 Cup of Coffee: Pawtucket was the only team to win as Portland and Greenville both blew late leads and Salem was shut out. Aneury Tavarez (pictured) and Cole Sturgeon each had four hits, while Josh Smith performed admirably in a spot start for Marcus Walden, who was called up to Boston to replace Eduardo Rodriguez, who was placed on the Family Medical Leave list.

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Anuery Tavarez led the way with a 4-for-4 night as Pawtucket snapped a three-game losing streak in their series finale with Rochester. The Red Wings had a three-run top of the fifth to take a 3-1 lead but the PawSox countered with four runs in their own in the bottom half to take the lead for good thanks to a three-run homer by Jordan Betts followed by a deep drive by Tavarez, who also drove in three. Josh Smith, who replaced call-up Marcus Walden as starting pitcher, allowed just two hits in four shutout innings to go along with a strikeout. Tyler Thornburg walked two and allowed an unearned run in his second rehab appearance. Kyle Martin pitched 1 1/3 perfect innings for his first save of 2018.
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May 2, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Notes from the Field: Darwinzon Hernandez, Zach Schellenger and Jared Oliver


At the end of March, the SoxProspects Staff made their annual trip to Minor League Spring Training. Over the next few weeks their notes and observations will be featured on SoxProspects News. Here is the eight feature from Spring Training highlighting three final Red Sox pitching prospects.

21-year old left-hander Darwinzon Hernandez has filled out considerably after signing for just $7,500 out of Venezuela back in 2013. Now listed at 6-foot-2, 245 pounds, Hernandez has a thick, strong lower half and mature frame. The second-ranked left-handed pitching prospect in the system, he opened 2018 in the High A Salem rotation.

During this Spring Training outing, Hernandez threw four innings at the Twins complex in the High A game, striking out six. His fastball sat 92-94 mph in the first, topping out at 95 mph with late life and appearing to get on hitters quick. He later settled into the 89-92 mph range. His command wavered throughout, which will continue to be a focus in his development going forward. Hernandez’s arm slot and the drop-and-drive in his delivery make it difficult to command consistently, and he projects to have only a fringe-average command profile into the future.
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Cup of Coffee: Baldwin powers Salem; Sturgeon helps Sea Dogs to split


5/2 Cup of Coffee: The calendar turning to May was a welcome change for Portland, who saw six of its 12 home games postponed in April. The Sea Dogs had a tough task in their return to the field for the first time since last Wednesday with a doubleheader that included facing a top-100 starter. Pawtucket also faced off against a top opponent, while Roldani Baldwin (pictured) and a dominant bullpen propelled Salem.

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It was a tough night for the PawSox against top-100 prospect Stephen Gonsalves and the Red Wings. Pawtucket managed only one hit in 7 2/3 off the lefty, a second-inning single by Jordan Betts. Justin Haley was solid opposite Gonsalves, giving up two runs on seven hits in five innings, striking out five without walking a batter. Williams Jerez had another strong outing out of the bullpen, striking out three in two scoreless frames. 
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May 1, 2018 at 4:01 PM

April Players of the Month: Jalen Beeks and Cole Sturgeon


With the top-two prospects in the Sox system in Jason Groome (injury) and Michael Chavis (suspension) sidelined for the month of April, the farm was in dire need of good news from some of its other prospects in the opening month. 

Two such minor leaguers raised their level of play in earning SoxProspects.com's player of the month honors. One highly-touted arm in Jalen Beeks (pictured) turned heads with gaudy strikeout numbers, while one lesser-known farmhand in Cole Sturgeon made a splash at the plate in a wet month of April. 

In four starts for Triple-A Pawtucket, Beeks has been nothing short of spectacular. The left-hander is 2-1 with a 1.37 ERA. He has 37 strikeouts in 19 2/3 innings and in his last two starts, both wins, Beeks has 21 strikeouts while giving up a total of just five hits.
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Cup of Coffee: Thornburg terrific, Castillo continues to mash


5/1 Cup of Coffee: Tyler Thornburg struck out the side in the top of seventh, giving those at McCoy Stadium something to cheer about in the PawSox' 5-1 loss to the Red Wings. Rusney Castillo (pictured) picked up two hits in the loss. For the sixth time this season, the Sea Dogs weren't able to play due to field conditions and both the Red Sox and Drive had off days. 

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A three-strikeout performance from Tyler Thornburg was the highlight of the night in the PawSox second-straight loss. The right-handed reliever made his first rehab appearance in his return from right-shoulder surgery to treat thoracic outlet syndrome. Thornburg gave up a lead-off single and issued a wild pitch, but was otherwise sharp. He struck out the side in the top of the seventh inning, throwing 11 of his 16 pitches for strikes.

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April 30, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Minor Notes: Notes from the field; rain hurting Portland's field


Here are Monday's minor league notes:
  • Chaz Fiorino wrote SoxProspects' latest Notes from the Field, giving scouting reports on this week's pitcher of the week Kutter Crawford (pictured) and last year's third-round pick, infielder Brett Netzer.
  • The weather has not been good to the Northeast, as Portland has had six postponements this year, five of which were at home. The rain has been so bad in Maine that when combined with redoing the infield dirt, the Sea Dogs' entire series with Reading was washed out.
  • Pawtucket has had slightly better luck, with only three postponements, including Opening Day being moved due to snow.
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Cup of Coffee: Crawford steers Drive to shutout, series win


4/30 Cup of Coffee: Things appear to be turning around for the Greenville Drive, who took their series against Charleston with another top-notch outing from Kutter Crawford (pictured). The PawSox were two-hit on a bitter day in Buffalo, while the Sea Dogs were again victims of the weather. 

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A solid start from William Cuevas went for naught, as a trio of Bison hurlers held the PawSox to just two hits. Cuevas allowed two runs on six hits in 5 1/3, striking out six and walking only one. Brandon Workman worked 1 2/3 scoreless in his first appearance in six days, and Josh Smith threw a scoreless ninth to drop his ERA to 0.79. Unsurprisingly, Rusney Castillo picked up one of the two Pawtucket knocks. The veteran outfielder continues to pace the squad in several offensive categories, including an organization-leading 28 hits. 
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April 29, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Beeks tosses another gem


4/29 Cup of Coffee: Another dazzling performance from left-hander Jalen Beeks secured the win for the PawSox, while the Red Sox and Drive both took losses and the Sea Dogs were postponed for the second straight day. 

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Jalen Beeks continues to be the story of the season so far, as he struck out 11 in 5 2/3 innings to pace the PawSox to a win over the Bisons. Beeks allowed only three hits and two runs while issuing one walk. He threw 64 of his 93 pitches for strikes and didn't allow an extra-base hit. It was his second win of the year as Beeks' ERA dropped to 1.37.

Jordan Betts belted a bases-clearing double in the top of the six to break things open in a four-run inning for the PawSox, making it 5-0 at the time. Ivan De Jesus Jr. singled home Mike Ohlman in the top of the ninth to cap off a 3-for-5 day for the second baseman. The team had a total of 12 hits in the win with Jeremy Barfield and Chad De La Guerra the lone two players without a base knock.
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April 28, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Raudes goes six scoreless, Castillo slugs three doubles


4/28 Cup of Coffee: A big offensive performance from Rusney Castillo helped the PawSox overcome a shaky outing from Steven Wright, while Roniel Raudes (pictured, right) pitched a gem for Salem. Greenville snapped a long losing streak with a big comeback, though Alex Scherff continued to struggle. 

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The PawSox blasted three home runs and Rusney Castillo had his best game of the season as Pawtucket came out on top in a slugfest. Steven Wright was cruising through five innings in his second rehab start, but he hit a wall in the sixth as he allowed the first four batters to reach base without recording an out before he was pulled. All four eventually came in to score, and he ended the day with five runs allowed over five innings, with a walk and four strikeouts. Marcus Walden allowed the inherited runners to score in his first appearance since being optioned on April 20. 
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April 27, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Notes from the Field: Kutter Crawford, Brett Netzer and more


At the end of March, the SoxProspects Staff made their annual trip to Minor League Spring Training. Over the next few weeks their notes and observations will be featured on SoxProspects News. Here is the eighth feature from Spring Training highlighting five more Red Sox prospects.


6-foot-1, 190-pound right-hander Kutter Crawford the club’s sixteenth-round selection in 2017, signing for $125,000 out of Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers. Crawford threw three innings, striking out four hitters including striking out the side in his first inning of work. There is effort in his delivery, and his four-pitch mix flattened considerably while his command faltered after the first inning, indicating a relief profile down the road. Crawford’s fastball was 91-93 mph, complemented by a cutter at 85-87 mph, a curveball at 77-78 mph, and a changeup that was thrown sparingly and tough to distinguish from the cutter because of its similar velocity. It’s a fringe-average package across the board, with the cutter, coincidentally his go-to pitch, showing hard, late cutting action.

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6-foot, 195 pound second baseman Brett Netzer was drafted in the third round of the 2017 draft and signed for $475,000. In a very limited look, Netzer appeared to have a quick, smooth, line drive stroke from the left side with bat control and the ability to recognize spin. In his first at-bat during a game, he was in a 2-2 count and stayed right on curveball that was up-and-away, spraying a line drive to left-field for a hit. Netzer also impressed with his soft hands and actions at second base taking ground balls during morning workouts. However, his average arm, average speed and fringe power gives him a second base-only profile, putting lots of pressure on the hit tool. He opened the year in High A Salem.


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Cup of Coffee: Dalbec and Mata lead Salem, De Jesus dominates for Greenville


4/27 Cup of Coffee: It was poised to be a light night on the farm with Pawtucket and Portland having scheduled off days, but there were plenty of intriguing performances in the lower levels. Bobby Dalbec and Bryan Mata helped lead Salem, while Enmanuel De Jesus (pictured, right) and Lorenzo Cedrola came up to help Greenville get back on track.

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Two doubles from Bobby Dalbec and a solid performance from Bryan Mata highlighted Salem's victory. Mata only went four innings but he did not allow a run and surrendered one hit. His control issues were still present as he walked two and hit two batters, but he also induced eight groundouts without allowing a fly out. Daniel Gonzalez improved to 3-0 with three innings of two-run ball, and Matthew Gorst picked up his second save with 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Gorst has now allowed two runs and struck out 12 over 10 2/3 innings to start the year. 
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April 26, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Minor Notes: Lakins, Baldwin return (& the podcast too)


Here are Thursday's minor league notes:
  • SoxProspects.com Assistant Director of Scouting Chad Fiorino continued his Notes from the Field series with notes from players from spring training. Wednesday's edition focused on two pitchers in their early 20s in right-hander Roniel Raudes (pictured, right) and lefty Jhonathan Diaz. Raudes, ranked 11th in the SoxProspects.com rankings has made four starts this season for Salem with a 3.79 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 13 strikeouts to nine walks over 19 innings. Diaz, pitching for Greenville, has also made four starts and over 21 2/3 innings of work he has a worse ERA at 4.57 but better secondary numbers with a 1.20 WHIP, 21 strikeouts, and five walks.
  • Do you like how former top prospect Blake Swihart has been used while up with the big league club? Yeah, Chris Hatfield and Ian Cundall don't approve either and that is just one of several topics discussed on the glorious return of the SoxProspects.com podcast after a short hiatus.
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Cup of Coffee: Houck earns first win, Hernandez returns to form


4/26 Cup of Coffee: Rain was a big theme on Wednesday, as Salem swept its doubleheader, while Greenville was swept in a twin bill of their own. Both were caused by rainouts on Tuesday, while Portland's game ended early due to weather and Pawtucket's never happened at all. Darwinzon Hernandez (pictured) led Salem in Game 1, and Brett Netzer had two hits in each game for Salem.

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Pawtucket Red Sox vs. Toledo Mud Hens (DET), Canceled (Rain)
The PawSox and Mud Hens saw the final game of their three-game get canceled at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The two teams will not meet again this year so the game will not be made up.

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In a rain-shortened contest, Portland could only muster three hits, one each from Cole Sturgeon, Lule Tendler and Austin Rei. Mike Shawaryn pitched five-plus innings, and through five, he had allowed only one hit with seven strikeouts. However, after three consecutive singles, the Yard Goats had scored once and had two runners on. On a sacrifice bunt attempt, Shawaryn threw the ball away, and on the next batter, Josh Ockimey made another error, each scoring a run. That was the last play of the game, as the game was called after a rain delay. With hits in five of his last six games, Sturgeon has slashed .369/.447/.569 to begin the year.
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April 25, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Notes from the Field: Roniel Raudes and Jhonathan Diaz


At the end of March, the SoxProspects Staff made their annual trip to Minor League Spring Training. Over the next few weeks their notes and observations will be featured on SoxProspects News. Here is the seventh feature from Spring Training highlighting two more intriguing Red Sox starting pitching prospects.

Roniel Raudes threw five innings in the High-A Salem game facing Rays minor leaguers. It was one of the standout performances of the trip for me, as Raudes struck out six hitters, elicited 11 swinging strikes, and missed bats with all four pitches.

The undersized right-hander is listed at 6-foot-1, 160 pounds. I suspect he’s a bit heavier and stronger than listed, and given that he is still just 20 years old, there’s still some physical projection. Raudes’ delivery immediately stands out—he will often crouch down and swirl his hands around his head in a circular motion pre-wind-up. Surprisingly enough, it does create some deception and seems to disrupt the timing of hitters. He doesn’t do it every pitch, and will other times just go straight into his delivery, so hitters are left wondering whether he’s going to do it or not, disrupting their timing and concentration with his varying looks and times to the plate. 

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Cup of Coffee: Bogaerts homers in rehab; Crawford Ks nine


4/25 Cup of Coffee: It was a tough night on the farm, as the three affiliates who weather permitted to play were swept. Fortunately, some noteworthy individual performances shone through. Most pertinently to the major league squad, Xander Bogaerts homered in his first rehab appearance as he ramps back up after suffering an ankle injury two weeks ago. Kutter Crawford (pictured) was outstanding on the mound for Greenville once again, and Travis Lakins was solid in his 2018 debut for the Sea Dogs. 

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Xander Bogaerts showed no signs of rust in his return to competition. Bogaerts blasted a solo home run in the fourth and a leadoff double in the sixth, and also started a 6-4-3 double play. He was removed for Ivan DeJesus in the seventh, but it appears to have been a scheduled substitution rather than injury related, as Bogaerts' ankle showed no ill effects while he ran the bases. Justin Haley surrendered five runs in six innings to take the loss. Ty Buttrey allowed a pair of runs (one earned) in his two innings, but he did strikeout five without issuing a walk. The big right-hander now has struck out 21 of the 47 batters he has faced this season, and has walked only three batters.
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April 24, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Olt grand in PawSox extra-inning win



4/24 Cup of Coffee: An extra-inning grand slam from Mike Olt (pictured) provided some fireworks for those that stayed to watch the second game of a doubleheader at McCoy Stadium as the four-run homer from Olt powered the PawSox to a 6-4 win over the Toledo Mud Hens. The Sea Dogs didn't fare as well in extra innings, with a comeback effort falling short against the Hartford Yard Goats.

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Toledo Mud Hens (DET) 3, Pawtucket Red Sox 0, 7 innings (Game 1)
Rusney Castillo doubled to open the bottom of the first, but the PawSox wouldn't register another hit as two pitchers for the Mud Hens recorded 21 consecutive outs in a shutout loss for Pawtucket in Game 1 of a doubleheader at McCoy Stadium. Old friend Jarrod Saltalamacchia went 2 for 3 with a double for Toledo.

Chandler Shepherd picked up his first loss of the season for the PawSox. The 25-year-old right-hander pitched six innings, allowing five hits and three runs while striking out six. Shepherd allowed two home runs.

Pawtucket Red Sox 6Toledo Mud Hens (DET) 4, 8 innings (Game 2)
Playing as the away team in a makeup game from April 15, Mike Olt blasted a grand slam in extra innings to push the PawSox to a split of the doubleheader with Toledo. With Castillo starting the eighth inning on second base, Ramon Flores walked, and Sam Travis was hit by a pitch. Olt then smacked a home run to left center field.

After just one base knock in the first game of the twin-bill, the PawSox garnered seven total hits with Olt and Chad De La Guerra the two players with multi-hit games. Brandon Workman got the win while Bobby Poyner, in his first appearance since coming off of the disabled list and being optioned to Triple-A, allowed two runs (one earned) in an inning of relief.     
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Podcast Ep. #136 - Ian is being a wisenheimer


Remember us? We've been busy. #BlameHatfield. After two-and-a-half soggy weeks of minor league games, we're back. Chris and Ian start with a rundown of the top talents in the system, who both happen to be sidelined, then broke down the wonderful success stories of Bobby Poyner and Marcus Walden, who both made the big club out of spring training. The guys renewed their objections to the handling of Blake Swihart. Finally, Chris and Ian noted the season-opening roster highlights and top early performers throughout the system, running the gamut from the loaded Salem rotation, young Greenville lineup, crowded PawSox pitching staff and Portland lineup that… really needed Josh Ockimey back.

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April 23, 2018 at 1:00 PM

Minor Notes: Poyner optioned to Pawtucket, Wright leaves start due to injury


Here are Monday's minor league notes:
  • In one of our latest Notes from the Field entries, SoxProspects.com Director of Scouting Ian Cundall featured two Greenville relievers in Brendan Nail and Devon Fisher.
  • Bobby Poyner  (pictured) was activated from the major league disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday. He pitched seven innings with the Red Sox this season, sporting a 2.57 ERA with eight hits and eight strikeouts. Poyner pitched a scoreless inning of relief on Saturday for the PawSox in his second rehab assignment for a left hamstring strain before his activation. 
  • The PawSox had quite the come-from-behind win in extra innings on Sunday, plating four runs in the bottom of the 11th inning to claim a 10-9 walk-off win over the Gwinett Stripers. Mike Miller's RBI single scored Aneury Tavarez in a wild contest.
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Notes from the Field: 2017-2018 International Signees and more


At the end of March, the SoxProspects Staff made their annual trip to Minor League Spring Training. Over the next few weeks their notes and observations will be featured on SoxProspects News. Here is the sixth edition of Notes from the Field from Spring Training 2018 highlighting two more Greenville relievers and several 2017 international signees.


Though he went undrafted out of Western Carolina as a junior last year, left-hander Brendan Nail signed for $125,000 after a strong Cape Cod League season, that mark significantly representing the most the Red Sox could pay him without his bonus counting toward its draft signing bonus cap. Nail has an average frame and starts on the first base side of the rubber. He throws exclusively from the stretch from a high three-quarters arm slot with short arm action behind. He does a good job hiding the ball with his body and was tough for hitters to pick up, especially left-handers. 

Nail’s stuff does not stand out, however, so command and deception are how he will have to succeed. His fastball sat 86-89 mph and showed cut. He mixed in a breaking ball at 75-80 mph that looked like a curveball at lower velocities and more like a slider when thrown harder. 

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Cup of Coffee: Tavarez, Dalbec lead way in extras


4/23 Cup of Coffee: All four affiliates were in action Sunday, with two games apiece fitting into opposite extremes. Pawtucket and Salem both won thrilling back-and-forth contests in extra innings, with Aneury Tavarez (pictured) and Bobby Dalbec playing outsized roles in the victories of their respective teams. On the opposite end were Portland and Greenville, for whom nothing seemed to go right and the offense of both squads managed just one run on two hits.

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In a wild back-and-forth contest, that featured a triple play, Pawtucket scored four times in the bottom of the 11th to race with a victory at McCoy Stadium. Aneury Tavarez played a key role in the win, ripping his second double off the day to tie the contest at nine, and then scoring the winning run on a Mike Miller base hit. Taverez was 3 for 5 in all, driving in two and scoring two. Catcher Mike Ohlman also had a two-run double in the 11th as part of his 2-for-5 afternoon. In a rare feat in such a high-scoring affair, William Cuevas actually turned in a quality start. He allowed eight hits in his six innings of work but was able to pitch out of jams, surrendering only two runs. 
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April 22, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Beeks reels in Stripers to continue scoreless stretch


4/22 Cup of Coffee: By helping the PawSox to a 6-0 victory over the Stripers, Jalen Beeks (pictured, left) picked up his first win of the season while extending his streak of not allowing an earned run to 13-consecutive innings. Rusney Castillo scored two runs in the win as the PawSox climbed over the .500 mark with a 7-6 overall record. The other three teams in the system all lost as both the Sea Dogs and Red Sox squandered solid starting pitching performances while Alex Scherff  and the Drive continued their struggles.


Jalen Beeks continued his impressive start to the season by striking out 10 in six innings of work to lead the PawSox to a shutout win over the Stripers. The left-hander, a 12th round draft pick out of the University of Arkansas in 2014, lowered his ERA to 0.64 after allowing just two hits on 98 pitches. Bobby Poyner, Brandon Workman, and Williams Jerez tossed an inning apiece of scoreless relief to preserve the shutout.  

The PawSox made good use of their six hits as Rusney Castillo was the lone player with multiple base hits, going 2 for 4 with a double and two runs scored. Dan Butler added a double and three walks to the offensive tally. The PawSox were up 2-0 after the first inning before pouring on four runs in the bottom half of the eighth.

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April 21, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Wright makes first rehab appearance, Olt and Travis lead Pawtucket's rally


4/21 Cup of Coffee: Steven Wright's rehab appearance did not go as planned as the right-hander had to leave early due to a back injury, but Pawtucket stayed in the game and won thanks to strong nights from Mike Olt (pictured) and Sam TravisMike Shawaryn turned in a quality start for the Sea Dogs while Bryan Mata's control issues continued in Salem. 

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A walk-off double from Mike Olt capped an impressive PawSox comeback. Steven Wright, who underwent left knee surgery last May, made his first rehab appearance but it was cut short due to a stiff back. He had gone the first 2 2/3 innings while allowing three runs on two hits. Josh Smith followed by striking out six over 3 1/3 innings of one-run ball, and Ryan Brasier picked up his first win of the season with two scoreless innings.
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April 20, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Ockimey grand slam leads Sea Dogs


4/20 Cup of Coffee: It was a welcome sight at Portland, as Josh Ockimey (pictured) cleared the bases for his first home run of the year as part of a three-hit night to propel Portland to this win. Tanner Houck struggled in his third start of the season, while Greenville fell against Kannapolis desipte a big night from Michael Osinski.

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Two days after making his 2018 debut, Josh Ockimey capped a big afternoon with a 411-foot grand slam for his first homer of the season to propel the Sea Dogs. It was the third hit of the day for Ockimey, who missed the first 10 games of the season with a minor hamstring injury. Cole Sturgeon and Esteban Quiroz have been the offensive catalysts in the early going for Portland, and both contributed on Thursday. The day after his hitting streak ended at nine games, Sturgeon doubled, walked, and scored a pair. Quiroz ripped an RBI double, his seventh extra-base hit in 12 games. 
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April 19, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Minor Notes: Ockimey activated, more spring scouting notes


Here are Thursday's minor league notes:
  • In the latest Notes from the Field, SoxProspects.com Director of Scouting Ian Cundall covered Hunter HaworthLukas Young, and Angel Padron. The three Greenville pitchers are all getting their first taste of full-season ball, with Young and Padron off to strong starts. 
  • Cundall followed that up with another article focusing on some of the system's younger arms, with Juan Florentino, Andres Jimenez, Oddanier Mosqueda, and Edilson Batista all showing some intrigue. 
  • Ninth-ranked prospect Josh Ockimey (pictured, right) was activated from the disabled list on Tuesday and made his season debut for the Portland Sea Dogs. 
  • A trio of catchers were on the move early in the week as Isaias Lucena was called up to Portland from Greenville to fill in for Jordan Procyshen who was placed on the disabled list.  Charlie Madden was activated off the disabled list for Greenville to replace Lucena. 
  • With the minor league rules continuing to change, the effect on the players is starting to come out. Some players on the Drive have expressed their frustration with the new mound visit rules to Jim Rice of the Greenville News.
  • Brandon Moss returned to Portland on Wednesday to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Portland's first home game. After making his major league debut with the Red Sox in 2007, Moss has played parts of 11 years in the big leagues, though he is currently a free agent. 
  • Moss was also honored by being named to the Portland Sea Dogs All-Time Team, which includes the team's time as an affiliate of the Marlins and Red Sox. Joining him on the team is Charles Johnson, Kevin Millar, Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis, Hanley Ramirez, Andrew Benintendi, Jacoby Ellsbury, Josh Beckett, Jonathan Papelbon, Jon Lester, and Daniel Bard, with Carlos Tosca as the manager. 
Photo Credit: Josh Ockimey by Kelly O'Connor

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