SoxProspects News

July 16, 2018 at 11:00 AM

Minor Notes: Future bright for Mata; Buttrey gains interest in Japan



Here are Monday's minor league notes:

  • SoxProspects.com executive editor Chris Hatfield was in attendance on Sunday in Washington for the All-Star Futures Game. Bryan Mata (pictured, right), the organization's second-ranked prospect, pitched a scoreless  third inning, allowing one hit in the frame. For more information on how Mata did, check out Monday's Cup of Coffee
  • Two weeks ago, Bobby Dalbec won the Carolina League Player of the Week award. Last week, he picked up Player of the Week honors for SoxProspects.com. And the right-handed hitter continues to impress, picking up 10 hits in 21 at-bats, while going yard four times this past week. If that wasn't enough, Dalbec added another dinger on Sunday to give him 23 homers on the season so far.  
  • Since his promotion from Lowell, 2018 third-round draft pick Durbin Feltman hasn't skipped a beat during his time with the Drive. He's been nearly perfect, allowing one hit while recording all of his outs (six) via strikeout in two innings of work, both resulting in saves for the right-hander, who may be making a push to shoot through the entire Sox system by September. 
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Cup of Coffee: Mata in Futures Game; Another Dalbec dinger


7/16 Cup of Coffee: With the major league club closing out its first half on a high note, the minor league affiliates have been on one of their strongest runs of the season. Bryan Mata (pictured, left), the Carolina League's youngest hurler, aquitted himself well in the Futures Game, while four of the five teams in action Sunday came away with wins. Bobby Dalbec continues to be an unstoppable force this month, and Denyi Reyes was once again untouchable for Greenville. Reyes was supported by a huge effort by Victor Acosta, while Devlin Granberg reached base five times to lead Lowell. 

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Major League Baseball's All-Star weekend festivities kicked off with the annual Futures Game. The lone Red Sox representative in the contest was right-hander pitcher Bryan Mata, selected by the World Team. The organization's second-ranked prospect got the call in the third inning, allowing one hit in a scoreless frame. He walked one, and struck out Brendan Rodgers (COL), the third overall pick in the 2015 draft. SoxProspects.com Executive Editor Chris Hatfield was in attendance at Nationals Park. He reported that Mata threw his fastball in the 94-95 range and mixed in a curve and changeup, while also getting some video of Mata warming up before coming on.
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July 15, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Cuevas calm, cool and collected; Diaz dialed in


7/15 Cup of Coffee: Dominant starting pitching from Pawtucket and Greenville led to victories while 13-hit performances from Portland and Lowell also resulted in wins on the farm. The lone loss came in a shellacking of Salem. William Cuevas (Pawtucket) and Jhonathan Diaz (Greenville) breezed to wins on the hill while Jordan Betts (Portland) and Xavier LeGrant (Lowell) powered their teams to wins. Oh, and Brandon Phillips picked up a hit in his debut with the PawSox.

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A brilliant pitching performance by William Cuevas led the way for a dominant PawSox shutout. Cuevas pitched seven innings, allowing two hits while striking out six. The victory was his sixth of the season, as the right-hander allowed a total of three base runners. His near namesake Williams Jerez played the role of copycat, allowing just one hit in two innings of relief, striking out three.  
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July 14, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Pomeranz struggles, De Jesus tosses complete game


7/14 Cup of Coffee: Some impressive performances in the lower minors were the highlight of the night down on the farm, with Enmanuel De Jesus's (pictured) complete game and Darwinzon Hernandez's five shutout innings setting the pace. Drew Pomeranz struggled in his start for the PawSox, and Lowell pulled out a victory in extra innings. 

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Drew Pomeranz struggled through 3 2/3 innings in his third rehab start with the PawSox as they were doubled up by the Chiefs. Pomeranz allowed three runs on four hits and a walk while striking out three. He has now allowed nine runs over 9 1/3 innings since coming back on July 2. Josh D. Smith allowed two runs over four innings as he was hit with the loss. With their offense currently depleted by call-ups and injuries, the PawSox are using a bit of a makeshift lineup. Tony Renda and Kyle Wren led the way, with Renda slugging a two-run home run and a double, and Wren going 3 for 4 with a double. 
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July 13, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Chavis goes deep; Duran, Bazardo lead Lowell


7/13 Cup of Coffee: It was a good night down on the farm, with several top prospects having notable performances and three of the four stateside teams who completed games coming away with wins. Michael Chavis returned to Portland after a brief one-game sabbatical back to Lowell and blasted a home run in the Sea Dogs win. Tanner Houck was dominant for the first six innings of his start before things slipped away in the seventh. Jarren Duran and Eduard Bazardo (pictured, right) continue their excellent seasons for the Spinners.

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The PawSox opened their second-half schedule with a strong effort highlighted by Justin Haley. The righty allowed two runs on six hits in 5 2/3 innings, striking out a season-high nine batters. Bobby Poyner surrendered a rare run, only the second time in his last 10 Triple-A outings that he has been scored upon. Ty Buttrey pitched a scoreless 1 2/3 to get credit for the save, his first of the season. After joining the team from Portland to take the roster spot of Boston-bound Tzu-Wei Lin, Tony Renda played a key role for the offense. The veteran infielder got the start at second base and was 2 for 4 with a double, a walk, and two runs scored. Aneury Tavarez provided insurance with a two-run homer in the eighth inning.
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July 12, 2018 at 1:00 PM

Minor Notes: Feltman moves up, Dalbec has a power surge


Here are Thursday's minor league notes:

  • After winning the Carolina League Player of the Week award last week, Bobby Dalbec (pictured, right) picked up where he left off, launching two home runs and driving in five runs on Tuesday. He already has six home runs in July after hitting five in April, May, and June. 
  • It was a short stay in Lowell for third-round pick Durbin Feltman as he was promoted to Greenville. Feltman struck out seven and did not allow a run in four innings with the Spinners, and in his first game with the Drive on Wednesday he struck out three and picked up the save. 
  • The Red Sox recalled Jalen Beeks in the beginning of the week and optioned William Cuevas to Pawtucket. Beeks struggled in his appearance on Tuesday, allowing three runs on four hits over 2 1/3 innings against the Rangers. He was sent down on Wednesday, with Robby Scott coming up in his place. 
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Cup of Coffee: Chatham, Cottam with three hits, Ozoria with three perfect frames


7/12 Cup of Coffee: The system had a good day, as each of the six affiliates that played earned wins. Each of the DSL squads split a doubleheader, with Portland and Pawtucket off for its respective all-star games. Kole Cottam (pictured) helped Lowell to a win with three extra-base hits, as he was a single short of the cycle. Matthew Kent and Kyle Hart each had perfect innings in the tied Eastern League All-Star Game.

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Jalen Beeks and Ryan Brasier were both named to the International League All-Star team, but Beeks was only sent back down to Pawtucket after pitching in Tuesday's game for Boston, while Brasier remains on the big league roster after an inning, so neither were available. Rusney Castillo was eligible, but did not play.
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July 11, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Scorching Dalbec homers twice in four-hit effort


7/11 Cup of Self-Serve Coffee: Bobby Dalbec continued his absurd week-long assault on Carolina League pitchers, blasting two homers and driving in five in Salem's victory. With the DSL squads rained out, Lowell and Greenville on scheduled days off, and the International and Eastern Leagues on their All-Star Breaks, the GCL Sox were the only other team in action, picking up the victory behind rehabbing hurlers Zach Schellenger and Austin Glorius along with lefty Rayniel Adames.

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It has been a mind-boggling eight game run for Bobby Dalbec, who had a career night on Tuesday. The third baseman was 4 for 4 with two homers, driving in five runs and even stealing a base. It was Dalbec's second four-hit game in five days, and the second two-homer performance of his pro career. The blasts give him 21 homers on the season, and 12 at Haley-Toyota Field, tying a team record set last season by Michael Chavis. Toiling in Dalbec's shadow, Trenton Kemp also delivered a two-homer game, blasting solo shots in the fourth and sixth innings.

Bryan Mata benefited from the power surge, getting credit for the win while allowing four runs on six hits in five innings. He struck out four batters, and his two walks where his lowest total in a start since walking a pair on May 10. Kevin McAvoy went four shutout innings to earn his first professional save. McAvoy allowed only one hit and struck out three without issuing a walk. He also induced eight ground ball outs. 
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July 10, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Chavis finds his groove; Reyes rolls in win for Drive


7/10 Cup of Coffee: With both Pawtucket and Portland on an All-Star break, Salem was the highest-level team in action on Monday. Daniel Gonzalez couldn't quite match the performance of teammate Darwinzon Hernandez from Sunday for Salem. Denyi Reyes was efficient and effective, powering the Drive to a win. But the story of the night was Michael Chavis(pictured), who finally broke through with a home run and a pair of doubles in his seventh game back since returning from a suspension.

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Daniel Gonzalez couldn't match Darwinzon Hernandez' performance from a day earlier when Hernandez didn't allow a hit in 5 2/3 innings of work in Salem's win over Potomac on Sunday, as Gonzalez surrendered for runs on seven hits in six innings of work to take his third loss of the season.

Bobby Dalbec extended his hitting streak to seventh games with a single while adding a walk.  CJ Chatham continues to swing a hot bat, going 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI, his third straight contest with multiple hits, raising his average to .322 with Salem.
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July 9, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Minor Notes: Injuries abound, Brasier returns to the big leagues


Here are Monday's Minor Notes:
  • On Friday, 12th-round pick Chase Shugart and 16th-rounder Chris Machamer signed with the Red Sox, hours before July 6's 5 p.m. signing deadline. Shugart signed for slot value at $125,000, while Machamer got $213,000 which was $88,000 above slot. The team ended up signing 26 of its first 28 picks and 28 out of 40.
  • On Sunday, the Red Sox placed both Brian Johnson and Christian Vazquez on the 10-day disabled list with left hip inflammation and a pinky fracture, respectively.
  • To fill the spots on the 25-man roster, Boston selected Ryan Brasier (pictured, left) from Pawtucket and recalled William Cuevas from the PawSox.
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Cup of Coffee: Hernandez, Brown are unhittable; Dalbec stays hot


7/9 Cup of Coffee: The affiliates won only two of the five games on Sunday's docket, but that win-loss record masked some outstanding individual performances. The highlight was a pair of hitless starts: one for 5 2/3 innings by Darwinzon Hernandez (pictured, left) for Salem, and another five innings for Brian Brown in Lowell. Bobby Dalbec continued his hot streak to support Hernandez, while Zach Sterry reached base five times as Jhonathan Diaz was turning in another quality start for the Drive.

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Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (NYY) 3, Pawtucket Red Sox 2
With projected starter William Cuevas getting the call to the majors early in the day, the task of taking on Yankee prospect Justus Sheffield fell onto a quintet of relievers. Fernando Rodriguez got the first call and turned in yeoman's work, allowing a run on three hits in 2 1/3 innings, striking out five. Williams Jerez also fanned five in his 2 2/3 innings of work, allowing two runs. Kyle Martin, Robby Scott, and Ty Buttrey each turned in a scoreless outing, with Scott striking out all three batters he faced. However, Sheffield and the RailRiders bullpen were able to limit the PawSox to six hits as the two teams closed out the season's first half.
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July 8, 2018 at 11:13 AM

Cup of Coffee: Chavis whiffs four times; Dalbec's bat on fire


7/8 Cup of Coffee: A second rehab assignment this month from Drew Pomeranz went a little better than his last, while Rusney Castillo continued to pile up the hits in a win for Pawtucket. Michael Chavis struck out in all four of his at-bats in his debut with Portland, Bobby Dalbec (pictured, left) delivered another homer for Salem, and Tanner Houck impressed on the mound in a victory.

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Pawtucket Red Sox 4, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (NYY) 2,
Drew Pomeranz performed a little better in his second rehab start with the PawSox as he followed up his four-home run clunker that lasted only 2 2/3 innings on July 2 by tossing three innings of one-run ball on Saturday. The left-hander still wasn't too sharp, though, as he walked two and gave up five hits, throwing 37 of his 60 pitches for strikes. Josh D. Smith picked up the win in relief, tossing three innings of his own, allowing one run on three hits and striking out four. Ryan Brasier picked up his 13th save of the season with a scoreless ninth.

Rusney Castillo went 3 for 3 with an RBI and a run while Sam Travis lofted his six home run of the season with Pawtucket with a solo shot in the fourth inning.
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July 7, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Montero strikes out nine, Dalbec homers again


7/7 Cup of Coffee: There were several good performances on the farm last night, but none were better than Alexander Montero's (pictured) start for Lowell. Bobby Dalbec stayed hot at the plate, while Ty Buttrey, Trey Ball, and Jake Cosart all kept their good runs going. Kyle Hart had a solid outing for the Sea Dogs and Angel Maita continued to swing the bat well in the GCL.

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Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (NYY) 3, Pawtucket Red Sox 2
After his start got rained out on Thursday, Justin Haley got the ball on Friday, tossing three innings while allowing two runs. Josh A. Smith allowed a run for the first time in four appearances, giving up one over four innings. Ty Buttrey allowed two hits and struck out two in a scoreless ninth. The PawSox managed only four hits, with both Tzu-Wei Lin and Sam Travis walking twice and singling.
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July 6, 2018 at 8:45 AM

2018 Donation Drive - We Need Your Help!


Dear readers,

We're asking for your help to raise $8,000 to keep SoxProspects.com up and running for another year. We have kept the site 100% free for almost 15 years now, and we hope to do so for the foreseeable future. As we scout dozens of games first-hand each year, travel costs pile up. Our other costs to run the site often go up on an annual basis as well, and our ad revenue only covers a portion of those costs. So we're reaching out to the community for donations to help us keep the site going. Donations help cover site costs in two primary areas: (1) first-hand coverage travel costs for scouting and player columns; and (2) general IT costs (hardware, software, internet costs, hosting fees, etc.).

Your donations help us travel to Fort Myers in March to cover spring training and in the fall to cover the Instructional League each year, which are vital to get “one-stop shopping” for prospects across the system at levels we can’t see regularly. They also help cover the costs of travelling to affiliate games for regular first-hand coverage. We anticipate that our total costs will exceed $15,000 in 2018. While we may cover roughly half that from online advertising revenue, your donations help us ensure we can cover those costs in order to keep the site going.
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Cup of Coffee: Dalbec mashes as Salem wins slugfest


7/6 Cup of Coffee: Thursday treated the organization well, as five of the seven affiliates that got in games came away with wins. Bobby Dalbec (pictured, left) has been an all-or-nothing story this year, and his work yesterday fell firmly into the "all" category. The third baseman racked up four hits, increasing his system lead in home runs and doubles in a Salem slugfest. Josh Ockimey and Jantzen Witte helped power a Sea Dogs rout, while Kutter Crawford was once again on his game for Greenville. Aldo Ramirez turned the pitching performance of the night, turning in five no-hit innings for the DSL Red Sox1, while Carlos Velez was a tough-luck loser for their Red Sox2 counterpart. 

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Scheduled starter Justin Haley didn't even get a chance to throw a pitch, as the PawSox game at Frontier Field was suspended by rainstorms after the top of the first inning. The game will resume when Pawtucket returns on August 21.
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July 5, 2018 at 2:00 PM

Minor Notes: Chavis returns; many moves & signings from Sox


Thursday's minor league notes:
  • In his return to the playing field after completing his 80-game suspension, SoxProspects.com's top-ranked prospect, infielder Michael Chavis (pictured, left), opened up about his failed drug test and maintains he never knowingly took a banned substance in a piece from Boston Globe correspondent Owen Pence. Since his return, Chavis has played in two games for the Lowell Spinners. He went hitless in his season debut on Monday before smacking an RBI double for his first hit of the season on Tuesday.  
  • The Red Sox have signed 27 of their 2018 draft picks, with rumblings that the Sox will sign a 28th soon in 16th round draft pick Chris Machamer, a right-hander out of the University of Kentucky. That report came out on Sunday from CatsPulse.com's Derek Terry.  
  • Monday was the start of the 2018-19 international amateur signing season, and the Sox inked outfielder Eduardo Lopez for a $1.15 million signing bonus to lead this year's class. Lopez was ranked 20th in the class by Baseball America and 23rd by MLB.com. Lopez is one of 22 international signings the Sox made, with outfielders Eduardo Vaughn and Bryan Gonzalez notably signing for reported bonuses of $550,000 and $500,000, respectively. Check the trackers at Baseball America and MLB Pipeline for more.
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Cup of Coffee: Tendler, Castillo deliver off the bench; Reyes deals


Cup of Coffee 7/5: Pinch-hitting dramatics were afoot as Luke Tendler (pictured) and Rusney Castillo each drove in two off the bench to help Portland and Pawtucket to victory on a successful day for the Red Sox system. Denyi Reyes delivered eight innings, allowing only two runs as Greenville was victorious as well. One DSL team delivered a shutout, while the other was held to only three hits.

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Rusney Castillo stepped to the plate with two outs in the ninth and the bases loaded. He came through with a single to right field to bring the PawSox within one. Tzu-Wei Lin would follow it up with another single to right to give the PawSox the win. Ryan Brasier pitched a perfect ninth to complete the game with two strikeouts. Jalen Beeks had an uneven start, giving up three runs on five hits in 5 1/3 innings, though he did strike out eight Red Wings against zero walks. Mike Miller smacked a two-run home run in the eighth as part of a 2-for-4 night.

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July 4, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Hernandez stymies Wood Ducks; Chavis tallies first hit


7/4 Cup of Coffee: A pair of left-handers in Single A had impressive starts heading into the holiday. Darwinzon Hernandez (pictured, left) turned in his best outing of the 2018 season, and Jhonathan Diaz continues to be a reliable bulwark in the rotation, leading Salem and Greenville, respectively, to victory. The two DSL squads combined for 29 hits. Pawtucket missed several opportunities in its loss to Rochester, while Portland was shut down by a former Boston College ace. 

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The PawSox squandered several opportunities, going 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position in their one-run loss. Tzu-Wei Lin finally put a run on the board in the bottom of the ninth with a solo home run, his fifth of the season. Aneury Tavarez collected three of Pawtucket's six hits on the night. Starter Chandler Shepherd surrendered two runs on nine hits in 4 1/3 innings, striking out five without walking a batter. The bullpen did excellent work keeping the PawSox within striking distance, with Kyle Martin, Bobby Poyner, and Trevor Kelley combining for 4 2/3 scoreless frames. 
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July 3, 2018 at 6:00 PM

June Players of the Month: Tanner Nishioka and Denyi Reyes


The month of July will be hot, but it may be a welcomed reprieve from some of the happenings, and cold harsh realities, that hit the Boston Red Sox minor league system in June, and really, this entire season so far.

To this point, the system's top two prospects in Jay Groome (out for the season due to Tommy John Surgery) and Michael Chavis (played in his first game on July 2 following an 80-game suspension), have been anything but hot, yet instead, missing in action. So, too, have been many noteworthy performances on the farm.

Still, it hasn't been that bad for everybody in the Sox system, as Tanner Nishioka (pictured, right) and Denyi Reyes (pictured, below) earned SoxProspects.com's Player and Pitcher of the Month, respectively, after compiling significant stats in Salem in June, with the former getting a call-up to Greenville on the last day of the month. Nishioka claimed the honors by being near the top in many batting categories throughout the system, earning him the promotion, while Reyes, for the second month in a row after being named Player of the Month in May, was able to continue to limit opponents to next to no earned runs.
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Cup of Coffee: Pomeranz pummeled in Pawtucket; Chavis makes season debut


7/3 Cup of Coffee: Drew Pomeranz imploded in Pawtucket, the bat of Josh Ockimey (pictured, right) exploded for two-late inning RBIs in Portland, and Michael Chavis introduced himself to those in Lowell on Monday for his season debut. Although Chavis went hitless, Eduard Bazardo and three other Lowell arms spun a gem and stole the show in a win for the Spinners at LeLacheur Park.

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Making a rehab assignment with Pawtucket, Drew Pomeranz got shellacked in 2 2/3 innings. The left-hander gave up four hits, all of them home runs, and five runs in total in a lackluster performance as Pomeranz tries to return from left bicep tendinitis. One of the Twins top prospects in Byron Buxton, who is rehabbing a toe injury, homered to lead off the game as the Red Wings then hit another solo shot in the first, a solo home run in the second, and then their final solo homer in the third to chase Pomeranz.
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July 2, 2018 at 4:58 PM

Minor Notes: Trades, signings, and surgery


Monday's minor league notes:
  • After completing his 80-game suspension, SoxProspects.com's top-ranked prospect, infielder Michael Chavis (pictured, right), will make his season debut on Monday the team announced. While he will begin the year with the Lowell Spinners, it is almost certainly just for him to get re-acclimated as Chavis should be sent to Portland in short order.
  • There is a lot of action going on between the draft, international signings, and trades. Luckily the SoxProspects.com Podcast is here with their latest episode to keep it all straight for you.
  • Monday also marks the beginning of the 2018-2019 International Signing Period, where international prospects 16 years old and older can sign with major league organizations. Many of these deals are discussed in advanced and therefore there is always a flurry of activity on the opening day. Ben Badler of Baseball America's has an excellent preview of this for the AL East.
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Podcast Ep. #140 - I have never seen Airplane!


Surely, you can't be serious! It looks like Chris and Ian picked the right time to record a podcast. The new rankings have landed. The Red Sox have locked in their draft picks in the upright position. International signings are cleared for take-off. Join Chris and Ian as they taxi through the system. Their first stop is the Steve Pearce trade. They go over the likelihood of more trades to add to Boston's budget for the July 2 prospects. Chris highlights the big movers and all the debuts in the new rankings. Ian recaps who he's seen at Pawtucket and Lowell.

Listen in and don't call us Shirley!

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Cup of Coffee: Requena dominates; Travis snaps homerless drought


7/2 Cup of Coffee: The system got strong pitching across the board as the calendar flipped to July, but a lack of offensive support led to the affiliates getting only one win in five games. Hildemaro Requena went seven shutout innings with nothing to show for it, while Jake Thompson and Alexander Montero were very solid for Salem and Lowell. Josh A. Smith led a trio of Pawtucket hurlers in four-hitting Scranton, as Sam Travis (pictured) homered to key the only win on the day. 

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A trio of arms collaborated on a four-hit shutout, salvaging the final game of the series for Pawtucket. Right-hander Josh A. Smith got the start, allowing three hits in five frames, striking out five without issuing a walk. Trevor Kelley made his Triple-A debut in relief, striking out two in two perfect innings. Fernando Rodriguez went two innings for his first save of the year. All of the run scoring came on a two-run homer by Sam Travis, the first round-tripper for the first baseman since May 28. Rusney Castillo chipped in with his 20th double of the season.
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July 1, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Magic Mikes split for Portland, Pawtucket; pair of recent draft picks lead Lowell


7/1 Cup of Coffee: Mike Shawaryn (pictured, left) and Mike Ohlman provided magic for both Portland and Pawtucket, respectively, on Saturday, even though the PawSox lost in extras. Bryan Mata and Kutter Crawford both pitched well enough to win, but didn't get the decision, while two 2018 draft picks in Jarren Duran and Kole Cottam, and 2017 draft pick in Cole Brannen, powered the Spinners to a win.  

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Home runs in consecutive innings from Mike Ohlman looked to be enough for the PawSox, but the RailRiders scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth to tie it at six apiece before walking off with a win in the bottom of the 10th. Ohlman smacked a solo shot to lead off the sixth before hitting a two-run bomb in the seventh to supply Pawtucket with a 6-4 lead. But Kyle Martin surrendered a two-run home run to Rey Navarro with two outs in the bottom half of the ninth before a Francisco Diaz single plated the winning run for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. 
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June 30, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Feltman debuts, Reyes continues to shine


6/30 Cup of Coffee: A rough start from Jalen Beeks and the end of Ty Buttrey's scoreless streak led to Pawtucket's third straight loss, while Bobby Dalbec went deep for the 15th time for Salem. Denyi Reyes (pictured) continued his incredible run for Greenville, third-round pick Durbin Feltman debuted in Lowell, and Danny Diaz hit another home run in the DSL. 

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It was the shortest outing of the season for Jalen Beeks as he allowed five runs on six hits over only 2 1/3 innings. All five runs scored with two outs in the second inning. Ty Buttrey's scoreless streak came to an end at 18 1/3 innings after he tossed two scoreless frames and then allowed a leadoff double in the fifth. He left with the runner on second and then Williams Jerez served up a home run as the inherited runner came around to score. Ryan Brasier has a scoreless streak of his own still going, and he extended his to 18 2/3 innings with a scoreless eighth. 
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June 29, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Minor Notes: Trio selected to Triple-A All-Star Game; big club injury woes continue


Here are Friday's Minor Notes:
  • Jalen Beeks (pictured) was selected to the Triple-A All-Star Game on Wednesday. He is currently the International League leader with 101 strikeouts, which he has done in 75 innings.
  • Ryan Brasier and Rusney Castillo will also be playing in the game on July 11 in Columbus, Ohio. Castillo will be making his second consecutive appearance, while Brasier is second in the International League with 11 saves.
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Cup of Coffee: Campana goes deep in both ends of doubleheader


6/29 Cup of Coffee: For the first time since Monday, the affiliates managed to notch a win. A Marino Campana (pictured) three-run homer in the opener of Greenville's doubleheader ultimately went for naught, but his solo shot in the nightcap helped key the split for the Drive. The hug watch season got underway early, as Santiago Espinal was removed from the Salem contest in advance of a post-game trade with the Blue Jays for veteran bat and former Red Sox draftee Steve Pearce. His teammates fell to Carolina and sit precariously close to being swept in their four-game series.

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Buffalo completed its sweep at Coca-Cola Field, outscoring the PawSox 14-3 in the three-game set. Chandler Shepherd allowed six runs (three earned) in 4 2/3 innings, surrendering a two-run homer in the third inning. Ivan De Jesus collected two of Pawtucket's four hits, driving in Deiner Lopez for the only run.
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June 28, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Houck strikes out seven, Buttrey extends scoreless streak


6/28 Cup of Coffee: It was another day of tough losses for the affiliates as they went 0-5 on the day while Greenville was trailing before its game was suspended. Adam Lind hit another home run in Pawtucket, while Tyler Thornburg made another rehab appearance for the Sea Dogs. Tanner Houck was able to miss bats and limit the walks as he switched up his arsenal, and Ty Buttrey (pictured) extended his scoreless streak to 16 1/3 innings. 

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The PawSox managed only five hits, with a solo home run from Adam Lind plating their only run. Lind has now homered in three of his last four games, and he has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 starts. After snapping his five-game hitting streak yesterday, Sam Travis went 0 for 4 with a strikeout again as his average dipped to .215. William Cuevas was stellar on the mound, allowing three runs, two earned, over 6 1/3 innings. Ty Buttrey struck out two in a scoreless inning, and he now has 13 straight appearances without allowing a run.
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June 27, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Lakins continues to shine while affiliates have dreary day


6/27 Cup of Bitter Coffee: It wasn't so much that everything that could go wrong did, but more that nothing went particularly right. Boston's affiliates won none of their nine games, despite being competitive in nearly all of them: four of the losses were by one run, another three by two scores. Some individual performance merited mentioning, such as Fernando Rodriguez stepping in admirable as the Pawtucket starter when Justin Haley was recalled to the major league club, and Travis Lakins (pictured) continuing to give no quarter since his conversion to the Portland bullpen. 

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Projected starter Justin Haley was called up to Boston hours before game time, leaving manager Kevin Boles to piece together a bullpen game. Fernando Rodriguez got the starting nod, going the first three innings an allowing a run on five hits. Williams Jerez allowed a two-run homer to top Blue Jays prospect Anthony Alford that proved to be the difference in the game. Robby Scott and Kyle Martin combined for three innings of scoreless relief. Deiner Lopez supplied the PawSox scoring with a solo homer in the fifth inning. 

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It was a tough evening in Manchester as the Fisher Cats jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the second and didn't look back. Kyle Hart was hit hard, surrendering three homers on his way to allowing nine runs (six earned) in 4 1/3 innings. The bright spot on the mound was Travis Lakins, who continues to be unhittable in a bullpen role. His perfect eighth inning included a strikeout as he registered his sixth consecutive appearance without allowing a hit. At the plate, Josh Ockimey drew another three walks, giving him seven over the past three contests. Luke Tendler doubled and drove in a run as part of a 2-for-4 night.

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Salem has been rotating three regular middle infielders, and all three continue to be the most productive members of the squad. CJ Chatham got the turn at shortstop and was 3 for 5 with a double, RBI, and stolen base. Second baseman Brett Netzer picked up a pair of hits and is 11 for 34 on his eight game hitting streak. Santiago Espinal, a shortstop by trade who got the start as the designated hitter, wasted no time extending his hit streak to 14 with a single to lead off the bottom of the first. He added a walk and stolen base. Starter Jake Thompson allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits in five innings. 

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Hildemaro Requena had a decent start come undone by a pair of homers. A solo blast in the fifth followed by a two-run shot in the sixth constituted the three runs the right-hander allowed in a six-inning stint that included three strikeouts and no walks. Lorenzo Cedrola and Everlouis Lozada had two hits apiece, while Ryan Fitzgerald delivered a two-run homer. 

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The Cyclones stormed back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth to hand the Spinners a come-from-behind defeat. Things got off to an auspicious start when Xavier LeGrant blasted his first professional home run, a two-run shot in the first inning. Tyler Dearden and Andre Colon added two hits apiece, with both scoring a run. Brian Brown got his second start, allowing two runs (one earned) in four innings, striking out three and walking two. Tanner Raiburn and Rio Gomez combined for four scoreless frames before Brooklyn reached Victor Diaz for two in the ninth. 

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First, the good news: nobody got hurt, which made it a huge improvement over Monday. The offense totaled only three hits, with a double off the bat of Brandon Howlett the only knock that went for extra bases. Starter Edilson Batista took the loss, giving up four runs in 2 2/3. Boston's 18th-round pick Eddie Jimenez made his professional debut, allowing one hit in a scoreless inning. 

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The Red Sox1 squad got swept in their doubleheader as the collected had just six hits apiece in the two games. After loading the bases in the first inning, they had only one batter reach as far as second base over the next six. Jesus Rosillo was the tough-luck loser in the opener, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits in five innings. He struck out three and walked one. Left-hander Alvaro Leal, recently signed out of Venezuela, pitched a scoreless seventh in his pro debut.


Like the first game, the Sox compiled only three hits. Unlike the opener, the nightcap saw them work 10 walks against Athletics pitching, on their way to four runs. Carlos Sanchez reached base three times, going 1 for 2 with a pair of free passes. Fabian Andrade was the only player to collect a hit in both games. Jeison Pena got the start, going five innings and giving up two runs (one earned) on two hits, striking out and walking two apiece.

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This game remained knotted at zero all the way until the bottom of the ninth, when two singles sandwiched a wild pitch and passed ball that plated the winner. Four pitchers combined on an effort that did not allow a single earned run. Jose Ramirez went the first 2 1/3, while Robinson Parra bounced back from a tough pro debut last Friday to strike out three in two innings. A double by Angel Maita was the only extra base hit on the day.

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Player of the Day: Short relievers don't usually get their due in this space, but Travis Lakins and his recent dominance demands attention. On May 31, Lakins was moved from a multi-inning role to a traditional one-inning usage pattern. Tuesday marked his ninth appearance since then, each one going exactly one inning. He has allowed just one hit in that time, while striking out 13 and walking five, holding opposing batters to an average of .034. 

Photo Credit: Travis Lakins by Kelly O'Connor

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June 26, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Casas departs early; Matheny comes up grand


6/26 Cup of Coffee: A grand slam from Tate Matheny (pictured, left) propelled a comeback win for Portland and served as a theme for the farm on Monday: offensive production. In seven games, six of them wins, the Red Sox farm system produced a total of 66 hits. Pawtucket, Portland and both DSL teams rallied for victories, with Adam Lind's two-run blast in the top of the eighth for the PawSox being the most dramatic come-from-behind performance. The only bad news on the day was 2018 first-round draft pick Triston Casas left his second GCL game with an apparent thumb injury.  

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Adam Lind blasted a two-run home run in the top of the eighth and scored the winning run in the PawSox come-from-behind win over the Bisons. It was the 34-year-old left-handed hitting journeyman's fourth round-tripper with Pawtucket as Lind drove in all three of the PawSox' runs. Lind plated Ivan De Jesus Jr. with a sacrifice fly in the first inning, as De Jesus also scored on Lind's homer in the eighth. Rusney Castillo extended his hitting streak to nine games with his 92nd hit of the season.
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June 25, 2018 at 1:00 PM

Minor Notes: Casas, Northcut debuts, Decker officially signs


Here are Monday's minor league notes:
  • The SoxProspects.com 2018 Donation Drive is going strong, and we are about half way to our goal of $8,000 with about six weeks to go. Thank you to those who have already donated, and if you have not, please consider reading Editor-in-Chief Mike Andrews' blog post linked above. 
  • With many of the draft signings being wrapped up early, it means that the 2018 draft picks are starting to see the field for the first time as professionals. There were a handful of big debuts this past week led by first-rounder Triston Casas, 11th-rounder Nick Northcut, and 21st-rounder Brandon Howlett.
  • Casas was at Fenway Park over the weekend, and he talked with WEEI’s Rob Bradford about why he thinks his swing is perfectly suited for Fenway
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Cup of Coffee: Beeks stifles Chiefs, reaches 100 strikeouts on season


6/25 Cup of Coffee: While Chris Sale was dominating at Fenway, the minor league affiliates were showing off some outstanding arms as well. Jalen Beeks (pictured, left) turned in another excellent outing, while Bryan Mata and Alexander Montero also delivered strong starts for Salem and Lowell.

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Coming off his weakest Triple-A start of the year, Jalen Beeks was back to himself on Sunday with seven shutout innings. Beeks faced only three batters over the minimum, allowing just three hits, striking out seven and walking two. Tyler Thornburg allowed a solo homer in his inning of rehab work, and Bobby Poyner tossed a scoreless ninth to close things out. Adam Lind and Oscar Hernandez supported Beeks with a homer apiece, with Hernandez adding a double. Sam Travis had three hits, while Rusney Castillo extended his hitting streak to eight games with his 90th knock of the season.
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June 24, 2018 at 3:08 AM

Cup of Coffee: Procyshen seals Salem's fate; tempers flare at McCoy Stadium


6/24 Cup of Coffee: Tempers flaring, extra-inning affairs, and walk-off wins and loses, sounds like summer. The PawSox got heated with the Chiefs in a loss while the Sea Dogs gave up a grand slam in the top of the 10th. Jordan Procyshen handed Salem a walk-off victory while Manuel Ramirez (not the one you're thinking of) took the loss for the DSL Red Sox1.   

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Syracuse Chiefs (WAS) 5, Pawtucket Red Sox 3
Tempers flared in this one, as one bat flip from Syracuse cleared the benches, but the PawSox saw their four-game win streak come to a close. Chandler Shepherd failed to get out of the third inning, allowing six hits, four runs (two earned) in 2 2/3 innings to pick up his fifth loss of the season.

Mike Olt hit his team-high ninth home run, and Ivan De Jesus Jr. blasted his third homer of the season 395 feet. Olt and Sam Travis both went 2 for 4 in defeat. 
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June 23, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Casas and Northcut debut, Esplin drives in five


6/23 Cup of Coffee: Triston Casas and Nicholas Northcut made their professional debuts in the Gulf Coast League on Friday, though both players went hitless. Josh Ockimey hit another home run for Portland and Tyler Esplin (pictured) showed off his impressive power with a home run for Lowell. Darwinzon Hernandez and Matthew Kent each had solid outings, while Matthew Gorst made his debut in Portland. 

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A quality start from William Cuevas and a wild Syracuse starter helped the PawSox move back to .500 on the year. Cuevas allowed three runs over his seven innings, walking two and striking out four. After a string of rough starts in May, Cuevas has bounced back and now has an ERA of 2.58 over his last 38 1/3 innings. Ryan Brasier tossed a scoreless ninth to pick up his tenth save. The offense managed seven hits, all singles, but also notched eight walks that were the difference in the game. Ivan De Jesus Jr. drew three of those and came around to score twice. Tzu-Wei Lin went 2 for 4 and drove in two runs and Rusney Castillo went 1 for 4. 

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June 22, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Suarez, Nishioka blasts support Requena


6/22 Cup of Coffee: Salem and Greenville both opened the second halves of their 2018 campaigns. A 14-hit attack by the Drive, including a homer and double by Kervin Suarez (pictured),  helped out Hildemaro Requena, who was on track Thursday after an off-the-rails first half. Salem dropped its weather-shortened opener despite a solid performance from Tanner Houck, while Justin Haley returned to Triple-A to lead the PawSox. 

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Rusney Castillo continues to be the catalyst for the PawSox, going 2 for 3 with a walk and two runs scored. It was the third consecutive multi-hit game for Castillo, who leads both the organization and International League with 87 hits. Sam Travis drove in a pair and Aneury Tavarez had a two-hit evening in support of a returning Justin Haley. Haley, returning from a stint in the major league bullpen, picked up where he left off when he was recalled. He allowed a run on four hits in five innings, lowering his Triple-A ERA to 3.06. Tyler Thornburg bounced back from a disastrous outing with a scoreless inning. Ty Buttrey continues to make his case with another scoreless appearance, his 11th straight without giving up an earned run. 

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June 21, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Smith fires six scoreless; Cottom doubles twice


6/21 Cup of Coffee: Pawtucket had a blowout win, while Portland was served a lopsided defeat in a 3-4 day for the system, as Salem and Greenville are still in the midst of their All-Star break. Josh D. Smith (pictured) gave Pawtucket six scoreless innings, while Tzu-Wei Lin and Adam Lind each had three hits for the PawSox. Kole Cottam roped a pair of doubles for Lowell, while the DSL Red Sox1 surrendered 11 walks in their game.

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Buffalo scored a pair in the ninth, but it wasn't nearly enough as Pawtucket had already gotten out to a 10-0 lead to hold on for the victory. Each of the starting nine had a base knock, with Tzu-Wei Lin and Adam Lind leading the way, as each had three hits. Anuery Tavarez drilled a solo home run, while Lind and Ramon Flores each had a pair of RBI. 
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June 20, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Montero impresses in Lowell; Salem, Greenville in All-Star action


6/20 Cup of Coffee: It was a full slate of action on Tuesday, with eight games scheduled, plus nine members of Salem and Greenville invited to the Carolina League and South Atlantic League All-Star games. Alexander Montero (pictured) was excellent in his 2018 debut for Lowell, while the GCL Red Sox moved to 2-0. The PawSox traded shutouts in their doubleheader, while Portland was swept in its twinbill despite the efforts of Danny Mars

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Jalen Beeks failed to complete five innings for the first time in a PawSox start in over two months. Beeks allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits in 4 2/3 innings, with most of the damage coming on a three-run first-inning homer by veteran first baseman Steve Pearce. Beeks struck out seven and walked four. The PawSox offense could not get anything going in the opener, getting held to a single apiece off the bats of Rusney Castillo, Adam Lind, and Ramon Flores.

After getting shut out in the opener, the PawSox returned the favor in Tuesday's nightcap. Fernando Rodriguez got the first assignment in the bullpen game, giving up just one hit in 3 2/3 scoreless innings, striking out five and walking one. Williams Jerez and Ryan Brasier split the other 3 1/3 to complete the shutout. Castillo drove in a pair as he notched another two hits, expanding his league lead to 83. Tzu-Wei Lin scored three runs out of the leadoff spot and slammed his fourth homer of the season. 

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Mike Shawaryn was having another strong start before hitting the wall in the seventh inning. Trailing only 2-1 through six innings, the righty's stat line blew up when he allowed a walk, homer, and two singles, giving him a final line of six runs allowed on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings. Danny Mars was the only player to have multiple hits in the opener, as well as the only one to record an extra-base hit. He had a double as part of the 2-for-4 contest.

The Sea Dogs could not pull off the same magic in their nightcap bullpen game that the PawSox did, as Reading completed the sweep. Mars was again a bright spot, scoring two runs during another 2-for-4 effort, adding a triple and a stolen base. Jordan Betts drove in a pair, going 2 for 3.

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Five members from Salem played in the All-Star affair, with its two selected pitchers drawing the first two pitching assignments for the North squad. Daniel Gonzalez got the start, surrendering a leadoff homer to Winston-Salem Dash (CWS) outfielder Joel Booker. Matthew Gorst followed Gonzalez, surrendering a pair of hits in a scoreless second inning. Santiago Espinal got the start at DH, walking and scoring a run while going 0 for 4. Jerry Downs drew the first base assignment, going 0 for 3, while Roldani Baldwin entered the game at catcher in the seventh inning and popped out in his only plate appearance. 

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The Greenville Drive sent four players to this year's game, as well as manager Iggy Suarez. Denyi Reyes pitched the third inning for the South squad, allowing one run. Devon Fisher, getting the All-Star nod two years removed from being converted from catcher, entered in the seventh and surrendered a two-run homer. Victor Acosta subbed in left field and went 1 for 4. Right-handed pitcher Kutter Crawford was named an All-Star but did not see action for the South.

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Alexander Montero got the start for Lowell and was excellent in his stateside debut. The 20-year-old righty went five innings, allowing a run on three hits and striking out seven without walking a batter. Taylor Ahearn pitched four shutout innings of relief to get credit for the win. 2018 fourth-round pick Kole Cottam drove in both Lowell runs, his first two RBI as a professional. Andre Colon had a double and triple as part of a 2-for-4 night.

SoxProspects.com Director of Scouting Ian Cundall was in attendance, posting several observations on Twitter. 

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The GCL squad moved to 2-0 on the back of some strong pitching. Yasel Santana got the starting call after working much of last season for the DSL as a reliever. Santana allowed a run on five hits in six innings, striking out four and walking one. Eddy Reynoso got the win in his pitching debut. Reynoso has been in the Red Sox organization since 2014 as a catcher, and converted to the mound this year. He went two scoreless innings, allowing one hit. From the leadoff spot, Juan Hernandez went 1 for 3 with a walk and a double, while Jecorrah Arnold and Justin Qiangba added doubles for the Sox. 

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The Sox took advantage of the Dodgers 10 walks, but were downed by wildness of their own. Jesus Maita reached base four times, going 2 for 3 with two walks. Luis Mota added a pair of hits, and cacther Jose Navas doubled for the Sox' only extra-base knock. Nine walks helped doom the Sox staff. Starter Brayan Aquino surrendered six free passes in 2 1/3 innings, giving up two runs despite surrendering only one hit. 

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DSL Red Sox2 vs. DSL Dodgers Guerrero, postponed
The other Red Sox DSL affiliate's scheduled game against the other Dodgers DSL affiliate was postponed due to rain. The game will be made up on Wednesday as part of a doubleheader.

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Player of the Day: Rarely does a player getting swept in a doubleheader get the nod here, but Danny Mars was a catalyst for the Sea Dogs despite their overall trouble on the day. Mars was 4 for 8 with a double, triple, and stolen base. He now has an eight-game hitting streak, and a .309/.350/.491 slash line since flipping the calendar to June. 

Photo Credit: Alexander Montero by Kelly O'Connor

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June 19, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Scouting Scratch: High-minors relief pitching



Since he converted to pitching in 2014, left-hander Williams Jerez’s development has been slow, but after being added back onto the 40-man roster this past offseason, he looks to be on the brink of making his big league debut at some point in 2018. Jerez’s velocity is among the best in the Red Sox system and his secondary pitches continue to develop.

In a recent look, which was also Jerez’s best outing of the year, he struck out five of the seven batters he faced over 2 1/3 perfect innings. Jerez showed off his potential, flummoxing several ex-major league hitters with both his fastball and secondary pitches. His fastball sat 96-98 mph and topped out at 99 mph. The pitch was on the straight side, so if his command is off, the pitch gets hit, which has been the case in several outings this year. Even during this excellent outing, when he was controlling the pitch well, he struggled to command the pitch arm-side. For this reason, refining his fastball command will be key for him to reach his potential.
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Cup of Coffee: Farm finds power from Esplin, Hardy on productive day


6/19 Cup of Coffee: All four teams in action on Monday got a win on the farm with Pawtucket, Portland, Salem and Greenville all with the day off. There wasn't any lack of power as the lone Sox farm team without a home run put up 20 runs. Tyler Esplin (pictured) keyed the Spinners victory with a homer, and Chad Hardy had two in the GCL Red Sox' win.

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A two-run double from Andre Colon scored Xavier LeGrant and Tyler Esplin in the bottom of the eighth inning and Alberto Franco shut the door in the ninth to net the Spinners their second win of the season. The key two-run hit came after Oddanier Mosqueda blew a save by giving up a run to the Yankees in the seventh.

Esplin also cranked a two-run home run in the bottom of the second, which scored LeGrant. Esplin went 1 for 3 with two runs and two RBIs while LeGrant went 2 for 3 with two runs. Tyler Dearden also recorded two hits for the Spinners. Hunter Haworth pitched well over five innings, allowing four hits and two earned runs while striking out six. It was Haworth's first start for Lowell after starting four games for Greenville.
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June 18, 2018 at 11:00 AM

Minor Notes: Castillo knocking on the door; Sox sign 13 draft picks


Here are Monday's minor league notes:
  • The discussion of Rusney Castillo's hot spring finally made its way to the Boston media airwaves this past week, with many wondering if Castillo (pictured, right) should get called up to play in the majors. Castillo's situation is a little precarious, especially since he isn't on the 40-man roster, meaning the $10.36 million average annual value on his contract doesn't count against the collective bargaining threshold for the Red Sox. But the 30-year-old is hitting .309 this season with four home runs and 33 RBIs, and some think he could do better at the plate than Jackie Bradley Jr. Hunter Noll at BoSox Injection inserted himself into the conversation by asking the same question: Bradley or Castillo?
  • Last Thursday, the Red Sox signed first-round draft pick Triston Casas and seven other players, and since then, have inked a total of 13 different draft picks. According to SoxProspects.com Executive Editor Chris Hatfield on Twitter, "with 13 picks signed, Red Sox have spent $4,437.200" with a little over $1.5 million remaining. Second round draft pick Nick Decker is "reportedly getting $1.25M of that, leaving $322,265" for eighth-round pick Elih Marrero, or others. 
  • Hatfield also Tweets that "Casas is going to the GCL and [Durbin] Feltman to Lowell. Decker will most certainly go to the GCL when he signs". 
  • Michelle Berth over at Over the Monster is one of many people who think Durbin Feltman could make an impact with the Red Sox right away. 
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Cup of Coffee: Duran celebrates pro debut with two-triple afternoon


6/18 Cup of Coffee: Four of the five affiliates in action on Sunday picked up victories. The highlight was the first action of several draft picks for Lowell, notably the smashing debut of seventh-round pick Jarren Duran (pictured, left). Excellent pitching was another running theme throughout the organization, as all five starters allowed one earned run or fewer, with four going at least 5 2/3 innings.  

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The PawSox couldn't hang on, wasting a dominant outing from Chandler Shepherd. The 25-year-old righty scattered three hits over six shutout innings, striking out five without walking a batter. He was as efficient as he was effective, needing only 76 pitches to complete those six innings, throwing 50 for strikes. Things turned quickly when Tyler Thornburg entered. Thornburg had been nearly unhittable since his rehab assignment started back up two weeks ago, but the IronPigs greeted him with a single, homer, double, and single to tack on three runs. 
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June 17, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Sea Dogs show Hart, Lowell looking for first win


6/17 Cup of Coffee: Offensive production was lacking for Pawtucket, Salem, Greenville and Lowell, with those four teams all losing but Kyle Hart (pictured) continues to string together solid starts on the mound for Portland, his latest a 4-0 shutout of the Baysox. Antoni Flores continues to rake for DSL Red Sox2, extending his hit streak to five games with a four-hit performance as Flores' batting average now stands at .378 in 45 at-bats.

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William Cuevas was roughed up in four innings of work, allowing nine hits and six earned runs, as a five-run fifth inning sank Pawtucket's chances at Coca-Cola Park. 
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June 16, 2018 at 3:09 PM

Podcast Ep. #139 - The "Lost" Spring Training Reports


Remember that episode of Spring Training scouting reports we promised? Here it is. With the benefit of time (prepare to grimace when the guys excitedly talk about how great Jay Groome looked...), it looks like Chris and Ian saw some things coming and were way off on others.

Listen in and find out!

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Cup of Coffee: Bazardo strikes out 10 in Lowell's opener


6/16 Cup of Coffee: The Spinners season started with an impressive yet inefficient start from Eduard Bazardo (pictured), while Josh D. Smith and Dedgar Jimenez turned in good starts for Pawtucket and Portland, respectively. Rusney Castillo and Josh Ockimey kept their hot streaks going with home runs and Antoni Flores hit a walk-off single in the DSL. 

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Three pitchers combined on a three-hitter for the PawSox as they took down the IronPigs. It was the longest outing of Josh D. Smith's professional career as he fired six innings while allowing only one run on three hits. He walked two and struck out four. Williams Jerez and Ryan Brasier combined to strike out five while not allowing a hit over the final three innings. Since moving back to the PawSox on June 5, Smith has allowed only two runs over 13 1/3 innings.
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