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April 16, 2018 at 2:14 PM

Minor Notes: Ball moves to the bullpen; Greenville celebrates title

Here are Monday's minor league notes:

  • Kevin Thomas of the Portland Press-Herald wrote about Trey Ball (pictured, right), who moved to the bullpen in Portland this year after trying to make it work as a starter.
  • Sam Travis has seen time in the outfield with Pawtucket in an attempt to have a better shot at breaking into the Major Leagues. His start in left field on April 11 was his first non-first base start since being drafted. John Wagner had the story for MiLB.com on Monday.
Players of the Week 4/5-4/15
Esteban Quiroz, 2B, Portland Sea Dogs
8 G, 27 AB, 10 H, 1 2B, 3 HR, 6 R, 8 RBI, 5 BB, 5 K, .370/.500/.741

The Red Sox signed Quiroz from the Mexican League in the offseason, and he is off to a hot start in Portland. Despite clocking in at only 5-foot-7, 175 pounds, he leads the system in home runs in the early going. In Mexico, Quiroz had only surpassed 10 home runs twice, and his career high is 15 in 2016.

Darwinzon Hernandez, LHP, Salem Red Sox

2 GS, 10.1 IP, 1-0, 0.87 ERA, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 6 BB, 12 K, 0.97 WHIP

Hernandez (pictured, right) is part of the stacked Salem rotation and was able to separate himself as the best of the bunch early on. He did walk three in each of his two starts but was able to work around the damage with some help from his 12 strikeouts. Hernandez increased his K/BB to 2.37 last season in his first full-season assignment, so being able to limit his walks will be the key to success in 2018.

Photo Credit: Trey Ball and Darwinzon Hernandez by Kelly O'Connor