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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 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: 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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June 15, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Salem loses no-no in ninth; Shawaryn bests Anderson


6/15 Cup of Coffee: It was an eventful Thursday on the farm, highlighted by some spectacular pitching performances. Two of Boston's 2016 top draftees went head-to-head, as Mike Shawaryn (pictured, left) and ex-teammate Shaun Anderson locked horns. Tanner Houck and Joan Martinez came within one out of a no-hitter for Salem, while Greenville's Denyi Reyes continued his mastery of the South Atlantic League. 

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Right-hander Josh A. Smith struggled in his start, leaving the PawSox in a hole they could not dig out of despite an outstanding effort by the bullpen. The IronPigs torched Smith for seven runs (six earned) on eight hits in 1 2/3 innings. Relief pitching continues to be a strong suit, and on Thursday it was Kyle Martin, Bobby Poyner, Tyler Thornberg, and Ty Buttrey teaming up for 6 1/3 frames without giving up an earned run. Buttrey struck out three in two perfect innings, giving him a 12-inning scoreless streak over his last nine appearances. Cole Sturgeon drove in the only run as part of a 2-for-4 night. Ivan De Jesus also went 2 for 4, and is 10 for 21 over his last six contests.
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June 14, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Minor Notes: Lowell's roster is set, Filia acquired from Seattle


Here are Thursday's minor league notes:

  • With the season set to start on Friday, the Lowell Spinners announced their Opening Day roster on Wednesday. The full roster is posted on our Team Rosters page, and it is highlighted by 2017 second-round pick Cole Brannen (pictured, right) who returns to Lowell after a brief stint with the Spinners to end the 2017 season. Brannen started the year in Greenville but he was sent down to Lowell after hitting .157 over 127 at-bats. 
  • The only other players in the SoxProspects.com top-40 to join Brannen in Lowell will be Tyler Dearden and Tyler Esplin who will both be in the outfield with Brannen. Dearden was a 29th-round pick in the 2017 draft but received a slightly above-slot bonus to forego his commitment to Penn State. The New Jersey high school product has an interesting combination of power and speed that helped him succeed in the Gulf Coast League last season. Esplin was a seventh-round pick in 2017 who also received more than the slot value for his pick, and he will not turn 19 until July. 
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Cup of Coffee: Scott homer short of cycle, Campana has 4 RBI


6/14 Cup of Coffee: It was an interesting day down on the farm as Portland was shut out, but the second DSL squad scored 13 runs and still lost. Pawtucket grabbed a win, while Salem and Greenville each split doubleheaders. Ryan Scott (pictured) and Lewis Baez each were a home run short of the cycle, while Baez drove in four runs.


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Each of the starting nine for the PawSox recorded a hit as they backed up a strong performance from Jalen Beeks on the mound in his return to the minor leagues for the team's fourth consecutive win. Beeks allowed one run on six hits in seven innings of work to go along no walks and seven strikeouts. Mike Ohlman and Dan Butler had two hits each and Cole Sturgeon had a pair of RBI in the victory.
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June 13, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Kent is super, fires seven shutout frames


6/13 Cup of Coffee: As the world celebrated Superman Day, Matt Kent (pictured) turned in a performance worthy of his namesake's alter ego. Meanwhile, Chandler Shepherd and Bryan Mata were both picked up after solid starts by outstanding bullpen efforts that enabled a pair of come-from-behind victories. 

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After trailing all evening, the PawSox plated three runs in the ninth inning to come from behind. Ivan De Jesus doubled for his second hit of the day to lead off the ninth, setting off a wild inning that included three walks, a wild pitch, and a throwing error. The rally made a winner out of Ty Buttrey, who has been outstanding in recent weeks. It was the eighth consecutive scoreless outing for the righty, and he has only one earned run allowed in his last 12 appearances. 
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June 12, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Cuevas wills PawSox to win; power outage on the farm


6/12 Cup of Coffee: On a day when nobody in the system hit a home run, William Cuevas (pictured, right) powered Pawtucket to a victory by spinning eight spectacular innings and allowing just three hits and one run in the lone victory on the farm. Rusney Castillo extended his hit streak to nine games with a single while Santiago Espinal continues to get hits for Salem, registering his 11th base knock in his last 12 games. 

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A dominant pitching performance from William Cuevas delivered the PawSox a win over the Chiefs at NBT Bank Stadium. The 27-year-old right-hander pitched eight innings, allowing three hits and one run with six strikeouts, with his lone mistake being a solo home run in the fifth inning during his fourth win of the season. Bobby Poyner picked up his second save of the year.  
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June 11, 2018 at 11:52 AM

Minor Notes: Beeks has rough outing, Haley replaces him


Here are Monday's Minor Notes:
  • After his call-up being announced on Wednesday, Jalen Beeks made his major league debut on Thursday. He had a rough first inning, allowing five runs, but settled in over his final three frames of work, surrendering just one more. The Boston Herald's Jason Mastrondato wrote about the 24-year-old's journey in advance of his outing.
  • Beeks' replacement was Justin Haley, who is able to work in a long relief role for the Red Sox until Drew Pomeranz returns from the DL. He also has a relationship with Aaron Judge, says WEEI.com's Rob Bradford.
  • Bradford's coworker, Cameron Kerry, discussed what is going on with Tzu-Wei Lin, who helped the Red Sox in a utility role last season when injuries were taking their toll.
  • The MLB Draft has dominated the landscape over the last week and on Friday, Keith Law of ESPN.com delivered his recap of all 15 American League teams, including the Red Sox.
  • Pending a physical, Boston's first-round pick, Triston Casas, is going to sign a deal for his full slot value, according to NBC Sports Boston's Evan Drellich.
  • Kevin Thomas of the Portland Press-Herald wrote about the struggles that minor leaguers have by profiling former Sea Dog Chris Durbin, who retired at the end of Spring Training 2007.
Players of the Week

Rusney Castillo, OF, Pawtucket Red Sox
6 G, 24 AB, 5 H, 3 2B, 1 HR, 5 R, 4 RBI, 4 BB, 1 K, .500/.571/.750

Castillo (pictured) had a rough go of it in Boston and likely will not head up to the big club for awhile due to his contract, but the 30-year-old Cuban is in the midst of his second consecutive strong season in Triple-A. He is in the midst of an eight-game hitting streak and is hitting. 400 over his last 10 games, increasing his slash line on the year to .316/.345/.436.

Jhonathan Diaz, LHP, Greenville Drive
1 GS, 7 IP, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 H, 1 BB, 6 K, 0.43 WHIP

Greenville has been struggling this season, but Diaz has been a bright spot for the Drive, despite his misleading 2-5 record. He has allowed only a .211 BAA and a 1.09 WHIP. The 21-year-old is repeating Greenville and has really improved his statistics, sitting at No. 27 in the SoxProspects rankings, up from No. 35 at the beginning of the year.

Photo Credit: Rusney Castillo by Kelly O'Connor

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Cup of Coffee: De Jesus, Castillo support Smith in PawSox romp


6/11 Cup of Coffee: Ivan De Jesus (pictured) had a big night and Rusney Castillo remains scorching hot to lead the PawSox 11-run assault in support of left-hander Josh Smith. Pawtucket picked up the organization's only win of the day. Kutter Crawford had his toughest start of the season, and Darwinzon Hernandez saw his control abandon him in losses by Greenville and Salem, respectively, while the long ball sunk the Sea Dogs. 

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A day after right-hander Josh Smith took the loss for the PawSox on Saturday, left-hander Josh Smith (no relation) allowed one run in 4 1/3 innings of relief to earn the win. The southpaw struck out seven and walked one while giving up only one base hit. Smith followed a rehabbing Tyler Thornburg, who walked one in a hitless first inning. 
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June 10, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Acosta powers Drive; Sea Dogs mount comeback


6/10 Cup of Coffee: Mike Shawaryn and Denyi Reyes both delivered solid starts for Portland and Greenville, respectively. Victor Acosta (pictured, left) extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a 2-for-3 performance at the plate to power the Drive to a win. Pawtucket and Salem both lost while the two DSL team's split their contests.  

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The PawSox mustered 11 total hits but only two were for extra bases as Pawtucket went 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position. Every batter had at least one hit as Cole Sturgeon (2 for 5) and Ramon Flores (2 for 4) both had multi-hit performances.

Josh Smith was roughed up for seven hits and five earned runs in 2 2/3 innings work while Williams Jerez didn't fare much better in relief, surrendering five hits and two earned runs in 2 1/3 innings. 
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June 8, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Shepherd dominates again for PawSox


6/8 Cup of Coffee: While Jalen Beeks was preparing to make his major league debut, Chandler Shepherd (pictured) turned in another outstanding performance on Thursday afternoon. He was supported by the white-hot Rusney Castillo. Bryan Mata and Alex Scherff turned in solid-if-inefficient starts as both Salem and Greenville prevailed, while some wonky defense doomed both Portland and the DSL Red Sox1 squad. 

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After a rough early introduction in his transition to starter, Chandler Shepherd has turned into a force in the Pawtucket rotation. The 25-year-old righty fired six shutout innings, allowing six hits and striking out four against one walk. In his last seven starts, Shepherd has gone at least five innings and allowed one or fewer earned runs five times. Ty Buttrey continues to shine out of the bullpen, striking out a pair in two scoreless innings. A trio of home runs provided the PawSox offense. Rusney Castillo and Michael Ohlman had solo shots, and Ivan DeJesus had a two-run blast. Over his last five games, Castillo is 12 for 22 with four doubles and two homers, good for an even 1.000 slugging percentage. 
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June 7, 2018 at 10:00 AM

Minor Notes: Draft overload plus Beeks called up to big club


Here are Thursday's minor league notes:

  • It was an extremely busy week with the 2018 MLB Draft taking place this Monday through Wednesday. The Red Sox made 40 selections, and you can find them all on our draft page
  • On Day 1 of the draft, the Red Sox selected Triston Casas (pictured, left), a left-handed hitting corner infielder from American Heritage High School in Florida, and with their second-round pick took outfielder Nick Decker, out of Seneca High School in New Jersey.
  • SoxProspects.com Executive Editor Chris Hatfield and Director of Scouting Ian Cundall stayed up after the draft to record a podcast with their initial thoughts on the Red Sox first two picks, Casas and Decker.
  • The Red Sox elected to select two high schoolers with their first two draft picks, something vice president of amateur scouting Mike Rikard said he'd do before the draft if they represented the best players available. Mike Richardson of MLB.com takes a look at what Rikard and Co. saw in their top-two picks while also noting how the Red Sox targeted collegiate arms on Day 2.
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Eight former Red Sox draftees selected in 2018 Draft


In the 2018 MLB draft, eight former Red Sox draft picks were selected. This total is down from 12 in 2017. Over the past two years Boston had seen five of its former draftees come off the board in the first two rounds, but that trend changed in 2018, as DJ Artis remained on the board until the Chicago Cubs nabbed him in the seventh round. Interestingly, the Washington Nationals used consecutive picks on players the Red Sox had taken in 2017: pitchers Carson Teel and Ridge Chapman

Here is the complete list of former Red Sox draftees who were selected this week:

2017 Red Sox draftees
37. Carson Teel, LHP, Oklahoma State — 16th round by Washington
39. Ridge Chapman, RHP, South Carolina — 17th round by Washington

2016 Red Sox draftees
38. Austin Bergner, RHP, North Carolina — 32nd round by Arizona

2015 Red Sox draftees
30. Jack Conley, C, North Carolina State — 27th round by Philadelphia
39. Daniel Reyes, OF, Florida — 28th round by Detroit
40. DJ Artis, OF, Liberty — 7th round by Chicago (NL)

2014 Red Sox draftees
33. Luis Alvarado, RHP, Nebraska — 17th round by Los Angeles (AL)
39. Mike Gretler, 3B, Oregon State — 10th round by Pittsburgh
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Cup of Coffee: Espinal records three hits; Diaz throws seven shutout frames


6/7 Cup of Coffee: All four of the full-season affiliates took victories on Wednesday night, while DSL Red Sox1 was the only team to put one in the right-hand column. Jhonathan Diaz (pictured, left) pitched seven shutout innings for Greenville in the system's best pitching performance, while Santiago Espinal (pictured, right) led the system in hits with three.


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Williams Jerez, Robby Scott and Ryan Brasier combined for 3 2/3 two-hit, shutout innings to finish off a strong offensive performance from the PawSox, who saw four multi-hit performances. Dan Butler hit a three-run home run in the second inning and Anuery Tavarez added a solo shot in the third. Each had three RBI on the night. William Cuevas allowed one run on three hits in 5 1/3 innings, with three walks and four strikeouts.

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June 6, 2018 at 9:00 PM

2018 Draft Recap: How Boston's picks ranked


Of the 40 Red Sox 2018 draft selections, 15 were ranked in the Baseball America Top 500, 17 in the Perfect Game Top 500, and 5 in the MLB.com Top 200 list. 19 Red Sox selections appeared in at least one of the lists, up from 12 in 2017.

See below for a listing of the 2018 Red Sox draftees who were ranked by BA, PG, or MLB.com. The full list of this year's draft selections can be found over at the SoxProspects.com Draft History page. 

Round-Pick: Player, Position (Rank)

1-26: Triston Casas, 3B (BA: 25; PG: 31; MLB: 20)
2-64: Nick Decker, OF (BA: 110; PG: 53; MLB: 75)
3-100: Durbin Feltman, RHP (BA: 94; PG: 84; MLB: 70)
4-130: Kole Cottam, C (BA: 361; PG: 322)
5-160: Thad Ward, RHP (PG: 192)
6-190: Devling Granburg, OF (BA: 245; PG: 408)
7-220: Jarren Duran, 2B (BA: 170; PG: 317)
11-341: Nicholas Northcut, 3B (BA: 69; PG: 73; MLB: 81)
12-370: Chase Shugart, RHP (BA: 294)
13-400: Dylan Hardy, OF (BA: 492)
16-490: Christopher Machamer, RHP (BA: 253; PG: 390)
18-550: Eddie Jimenez, RHP (PG: 359)
21-640: Brandon Howlett, 3B (BA: 399; PG: 437)
23-700: Ryan Fernandez, RHP (PG: 455)
24-730: Logan Browning, LHP (PG: 475)
29-880: Mason Ronan, LHP (BA: 308; PG: 221)
30-910: Ryan Bliss, SS (BA: 450; PG: 432
33-1000: Jared Poland, 2B (BA: 272 ; PG: 305)
40-1210: Zach Watson, CF (BA: 66; PG: 90; MLB: 65)
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Welcome to the Draft Signing Period!


Now that the 2018 First-Year Player Draft is in the books, the signing period is upon us. This year's signing deadline is 5:00 pm ET on July 6, 2018. As most of our readers know, each team's spending on draft pick bonuses is capped. The bonus cap is determined by the number and placement of each team's selections.

The bonus cap sets an aggregate limit for a team to spend on its selections in the first ten rounds, and also limits teams from spending over $125,000 on players taken after the 10th round (the excess on any late-round bonuses will count against the bonus pool). Boston's cap is $5,699,000 this year. If the club exceeds its pool: (1) by 0-5%, it will be charged a 75% tax on the excess; (2) by 5-10%, it will pay the same tax and will also lose its first-round pick next season; (3) by 10-15%, it will be charged a 100% tax on the excess and lose its first- and second-round picks next season; and (4) by more than 15%, 100% tax on the excess and lose its next two first-round picks.

These are obviously harsh penalties, making it highly unlikely that the Red Sox will go more than 5% over the pool limit this year. However, the team has shown that it is willing to pay the requisite tax and go up to 5% over the cap, which would place the team's spending limit (not counting the first $125,000 given to any pick after the 10th round) at about $5,983,950. One other wrinkle to remember is that if Boston fails to sign any of its picks from the first 10 rounds, the team's pool will be reduced by the slot amount for the unsigned player's draft position. Here are the bonus slots for each of Boston's top picks:
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MLB Draft Day 3 Red Sox recap: Rounds 11-40


On Day 3 of the MLB Draft, the Red Sox looked to fill in some much-needed depth in the lower minors while targeting relief pitching and athletic position players who might have breakout potential. Kutter Crawford, taken last year, is a recent example of day-three talent making a name for himself already in his first year in the system while Jalen Beeks and Chandler Shepherd are a pair of Day 3 picks, both in 2014, that are on the fast track to the major leagues with Beeks making his major-league debut on Thursday and Shepherd knocking on the door at Triple-A Pawtucket. 

Here is a pick-by-pick look at each of Wednesday's selections for the Red Sox:

11th Round: Nicholas Northcut, RHP/3B, William Mason High School (OH)
Northcut is a 6-foot-1 right-hander who is one of the better two-way talent players in the 2018 Draft class. Northcut has a fastball that peaks in the low 90s and a promising breaking ball but shows even more promise as a hitter, with MLB.com ranking him at No. 81 overall before the draft. The Vanderbilt University commit has a quick right-handed swing with loft and his strength combine to generate impressive raw power. He projects as a third baseman if he isn't a pitcher, but it may be hard to lure him away from Nashville. 
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Scouting Scratch: Jalen Beeks


Following Tuesday night’s win, Red Sox manager Alex Cora announced that left-hander Jalen Beeks, the number five prospect in the most recent SoxProspects rankings, will make his major league debut Thursday against the Detroit Tigers. After being selected in the 12th round of the 2014 draft out of the University of Arkansas, Beeks has made a steady rise through the system, putting together solid performances at every level while tweaking his mechanics and arsenal along the way. This year, Beeks has been especially dominant in Triple-A Pawtucket, striking out 35.4% of hitters while cutting his walk rate down to 6.2%. Last year, he had set a career-high strikeout rate of 28.7% in Double-A Portland before earning a midseason promotion to Pawtucket, where he struck out 24.1% of hitters. During that time with the PawSox, he had what had been his lowest walk rate since 2016 at 8.2%.

Beeks is undersized for a starting pitcher, part of the reason why many people suspected he would end up in the bullpen long-term, an outcome that is still a possibility, although less so than coming into the year. He has a strong lower half and has filled out his 5-foot-11, 195-pound frame with no remaining projection.

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Cup of Coffee: Crawford, De Jesus shine in Greenville twinbill


6/6 Cup of Coffee: While most eyes were focused on Day 2 of the amateur draft, there was a full slate of games on the schedule Tuesday. Kutter Crawford (pictured, right) and Enmanuel De Jesus both were excellent as the starters in the Greenville doubleheader, as the Drive split, failing once again to give Crawford any semblance of offensive support. Pawtucket managed to turn a 17-hit, 23-total base effort into only four runs, despite a big effort from Rusney Castillo.

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Despite a 17-hit attack, Pawtucket could not come through in the clutch and posted only four runs. Rusney Castillo was 5 for 5, and his pair of doubles gives him a franchise-leading 18. After starting his PawSox career 0 for 8, Adam Lind blasted a two-run homer in the sixth inning. Lind, starting at first base, added a double and single. Lefty Josh Smith got the spot start, giving up just one hit in three scoreless innings. Tyler Thornburg re-started his rehab, striking out one in a perfect seventh.
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June 5, 2018 at 6:32 PM

Red Sox select Grant Williams with their 10th-round pick


With their 10th-round pick (310th overall) the Red Sox selected Grant Williams, a second baseman out of Kennesaw State University (Ga.). The 5-foot-10 senior was a Cape Cod League All-Star in 2017 after he hit .326/.410/.378 over 135 at-bats with the Bourne Braves. He was not ranked in Baseball America's top 500 prospect list, but he was listed as the 34th-best draft prospect in the state of Georgia.

After three solid seasons as a starter for Kennesaw State, Williams took his play to the next level in 2018, slashing .305/.399/.462 with five home runs and 29 walks with only 13 strikeouts. In his junior season, he was named the Co-Defensive Player of the Year for the Atlantic Sun Conference after committing only three errors, though his error output doubled in his senior year.
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Red Sox select Brian Brown with their ninth-round pick


Brian Brown, a left-handed pitcher from NC State University, is Boston's ninth-round pick in the 2018 MLB First-Year Player Draft at No. 280 overall.

Brown was the only pitcher in the Wolfpack's starting rotation from start to finish, making 16 starts in his senior season. He led the team with 98 2/3 innings pitched and 98 strikeouts. He posted a 7-2 record and had a pair of complete games. He walked 26 batters and had a .229 batting average against.

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Red Sox select Elih Marrero with their eighth-round pick


With their eighth-round pick (250th overall) the Red Sox selected Elih Marrero, a catcher out of St. Thomas University (Fla.). His father is former Major Leaguer Eli Marrero, and he is cousins with former Red Sox first-round pick Deven Marrero and former PawSox first baseman/outfielder Chris Marrero.

The Miami native was previously selected by the Reds in the 29th round of the 2015 draft out of Coral Gables High School after being named a Perfect Game USA Second Team All-American and being ranked 124th on Baseball America's list of top draft prospects. He then committed to play at Mississippi State University. While he was the team's starting catcher his freshman year, he hit only .233 over 150 at-bats. In his sophomore season, he played only four games before missing the rest of the season due to off-field issues.
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Red Sox select Jarren Duran with their seventh-round pick


In the seventh round of 2018 MLB Draft, the Red Sox selected  Jarren Duran from California State University, Long Beach. Listed at 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, the junior was a three-year starter at second base for the Dirtbags where he accumulated 49 stolen bases. Ranked as 170th best prospect in the draft by Baseball America and the 317th by Perfect Game USA, his selection at pick 220 overall seems in line with the expectations for those publications. Interestingly, Duran was announced as a center fielder.
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Red Sox select Devlin Granberg with their sixth-round pick


With their sixth-round pick (190th overall) in the 2018 MLB First-Year Player Draft, the Red Sox selected Devlin Granberg, an outfielder from Dallas Baptist University in Texas. Granberg, a 6-foot-2 senior, was highly thought of for a senior sign, ranked 245th on Baseball America's list and no. 408 by Perfect Game USA.

Granberg has been productive at the plate throughout his collegiate career, hitting .427/.508/.680 with 25 home runs in 163 games between Creighton, Cisco Junior College, and Dallas Baptist, but he has never been drafted. He has good hand-eye coordination at the plate and generates good exit velocity with above-average bat speed.  He can also run for a player of his size, stealing 23 bases in 2018, but despite that, he is still limited to left field due to fringe-average defense and a below-average arm.
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Red Sox select Thad Ward with fifth-round pick


In the fifth round, the Boston Red Sox selected their third consecutive college player after grabbing two prep hitters on Day 1 in UCF right-handed pitcher Thad Ward. He was ranked no. 192 on Perfect Game USA's list of top prospects, while Ward was unranked by MLB.com.

Ward was a true swingman for the Knights, starting five out of his 22 appearances, also earning two saves. He gave his team anything from seven-inning starts to one-inning relief stints. Ward was first-team All-American Athletic Conference with 84 strikeouts in 63 1/3 innings pitched against 26 walks. His strikeout numbers were 25th-best in the country, punching out 11.9 batters per nine innings and batters hit only .203 against him.

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Red Sox select Kole Cottam with their fourth-round pick


With their fourth-round pick (130th overall) in the 2018 MLB First-Year Player Draft, the Red Sox have selected Kole Cottam, a catcher from the University of Kentucky. Cottam is ranked 361st by Baseball America and 322nd by Perfect Game. He was not ranked by either MLB.com or Keith Law of ESPN.

The 21-year-old had a monster 2018 season for the Wildcats, blasting 19 home runs on his way to a .352/.438/.667 slash line, splitting time between catcher and first base. As a power-hitting catcher, Cottam exhibits quiet mechanics and an ability to loft the ball in the air with authority. He does have some swing-and-miss in his game, with 51 strikeouts this year in 260 plate appearances.
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Red Sox select Durbin Feltman with their third-round pick


With their third-round pick (100th overall) the Red Sox selected Durbin Feltman, a right-handed pitcher out of TCU. Feltman is ranked 70th by MLB.com, 94th by Baseball America, 84th by Perfect Game USA, and unranked by ESPN's Keith Law.

Feltman serves as the closer for the Horned Frogs where he set a school record and was second in the nation with 17 saves during his sophomore season in 2017, finishing with a 3.64 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, and 37 strikeouts to 15 walks over 29 2/3 innings. This year, he started out the season with 13 straight scoreless appearances and ended up allowing only two earned runs all season for a 0.74 ERA matched by a 0.74 WHIP to go along with an impressive 43-6 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
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Best Available Players: Day Two MLB Draft


The first day of the MLB first-year player draft has passed, as the Boston Red Sox picked Triston Casas with the 26th overall selection. The Red Sox then followed that up by selecting Nick Decker with the 64th overall selection. Boston will have eight picks on Tuesday in Day 2 of the draft, with their first coming at 100th overall in the third round. There are 17 players currently remaining on the board who are ranked in the top 80 of  the MLB.com Top 200 and there's a chance one could slip to the Red Sox at 100.
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Podcast Ep. #138: 2018 Draft Day One Review


Well, that was unexpected! On the first day of the 2018 Draft, the Red Sox selected 3B/1B Triston Casas and OF Nick Decker, high schoolers from Florida and New Jersey, respectively. Each boasts raw power as his best tool and high upside. What did Chris and Ian think? If you've been listening, you probably already know, but download and find out on this special short episode!

Listen in!
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Cup of Coffee: With Casas capturing headlines, DSL Red Sox win in extras


6/5 Cup of Coffee: With the Boston Red Sox picking Triston Casas out of Florida's American Heritage School with their first-round selection on a day headlined by the MLB Draft, and with Pawtucket, Portland, Salem, and Greenville all idle, it was the DSL Red Sox who provided the on-field entertainment on Monday.  

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June 4, 2018 at 11:59 PM

Red Sox select Nick Decker with No. 64 pick


With the No. 64 overall pick in the second round of the MLB First-Year Draft, Boston selected another prep power hitter in Nick Decker, an outfielder from Seneca High School in New Jersey. ESPN.com's Keith Law ranked him at No. 59, MLB.com had him rated as the 74th-best prospect and Baseball America slotted him No. 110.

Decker is from South Jersey and is a 6-foot, 200-pound left-handed hitter, also throwing left handed. He was New Jersey's 2018 Gatorade Player of the Year, hitting .492 with seven home runs in only 59 at-bats in a shorter Northeast high school season. He was selected for the 2017 Perfect Game All-American Classic to go along with his first-team All-New England nod from Perfect Game. He is committed to Maryland.

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2018 MLB First Year Player Draft picks No. 1-30


The 2018 MLB First Year Player Draft is underway as the first round has now been completed. Casey Mize, a right-handed pitcher from Auburn who no-hit Northeastern earlier this year, had been in talks to be selected No. 1 overall and the Detroit Tigers made it happen as part of an all-college top five. Position players also dominated the top 10, with seven those players selected fielding a position, including three outfielders in prep player Jarred Kelenic as well as collegiate bats Kyler Murray from Oklahoma and Travis Swaggerty from South Alabama.

This is a contrast from last year, as eight of the first 14 selections were high-schoolers, including each of the top three.

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Red Sox select Triston Casas with the 26th overall pick


With the 26th overall pick in the 2018 First-Year Player MLB Draft, the Red Sox selected Triston Casas, a corner infielder from American Heritage School (Fla.). Casas is ranked 25th by Baseball America, 31st by Perfect Game USA, 20th by MLB.com, and 34th by ESPN’s Keith Law.

Playing for one of the best high school baseball programs in the country, Casas was initially scheduled to be part of the 2019 draft class before reclassifying this spring. Casas is one of the top power hitting high school prospects in this year's draft after leading U-18 Team USA to the gold medal in the World Baseball Softball Confederation U-18 World Cup while winning MVP along the way. He also won the WBSC International Player of the Year. The performance was with wooden bats and was undoubtedly a huge factor in projecting his future power potential.
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Minor Notes: MLB draft starts today


Here are Monday's minor league notes:
  • The draft will take place over the next three days, starting with the first round, supplemental round, and second round on Monday beginning at 7:00 pm on MLB Network. Every outlet that covers baseball has begun speculating on what will take place tonight, but the only preview that should really matter to SoxProspects.com readers is Editor-in-Cheif Mike Andrews annual Draft Preview. Mike has a strong track record of success in predicting who the Red Sox will be looking at, and in this year's preview, he mentions Clemson first basemen Seth Beer (pictured, above), Mississippi lefty Ryan Rolison, and Oklahoma outfielder Steele Walker, among others, as possible first-round picks for the Red Sox. Read the preview to get the rest of the first-round possibilities, as well as second round, middle round, and late round names to remember.
  • Mock drafts have been flying off the shelves over the last couple weeks, and many others are thinking the same way as Andrews by predicting the Red Sox to select Seth Beer with the 26th overall pick. Beer is universally said to be a hitter with a solid approach and good power, but a likely future DH, limiting his market. Andrews notes that he has also struggled a bit when he has hit with a wooden bat in showcases and with team USA. However, he has had two strong years of performance for Clemson, a No. 1 seed in the 2018 NCAA baseball tournament before being eliminated on Sunday. 
  • Some of those other mock drafts include ESPN's Keith Law's third edition, MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo, Baseball America (with a bonus video of Beer), and Mike Axisa of CBS Sports (he also mentions high school right-hander Mason Denaburg).
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    Follow the Draft on SoxProspects.com


    Day One of the MLB Draft is just a few hours away! You can follow along with the draft at SoxProspects.com, where we'll bring you up-to-the-minute coverage of the first round, as well as detailed reports on Day One and Boston's picks. After the second round, look for a preview of the best players available on Day Two. Similar coverage will continue through Days Two and Three.



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    Podcast Ep. #137 - He looks like one of the bad guys from Ducktales


    That's Juan Carlos Linares who looks like one of the Beagle Brothers. And if we're referencing JC Linares, who ranked in the top twenty in 2011, then you know that, yeah, the system isn't looking good right now. But that system transformed in a minute during the 2011 draft, and guess what time it is? With the first and second rounds on Monday night, Ian highlighted his take on the Sox draft strategy for the 2018 draft. The guys shared the new rankings, discussing Jay Groome's status after Tommy John, the latest on Tanner Houck and Bryan Mata at Salem, Jalen Beeks and his cut fastball, and scouting reports on Travis Lakins, Ty Buttrey and Williams Jerez. Plus much more.

    Listen in!

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    Cup of Coffee: Matheny mauls at plate; Sturgeon delivers two homers


    6/4 Cup of Coffee: Salem was the lone squad to take a loss as the system fell one win short of a Sunday sweep. Timely hitting from the likes of Cole Sturgeon, Tate Matheny (pictured) and Tanner Nishioka, and some quality starting pitching made it a near Sunday Funday for the farm. 

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    Cole Sturgeon book-ended the game with solo home runs as the Pawtucket right fielder powered his team to a win over the Bulls. In his 18th game with the PawSox since a promotion from Double-A Portland, Sturgeon hit his first homer with Pawtucket by lifting a solo shot in the top of the first before blasting a one-run homer in the top of the ninth.
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    June 3, 2018 at 7:00 AM

    Cup of Coffee: Nishioka has a night; Sea Dogs get power surge


    6/3 Cup of Coffee: The farm split its four games on Saturday but solid starting pitching from all four teams, combined with 35 runs scored on offense made for some nice stat lines. Both Chandler Shepherd and Bryan Mata had their impressive starts, with Pawtucket and Salem, respectively, squandered in losses while Jantzen Witte and Tanner Nishioka (pictured), with Portland and Greenville, respectively, both had big days at the plate in wins.

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    A shaky relief appearance by Austin Maddox wasted a fine start from Chandler Shepherd as the PawSox once again fell to the Bulls. Maddox didn't record a single out in the bottom of the seventh and forked over Pawtucket's 2-1 lead in the inning, allowing five hits, three earned runs and issuing one walk in his first loss of the season. Shepherd's final line was a little better, scattering four hits and one earned run across six innings of work. He lowered his ERA to 3.93.   
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    June 2, 2018 at 8:00 AM

    May Players of the Month: Santiago Espinal and Denyi Reyes


    A cold April did not give way to a warmer May, as each of the four full-season Boston Red Sox affiliates finished at least five games below .500 in the second month of the season, despite Pawtucket, Portland and Salem each going on four-game winning streaks.

    The system's top two prospects, Jay Groome and Michael Chavis, remain out of the lineup, Groome due to Tommy John surgery and Chavis due to testing positive for a banned substance, but others in the Red Sox system have stepped up and had strong months to try and help their teams.

    Santiago Espinal (pictured, right) and Denyi Reyes (pictured, below) earned SoxProspects.com's Player and Pitcher of the Month, respectively, after putting up solid performances in Salem and Greenville. Espinal did it with a steady performance near the top of the system in many statistical categories, while Reyes was able to lead the way among pitchers in a litany of categories.
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    Cup of Coffee: Scherff and Thompson deal, De La Guerra reaches base five times


    6/2 Cup of Coffee: William Cuevas, Jake Thompson, and Alex Scherff (pictured) all turned in strong starts, while Chad De La Guerra and Josh Ockimey hit home runs for Portland. C.J. Chatham stayed hot with two more hits for Salem and Trey Ball had another disappointing outing. 

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    Some shoddy defense doomed the PawSox as three unearned runs were the difference in the game. All three came in to score with William Cuevas on the hill as his record dropped to 2-3. He allowed five hits and a walk with five strikeouts over seven innings while not allowing an earned run for the first time since May 4. Ty Buttrey followed with a scoreless inning as he lowered his ERA to 1.42 over his last 10 appearances. 
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    June 1, 2018 at 7:00 AM

    Cup of Coffee: Beeks is brilliant, Dalbec homers, and Houck's struggles continue


    6/1 Cup of Coffee: A dominant performance from Jalen Beeks (pictured, right) was the highlight of  the night, while a moonshot from Bobby Dalbec wasn't too far behind. Last night may have signaled a role change for Travis Lakins, while Tanner Houck was hit hard again. 

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    Jalen Beeks improved to 3-3 after tossing seven innings of one-run ball, and the PawSox held off a late Norfolk rally to take the victory. Beeks allowed only four hits and did not walk a batter while striking out seven. Williams Jerez picked up his fourth save, but did allow two runs in the ninth to make it interesting. 
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