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August 19, 2018 at 6:42 AM

Cup of Coffee: Kent super for Portland; Duran on fire at the dish


8/19 Cup of Coffee: A super performance from Matthew Kent (pictured, right) propelled Portland to a win while Jarren Duran extended his hit streak to seven games with Greenville. Pawtucket and Salem were both shut out while Lowell got a lift from Devlin Granberg at the plate.

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Former PawSox prospect Brandon Snyder delivered a two-run home run to break a scoreless tie in the bottom of the sixth after an hour and 20-minute rain delay. Starter Fernando Rodriguez Jr. got the no-decision with 3 2/3 innings of two-hit ball. The 34-year-old right-hander walked two and struck out three. Matthew Gorst took the loss after allowing the aforementioned Snyder homer.
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August 18, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Duran with 4 hits; Hernandez tosses 6 shutout frames


8/18 Cup of Coffee: Jarren Duran (pictured) was a perfect 4 for 4, headlining the offensive performances in what was a strong day with the bats for the system. Chad De La Guerra had three hits in Portland and five different Spinners turned in multi-hit outings. Darinzon Hernandez struck out nine in six shutout innings for Salem and Jhonathan Diaz did not allow an earned run in his outing as part of a 4-2 day down on the farm.

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Sam Travis drilled a two-run home run and Cole Sturgeon lifted a solo shot to make a three-run third that helped to be the difference. Sturgeon added an RBI double in the sixth and Dan Butler contributed another with a productive out. Robby Scott walked one in 1 2/3 innings of no-hit work and Travis Lakins was perfect in 1 1/3 frames to close out the ballgame, grabbing his first save in Pawtucket. Josh A Smith allowed three runs on eight hits in six innings of work in the start, striking out seven against zero walks.
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August 17, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Enmanuel De Jesus strikes out 10, Ivan De Jesus Jr. drives in 5


8/17 Cup of Coffee: There were several good pitching performances on the farm on Thursday, with Enmanuel De Jesus's (pictured) 10 strikeouts standing out above strong outings from Josh D. SmithDaniel McGrath, and Denyi Reyes. Brandon Phillips and Pedro Castellanos stayed hot, and Ivan De Jesus Jr. drove in five runs for Pawtucket. 

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Seven one-run innings from Josh D. Smith and a grand slam from Ivan De Jesus Jr. highlighted Pawtucket's victory. Smith only allowed two hits and walked two while striking out five. Brandon Workman followed with a scoreless eighth, striking out two. The PawSox put up six runs in the first led by the grand slam as well as RBI singles from Brandon Phillips and Sam Travis. Phillips and Rusney Castillo each went 3 for 4, while Sam Travis went 2 for 4. Phillips is now hitting .359 over his last 15 games. 
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August 16, 2018 at 11:50 AM

Minor Notes: Houck's arm angle & Lakins' latest win


Here are Thursday's minor league notes:
  • In Tuesday's Daily Prospect Notes from Eric Longenhagen at FanGraphs, he takes a look at 2017 24th overall pick Tanner Houck (pictured, right). Longenhagen notes the Red Sox have been experimenting with different arm slots to try and maximize Houck's effectiveness. While initially they raised his arm slot, recently he has dropped back down to where it was in college, coinciding with a string of improved starts.
  • Sea Dogs infielder Michael Chavis missed the first 80 games of the season due to a suspension, but he is making up for lost time as noted in the Portland Press Herald. The top-ranked player on the current SoxProspects.com rankings has hit .303/.398/.539 with 5 home runs over 24 games and 89 at-bats since joining Portland. This is a considerable improvement from the .250/.310/.492 line he posted there in 67 games last season, and at 22 years old, he is still two years younger than the average position player in the Eastern League.
  • Awards continued to roll in for Chavis for his recent performances. In Monday's minor notes, Chavis won the SoxProspects.com Hitter of the Week and he also won the Eastern League Player of the Week. He added to that by also being named to MLB.com's Prospect Pipeline Team of the Week.
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Cup of Coffee: Jimenez hurls five hitless frames; Lopez drives in three


8/16 Cup of Coffee: It was an even day on the farm, as the eight affiliates went 4-4 on Wednesday. Greenville had 14 hits in the best offensive performance, with three different players having three base knocks. Up in Portland, Deiner Lopez (pictured) was 2 for 4 with three RBI in the No. 9 hole and Kleiber Rodriguez drove in three more for DSL Red Sox2, while Durbin Feltman surrendered his first run in Salem, and Lowell committed five errors in a loss.

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At the top of the lineup, Tzu-Wei Lin was 3 for 5 with a triple but it was not enough as Pawtucket fell on Wednesday. William Cuevas struggled with his control, walking four in five innings of work. That ended up netting the Tides four runs on nine hits. Matthew Gorst and Bobby Poyner did not do much better in relief, as each allowed a pair of runs in a pair of innings. Rusney Castillo added two hits.
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August 15, 2018 at 6:13 AM

Cup of Coffee: Shawaryn and Houck fire seven strong innings


8/15 Cup of Coffee: Dominant outings from Mike Shawaryn (pictured), Kyle Hart and Tanner Houck were the highlights of the night, while Sam Travis had five hits over two games. Brayan Bello racked up more strikeouts in the DSL, four players from Lowell played in the New York-Penn League All-Star game. 

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Chandler Shepherd struck out seven over 5 1/3 innings but he also served up two home runs as he fell to 6-8 on the season with the loss. Marcus Walden fired 1 2/3 innings of scoreless ball to keep the PawSox close but they couldn't muster up enough offense to come back. Sam Travis had the only offensive performance of note, going 3 for 3 with a double and an RBI. SoxProspects.com Director of Scouting Ian Cundall attended the game, and he noted that Travis is looking much more comfortable at the plate, and that carried forward to the second game of the doubleheader.
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August 14, 2018 at 6:51 AM

Cup of Coffee: Crawford on cutting edge, Bazardo gets bad luck


8/14 Cup of Coffee: With the PawSox getting rained out and Portland having the night off, Salem was the top affiliate in action on Monday and Kutter Crawford (pictured, left) and Jerry Downs combined to put on a show at Haley Toyota Field. The former picked up his first win in a Salem uniform while the latter blasted a three-run home run. Eduard Bazardo pitched well like Crawford, but the Greenville right-hander didn't get any support in a no-decision and Drive loss. Alex Scherff made his second appearance on a rehab assignment with the GCL Red Sox. 

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Pawtucket Red Sox, Norfolk Tides (BAL) PPD
Monday night's game between the PawSox and Tides was postponed due to rain and inclement weather. The contest will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Tuesday, starting at 5:05 p.m.

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In his second start with Salem, 2017 16th round draft pick Kutter Crawford picked up his first win in a Salem Red Sox uniform, firing five strong innings of four-hit, one-run ball while striking out seven. After a tough-luck loss in his first Salem start on Aug. 8, when the right-hander tossed six innings of three-run ball with seven strikeouts, the 22-year-old Crawford got a little help from his teammates on Monday.
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August 13, 2018 at 1:00 PM

Minor Notes: Cuevas gets the call, Chavis continues to mash


Here are Monday's minor league notes:

  • Ian Cundall, Director of Scouting for SoxProspects.com, and Chris Hatfield, Executive Editor of SoxProspects.com, caught up on our latest podcast -- despite Cundall's silent protest -- on the Ian Kinsler trade, recent promotions, our August rankings and what exactly is a prospect? Be sure to give it a listen.   
  • Cundall also recently updated the scouting reports on Greenville right-hander Eduardo Bazardo, Lowell outfielders Tyler Dearden and Tyler Esplin, and Lowell infielder Andre Colon. Check them out by clicking here
  • William Cuevas (pictured, top left) earned a quick promotion on Saturday, tossing an inning of relief in Boston's second game of a doubleheader with the Orioles. After pitching two innings of one-run ball earlier this season for the Red Sox, Cuevas walked two and struck out one in the scoreless inning of relief in the Red Sox' win on Saturday. The right-hander has a 3.45 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 102 strikeouts over 117 1/3 innings with Pawtucket this season and is currently the 56th ranked prospect.   
  • Since his promotion to Portland, third baseman and sixth-ranked prospect Bobby Dalbec hasn't skipped a beat. Dalbec is now tied for the most home runs in the minor leagues this year with his 31st homer coming in the Sea Dogs' win over the RubberDucks on Sunday. In 33 at-bats for Portland, Dalbec is hitting .364 with five home runs and 11 RBI.
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Cup of Coffee: Dalbec and Chavis slug away, Swihart begins rehab


8/13 Cup of Coffee: The dynamic duo of Michael Chavis and Bobby Dalbec showcased their prodigious power once more, stealing the headlines from a rehabbing Blake Swihart and several excellent long relief stints as Red Sox affiliates won 3-of-5 contests. Also shining were starters Jonathan Diaz and Matthew Kent, while Jantzen Witte continued his improved form. Lowell witnessed another washout in the second game of a doubleheader caused by Saturday's rain, while both rookie leagues were off. 

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The PawSox overcame a 5-0 deficit through three innings by scoring nine unanswered runs, thanks in large part to a six-run explosion in the seventh. Jantzen Witte and Mike Miller each had run-scoring singles in the frame as part of three-hit days as part of a 15-hit performance from Pawtucket. Tzu-Wei Lin had a double and two walks as Sam Travis and Kyle Wren joined in on the two-bagger brigade. Since returning from an injury that prevented a big-league stint, Lin is 7 for 12 in three games, upping his OPS by almost 50 points. 
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August 12, 2018 at 7:02 AM

Cup of Coffee: Phillips key for PawSox, Reyes dazzles for five frames


8/12 Cup of Coffee: A big night from Brandon Phillips (pictured, left) played a key role in a comeback victory for the PawSox. Portland, Salem, and Greenville all lost close, low-scoring contests, as Teddy Stankiewicz and Denyi Reyes both pitched well in the losses for the former two, respectively. Marino Campana hit a home run in the Drive's loss while rain suspended or postponed Lowell's and the GCL Red Sox' games.  

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Trailing 2-0 with nine outs remaining, the PawSox scored once in the seventh and twice in the eighth to come from behind and beat the Indians. The victory marks the third straight series win for Pawtucket. Brandon Phillips sparked the comeback, hitting a leadoff double in the seventh before scoring on a Josh Ockimey RBI single. Phillips added a single in the eighth. Overall, the veteran infielder went 3 for 4 with two doubles. Phillips is 8 for 16 with six doubles over the course of his last six games with Pawtucket.  Tzu-Wei Lin put together a second straight multi-hit performance, going 2 for 4 with a run and RBI on the heels of a 4-for-5 showing a day earlier.
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August 11, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Lin gets four hits, Dalbec hits go-ahead single


8/11 Cup of Coffee: It was a strong night offensively on the farm, while the pitching was up and down. Tzu-Wei Lin (pictured) led the way for the PawSox with four hits, while Michael Chavis continued his recent hot streak for the Sea Dogs. Salem and Greenville each had numerous players hit well, while Lowell's pitching was outstanding in a shutout victory. 

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Several players had strong offensive performances, but Tzu-Wei Lin stood out above the rest with his 4-for-5 night. Two of the hits were doubles and he also scored a run as he raised his average to .327. Tony Renda added three hits while stealing a base and Sam Travis belted an opposite-field home run. 
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August 10, 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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Podcast Ep. #143 - Ian might be silent about it


It's August, and the Red Sox are rolling. Chris and Ian break down the Kinsler trade. Now that the trade deadline has passed, the Sox are promoting prospects. Ian saw a few of the new guys at Pawtucket and reports on how they look. The guys throw down over what kinds of minor league players should be classified prospects. Should a 30-year-old journeyman minor leaguer be ranked alongside a 16-year-old Venezuelan amateur? Let us know your thoughts by dropping us a line. Speaking of your mail, Chris and Ian wrap up the show by opening the mailbag and answering your questions.

Listen in!
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Cup of Coffee: Chavis, Dalbec blast two homers apiece


8/10 Cup of Coffee: While the system's former valedictorian was hitting for the cycle up in Toronto, its two biggest power bats were leading the Sea Dogs. With two homers each, Bobby Dalbec (pictured) reached 30 homers on the season with nearly four weeks remaining and Michael Chavis continued his torrid stretch. Fellow hot hitters Pedro Castellanos and Jarren Duran led the way in Greenville's romp, and Mike Shawaryn paced Pawtucket's victory. Salem had the only loss among stateside affiliates, with Tanner Houck turning in an uneven but encouraging outing.

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Mike Shawaryn turned in a solid start to pick up his first Triple-A victory. The former Maryland Terrapin allowed two runs on four hits in five innings, striking out seven and walking four. Shawaryn was backed by a 13-hit attack by the offense, led by the three hits off the bat of Jantzen Witte. Josh Ockimey ripped his first double since last week's promotion, giving him hits in 10 straight games across two levels. Rusney Castillo picked up his 27th double of the year as part of another two-hit night. 
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August 9, 2018 at 1:00 PM

Minor Notes: Devers makes a pit stop in Lowell, Scherff begins a rehab stint


Here are Thursday's minor league notes:
  • There was plenty of movement in the minors this week, with the biggest news being Rafael Devers seeing time in Lowell. Devers hit a mammoth home run on Monday in his only rehab appearance and the Red Sox activated him on Wednesday. Tony Renda, who scored the winning run against the Yankees on Sunday night, was optioned to Pawtucket. 
  • 14th-ranked prospect Alex Scherff has been on the disabled list since June 13 with an intercostal strain, but he started a rehab assignment with the GCL Red Sox on Wednesday, throwing two innings of one-run ball. 
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Scouting Scratch: Durbin Feltman



Right-handed pitcher Durbin Feltman was the Red Sox third-round pick in the 2018 draft after a successful college career as the closer for Texas Christian University. Feltman signed quickly for the full slot value of $559,000, and with injuries to the two players the club selected ahead of him, Triston Casas and Nick Decker, Feltman has had a chance to really stand out in his pro debut.

Feltman has already advanced to Salem after making brief stops in Lowell and Greenville. With Lowell, he threw four innings, allowing no baserunners while striking out seven. With Greenville, he threw seven innings, allowing six hits, a walk, and a pair of runs while striking out 14. With Salem he has made two appearances thus far, striking out two, allowing one hit and walking two over two innings. He’s the first Red Sox draftee since Craig Hansen to advance past Greenville in their draft year and has established himself as the top pure relief prospect in the Red Sox system.
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Cup of Coffee: Castellanos hits 4 for 4; Rodriguez throws complete game


8/9 Cup of Coffee: The teams in the upper minors struggled as Portland was blown out and Pawtucket blew a short-lived lead late in the game, but the second DSL team went 2-0 on the day, and the GCL Red Sox earned a big win. Pedro Castellanos (pictured, right) highlighted the hitting performances with a perfect 4-for-4 day, including a home run that helped put the game away. Jorge Rodriguez delivered an unconventional complete game for DSL Red Sox2 as well in their regularly scheduled game after they completed a suspended one in the morning.

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Louisville Bats (CIN) 6, Pawtucket Red Sox 5
The teams traded four-run eighths, but Pawtucket could not strike back to force the game to the bottom of the ninth as Louisville held on. Brandon Phillips hit 4 for 5 with three doubles while Rusney Castillo added three hits of his own. Chandler Shepherd allowed two runs on seven hits in six innings. Travis Lakins followed with a shut-down seventh, but with one out in the eighth, a passed ball followed by an error by Josh Ockimey allowed a run to score. Later in the frame, after walks by both Lakins and Robby Scott loaded the bases, old friend Nick Longhi cleared them with a double.
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August 8, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Chavis tallies four hits; Chatham powers Salem


8/7 Cup of Coffee: It was a near split on the farm on Tuesday, with three wins, four losses, and one suspended game. Despite Portland dropping its contest, Michael Chavis continues to ramp back up after his 80-game suspension, as the third baseman posted a four-hit night. CJ Chatham (pictured) had a monster game for Salem in support of a strong Jake Thompson start. The PawSox and GCL Sox also turned in victories. 

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Josh A. Smith turned in a strong start to lead the PawSox. The right-handed Smith went seven full innings, allowing two hits and striking out five without walking a batter. Fernando Rodriguez and Bobby Poyner each turned in a scoreless inning of relief, with Poyner getting credit for the save. Sam Travis extended his hitting streak to nine games with an RBI single in the third inning. Josh Ockimey also added a single and an RBI, while Rusney Castillo added two more hits to his International League leading total.
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August 7, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Devers rehabs, Dearden delivers at plate


8/7 Cup of Coffee: With most of the higher-level clubs off on Monday, it was a prospect of years past who had all the attention in Rafael Devers. The rehabbing third baseman went 1 for 4 but added a solo shot in the sixth inning in a Lowell thrashing of Vermont. Yet, it was Tyler Dearden (pictured) who was the story of the game for the Spinners, going 4 for 5 in the win. All three other teams in action on the farm combined for just three runs, with all three taking a loss.  

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Lowell Spinners 11, Vermont Lake Monsters (OAK) 3
Making his Lowell debut after going from Gulf Coast League in 2014 to Single-A Greenville in 2015, and then in 2016 to Salem, rehabbing third baseman Rafael Devers delivered a solo home run in the sixth innings and had two RBI in total to help the Spinners rout the Lake Monsters.

Devers is making a one-game rehab assignment after injuring his left hamstring and being placed on the 10-day DL on July 29. Lowell lumbered up for 15 hits, with Tyler Dearden (4 for 5) and Grant Williams (3 for 5) providing the most pop, combining for seven total RBI.

Chris Machamer got the starting nod, tossing four innings of five-hit ball, allowing one run and recording two strikeouts. Logan Browning got the win, hurling three innings of relief, giving up one hit and two runs (zero earned) in the minor league debut for the 2018 24th-round draft pick.
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August 6, 2018 at 1:00 PM

Minor Notes: Roster moves continue; more injuries at the big club


Here are Monday's minor notes:
  • The flurry of promotions in the wake of the non-waiver trade deadline continued into the weekend as Bobby Dalbec and Jake Cosart each headed north from Salem to Portland on Friday. Dalbec played his first game on Saturday and was 2 for 3. You can read all about his debut in Sunday's Cup of Coffee.
  • Dalbec's debut led Sunday's top performers on MLB Pipeline as well. 
  • The same evening, Josh Ockimey and Mike Shawaryn moved up from the Sea Dogs to Pawtucket, with each earning their first appearances on Friday. SoxProspects.com's Director of Scouting Ian Cundall was on hand to witness it, reporting that Shawaryn was solid with his slider through 6 1/3 innings and also discussed Ockimey's home run.
  • Following his teammates down to Rhode Island on Saturday was Jantzen Witte. Between 2016 and 2017, Witte had played 180 games for the PawSox.
  • Eduard Bazardo, who owned a 0.85 WHIP and a 56/6 K/BB in Lowell, was promoted to Greenville on Saturday and Garrett Benge was placed on the disabled list as a counter move.
  • The Drive also sent a pair of arms up to Salem in Kutter Crawford and Denyi Reyes. Reyes has been SoxProspects.com's pitcher of the month for each of the last three months and Crawford struck out 120 batters in 112 1/3 innings for Greenville.
  • Blake Swihart went on the disabled list with a hamstring strain on Friday and to fill his spot in Boston, Dan Butler was added to the 40-man roster and promoted to the Red Sox. The 31-year-old had not been in the major leagues since 2014.
  • Butler was not the only minor leaguer added to the 40-man roster in order to head to the big leagues. Ian Kinsler left Friday's game and was placed on the disabled list on Saturday. Tony Renda was selected as the typical replacement Tzu-Wei Lin has been dealing with injury trouble. Dustin Pedroia was placed on the 60-day disabled list to make room for Renda.
  • Jordan Procyshen was released on Thursday. He hit .226/.316/.278 in 38 games this year for Salem in addition to a 1-for-8 stint across two games for Portland.
  • WEEI.com's Rob Bradford wrote an update on Boston's disabled list and revealed that Rafael Devers got through a workout without issue and will begin a rehab assignment in Lowell on Monday.
  • In the ever-continuing Pawtucket Red Sox saga with regard to a new stadium, Minor League Baseball is seeking trademarks for the "WooSox" name according to Dan Glaun of MassLive.com, which is heightening the rumors that the team could depart Rhode Island.
  • Glaun's colleague, Chris Cotillo, profiled Renda, who attended the same high school as Tom Brady, after he arrived in Boston.
Players of the Week

Jarren Duran, OF, Greenville
6 G, 25 AB, 13 H, 2 2B, 1 HR, 8 R, 4 RBI, 2 BB, 3 K, .520/.556/.720


Duran (pictured, top) was promoted from Lowell to Greenville on Aug. 1 and did not miss a beat when he joined the Drive. The seventh-round pick in June's draft, Duran hit 10 for 17 in four games after his promotion with a pair of doubles. His best performance was on Sunday, when he hit 5 for 5, scoring a run to extend his 17-game hitting streak across both levels.

The 21-year-old owns plus-plus speed and had 10 triples in 37 games with Lowell, which leads the Red Sox system. After playing infield for Long Beach State in college, the Red Sox moved him to the outfield, where his athleticism can potentially take him places, especially if he can keep hitting.

Kyle Hart, LHP, Portland
1 G, 7 IP, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0.57 WHIP

Hart (pictured, right) dealt for Portland on Thursday, shutting down Erie over seven shutout innings, which was good enough for a complete game. After allowing runners on second and third with two outs thanks to a double steal in the fourth, he retired the final 10 batters he faced while Portland's offense pulled away. It was 1-0 at the time and the Sea Dogs scored in each of their final three at-bats for a 5-0 victory.

Hart, who was selected in the 19th round in 2016, split last year between Greenville and Salem, spending all of 2018 in Double-A. He gets outs by inducing ground balls, with a 40.6 percent ground ball rate and in his start, seven of the 21 outs he recorded were on groundouts with five more coming on strikeouts. He was also named Eastern League pitcher of the week.

Photo Credit: Jaren Duran and Kyle Hart by Kelly O'Connor

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Cup of Coffee: Dalbec hits two bombs, Duran rips five hits


8/6 Cup of Coffee: In the immediate aftermath of last week's trade deadline, the Red Sox promoted several players throughout the minor leagues. If Sunday's contests were any indication, those players are totally ready to take on the challenge of that tougher level of competition. Bobby Dalbec blasted his first two Double-A homers, while Josh Ockimey went deep for Pawtucket. Jarren Duran (pictured) continues his meteoric professional debut going with Greenville, and Denyi Reyes brought his ability to mystify hitters with him in his Carolina League debut.

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The PawSox jumped off to an early lead on Sunday afternoon when Josh Ockimey blasted a three-run homer in the bottom of the first. It was Ockimey's second blast in three games since a Thursday promotion from Portland. The Red Wings clawed their way back against Justin Haley, tying the game with a three-run rally in the third. In all, Haley allowed three in six innings, striking out seven and walking three. It was a tough outing for Marcus Walden, who gave up three runs in 1 2/3 innings to take the loss. Travis Lakins turned in a scoreless seventh, as he continues to thrive in a short-relief role. In 22 appearances across two-levels since converting to his current usage, he surrendered a run in only three.
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August 5, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Cuevas under control; Dalbec debuts with Portland


8/5 Cup of Coffee: A busy day on the farm led to some stellar performances, including a winning outing from William Cuevas (pictured, left) at Triple-A Pawtucket and an RBI single to jump-start Bobby Dalbec's experience with Double-A Portland. Darwinzon Hernandez and Tanner Houck both pitched well for Salem, though neither picked up a win as the Red Sox split a doubleheader with the Mudcats. 

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Pawtucket Red Sox 8, Rochester Red Wings (MIN) 1
William Cuevas pitched outstanding, and Jantzen Witte homered in his return to Pawtucket after spending 66 games with Portland as two separate four-run innings propelled the PawSox to a rout of the Red Wings.

Cuevas went 6 1/3 innings, allowing five hits and one run while striking out seven. He threw 71 of his 105 pitches for strikes. Witte drove in four runs, highlighted by a two-run blast in the second inning. The final four hitters of the PawSox lineup drove in all eight runs, with Mike Ohlman (RBI), Mike Miller (RBI) and Kyle Wren (two RBIs) teaming up with Witte, who batted ninth, as the big boppers from Saturday.
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August 4, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Ockimey and Duran dazzle in debuts, Renda homers and gets called up


8/4 Cup of Coffee: Tony Renda (pictured) doubled and homered for the PawSox, and he was rewarded with a call-up to Boston after Ian Kinsler injured his hamstring on Friday night. Josh Ockimey and Mike Shawaryn each had solid outings in their Triple-A debuts, while Portland, Salem, and Lowell were all rained out. Jarren Duran picked up right where he left off in his first game in Greenville, and Oscar Rangel hit a clutch grand slam in the DSL.

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Pawtucket Red Sox 7, Rochester Red Wings (MIN) 4
Tony Renda probably did not think he would end his day with a promotion to Boston, but with Ian Kinsler and Rafael Devers on the disabled list for Boston and Tzu-Wei Lin banged up in Pawtucket, Renda saw his name called. He made a statement with his performance on Friday, going 3 for 5 with a home run, double, and three runs scored. Rusney Castillo also had three hits, and Brandon Phillips launched a three-run walk-off home run.
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August 3, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Chavis, Ockimey power Sea Dogs sweep


8/3 Cup of Coffee: The fallout from the moves made on Tuesday's non-waiver trade deadline are still being felt, as promotions and debuts at different levels have kicked into gear. Travis Lakins made his Pawtucket debut two days after moving up from Portland. Word came out after the Portland game that Josh Ockimey and Mike Shawaryn would join Lakins in Pawtucket and Bobby Dalbec would move up to the Sea Dogs. Ockimey blasted his 15th homer of the year to help Portland to a doubleheader sweep in which it outscored Erie 14-1 and outhit them 21-9. Top prospect Michael Chavis led the way in the outburst, reaching base six times in the two games. 

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It was a marathon loss, as Pawtucket missed out on its chance to salvage a split in the four-game series. Travis Lakins, promoted to the PawSox on Tuesday, made his Triple-A debut when he came on with two outs in the fifth. He went a scoreless 1 1/3, striking out a pair and allowing a hit. The Chiefs will be happy to see Sam Travis leave town, as the first baseman was 2 for 5 and collected eight hits in the series. Rusney Castillo and Ivan De Jesus added two hits apiece. 

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August 2, 2018 at 11:00 AM

Minor Notes: Trade deadline fallout; many on the move


Here are Thursday's minor league notes: 
  • With the trade MLB non-waiver trade deadline now come and gone, the Red Sox totaled 13 transactions in the past two days. Between releases, promotions, and placements on the disabled list, the Red Sox have been plenty busy in the wake of one of the more exciting weeks of the baseball season, even though Boston didn't make a deal on deadline day. 

  • Late on Monday, however, the Red Sox acquired veteran second baseman Ian Kinsler in exchange for right-hander Ty Buttrey (pictured, right) and left-hander Williams Jerez. In June, SoxProspects.com Director of Scouting Ian Cundall coincidentally wrote up a piece on both relievers. Cundall updated that story with stats and the status of Buttrey's injury. 
  • Executive Editor of SoxProspects.com Chris Hatfield tweeted he has no problem with the trade. Buttrey was ranked 19th, and Jerez was 26th in our current rankings of the Sox system.
  • Getting back to Tuesday and Wednesday's activities, on Tuesday the Red Sox placed Salem's Roldani Baldwin and Bryan Mata on the disabled list, before adding Jake Romanski to Salem's roster. Travis Lakins and Matthew Gorst were promoted from Portland to Pawtucket. Kinsler was activated to the Red Sox roster, and Tzu-Wei Lin was optioned back to Pawtucket, while Brandon Workman was recalled back up to Boston in a corresponding move to Chris Sale being placed on the DL.
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Cup of Coffee: Shepherd, Diaz have strong outings; Dalbec has 2 XBH


8/2 Cup of Coffee: Rain was a dominant theme on the night as two contests were shortened by rain, while Portland saw its game canceled and Pawtucket's was delayed 37 minutes. Greenville also played a doubleheader thanks to a suspended game on Tuesday, meaning Lowell was the only stateside affiliate unaffected by the weather. Bobby Dalbec had half of Salem's four hits, drilling a home run to go along with a triple and Chandler Shepherd pitched 6 1/3 sparkling innings for Pawtucket, and Jhonathan Diaz did his best to overshadow him, with seven one-run frames.

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Pawtucket Red Sox 8, Syracuse Chiefs (WAS) 1
In a contest lengthened by a rain delay, Pawtucket added five runs in the eighth to pull away. Chandler Shepherd turned in a strong 6 1/3 innings, allowing one run on five hits. He did not issue a walk but struck out three. Each of the nine PawSox contributed with a hit and Tzu-Wei Lin, Tony Renda and Sam Travis each had two knocks. Lin added two RBI, while Anuery Tavarez hit a home run.

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August 1, 2018 at 1:00 PM

July Players of the Month: Bobby Dalbec and Denyi Reyes


The minor league regular season is rapidly coming to a close as the stretch run begins, with only a month remaining before the playoffs begin after Labor Day. None of the teams in the upper minors are in postseason contention, but Greenville rebounded from a rough first half and leads its division headed into August, Lowell is two games behind the Wild Card spot in the New York-Penn League and the GCL squad is one-half game behind the division lead.

Part of the Drive's second-half resurgence has been because of Denyi Reyes (pictured, left) putting together incredible performances in July, earning SoxProspects.com's pitcher of the month award for the third consecutive month. He is joined by player of the month Bobby Dalbec (pictured, below) who blew the competition away with strong power numbers.

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Cup of Coffee: De Jesus strikes out seven, walks none in seven-inning shutout


8/1 Cup of Coffee: The 2018 trade deadline passed on Tuesday, and while the team did not make any more trades, a few players were promoted in the aftermath of the deals for Ian Kinsler and Nathan Eovaldi. Relievers Matthew Gorst and Travis Lakins were promoted to fill open bullpen spots on the PawSox, with Gorst making his Triple-A debut. Much further down the latter, Antoni Flores made his return to the lineup and his stateside debut in the Gulf Coast League. Outstanding pitching performances from Enmanual De Jesus (pictured, left) in Greenville and the tag team of Thad Ward and Hunter Haworth for Lowell propelled the Drive and Spinners to wins. 

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A three-run fifth inning doomed right-hander Josh A. Smith, who turned in an otherwise solid outing. Smith allowed five hits in six innings, striking out seven. Matthew Gorst, promoted from Portland earlier in the day, followed with his Triple-A debut. The 2016 12th-round pick generated five ground ball outs in his two innings of scoreless relief, giving up a pair of base hits. Adam Lind ripped his 10th homer since joining the PawSox over the right field picnic area, and Sam Travis had a double and a walk.
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