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August 30, 2018 at 11:00 AM

Minor Notes: Reyes, Rusney rewarded while Miller contiunes to mash

Here are Thursday's minor league notes:

  • Michael Chavis is prepared to continue dealing with the PED whispers and cat calls he gets at games from the crowds writes Kevin McNamara of the Providence Journal. "That's something I'll have to deal with," Chavis told McNamara, "but Lord knows when I'm playing at Yankee Stadium they're not going to be too kind anyway. It's just something to get used to." 
  • Denyi Reyes (pictured, left) has been named the South Atlantic League Most Outstanding Pitcher. The right-hander sported a 10-3 record with an 1.89 ERA and 122 strikeouts across 123 2/3 innings pitched for the Greenville Drive before his promotion to the Salem Red Sox on Aug. 4.  
  • Dakota Randall of NESN.com details five players to watch when rosters expand on Sept. 1 in the majors. Randall points out Brandon Phillips, Travis Lakins, Chandler ShepherdMike Shawaryn and Chavis as possible players to get a call up to the big club.
  • On Wednesday night, Christian Vazquez (finger) was 2 for 4 in a rehab stint with Pawtucket while Rafael Devers (hamstring) went 1 for 3 with a run scored and a double. On Tuesday, Vazquez caught knuckleballer Steven Wright (knee), who went two hitless innings with a walk and a strikeout for the PawSox. On Monday, Vazquez had his first rehab assignment with Portland, and the catcher played five innings behind the plate and went 1 for 2 at the dish with a two-run double and RBI sacrifice fly. Eduardo Rodriguez (ankle) made his lone rehab start on Monday, going four innings, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out six.
  • Over the last 40 games, Mike Miller (pictured, below) is 53 for 137 (.386) with Pawtucket with 18 runs, nine extra-base hits and 21 RBI. In that time frame, Miller has the highest average in all of minor league baseball. 
  • Rusney Castillo was named to the 2018 postseason International League All-Star team, marking the second consecutive season he's been elected to the squad according to NESN.com's Ricky Doyle. The postseason award winners are selected by managers, coaches, media and club representatives.   
  • Former Sox prospect Michael Kopech will get to face his former organization in his third major league start on Friday when the White Sox face the Red Sox in Chicago. The hard throwing right-hander was dealt to Chicago along with Yoan Moncada, Luis Alexander Basabe and Victor Diaz in exchange for Chris Sale in Dec. of 2016.
  • Scott Merkin of MLB.com caught up with Kopech about his thoughts on facing the team that drafted him in 2014.  
Photo Credit: Denyi Reyes and Mike MIiller by Kelly O'Connor.

Tommy Cassell is a Contributing Editor for SoxProspects.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tommycassell44.