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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.
  • On Wednesday, 21-year-old right-hander Durbin Feltman received another promotion in his short stint in the system. The 2018 third-round draft pick was called up to Salem after impressing in seven games with Greenville and four with Lowell. The Boston Globe says "he is the first Sox draftee to move above Single-A Greenville in his draft summer in years," possibly dating back to Craig Hansen in 2005.   
  • Also receiving promotions were Jarren Duran (pictured, left) and Kole Cottam, who both moved from Lowell to Greenville. Duran, a seventh-round pick from this year's draft, is slashing .348/.393./.548 in 37 games. Cottam, a fourth-rounder from this year's draft, hasn't quite matched the production of Duran but has hit safely in six of his last nine games, with four of those performances featuring multiple hits.
  • The rest of Wednesday's transactions involved Portland adding Jared Oliver from Salem and Adam Lind getting released from Pawtucket after he opted out of his minor league deal. The 34-year old didn't seem to have an opening with Boston anytime soon, barring any injuries.      
  • Red Sox president of operations Dave Dombrowski caught some flack for not acquiring another bullpen piece at the MLB non-waiver trade deadline on Tuesday, but he defended his actions on Wednesday as NESN.com's Ricky Doyle writes. Dombrowski dropped names such as Tyler Thornburg, Brandon Workman, and Ryan Brasier, to name a few, in which he expects to make contributions from the bullpen in the second half of the season while also saying "we have one of the top-ranked bullpens in the game."
  • Salem third baseman Bobby Dalbec and Greenville right-hander Denyi Reyes were named the Players of the Month for July. Dalbec drilled 10 dingers to lead the Sox system for the month and has 25th homers overall, becoming the single-season home run leader for the Salem Red Sox. Reyes was a strike-throwing machine for the Drive. In five starts, he produced a whopping 30/0 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
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Photo Credit: Ty Buttrey and Jarren Duran by Kelly O'Connor.

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