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May 21, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Ward dominates in Greenville, Duran's streak continues



5/21 Cup of Coffee: A dominant performance from Thaddeus Ward (pictured) helped Greenville narrowly avoid an affiliate sweep on what was a forgettable night for the Red Sox system. CJ Chatham and Jhon Nunez each turned in strong performances for Portland, but couldn't avoid the doubleheader sweep by Trenton. In Salem, Jarren Duran extended his hitting streak to 12 games and Dylan Thompson was sharp.


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Trenton Thunder (NYY) 6, Portland Sea Dogs 2
It was a rough start to the doubleheader for Portland, as they fell to the Thunder. Daniel McGrath got the spot start and put in a solid performance, hurling three innings of one-run ball despite surrendering three walks and four hits. In the third Double-A start of his career, Dominic LoBrutto was roughed up and collected his first loss for Portland. In just 1 2/3 innings, LoBrutto was responsible for five earned runs on six hits and only fanned one Trenton batter. Durbin Feltman closed out the game with a perfect appearance, striking out two batters in 1 1/3 innings out of the bullpen. Despite the low run total, several Sea Dogs put in strong offensive performances led by Jhon Nunez, who walked, tripled, and homered. CJ Chatham improved upon his two-hit Sunday night by singling three times, while Brett Netzer singled twice and walked. Tate Matheny and Cody Asche each chipped in with a double apiece.
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May 20, 2019 at 2:00 PM

Minor Notes: Duran named Player of the Week for third time


Here are Monday's minor league notes:

  • Bobby Dalbec has turned his season around in Portland, as he has found his power, his walk rate is up, and his strikeout rate is down. Christopher Smith of MassLive.com talked to Alex Cora about Dalbec. Cora believes that watching how Red Sox hitters approached at-bats in the playoffs last year has helped young hitters in the system learn the importance of controlling the strike zone and putting the ball in play. 
  • Kevin Thomas of The Portland Press Herald also wrote about Dalbec and his turnaround. Even when Dalbec was struggling early in the year when his batting average was below the Mendoza Line, he still felt like he was contributing by getting on base. 
  • Michael Chavis, who hit another long home run at Fenway on Sunday, has been able to continue being productive after his torrid start. Jason Mastrodonato of The Boston Herald wrote about Chavis and his mindset in the big leagues. He has enjoyed MLB a lot more because he knows the minor leagues are all about development, whereas the big leagues are all about winning games. 
  • Long Beach State has had an incredible group of players go on to have productive careers in the big leagues over the past couple decades, and Jarren Duran (pictured, right) is looking to continue that trend. Kyle Glaser of Baseball America wrote about Duran and his pursuit to the big leagues. Duran has been keeping it simple and not trying to do do much at the plate and his comfort level in center field has increased since the start of the year.
  • Melissa Hanson of MassLive.com wrote about how McCoy Stadium has helped give fans a look at what the Worcester Red Sox will bring to Polar Park. Rich Gedman, the PawSox hitting coach, spoke to fans at McCoy about the move to Worcester. 
  • Glenn Jordan of The Portland Press Herald wrote about minor league umpires and how difficult it is for them to reach the majors, just like the players. 
  • For roster moves, the Red Sox designated Chandler Shepherd for assignment, who was then claimed by the Cubs off waivers. Pawtucket added Marco Hernandez from Salem, Jake Romanski from Portland, and sent Josh Tobias down to Portland. Marcus Wilson was also sent from Portland to Salem. Greenville added Kevin Biondic from extended spring training. The Red Sox also signed Dylan Thompson and assigned him to Salem. 


Players of the Week (May 13 through May 19)

Jarren Duran, OF, Salem
7 G, 27 AB, 12 H, 5 2B, 1 HR, 7 R, 8 RBI, 4 BB,  5 K, .444/.515/.741

This is already the third time that Duran has been the SoxProspects.com Player of the Week in 2019. He was also the SoxProspects.com April Player of the Month and still as his batting average comfortably over .400, at .409. On May 14, Brian Bannister was in attendance to see Duran and posted a video of Duran showing off his speed on a double. In addition to his robust batting average, Duran also has 16 extra-base hits and 13 stolen bases. 

Thaddeus Ward, RHP, Greenville
1 G, 7 1/3 IP, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 0.68 WHIP

Ward (pictured, left) only allowed four hits in his brilliant start for Greenville and none of them went for extra bases. For the season, the right-hander has a 2.91 ERA in 43 1/3 innings pitched. He also has an impressive 51 strikeouts, a 1.18 WHIP, and a .208 batting average against. Ward was selected in the fifth round in last year's draft out of UCF. 





Photo Credit:  Jarren Duran and Thaddeus Ward by Kelly O'Connor


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Cup of Coffee: Wren, Granberg power Drive; Madden homers twice


5/20 Cup of Coffee: It was a split decision on Sunday afternoon, with the affiliated going 2-2 on the day. Devlin Granberg remained hot and Jordan Wren supplied some power to lead Greenville, while veteran contributions at the plate and yeoman's work out of the bullpen got the PawSox back in the win column. Results were less positive for Salem, where little went right after a Jarren Duran leadoff double, and Portland, who squandered a two home-run day from catcher Charlie Madden (pictured). 


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The PawSox salvaged the finale of their three-game set at McCoy Stadium, avoiding the sweep and a possible eighth loss in nine games. Brock Holt provided a fourth-inning solo homer as he continues his rehab assignment. He played seven innings at second base. Rehab-mate Dustin Pedroia was 1 for 4 in his second consecutive start at designated hitter. Among the regulars, Rusney Castillo ripped a double and Juan Centeno drove in a pair of runs with a 1-for-3 afternoon. Starter Erasmo Ramirez allowed three runs (two earned) in five innings, striking out six and walking a pair. Jeremy Bleich, Trevor Kelley, and Travis Lakins combined for four hitless innings of relief.
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May 19, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Howlett and Duran go yard as affiliates swept



5/19 Cup of Coffee: Runs proved difficult to come by Saturday night, as Red Sox affiliates only mustered five across four games. Jarren Duran and Brandon Howlett (pictured) were two of the few standouts at the plate, launching their second and third home runs of the year, respectively. On the mound, Kyle Hart turned in another solid outing, but it was not enough to prevent a system sweep.


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Despite the beautiful weather, Pawtucket fans did not have much to cheer for Saturday night. Only three Paw Sox batters collected hits, with Josh Ockimey's fifth-inning home run providing all of the offense for Pawtucket in the loss. This was Ockimey's 11th home run of 2019, good for fifth in the International League. Sam Travis and the rehabbing Brock Holt each added singles, while Rusney Castillo walked twice. Dustin Pedroia continued his rehab assignment and Marco Hernandez started his first game for Pawtucket after his extended stay in Salem, but each went 0 for 4 on the night.

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May 18, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Pedroia, Holt rehab for PawSox; two more hits for Duran


5/18 Cup of Coffee: Jarren Duran helped lead Salem to the organization's only win on Friday, but lost a point on his batting average in the process. The PawSox dropped their series opener despite the contributions of Dustin Pedroia and Brock Holt (pictured, from 2013), while the two-way efforts of Korby Batesole were not enough to overcome Greenville's early deficit.

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A Jantzen Witte two-run homer gave the PawSox a first-inning lead, but the Stripers struck back quickly and never looked back. Starter Matt Kent surrendered seven runs, including three homers in 3 1/3 innings. Sam Travis turned in a notable evening at the plate, going 2 for 4 with a double. The Pawtucket bullpen had a strong effort, with 5 2/3 scoreless innings allowing just one hit. 
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May 17, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Hernandez strikes out 11; Duran keeps rolling


5/17 Cup of Coffee: With the major league squad off on Thursday, the minor league docket featured two of the organization's top pitching prospects and a newly signed starter out of indy ball. It was an upside down day where Darwinzon Hernandez (pictured) set career highs in innings and strikeouts and suffered a loss as Mike Shawaryn had a career-worst six walks but secured the win. Jarren Duran was again a bright spot for Salem, while Triston Casas continues racking up the extra-base hits in Greenville.

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The PawSox halted their five-game losing streak despite an uncharacteristically wild outing from starter Mike Shawaryn. The right-hander allowed just two runs in five innings despite walking six and surrendering a homer. He struck out five and gave up just two hits. Shawaryn entered the day with only 12 free passes allowed in his first seven starts. After getting pushed back a day from his regular rotation slot, Shawaryn now is in line to pitch in the majors on May 21 if David Price is unable to return. 
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May 16, 2019 at 12:00 PM

Minor Notes: Dalbec tops the Hot Sheet, Duran's average hits .406


Here are Thursday's minor league notes:

  • The Red Sox might soon be able to field an entire infield of power-hitting third basemen, with Rafael Devers and Michael Chavis thriving in the majors, and Bobby Dalbec (pictured, right) dismantling Eastern League pitching. Dalbec earned the top spot on Baseball America's Prospects Hot Sheet after hitting .500/.556/1.438 with four home runs last week. Dalbec has been a streaky hitter in the past, and right now he is in the midst of one of his trademark hot streaks. 
  • Coming in at ninth on the Prospects Hot Sheet is Jarren Duran, who hit .529/.588/.556. It is a pretty good week in the system when a guy hits .500 and only finishes second in batting average. Duran has been consistently great all year, and last week helped push his season line up to .406/.468/.536. 
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Cup of Coffee: Houck with a quality start; Duran hit streak up to 7 games


5/16 Cup of Coffee: Offensive challenges were aplenty for the affiliates, as none of the four teams in action recorded more than eight hits, leading to only one win on Wednesday. Tanner Houck issued a quality start to turn the tide after two poor outings, allowing two runs in 6 2/3 innings of work. Devlin Granberg and Cole Brannen were the lone system-wide offensive highlights, as each had two extra-base hits. Granberg had a double and a triple, while Brannen had a pair of two-base hits.

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It was a bullpen day for the PawSox, as six pitchers entered the game for the Red Sox, including Brian Johnson, who threw 1 2/3 innings in a rehab appearance. Chandler Shepherd allowed three runs on five hits in his 2 1/3 innings. The PawSox only recorded a pair of base knocks, but they worked eight walks to score four runs. Five free passes and four runs came in the sixth for the home team. Brock Holt also started a rehab stint, hitting 0 for 3 with two strikeouts, while Josh Ockimey worked three walks on his own.

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May 15, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Ockimey homers twice, Ward shuts down Hickory


5/15 Cup of Coffee: All four affiliates came up empty on Tuesday night, but there were still several good performances. Josh Ockimey led the way with his two home runs for Pawtucket, and Jarren Duran was on base two more times for Salem. On the pitching side Thaddeus Ward and Eduard Bazardo continued to be two of the most impressive pitchers in the system. 

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With Bobby Dalbec on his heels, Josh Ockimey hit two more home runs to extend his system lead, but it was not enough for the PawSox. Ockimey now has 10 home runs on the season and he also walked twice as he pushed his OPS up over 1.000. The rest of the offense struggled, with the only other run coming across on a Gorkys Hernandez grondout. 
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May 14, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Duran leads offensive explosion, Dalbec homers again


5/14 Cup of Coffee: Things are as they should be in the Red Sox system, as Jarren Duran (pictured) and Bobby Dalbec filled familiar roles Monday night. Duran reached base five times to lead an offensive barrage for Salem, while Dalbec launched his seventh home run of the season to secure a team victory in Portland. With three SoxProspects.com top-60 prospects on the mound today, each active affiliate received strong pitching performances. Kyle Hart and Kutter Crawford continued their excellent seasons, while Alex Scherff came back into form with a strong start in Asheville.

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A strong team effort helped Portland earn the win at home Monday night, with strong performances on both sides of the ball. Kyle Hart got the start and continued to roll with another excellent outing, surrendering only two earned runs in seven innings. Hart also struck out seven Yard Goats and has now surrendered two or fewer earned runs in each of his last six starts. Brian Ellington and Daniel McGrath each pitched a scoreless inning out of the bullpen, with McGrath earning his first save of the season.
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May 13, 2019 at 12:50 PM

Minor Notes: Dalbec powers up & Chavis stays up


Here are Monday's minor league notes:

  • The Eagle-Tribune's Chris Mason could sense it was coming, writing mid-week about the reason to believe Bobby Dalbec's (pictured, right) breakout was coming. He finished the week with some superhuman performances and you can read more about that in the Players of the Week.
  • When your a highly touted prospect who has a strong start in the majors, you are going to get a lot of attention. It is no surprise that infielder Michael Chavis continues to draw praise for his early season performance that has him hitting .282/.407/.563 over his first 71 at-bats. After going 0-for-19 earlier this week, he broke out in a big way on Mother's Day, going 3-for-5 with a season-best 5 RBI. The Boston Globe's Nora Princiotti has more on his big day and how he works through struggles.
  • You might think after a big game Chavis might relax and soak it all in as a 23-year-old in the majors. Not exactly. Chavis paused to address the media mid-way through his hour-plus-long batting practice he took *after* Sunday's game as MassLive's Christopher Smith notes. Every player has their own routines and Chavis says "I’ve done this since I was a kid. Even when I was like 14 years old, after a game I’d go hit if I didn’t feel good. In high school, I did the same thing. It’s part of my thing.”
  • Justin Long, Red Sox Senior Manager of Media Relations and Baseball Info, noted that Chavis is now third in most RBI for a Red Sox player through his first twenty games with 19. He trails George "Boomer" Scott's 1966 season and some guy named Ted Williams who each had 20.
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Cup of Coffee: Travis, Witte keep streaks alive on rainy Mother's Day


5/13 Cup of Coffee: While the major league club spent Mother's Day completing its sweep of the Mariners, the minor league affiliates offered much less cheer. Three of the five games on the docket were rained out, including a Salem doubleheader. Pawtucket and Greenville did manage to get their contests in, but failed to produce a victory despite the continued strong efforts of Jantzen Witte (pictured), Sam Travis, and Devlin Granberg.
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The eight hits for the PawSox came from just four batters in Sunday's loss. Jantzen Witte led the charge with a 3-for-4 effort, raising his average to .329. Witte's eighth double of the season was Pawtucket's only extra-base hit. Sam Travis continues his improved play. The 2015 second-round pick was 2 for 4 to extend his hitting streak to eight games including multiple knocks in six of his last seven. Josh Tobias also had two hits on the day. Teddy Stankiewicz took the loss, surrendering three runs (two earned) on six hits in four innings. Bobby Poyner was a highlight in relief, striking out three batters in a scoreless seventh inning.

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Portland Sea Dogs @ Trenton Thunder (NYY), postponed
The Sea Dogs suffered their seventh rain out of the season in Sunday's series finale in Trenton. The game will be made up when Portland returns next week for a four-game series, with the specific date not yet announced.

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Salem Red Sox @ Lynchburg Hillcats (CLE), cancelled
The scheduled doubleheader in Lynchburg was called off due to continuing rain. As Salem does not return in the first half of the season, the games will not be made up

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Greenville had plenty of chances, but a 1-for-13 effort with runners in scoring position poured water on any potential rally. Devlin Granberg doubled to extend his hitting streak to seven games, adding a walk and run scored. Triston Casas drove in both Greenville runs during his 1-for-4 day. He moves into a tie for first in the organization with his 25 runs driven in. Angel Padron got the start, allowing three runs on four hits in four innings of work. Kris Jackson allowed a run on two hits in three innings of work in his South Atlantic League debut. He struck out two without issuing a walk.

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Player of the Day: Jantzen Witte, in his seventh season in the Boston organization, remains one of the system's most steady contributors. His three hits on Sunday give him 555 for his career and 201 at the Triple-A level. The former TCU Horned Frog is now riding a six game hitting streak, going 11 for 25 in that stretch.

Photo Credit: Jantzen Witte by Kelly O'Connor

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May 12, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Three home runs for Dalbec, as Portland falls


5/12 Cup of Coffee: It was an offense-heavy night for the Red Sox affiliates, as they combined to launch 10 home runs with their opponents across three games Saturday night. Bobby Dalbec (pictured) was nearly the hero for Portland, launching three home runs including an extra-innings blast to extend the Sea Dog lead, but it was not enough to give Portland the win. Josh Ockimey also got in on the action with a pair of homers, while the Drive combined for three home runs in their slugfest win over Asheville.

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It was a heartbreaking loss for Pawtucket, who saw a late lead stolen from them by a ninth-inning Striper rally. Five Pawtucket batters recorded multiple hits, led by Josh Ockimey who launched his seventh and eighth home runs of the season. Rusney Castillo chipped in with a three-hit night and was joined by Sam Travis, Jantzen Witte, and Gorkys Hernandez who each singled twice. In just his second career Triple-A start, Matt Kent hurled five shutout innings, but the wheels came off for him in the sixth inning, where he was unable to record an out. Trevor Kelley relieved him, pitching two innings and surrendering a solo home run while striking out two. Jenrry Mejia attempted to close out the game for the PawSox, but was tagged for two runs and was awarded his third blown save of the year.

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May 11, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Gonzalez deals, Ockimey goes deep


5/11 Cup of Coffee: All four teams lost last night, but Daniel Gonzalez (pictured, right) and Jarren Duran continued their terrific seasons. Josh Ockimey and Bryce Brentz belted home runs while Yorvin Pantoja turned in a terrific relief outing.

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Chandler Shepherd's rough season continued, as he gave up three home runs in five innings to fall to 0-5 on the year. Domingo Tapia also fell victim to the long ball, allowing two in his lone inning of work. Travis Lakins and Bobby Poyner were bright spots, each tossing a scoreless frame with one strikeout. Bryce Brentz and Josh Ockimey each blasted solo shots and walked, while Rusney Castillo and Sam Travis each went 2 for 5. Juan Centeno also had a good night with three knocks to boost his average to .297.
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May 10, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Casas powers Drive, Duran keys Salem


5/10 Cup of Coffee: The Thursday schedule got off to a bang very early, when Triston Casas (pictured) homered in the first inning of Greenville's 10:30 am matchup. The white hot first baseman had three hits, as did perpetually-hot Jarren Duran to lead Salem once again. Bryce Brentz bailed out the PawSox after they squandered a big lead, while Portland suffered the organization's only defeat on the day. 

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The PawSox got off to an early 5-0 lead but needed some extra-innings heroics from Bryce Brentz to come away with the victory. Brentz blasted a two-run homer as part of a three-run 10th on a day when the veteran outfielder had previously singled and walked. Sam Travis also went deep for Pawtucket and Cole Sturgeon doubled and drove in a pair as part of his two-hit afternoon. Starter Mike Shawaryn surrendered a pair of solo home runs that accounted for both scores against him. He allowed three hits in 5 2/3, striking out four without issuing a walk. Jenrry Mejia secured the save with a perfect 10th inning.
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May 9, 2019 at 12:00 PM

Minor Notes: Reyes pitches a gem, Casas and Dalbec on a roll


Here are Thursday's minor league notes:
  • The SoxProspects.com Player's of the Month for April have been revealed, with Jarren Duran and Bryan Mata (pictured) taking home the honors. Duran's victory should come as no surprise as he has batted a spectacular .404/.462/.553, which is made even more impressive by the fact that he has done this as a full-time center fielder. His teammate Mata was similarly dominant, allowing only four earned runs in the month of April and striking out 26 as the youngest pitcher in the Carolina League.
  • With the Red Sox starting pitching depth being tested early in May, a series of strong pitching performances will come as welcome news to Sox fans. In just his third outing since his return from the IL Teddy Stankiewicz dominated, pitching six shut out innings Tuesday night. In Portland, Kyle Hart remains on a roll, while Denyi Reyes had his best outing of 2019 on Wednesday night. Hart has now allowed only three earned runs over his last 18 1/3 innings pitched.
  • Given Boston's quickly disappearing pitching depth, John Tomase of NBC Sports Boston asks if Mike Shawaryn could be the next prospect to receive the call from the big league club.
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Cup of Coffee: Crawford, Reyes dominate; Dalbec helps Portland with late homer


Cup of Coffee 5/9: It was a so-so night on the farm as the affiliates went 2-2 on Wednesday. However, strong performances were abound, even in losses. The two victories, by Portland and Salem, were helped by exceptional starts from Denyi Reyes and Kutter Crawford (pictured, left), respectively. The Sea Dogs were tied with New Hampshire in the eighth, but Bobby Dalbec registered his third hit of the night in the form of a two-run home run to break the tie and give his team the win. Despite the loss, Jordan Wren did his part for Greenville with two hits, including a two-RBI triple.

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Oscar Hernandez and Sam Travis each recorded two base knocks, leading the team as part of a 10-hit evening, but Pawtucket pitching struggled in the loss. Erasmo Ramirez allowed five runs on four hits in 5 1/3 innings, in part because of three walks. Bobby Poyner replaced him and allowed two more runs in 2/3 innings of work to close the sixth. Travis Lakins and Domingo Tapia each allowed a run to cross the plate in their inning of work. Eight of the nine Pawtucket starters notched a hit.

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May 8, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Salem's staff strikes out 18, Hart continues to roll


5/8 Cup of Coffee: There were solid performances at each level on Tuesday, with the pitching leading the way. Teddy Stankiewicz and Kyle Hart each threw six solid innings, and the Salem staff combined to strike out 18 batters. Jantzen Witte provided all the offense that Pawtucket would need, and Portland got a big triple from Bobby Dalbec to beat New Hampshire. Salem only managed two runs, but an unlikely batter became the first Salem player to hit a home run at home this season. 

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Jantzen Witte drove in three runs, and Teddy Stankiewicz allowed only an unearned run over six innings to earn his first Triple-A victory. Stankiewicz allowed four hits and walked three while striking out two, and Trevor KelleyJosh Taylor, and Jenrry Mejia each threw scoreless innings to close the game out. Taylor has now logged eight straight scoreless appearances, and he has not allowed a run since April 11. 
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May 7, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Casas goes yard in Greenville loss


5/7 Cup of Coffee: It was a lonely night ion the farm, as the Drive were the only affiliate in action Monday evening. The Greenville pitching staff was hit hard, surrendering five runs in an inning twice as part of the rout at Fluor Field. One of the few bright spots for Greenville was Triston Casas (pictured) who homered and drove in three of the Drive's four runs. 

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Brayan Bello got the start for Greenville and scuffled right out of the gate. After surrendering two runs in the first inning, Bello seemed to recover until things fell apart for him in the fifth. The right-hander surrendered two home runs before closing out the inning, capping off a night in which he was tagged for eight hits and seven earned runs. The Drive bullpen picked up where Bello left off, with Yoan Aybar walking three batters in just 1/3 inning of work, and Yorvin Pantoja giving up three earned runs in his two innings of relief. Brendan Nail closed out the game for Greenville, pitching two innings and striking out five while only surrendering one unearned run.
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May 6, 2019 at 6:30 PM

April Players of the Month: Jarren Duran and Bryan Mata


It's a Salem sweep on the Players of the Month awards, with Jarren Duran (pictured, left) and Bryan Mata winning Player of the Month and Pitcher of the Month, respectively. Duran winning should come as no surprise to those who followed the system closely, as his offensive explosion has catapulted him into the top 10 on the SoxProspects.com rankings. Playing exclusively in center field, Duran hit .404/.462/.553 over 94 at-bats, accumulating five doubles, three triples, and a home run. His plus-plus speed and contact ability has put immense pressure on every defense he has faced, and he even added on 11 steals for good measure.

A seventh-round pick in 2018 out of Cal State Long Beach, the 22-year-old Duran is already looking like a steal at that draft slot. Since debuting last June his average sits at .364 and he has stolen 35 bases in 94 games. Salem's home stadium notoriously suppresses home runs, and the one Duran did hit this year came on the road, so it will take some time to see what his true power potential is. But if he keeps hitting in the mid-.300's with elite speed, he will be in the upper minors before the season is over. 
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Minor Notes: Chavis on fire, Smith to start for Boston


Here are Monday's minor league notes:

  • The 157th episode of the SoxProspects.com podcast is now available. Chris Hatfield and Ian Cundall discuss Michael Chavis (pictured, right), power numbers in Triple-A, and an update on injuries.
  • Chavis, SoxProspects.com's No. 1 prospect, continued to rake over the weekend against the White Sox, going 6 for 20 with three home runs and a double in the series. His season slash line now stands at .333/.460/.725 in 63 plate appearances. 
  • Christopher Smith of MassLive.com had a terrific conversation with Chavis, including a discussion about the notes Chavis keeps during games about pitchers he faces and how his swing felt during his at-bats. 
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Podcast Ep. #157: Definitely gonna crush some olives


Chris is ready for his trip to Greece and all the Feta cheese he can eat. But before it’s wheels up, he and Ian cover a lot of ground in the first podcast of May. First up is a look at the way power numbers at AAA are going to impact various fringy power guys in the Sox system. Then they talk about the new second baseman with the big club. This kid has got plenty of raw and is showing it in games. Chris brings up a provision in the CBA regarding rehab assignments, which leads us into an injury update. Finally, the guys break down the new May Rankings. Lots to cover and so little time, so

Listen in!

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Cup of Coffee: Jimenez strong for Sea Dogs; Casas doubles again


5/6 Cup of Coffee: If Portland splitting a doubleheader with Binghamton feels like déjà vu, it's not just you reading the SoxProspects.com Cup of Coffee before your own cup of coffee has set in; the Sea Dogs and Rumble Ponies really did split their third doubleheader in nine days on Sunday. Dedgar Jimenez (pictured) turned in a quality start in the opener, giving Boston's affiliates their only win on the day. Greenville fell despite Devlin Granberg and Triston Casas keeping up some fine hitting and Salem squandered several opportunities before Myrtle Beach opened things up late. 

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Pawtucket Red Sox vs. Rochester Red Wings (MIN), postponed
Rain continues to be the PawSox biggest enemy, as Sunday's game at McCoy Stadium marked their seventh postponement of the year. The two teams will try to make it up on June 7 as part of a doubleheader.
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May 5, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Casas, Granberg support dominant Drive bullpen


5/5 Cup of Coffee: Greenville came away with the system's only victory on Saturday as the other three affiliates fell in tight contests. The Drive got an offensive boost from Triston Casas (pictured) and Devlin Granberg, and outstanding bullpen work from a trio led by Angel Padron. Two of Boston's top pitching prospects struggled with efficiency, as Darwinzon Hernandez and Bryan Mata worked hard to pitch into the sixth and fourth, respectively.

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Saturday evening's contest got off to an auspicious start, as Bryce Brentz blasted a three-run homer as part of a six-run first inning. Things quickly went downhill, as a quintet of Pawtucket hurlers surrendered 16 hits. Some positive performances at the plate stood out, including Mike Miller continuing to be a catalyst out of the leadoff spot. Miller reached base three times with a walk and pair of hits. Rusney Castillo doubled as part of a two-hit night, and Sam Travis drove in a pair as part of his 2-for-5 effort.
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May 4, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Shawaryn dominates, Chatham racks up five hits


5/4 Cup of Coffee: In game two of a doubleheader, the Sea Dogs recorded the only win of any affiliate on Friday. C.J. Chatham was on fire all day, collecting five hits. Mike Shawaryn (pictured) stood out for the PawSox, with eight shutout innings in a tough loss.

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Rochester Red Wings (MIN) 7, Pawtucket Red Sox 1
The final score doesn't reflect how close this one was, as the PawSox surrendered six runs in the top of the ninth. Mike Shawaryn was brilliant and efficient, tossing eight scoreless innings using just 99 pitches. He only struck out three, but only walked one and allowed five hits. Bobby Poyner and Domingo Tapia combined to allow six runs, although only three were earned. Pawtucket only had three hits, with Bryce Brentz and Sam Travis each going 1 for 3 with a double.

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May 3, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Casas goes deep, Granberg rips three hits for Drive


5/3 Cup of Coffee: It was a tough night across the organization, as the affiliates picked up only one win while the major league club was being dealt a devastating walk-off loss. Pawtucket went overtime to earn the split of its doubleheader, with usual contibutors Rusney Castillo and Josh Ockimey providing the lift. Devlin Granberg (pictured) delivered three hits and Triston Casas went deep in a Greenville loss, while Jarren Duran and his fellow Beer Mongers fell short in Salem.

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Little went right for the PawSox after a first-inning solo homer off the bat of Eduardo Nunez. The rehabbing utilityman, getting the start at designated hitter, also singled as he ramps himself up to return from the Injured List. Erasmo Ramirez struggled in his start, allowing five runs on five hits in four innings. He surrendered two homers, walked a pair, and did not record a strikeout.
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May 2, 2019 at 12:00 PM

Minor Notes: New rankings and rehab assignments


Here are Thursday's minor league notes:

  • May has arrived, and that means that the SoxProspects.com rankings have been updated. With the top six players staying in the same slot, the most prominent move was Jarren Duran's first appearance in the top 10. He moved up four spots and is now ranked at number nine. Alex Scherff (pictured, right) moved up three slots and is now ranked 15th, and Brayan Bello made it into top 20. The biggest riser was Ryan Fitzgerald, who went from 56 to 37, while Yasel Santana saw the biggest decline, going from 44 to 57. 
  • To coincide with the new rankings, the new player page templates were rolled out for prospects 11-20, and the scouting reports were updated for Duran, Scherff, Bello, and Brandon Howlett.
  • The main movement on the farm system the last few days has centered around rehabbing major leaguers. Eduardo Nunez started a rehab assignment on Monday night in Pawtucket, Dustin Pedroia will be beginning a rehab stint with the Sea Dogs on Thursday, and Brock Holt was recalled from his rehab assignment for the second time, this time due to shoulder soreness rather than his scratched cornea. 
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Cup of Coffee: Howlett with 4 hits; De Jesus allows 2 hits


5/2 Cup of Coffee: It was a night to forget in the Red Sox system, as Portland was shut out, Pawtucket did not play and Greenville suffered defeat despite putting 14 hits on the board. However, Salem ensured Wednesday would not be a total loss, as the No. 1-No. 6 hitters recorded 10 of the team's 11 base knocks, including multiple-hit efforts from Jarren Duran, Pedro Castellanos, Ryan Fitzgerald and Victor Acosta. Despite the Drive's defeat, Brandon Howlett was 4 for 5.

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Pawtucket Red Sox vs. Buffalo Bisons (TOR), Postponed (Rain)

The PawSox saw their game with Buffalo postponed due to wet weather. The two teams will make up the game Thursday
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May 1, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Castillo and Howlett homer as the affiliates are swept


5/1 Cup of Coffee: There were only a handful of strong performances on the farm on Tuesday, led by Rusney Castillo and Brandon Howlett (pictured, right), who each homered in defeat. Mike Miller also had a strong night at the plate, and Dedgar Jimenez pitched well for the Sea Dogs. 


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Teddy Stankiewicz served up a two-run home run to Lourdes Gurriel Jr., but otherwise held Buffalo in check over his five innings of work. He allowed only two hits and stuck out four, though only 48 of his 90 pitches went for strikes. Bobby Poyner took the loss after Gurriel hit a walkoff single. Eduardo Nunez went 0 for 4 with a strikeout as he continued his rehab assignment, and Bryce Brentz added an RBI and an outfield assist. 
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April 30, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Mata and Duran sharp in Salem loss


4/30 Cup of Coffee: With Greenville off and the second game of Pawtucket's doubleheader postponed, the affiliates only played three games on Monday night. Jarren Duran (pictured) stayed hot for Salem, coming up a home run shy of the cycle with his three-hit night while Bryan Mata got the start and pitched well. Elsewhere Pawtucket came up short, despite launching three home runs, and Portland won a shootout in Hartford.

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A barrage of home runs was not enough to lift the PawSox over Buffalo on Monday night. Josh Tobias, Mike Miller, and Bryce Brentz each homered, with Miller adding another single. Chad De La Guerra also collected two singles, while Sam Travis singled and walked twice. On the mound, Chandler Shepherd struggled from the get-go, battling through three innings while surrendering nine runs (eight earned). Travis Lakins came on in relief and was tagged for three hits and one earned run in his 1 1/3 innings of work. Jeremy Bleich closed out the game with 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief, striking out two.
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April 29, 2019 at 3:00 PM

Minor Notes: Chavis, Duran, & Portland pitchers rule the week


Here are Monday's minor league notes:
  • SoxProspects.com's top prospect, Michael Chavis (pictured right), continues to perform well during his stint with the major league team. He started all three games since the last Minor Notes, going 3-for-10 with two home runs, two walks, and three strikeouts. That brings his season totals up to .250/.419/.667 over his eight major league games. The Red Sox Twitter account noted that ".@MichaelChavis11 and the Monster are getting to know each other pretty well." 
  • “Dude, I’m having the time of my life,” Chavis told the Boston Globe's Peter Abraham. One interesting quote from the article is from Red Sox hitting coach Tim Hyers who was the organizations hitting coordinator in 2015. He said “I saw how much Michael had changed[...]He had a lot of body movement in his swing. Now it’s more compact and balanced from start to finish.”
  • At the NFL draft this past weekend, most first round players at the draft hug the commissioner when their name is called. While that is not standard for the MLB draft, it didn't stop Chavis as WEEI's Rob Bradford writes.
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Cup of Coffee: Fitzgerald's four hits power Salem rout


4/29 Cup of Coffee: The Salem bats continue to mash, as Ryan Fitzgerald (pictured) led the Sox to a 15-run, 18-hit romp to key a sixth consecutive victory. The PawSox continued to get top-notch contributions from Josh Ockimey and the bullpen to win in frigid Upstate New York, while the Greenville bats went cold to close its road trip.
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After missing action with a snow day, the PawSox were back in action on a blustery but flurry-free Sunday afternoon. The game was knotted at 2-2 in the eighth when Juan Centeno blasted a three-run homer, his first round-tripper of the season. Josh Ockimey continued to be a force at the plate, going 1 for 3 with  walk. The base hit was his first single since April 20, with two doubles, two homers, and a triple in the meantime. Mike Shawaryn turned in a Houdini-like performance, giving up just two runs on four hits in six innings, despite allowing a homer, issuing five walks, and recording just one strikeout. Trevor Kelley got credit for the win with two hitless innings of relief, and Jenrry Mejia fired a scoreless ninth for his fifth save.
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April 28, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Houck leads slate of strong pitching performances


4/28 Cup of Coffee: Four starters in the SoxProspects.com top 40 got the nod on Saturday, as strong pitching performances occurred up and down the Red Sox farm system. In a night filled with exceptional pitching, Tanner Houck (pictured) stuck out by leading Portland to victory with his six shutout innings. Elsewhere, Jarren Duran fueled a strong offensive night for Salem and Thaddeus Ward dominated with six shutout innings of his own.

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Pawtucket Red Sox @ Rochester Red Wings (MIN) PPD (inclement weather)
The PawSox had their contest with Rochester postponed due to unexpected frigid conditions and snow. The game has been rescheduled for May 24, as part of a doubleheader.

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April 26, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Scherff dominates, PawSox score 17


4/27 Cup of Coffee: The PawSox splurged for 16 runs in the first two innings, as Josh Ockimey (pictured, below) led the way with a monster second inning. Jarren Duran continued his hot start to the season and Alex Scherff (pictured, right) turned in a phenomenal outing for Greenville.

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The PawSox hung an eight-spot in each of the first two innings, as Josh Ockimey homered twice in the second inning. The left-handed hitting first baseman added a double, drove in five, and was one of six Pawtucket players with multiple hits. Mike Miller went 3 for 6 with a walk, a double, two RBI, and two runs out of the leadoff spot. Brock Holt reached four times with a single and three walks in a rehab appearance.

On the mound, Ryan Weber picked up the win by allowing three runs in 6 1/3 innings pitched. Josh Taylor struck out two in a scoreless frame out of the bullpen.
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Cup of Coffee: Kyle Hart leads Sea Dogs' combined no-hitter


4/26 Cup of Coffee: History was made Thursdy night, as the Portland Sea Dogs registered their third nine-inning no-hitter in team history and first since affiliating with the Red Sox in 2003. Starter Kyle Hart (pictured, left) and relievers Daniel McGrath and Adam Lau combined to strike out nine while holding Binghamton hitless. The no-hitter was the hightlight of a perfect day in the system. Triston Casas powered Greenville, who prevailed in a slugfest, while Salem won in extra innings after squandering an early lead. Pawtucket used a pair of solo homers and a bases-loaded double to get back in the win column

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In an afternoon contest, Pawtucket put an end to its five-game losing streak. Cole Sturgeon and Sam Travis contributed early with solo home runs, the first of the season for both players. After the Iron Pigs evened things up, Rusney Castillo ripped a seventh-inning bases-clearing double that proved to be the decisive blow. Starter Erasmo Ramirez allowed two runs on five hits in 4 2/3 innings in his return to the PawSox after a brief appearance on the major league roster. Matthew Gorst, Bobby Poyner, and Jenrry Mejia combined for 4 1/3 shutout innings in relief, with Poyner getting credit for the win. Mejia has been unscored upon in seven of his nine appearances.
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April 25, 2019 at 12:00 PM

Minor Notes: Lakins and Hernandez debut, Chavis goes yard


Here are Thursday's minor league notes:

  • A flurry of promotions and strong performances were the theme of the week on the Red Sox farm. Darwinzon Hernandez and Travis Lakins joined the recently-promoted Michael Chavis (pictured) in Boston for Tuesday's doubleheader, and each made their debuts on the mound. Hernandez struck out four in 2 1/3 scoreless innings, while Lakins fared a little worse by surrendering a run and striking out two in his 2 2/3 innings of work. On Wednesday, Hernandez was optioned back to Portland to join the rotation. 
  • The aforementioned Chavis made his Fenway debut this week and started both games of the doubleheader against Detroit. In the nightcap, Chavis went 2 for 4 with a home run, the first of his MLB career. 
  • Down on the farm, Tanner Houck continued to bounce back from his Opening Day struggles with a dominant five-inning shutout, in which he struck out nine. Also in Portland, CJ Chatham continued his red-hot start to the year with three straight three-hit efforts and new outfielder Marcus Wilson (acquired from Arizona in the Blake Swihart trade) has made his debut, starting in each of the last three games
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Cup of Coffee: Duran, Marco Hernandez drill 3 hits; strong start for Jimenez


Cup of Coffee 4/25: It was a busy night in the Red Sox system, where Salem slugged out 15 hits and Greenville won not only a suspended game, but the regularly scheduled contest as well. However, Pawtucket was nearly shut out and Portland was unable to score a run. Marco Hernandez (pictured) and Jarren Duran each belted out three hits in Salem's victory. On the mound, Dedgar Jimenez, Teddy Stankiewicz and Chris Machamer each delivered quality starts for their respective teams.


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The PawSox avoided the shutout with a Jantzen Witte RBI single in the ninth, but they were unable to overcome Lehigh Valley's strong pitching. Rusney Castillo and Sam Travis each had multi-hit games, while Teddy Stankiewicz gave his team a chance to win. He allowed three runs on six hits in six innings of work, though he did issue four free passes. Jeremy Bleich contributed a clean eighth inning and Jenrry Mejia allowed just one hit in the ninth.

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April 24, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Castillo and Chatham continue their hot starts


4/24 Cup of Coffee: With Darwinzon Hernandez and Travis Lakins making their major league debuts and Michael Chavis hitting a moonshot home run, the most interesting prospect performances all came at the big league level. There were still some good performances down on the farm, with Rusney Castillo (pictured, right)C.J. Chatham, and Ryan Fitzgerald all keeping their strong starts going. 

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Nick Pivetta, who was recently demoted from the Phillies, got the best of the PawSox in his first start back in the minors. The only player who was able to get to Pivetta was Rusney Castillo, who drove in all four of Pawtucket's runs. Castillo hit an RBI single in the first inning and launched a three-run shot in the fifth inning, his third of the year. Josh Ockimey was on base three times as he went 1 for 2 with a double and two walks, and Mike Miller scored twice and stole a base. 
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April 23, 2019 at 4:24 PM

Podcast Ep. #156 - This is a monologue coming up, folks


We have a lot to discuss. Chavis is up. Swihart is out. And Christian Vazquez is…playing second base? You know, all these moves, it’s starting to feel like the Sox might be scuffling and scrambling and oh yeah. It’s time, isn’t it? Panic mode engaged! Chris and Ian wade into the fray to break down Chavis’ debut. Chris rants about how poorly the Red Sox handled Blake Swihart in the last couple of years. And then the guys get back to the system. We meet Marcus Wilson, who comes to the system in the Swihart deal. Plus, both Ian and Chris got to the ballpark. The guys break down several prospects with extended scouting reports. And speaking of trips to the ballpark, did you know you can get updated scouting reports right after we go to the park by signing up at Patreon and contributing at the $2 level? Visit Sox Prospects on Patreon for the details. No mailbag today, but get your emails and tweets in for our next episode, but for now

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Cup of Coffee: Houck shines, Dalbec homers in rainy Portland victory



4/23 Cup of Coffee: In a game shortened by rain, Tanner Houck (pictured) stole the show with a dazzling performance and Bobby Dalbec did what he does best by launching his second home run of the year. Greenville was less fortunate than their northern counterparts, dropping their fourth game in five.

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Pawtucket Red Sox vs. Lehigh Valley IronPigs (PHI) PPD (inclement weather)
The poor April weather continued Monday night, forcing Pawtucket to postpone their Monday night showdown with Lehigh Valley. The game will be rescheduled as part of a doubleheader on Tuesday, May 28th.

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The Sea Dogs did not let the rain slow them down, as they were able to do more than enough damage in the five innings played Monday night. More than half of Portland's hits went for extra bases capped off by a fourth-inning home run by Bobby Dalbec. CJ Chatham had a productive day at the plate, going 2 for 3 with a double and two runs scored. Adding into the offensive barrage were Luke Tendler, Keith Curcio, and Jerry Downs who each added a double of their own.
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April 22, 2019 at 12:15 PM

Minor Notes: Chavis makes MLB debut


Here are Monday's minor league notes:

  • With Dustin Pedroia, Eduardo Nunez, and Brock Holt all on the Injured List, Boston called up SoxProspects.com's No. 1 prospect Michael Chavis (pictured) After starting five games at second base for Pawtucket this season, Chavis made his first MLB start on Sunday at second base. On Saturday, he pinch-hit in the top of the ninth in a tie game and roped a double to center field that, according to Statcast, left his bat at 108.7 MPH. 
  • For more on Chavis, Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic (subscription required) wrote a piece on what the Red Sox can expect from the 2014 first-round draft pick. 
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Cup of Coffee: Scorching hot Duran delivers first homer


4/22 Cup of Coffee: It was a quiet day on the farm, with the two affiliates in action combining for just three runs. Jarren Duran (pictured) continued his excellent play, homering on an otherwise lackluster day for Salem. Pawtucket suffered a sweep in Syracuse, while Portland and Greenville were off.

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The PawSox squandered numerous opportunities, going 1 for 17 with runners in scoring position as the Mets completed the three-game series sweep. Gorkys Hernandez reached base three times, going 2 for 4 with a walk and two stolen bases. Josh Ockimey had a triple and a walk, while Jantzen Witte recorded a pair of doubles. Mike Shawaryn allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits in five innings. Travis Lakins and Jenrry Mejia were solid in relief, combining for three scoreless innings.
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April 21, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Duran leads offensive explosion; Scherff sharp again


4/21 Cup of Coffee: With two postponements Friday night, it was another busy day for the Red Sox affiliates. Salem was the lone winner Saturday night with an offensive outburst lead by Jarren Duran (pictured) and Dylan Hardy. In Greenville, Alex Scherff (pictured) continued his promising start to the season as the Drive lost in heartbreaking fashion.

Syracuse Mets (NYM) 5, Pawtucket Red Sox 2
Despite having seven batters reach base, the PawSox were unable to get much going in the first game of their doubleheader with Syracuse. Batting cleanup, Sam Travis drove in both of Pawtucket's runs with a third-inning single. Josh Ockimey had a solid night at the plate, collecting two hits while Gorkys Hernandez and Mike Miller each singled and scored a run. Josh Smith only had to pitch six innings to go the distance for Pawtucket, but his uneven performance wasn't enough to lift the PawSox. Despite striking out six and only walking one batter, Smith was tagged for eight hits and allowed five runs (three earned) to collect his first loss of 2019.

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April 20, 2019 at 9:30 AM

Cup of Coffee: Bello leads great Greenville pitching performance


4/20 Cup of Coffee: There were two more postponements on Friday, so only Portland and Greenville saw action. The Sea Dogs fell just short of completing an incredible comeback led by C.J. Chatham. The Drive received a tremendous effort on the mound, as three pitchers combined to toss a shutout with 12 strikeouts and no walks. 

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Pawtucket Red Sox @ Syracuse Chiefs (NYM), PPD (inclement weather) 
The PawSox were postponed due to rain and will be playing a doubleheader today beginning at 1:05 pm. 

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After entering the bottom of the seventh down 10-1, Portland broke out for eight runs, but it was still too little too late. C.J. Chatham had a big game, going 2 for 4 with a double and four RBI. Brett Netzer went 2 for 3, Bobby Dalbec ripped an RBI double, and Tate Matheny collected two RBI. Denyi Reyes took the loss after allowing nine runs in just 3 1/3 innings. Durbin Feltman struggled as well, allowing a walk and a two-run home run in his only inning of work. 

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Frederick Keys (BAL) @ Salem Red Sox, PPD (inclement weather)
Salem was also postponed due to rain and will be playing a doubleheader today beginning at 1:00 pm. 

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The Drive got three stellar pitching performances, the first from starter Brayan Bello (pictured) who went five scoreless innings and struck out five without walking a batter. Yorvin Pantoja and Rio Gomez each went two innings in relief and did not allow a hit or a walk. Pantoja struck out four and Gomez struck out three. Grant Williams roped a two-run single for Greenville's only runs. Kole Cottam and Devlin Granberg each had two-hit games and Jordan Wren tripled and walked. 

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Player of the Night: 19-year old Brayan Bello turned in this third consecutive solid outing to start the season. Overall, the righty has surrendered just two runs in 14 innings, good for a 1.29 ERA. Bello was an international free agent signing in 2017. He spent most of last season in the DSL, where he posted a 1.68 ERA in 64 1/3 innings. 

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April 19, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Dominance ongoing for Mata; Esplin powers Greenville


4/19 Cup of Coffee: All three games on Thursday's slate were low-scoring affairs. Tyler Esplin and Triston Casas provided the offense in Greenville's win as Chris Machamer and a pair of relievers completed a shutout. Portland and Salem both had tough-luck losses, despite notable individual efforts. Bryan Mata (pictured, left) continues to inflict ongoing harm on Carolina League hitters in his repeat engagement in the circuit, extending his scoreless streak to 14 innings. 

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Portland missed out on several opportunities in a homestand-opening loss, going 1 for 10 with runnners in scoring position. Keith Curcio picked up a pair of hits, including the Sea Dogs' only double. Starter Kyle Hart took the loss, allowing two runs on four hits in 4 1/3. Jordan Weems turned in a strong outing in long relief, striking out seven of the 15 batters he faced. He also allowed one run on two hits in his 3 2/3 frames. 
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April 18, 2019 at 12:00 PM

Minor Notes: Swihart DFA'd, Holt begins rehab assignment


Here are Thursday's minor league notes:

  • Tuesday was a busy day for player movement, with the big story being Blake Swihart (pictured, right) being designated for assignment. Swihart was a first-round pick in 2011, with the pick being received as compensation for losing Adrian Beltre to Texas in free agency. Swihart was the top prospect in the system at the end of the 2014 season after he hit .293/.341/.469 in 110 games between Portland and Pawtucket. 
  • Sandy Leon was called up from Pawtucket to take Swihart's place on the roster. Leon was hitting just .120/.154/.120 over 25 at-bats for the PawSox. The PawSox activated Jake Romanski from the injured list to fill their catching void. 
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Cup of Coffee: Curcio knocks 4 hits; Lin delivers 3 RBI


4/18 Cup of Coffee: For the upper minors, it was a night of offensive battles, as both Pawtucket and Portland needed 11 runs to record victories. Another recurring theme was ineffective starting pitching, as Chandler Shepherd, Dedgar Jimenez and Yasel Santana each allowed six runs or more. Michael Chavis continued his offensive tear, notching his fourth home run this season. Salem failed to stave off the sweep against Down East in a four-hour, 12-minute, 11-inning nail-biter. 

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The PawSox were able to overcome Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s tape measure home run and a seven-run first inning by the Bison in an offensive outburst where each team belted 13 hits. Four Pawtucket hitters had two hits and four more had multiple RBI. Tzu-Wei Lin (pictured, left) led the way, going 2 for 5 with a pair of doubles and three RBI, while Michael Chavis drilled his fourth home run of 2019 in the seventh inning. All 11 of the Red Sox' runs came across three frames. Chandler Shepherd allowed seven runs, none of which were earned, on five hits in 2/3 of an inning. Josh Ockimey committed an error with two outs, allowing the stanza to continue. Bobby Poyner struck out six batters in two innings as part of a bullpen that allowed just one run in 8 1/3 frames of work.

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