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September 16, 2019 at 1:00 PM

Minor Notes: Awards week and transition to fall ball


During the season, the Minor Notes run two times a week. Now that the minor league regular season has officially come to an end, the Notes will move to once a week, running every Monday.

Here are Monday's notes:
  • The final piece during SoxProspects.com Awards Week was the announcement of the two biggest awards, the Pitcher of the Year and the Hitter of the Year. First baseman Triston Casas (pictured, right) took home the Hitter of the Year in a season where he hit .256/.350/.480 as a 19-year-old. Despite a horrible April, he rebounded to put up very impressive numbers and has now risen to the top spot in the SoxProspects.com rankings.
  • Jarren Duran and Bobby Dalbec were on the fridge of the debate between the staffers, but the actual runner up was outfielder Gilberto Jimenez. The 19-year-old signed as an international free agent in 2017 and went on to play in 2018 for the DSL Red Sox, ultimately taking home the Red Sox Latin Program Position Player of the Year. This season he was selected as a SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star and did not disappoint. Playing the entire season for Lowell where he was almost three years younger than the average hitter, he continued to rake, hitting .359/.393/.470. His consistency was incredible, aside from his eight September at-bats, he never hit lower than .341 in any of the other three months of the season.
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September 13, 2019 at 12:13 PM

Podcast Ep. #166: I think we've got a lot to talk about


You may have heard about this. The Red Sox dismissed Dave Dombrowski Sunday night. Chris and Ian question the timing (of the announcement, not the decision). They make the case for why the club needed to make a change. Ian describes the lack of depth in the upper minors that put the Red Sox in a "No Man's Land" for in-season options. But the discussion is not solely centered on the now departed Dealer Dave. The rosters for the Arizona Fall League are almost entirely set. Boston's contingency is prospect heavy and very interesting. In contrast, clubs are changing the way they handle the fall Instructional Leagues and various foreign winter leagues, which Chris details briefly. And we close the show with an interesting note from the mailbag and a quick update on the clubs in the minor league playoffs.

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SoxProspects.com Awards: Offensive Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year


This week was SoxProspects.com award week, with several accolades being handed out over the last few days. We have announced the All-Star pitchers, All-Star position playersHomegrown Player, Ex-Prospect, and Graduate of the Year, and the Rookie, Breakout, and Comeback Player of the Year.

The biggest awards were saved for last. The SoxProspects.com Offensive Player of the Year goes to Triston Casas (pictured, right) and the SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Year is awarded to Thaddeus Ward (pictured, below).

Offensive Player of the Year

Expectations were high for the 2018 first-rounder, and Casas did not disappoint as he led the system in RBI with 81 and finished third with 20 home runs. He had exactly 500 plate appearances in the regular season, with seven of those coming with Salem at the end of the year, and he hit  a combined .256/.350/.480 with the two teams. He flashed the plus-plus raw power that helped him get ranked as the top prospect in the system, with this pull-side home run and this home run to center field showing how much pop he has in his bat.
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September 12, 2019 at 5:00 PM

Minor Notes: Minor League season comes to an end as Lowell falls in final


Here are Thursday's minor league notes:

  • In a sad day for all followers of SoxProspects.com, the minor league season has officially come to a close with Lowell's elimination in the New York-Penn League final. Lowell had tied the series at a game apiece on Monday evening, but they fell in a back and forth contest despite a strong showing from Yusniel Padron-Artilles
  • Although the minor league season has ended, the coverage has not stopped as award season is now upon all of us here at SoxProspects.com. The All-Star selections for the systems pitchers, were headlined by Thaddeus Ward and Bryan Mata. While Mata has been a top performer in the Red Sox system for some time now, Ward burst onto the scene in 2019 and has subsequently shot up the SoxProspects.com rankings in order to earn his first All-Star selection. 
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2019 SoxProspects.com Awards: Rookie, Breakout and Comeback players of the year


SoxProspects.com award season rolls on, after All-Star hitters and pitchers were released on Monday and Tuesday, respectively, followed by the Homegrown Player, Ex-Prospect and Graduate of the Year on Wednesday. Thursday's awards focus on the Rookie, Breakout and Comeback players of the year.

Rookie of the Year
A sixth-round pick out of San Diego, Chris Murphy was assigned straight to Lowell and was downright dominant. The 21-year-old hurled 33 1/3 innings to the tune of a 1.08 ERA, which was the lowest in the system of those that pitched more than 30 innings. He also struck out 34 batters to just seven walks for a 4.86 walk to strikeout ratio, which was fifth-best among the stateside affiliates.  The California product also owned a 0.90 WHIP, which paced the system. After pitching 64 frames for San Diego during 2019, Murphy was limited in Lowell, but will likely be given every chance to start during 2020. He possesses a four-pitch mix comprised of a fastball that touches 95 mph from the left side, curveball, slider and changeup.

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September 11, 2019 at 2:00 PM

2019 SoxProspects.com Awards: Homegrown Player, Ex-Prospect, and Graduate of the Year


SoxProspects.com award season continues after position players were announced Monday and pitchers on Tuesday. The three players to follow have all graduated as prospects and have made a major impact at the major league level. 

Homegrown Player of the Year
Mookie Betts won Homegrown Player of the Year in 2018 and has followed it up with another marvelous season, hitting .290/.390/.526 with 28 home runs, 40 doubles, five triples, 14 stolen bases, and 129 runs scored so far. Most of the time, that would be good enough to repeat. However, Xander Bogaerts (pictured, left) and Rafael Devers (pictured, right) consistently raked all season long, as they have each earned a share of the award.

Bogaerts has followed up a breakout 2018 season with an even better 2019. So far, the Red Sox shortstop has set career-highs in home runs (31), doubles (49), walks (69), RBI (105), on-base percentage (.380), slugging percentage (.562), and Fangraphs' version of WAR (6.2). Through September 10, Bogaerts is also second in all of baseball in extra-base hits with 80. The 26-year old earned himself a contract extension at the end of March worth a total of $132 million that will keep him in Boston through 2025. That came after a 2018 in which he hit .288 with 23 home runs, 45 doubles, and 103 RBI. His defense at short has had mixed results in 2019, as Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) has him as a below average shortstop, while Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR) has him as a top 10 defensive shortstop. Either way, any time a guy can be steady at shortstop while posting a .942 OPS, he is going to be among the most valuable players in baseball.
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Cup of Coffee: Padron-Artiles shines, but Lowell drops title match


9/11 Cup of Coffee: Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow; That I shall say good night till it be 'morrow.

A fantastic Lowell season was sent to come to an end on Monday evening on Coney Island one way or another, as the Spinners and Cyclones engaged in a winner-take-all third game of the New York-Penn League Championship Series. Unfortunately, the franchise's first title since moving to the Mill City in 1996 will have to wait, as Brooklyn came from behind to win its second championship. 
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September 10, 2019 at 2:00 PM

2019 SoxProspects.com All-Stars: Pitchers


Following up Monday's All-Star Position Players post, we are presenting the top five starters and three relievers from the 2019 season. The list includes three players from the lower minors and five players from the upper minors. 

Starting Pitcher: Thaddeus Ward
Ward's stock was on the rise after increasing his strikeout rate in each of his three years in college and was drafted in the fifth round in 2018 and signed for slightly below slot. Though he pitched exclusively as a reliever in college, he was converted to a starter upon signing and made 11 appearances last season for Lowell. The 22-year-old was bumped up to Greenville to begin the year and saw immediate success. Over his 13 starts, he only allowed more than three runs twice and finished the level with a 1.99 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, and 87 strikeouts to 25 walks over 72 1/3 innings. His best run came from May 14 to May 25th where he made three straight scoreless appearances while going at least seven innings in each. The righty's dominance did not stop after a promotion to Salem where he made 12 more starts with a 2.33 ERA and 11.67 K/9.
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Cup of Coffee: Song, Murphy dominant as Lowell ties the series


9/9 Cup of Coffee:  A day after falling on the wrong side of a pitcher's duel, the Spinners pitching staff came up big to keep Lowell alive in the New York-Penn League Championship. Noah Song was on the bump for Lowell and capped off what has been an excellent debut season, but it was Chris Murphy (pictured) who went above and beyond to help secure the victory. The Lowell bats were relatively quiet once again, but a productive day from Stephen Scott and some timely hitting from regular season hero Gilberto Jimenez was enough to get the Spinners over the line. 

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In a season that saw the Spinners pitching staff finish sixth in team ERA, it comes as no surprise that the pitching staff has been the driving force in the Spinners playoff run. The Lowell staff pitched to a 2.83 ERA in their four postseason games leading up to Monday night; a number that improved with Noah Song on the mound. Song got off to a strong start by fanning the side in the top of the first, and the Spinners offense broke the game open in the subsequent inning. Stephen Scott came to the plate and drove in Nick Decker to get the first Lowell run across the plate, and soon the bases were loaded. Gilberto Jimenez then singled up the middle to score both Scott and Antoni Flores and give the Spinners a lead they would not surrender.
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September 9, 2019 at 2:00 PM

2019 SoxProspects.com All-Stars: Position Players


With the minor league regular season in the books, the SoxProspects.com Awards Week is here. Over the next five days we will be presenting our annual awards on the news page. The schedule will be as follows:

Monday: All-Star position players
Tuesday: All-Star pitchers
Wednesday: Graduate of the Year; Homegrown Player of the Year; Ex-Prospect of the Year
Thursday: Rookie of the Year; Breakout Player of the Year; Comeback Player of the Yer
Friday: Player of the Year; Position Player of the Year

We kick things off with the position players selected by the SoxProspects.com staff as for their All-Star performances in 2019. While we do consider factors such as age advancement and opponent quality, these awards are in recognition of the players' in-game performances rather than a commentary on any status as a prospect. However, the Red Sox also got notable production from its most-highly rated prospects, as all five position players currently ranked in the Top 10 turned in All-Star caliber campaigns. 

Catcher: Kole Cottam
It was a season of steady improvement in Cottam's first full professional campaign. The 2018 fourth-round pick out of Kentucky had a modest .213/.348/.333 line through the end of May, but kicked off June with a seven-game hitting streak and did not look back. Cottam hit .311/.427/.513 in June and July to earn himself a mid-August promotion to Salem. His .377 on-base percentage with the Drive placed him tenth among all South Atlantic League players with at least 300 plate appearances. The former Kentucky Wildcat is currently ranked 44th in the system.
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Minor Notes: Lowell in New York-Penn League finals, Dombrowski fired


Here are Monday's minor league notes:

  • Check out the 165th episode of the SoxProspects.com podcast, where Chris and Ian recap what has happened so far in the postseason. Ian saw Lowell in action for two playoff games and he goes over what he saw from Jay Groome, Yusniel Padron-Artiles, and Joe Davis. They also give updates on Ryan Zeferjahn and Aldo Ramirez, as well as a recap of Salem's playoff run. Lastly, they give a September rankings update and take mailbag questions. 
  • According to multiple reports, the Red Sox are parting ways with Dave Dombrowski. Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic reported that Assistant General Managers Eddie Romero, Brian O'Halloran, and Zack Scott will take over for the rest of the season. 
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Podcast Ep. #165 - The Ballad of Big Joe


Even if the ultimate goal of minor league games is player development, winning still matters to those players. With Lowell and Salem qualifying for the post-season, we get more looks. Case in point, Ian saw both Spinner wins last week. He got good looks at Jay Groome, Yusniel Padron-Artiles, and Big Joe Davis among others. Chris and Ian talk through the Salem guys who shined in their post season series. And they close out the show by going through September's system rankings update.

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Cup of Coffee: Bell, Rodriguez shine as Lowell drops opener; Salem eliminated


9/9 Cup of Coffee: Despite continued excellence by Kole Cottam and Keith Curcio in the Carolina League semifinals, Salem dropped its third straight to end its season. Salem had jumped out to a promising two-games-to-none lead at home, but Wilmington swept the three games in Delaware to take the series. Lowell, the final Sox affiliate left standing, dropped the opener of the New York-Penn League finals, stranding the potential tying run at third base in the bottom of the ninth. The pitchers' duel at LeLacheur Park saw only seven hits total between the two teams and featured noteworthy performances from Spinners hurlers Brock Bell (pictured) and Jorge Rodriguez.

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A thrilling Carolina League semifinal series came to an end Sunday with the home team having prevailed in each of the five contests. Daniel Gonzalez took the ball for Salem and allowed three runs, all coming on a pair of homers. Gonzalez went 4 1/3 innings, striking out four and walking two. Alex Scherff struck out three and allowed a run on two hits in two innings of relief, and Wilmington reached Andrew Schwaab for a pair of insurance runs in the eighth inning.
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September 8, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Diaz dazzles as Salem falls in extras


9/8 Cup of Coffee: Meeting the opposite fate of their colleagues in Lowell, Salem found themselves on the wrong end of a walk-off courtesy of old friend Tyler Hill. Jhonathan Diaz (pictured) saved one of his best starts of 2019 for Saturday night, while Grant Williams led the Red Sox at the plate with a three-hit effort.  

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A year removed from leading off for Salem, Tyler Hill walked off the Red Sox to keep Wilmington's playoff dreams alive. Things were quiet for seven innings, thanks in large part to the efforts of Jhonathan Diaz. The Venezuelan left-hander went six shutout innings in which he allowed just two hits and struck out eight. However, things soon fell apart for the Red Sox as the Blue Rocks reached relievers Joan Martinez and Yoan Aybar for a combined four runs. 
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September 7, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Deja vu as Lowell walks off to New York-Penn League finals


9/7 Cup of Coffee: Lowell walked it off for the second night in a row to advance to the New York-Penn League finals, as Joe Davis played the hero role yet again. Alex Erro came up big for Lowell offensively, while the pitching staff combined for 17 strikeouts. Salem dropped a tough one despite a great pitching performance from Andrew Politi.

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Salem could not finish off a sweep of the Blue Rocks as they lost in heartbreaking fashion. The Sox broke a 1-1 tie in the top of the eighth when Tyler Esplin drove a one-out single, promptly went first to third on another single by Tanner Nishioka, then scored on a wild pitch.
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September 6, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Padron-Artiles gem, Davis walk-off lead Lowell; Esplin powers Salem


9/6 Cup of Coffee: Both affiliates that qualified for the playoffs won on Thursday night in impressive, memorable fashion. Lowell fans got to see a performance for the ages as Yusniel-Padron Artiles recorded a professional baseball record for consecutive strikeouts, setting the stage for Joe Davis heroics (pictured) that evened the Spinners' best-of-three series at one game apiece. Not to be overshadowed was a two homer game by Tyler Esplin in support of another strong Thaddeus Ward effort that gave Salem a two-games-to-none lead in the best-of-five Carolina League semifinal.

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Tyler Esplin had a very strong close to his regular season with Greenville  to earn him a late promotion to playoff-bound Salem, and his powerful bat now has the Sox on the cusp of the Carolina League finals. Esplin blasted a two-run homer in the second inning following a Triston Casas double to give Salem a lead it wouldn't relinquish. The 20-year-old outfielder then added an insurance run with a solo blast in the eighth inning.
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September 5, 2019 at 1:00 PM

Minor Notes: Playoffs begin for Salem and Lowell


Here are Thursday's minor league notes:

  • The playoffs are underway, with Salem and Lowell being the only two affiliates to qualify. Salem won its first game, while Lowell dropped game one despite some impressive pitching performances. 
  • With the season over in the upper minors, the Red Sox called up a stable of pitchers from Pawtucket. Mike Shawaryn, Trevor Kelley, Colten Brewer, and Bobby Poyner all joined the big league club on Wednesday, and the Red Sox now have 21 pitchers on the active roster. 
  • Another player who is in Boston, though he is not on the active roster, is Bobby Dalbec (pictured). Alex Speier of the Boston Globe wrote about how close Dalbec is to the big leagues and when fans could expect to see the right-handed slugger in Boston. 
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Cup of Coffee: Playoffs begin, Granberg with three RBI


9/5 Cup of Coffee: The playoffs are underway, and Salem and Lowell each made it to the playoffs. Salem earned a strong victory in the first of a five-game series behind 17 hits from seven different hitters. Devlin Granberg (pictured), Garrett Benge, Keith Curcio and Kole Cottam each recorded three hits, including deep flies from Granberg, Benge and Curcio. Lowell was on the wrong side of a 4-1 decision against Batavia in a three-game set. The Spinners only notched five hits, including a double from Gilberto Jimenez. Joe Davis also added an RBI single in the eighth.

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Salem scored early and often as part of a 17-hit explosion. It started with a four-run first, all of which happened on five hits before an out was recorded, including a three-run home run from Devlin Granberg. Granberg was one of four Red Sox to smack three hits, including Garrett Benge, Keith Curcio and Kole Cottam. Benge and Curcio each added home runs as well, and all of their hits were of the extra-base variety. Enmanuel De Jesus earned the start in the playoff opener and pitched 5 2/3 innings of three-run ball. He allowed seven hits and struck out five, without walking a batter. Yoan Aybar pitched two innings of no-hit ball and Joan Martinez finished it off with a clean ninth inning. 

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Noah Song went the first three innings for Lowell and surrendered just one run on three hits. He walked one and punched out six Muckdogs. Chris Murphy handled the middle innings and added six strikeouts of his own, but two runs crossed the plate, on a pair of hits and walks each. Dylan Spacke allowed a single run on three hits, with four strikeouts mixed in. Gilberto Jimenez contributed a double, while Joe Davis drove in the only run for Lowell.

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Player of the Day: In a game full of strong offensive performances, Devlin Granberg stood out. The sixth-round pick in 2018 was 3 for 5 and helped start Salem off on the right foot with a three-run home run after the first two hitters reached. Granberg started the playoffs out with a bang and it was his fourth multi-hit game in his last nine contests. The home run also was his first in Salem after his call-up on August 7.

Photo Credit: Devlin Granberg by Kelly O'Connor

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September 3, 2019 at 1:00 PM

Minor Notes: Salem wins division & sweeps players of the week


Here are Monday's minor league notes:
  • As the calendar turns and the minor league regular seasons come to an end, the SoxProspects.com rankings get an update. There are many changes, including the graduation of lefty Darwinzon Hernandez from the rankings. Check out the top 20 prospects here and the 21st through 60th prospects here.
  • After finishing the first half with a 25-42 record, worst in the Carolina Leauge's Northern Division, Salem turned things around in the second half. After a 3-1 victory on Sunday, Salem clinched the Northern Division's second-half crown edging out second-place Potomac. The division title earns them a playoff spot and they will face off against the first-half division winners, the Wilmington Blue Rocks, in a series beginning on Wednesday.
  • In advance of the playoffs, the top-ranked player on the SoxProspects.com rankings, first baseman Triston Casas (pictured, above right), was promoted to Salem. In 118 games at Greenville, Casas hit .254/.349/.472 with 19 home runs, The home run total is all the more impressive with the pitcher-friendly environment in the South Atlantic League and ties him for third in the league. He is also seventh in total bases, 13th in OBP, and fourth in slugging. Casas also hit a 437-foot bomb in his second game for Salem on Monday night.
  • Casas continues to draw rave reviews in his second professional league season. Still only 19 years old, the Boston Globe's Alex Speier writes that Casas has perspective and stats beyond his years.
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Cup of Coffee: Sturgeon hits three home runs, Casas goes yard in debut


9/3 Cup of coffee: It was an exciting final day of the regular season, as three affiliates won their contests and the other lost a thriller in extra-innings. Cole Sturgeon (pictured) single-handedly won the game for Pawtucket, as he launched three home runs including a two-run walk-off; while the Sea Dogs fell despite strong efforts from Jeremy Rivera and Jarren Duran. In Salem, Alex Scherff delivered an excellent start and Triston Casas launched a home run to give Salem the victory. 

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In the final game of their 2019 campaign, Cole Sturgeon and the PawSox put on a thriller as they came from behind twice to defeat the IronPigs. Sturgeon hit a career-high three home runs, including a long ball that tied the game in the eighth, and the home run to walk it off in the tenth. Oscar Hernandez chipped in with an RBI double to open the scoring. Teddy Stankiewicz got the start for Pawtucket and was solid, scattering four hits across as many scoreless innings and striking out three. Tanner Houck relived him and delivered 2 2/3 innings in which he surrendered a run. Coming on in the ninth, Trevor Kelley kept things even with a scoreless frame, and Domingo Tapia got the win despite allowing an unearned run in the tenth. 
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September 2, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Casas joins Salem and keys playoff-clinching win


9/2 Cup of Coffee: Lowell will have some company among Boston affiliates in the postseason, as Triston Casas (pictured, left) made the most of his Salem debut and sent the Sox to the playoffs. The two playoff-bound squads were the only two winning teams on the penultimate day of the minor league regular season, as Nick Decker powered the Spinners in their push for home field advantage. Eastern League ERA leader Daniel McGrath got promoted to Pawtucket, where he turned in a quality start in a PawSox loss, while the depleted rosters of Portland and Greenville combined for  total of five hits in their respective losses. 

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The PawSox dropped their third straight, falling in the ninth after a solid start by the recently-promoted Daniel McGrath. It was the first Triple-A start for the lefty, who had made a relief appearance for Pawtucket back in June. McGrath went seven innings, allowing three runs on six hits and striking out a pair while walking three. McGrath will win the  Eastern League ERA title after posting a 1.68 mark on the year. A pair of runs in the ninth were both charged to Colten Brewer, who took the loss. Rusney Castillo drove two runs and doubled as part of a two-hit afternoon. CJ Chatham also had a pair of hits, scoring twice. 
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September 1, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Mata and Diaz shine on the mound


9/1 Cup of Coffee: A pair of sterling pitching performances helped secure a winning day in the Red Sox system. Bryan Mata (pictured) had a record setting night to lead Portland to victory, while in Salem, Jhonathan Diaz was excellent for his second straight outing as the Red Sox shut out Carolina. Brandon Howlett launched a home run in a Greenville loss, while in Lowell, Jay Groome made his third appearance of the 2018 season as part of a Lowell victory. Portland and Salem each recorded shutouts.

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The PawSox were able to keep pace with Lehigh early, but the IronPig offense was able to get to starter Kyle Hart and never looked back. The lefty finished with four earned runs in 5 1/3 innings, while striking out four. From the lead off spot, Cole Sturgeon homered and walked to lead the Red Sox. Jantzen Witte and Bryce Brentz each delivered a pair of singles, while Bobby Dalbec collected a hit for the fourth game in a row. 
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August 31, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Chavis homers twice, Reyes dominates


8/31 Cup of Coffee: Michael Chavis shined in his rehab assignment with Pawtucket, while Denyi Reyes pitched well in Portland’s win. Triston Casas homered for Greenville and Salem held on to their 2 1/2 game lead.

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Michael Chavis and C.J. Chatham carried the PawSox to a win. Chavis, the former top prospect who is on a rehab assignment, homered twice and drove in four runs. Chatham went 3 for 3 with an RBI and two runs. Erasmo Ramirez allowed eight hits and four runs over 5 2/3 innings, but still grabbed the win. Bobby Poyner got the save with 1 1/3 shutout innings with two strikeouts.

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Domingo Tapia let this one slip away late by giving up four runs in the seventh. Mike Shawaryn started and allowed three runs on five hits over five innings. Cole Sturgeon went 2 for 3 with a walk, Oscar Hernandez homered, and Jantzen Witte doubled for the 22nd time.

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August 30, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Cannon, Jimenez lead Lowell to playoffs


8/30 Cup of Coffee: The Spinners entered the day with a great opportunity to clinch the Stedler, with a magic number of one and Noah Song and Chris Murphy, both with sub-0.70 ERAs, the doubleheader's scheduled starters. While neither was quite as dominant as fans have been accustomed, both were solid and an offensive burst in the nightcap led by Cameron Cannon  (pictured) and Gilberto Jimenez brought the division title to LeLacheur Park. Salem got a masterful effort for Enmanuel De Jesus in a pitchers duel to solidify its playoff chances, while Portland also turned in a shutout victory. Pawtucket was able to play spoiler in its doubleheader, gaining the split to knock Scranton down into a tie in the International League North

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Juan Centeno delivered a dramatic victory in the opener, blasting a walk-off grand slam in extra innings. Centeno had previously doubled, singled, and stolen a base. Josh Ockimey had a big game as well, going 3 for 3 with his 25th homer of the year, doubling twice, and getting hit by a pitch. Starter Teddy Stankiewicz allowed four runs  (three earned) on five hits in six innings. Colten Brewer got credit for the win, giving up an unearned run on one hit in two innings.
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August 29, 2019 at 12:22 PM

Minor Notes: Casas named All-Star, Dalbec primed for big leagues


Here are Thursday's minor league notes: 
  • The SoxProspects.com podcast team was back at it this week, this time sharing their scouting notes from recent trips to Portland and Greenville. Following scouting discussions with Ian (@IanCundall), Chris (@SPChrisHatfield) sat down with Red Sox VP of Amateur Scouting Mike Rikard to discuss scouting, specifically in regards to the 2019 draft class.  
  • One member of the Red Sox 2019 draft class who is turning heads is third-round pick Ryan Zeferjahn. The tall right-hander initially struggled as a professional while dealing with a hangnail that prevented him from throwing his slider, but he has quickly turned things around in August, tossing 11 shutout innings and striking out 14 since August 9. SoxProspects.com's Ian Cundall was on hand to see Zeferjahn in his most recent start, and was impressed with what he saw. 
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Cup of Coffee: Three hits for Osinski; Suarez homers


8/29 Cup of Coffee: It was a light day for the system, as rain swept through the northeast and wiped out two of the six games on the docket. The threat of Hurricane Dorian will cause the GCL season to end after play on Thursday and the Red Sox look to end the season on a high note after winning on Wednesday behind three-hit performances from Ceddanne Rafaela and Angel Maita. In Portland, Matthew Kent pitched five effective innings, but the sixth inning proved to be the Sea Dogs' undoing. Michael Osinski (pictured) had three hits, including a pair of doubles in Salem's lopsided loss. Kervin Suarez added a two-run home run for Greenville as well.

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Pawtucket Red Sox vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, Postponed (Rain)
The contest was pushed back to Thursday because of steady rain throughout the afternoon. A doubleheader will begin at 4:35 p.m.

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Portland scored two runs early, but a six-run sixth inning for the home side proved to be the difference. After five frames of one-run ball, Matthew Kent only recorded one out in the sixth and the first three runs of the inning went on his tab after two singles and a walk. Anyelo Gomez did not fare much better in relief, as he issued free passes to the first two batters he faced, followed by a strikeout sandwiched between two hits. Adam Lau did not surrender a hit across 2 1/3 innings to end the game. The Sea Dogs notched only two hits, of which two came from Tommy Joseph, who also recorded both RBI on a single in the second.
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August 28, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Curletta powers Portland sweep; Zeferjahn leads playoff push


8/28 Cup of Coffee: It was a big day down on the farm, with an impressive array of starters on the mound and the two teams in playoff contention both solidifying their holds in their respective races. Salem cruised to victory despite ace Thaddeus Ward getting knocked out with an injury in the first inning. Ryan Zeferjahn continues to dominate, helping Lowell lower its magic number to two games. Joey Curletta (pictured, left) had a big day at the plate in Portland's doubleheader, supporting a strong start by Daniel McGrath in the opener and a no-hit bid in a bullpenning nightcap. 

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The PawSox couldn't take advantage of an opportunity to play spolier as Scranton moved back into sole possession of first place in the International League North. Ryan Weber gave up two runs on nine hits in 5 2/3, striking out six and walking one. Of Pawtucket's three hits, only a Jantzen Witte double went for extra bases. Michael Chavis continued his rehab, going 1 for 3 and playing seven innings at second base.
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August 27, 2019 at 9:00 AM

Podcast Ep. #164: Scouting catch-up pt. 2/Catching up with Mike Rikard


After focusing on the Lowell Spinners last episode, Chris and Ian emptied their scouting notebooks, which they filled in recent weeks with stops to see the Greenville Drive and Portland Sea Dogs. As if that weren't enough, Red Sox VP of Amateur Scouting Mike Rikard joined the podcast to talk about scouting for the draft generally and the 2019 draft class in particular.

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Cup of Coffee: Dalbec and Ockimey go yard, Jimenez homers in Lowell


8/27 Cup of Coffee: It was an up and down night for the Red Sox affiliates, who saw some excellent performances on both sides of the plate. Bobby Dalbec and Josh Ockimey kept their power surge alive with a home run apiece. In Portland, Charlie Madden (pictured) put the team on his back to earn the Sea Dogs a win. In Winston-Salem, Jhonathan Diaz and the Red Sox pitching staff shut out the Dash, and Gilberto Jimenez had yet another impressive performance despite the Lowell loss.

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A home run each from Bobby Dalbec and Josh Ockimey was not enough for the Red Sox, as they fell at home Monday night. Outside of the two long balls, only Jantzen Witte was able to do much of anything for Pawtucket, finishing with two singles and an RBI, though CJ Chatham chipped in with a pair of walks. After surrendering an early run, Kyle Hart cruised through the RailRiders lineup to finish with four strikeouts in six innings pitched. However, the bullpen struggled to close out the game, with Bobby Poyner and Travis Lakins allowed five runs in two innings. Sandwiched between them, Tanner Houck was excellent as he struck out four batters in two innings out of the 'pen.

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August 26, 2019 at 12:30 PM

Minor Notes: Season winds down, full-season all-stars named


Here are Monday's minor league notes:
  • Be sure to check out the most recent SoxProspects.com podcast, where Chris Hatfield and Ian Cundall discuss the DSL prospects that were sent to Baltimore for Andrew Cashner. They also talk about the 2020 big league bench options, promotions, and the Lowell Spinners. 
  • Ryan Fitzgerald was named a full-season all-star in the Carolina League. The 25-year old shortstop hit .275/.352/.373 with 32 extra-base hits and 11 stolen bases. 
  • Bobby Dalbec and C.J. Chatham were also named full-season all-stars for the Eastern League. Chatham followed a very good 2018 with a steady 2019 in his first taste of Double-A. The 2016 second-round shortstop hit .297/.333/.403 with 26 doubles in 90 games for Portland. He has since been called up to Pawtucket, where he is hitting .273 with four doubles and two long balls in 12 games. Dalbec's power has been on display all season, with 20 home runs in 105 games for the Sea Dogs. He also showed good patience at the plate with 68 walks and a .371 OBP. He has also been called up to Triple-A, where he is hitting .295 with four doubles and five home runs in 21 games. 
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Cup of Coffee: Politi remains unhittable; Dalbec blasts another


8/26 Cup of Coffee: There was only one victory down on the farm on Sunday, but it was an important one as Andrew Politi (pictured) tossed five no-hitting innings to help Salem hold onto its first-place position, inching closer to a Carolina League playoff berth. Greenville and Portland rallies fell short, despite the efforts of Jordan Wren and Marcus Wilson. Bobby Dalbec took a top prospect deep and Gilberto Jimenez continued his hitting streak, both in losing efforts.

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The PawSox were outhit 13 to six, but the Bisons needed extra frames to secure the win. Mike Shawaryn continued to transition back into the more traditional starter's role he occupied early in the season. The right-hander went five innings, allowing two runs on six hits, and throwing 74 pitches. Both runs came on solo homers, including the first Triple-A blast of old friend Santiago Espinal. Shawaryn struck out three and did not issue a walk. Shawaryn ramping back up to a starter's workload may be notable, as he's positioned to start the next time Brian Johnson's turn comes up in the rotation, should the club feel compelled to make a move. 

Bobby Dalbec had a big day at the plate. The third baseman homered for the second straight day, this time off top pitching prospect Nate Pearson, and added a single and a walk. Bryce Brentz also went deep, his 18th of the season.
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August 25, 2019 at 9:06 AM

Cup of Coffee: Casas and Dalbec go yard, as De Jesus dazzles


8/25 Cup of Coffee: It was a banner day for the Red Sox farm system, as the affiliates swept the competition. Bobby Dalbec and Josh Ockimey homered to lift Pawtucket, while in Portland, Konner Wade headlined an excellent pitching performance. Garret Benge and Enmanuel De Jesus (pictured) helped lead Salem to victory with a pair of herculean efforts, while in Greenville, a Triston Casas homer helped the Drive overcome the Tourists. 

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A home run from Bobby Dalbec opened the scoring and a home run from Josh Ockimey closed the scoring as the PawSox downed the Bisons. Ockimey pinch hit for a rehabbing Michael Chavis, who had a successful night at the plate as he notched two doubles as part of a three-hit evening. Tzu-Wei Lin joined Ockimey and Dalbec in the home run column with a solo shot of his own, while Gorkys Hernandez joined Chavis in notching a trio of hits. Erasmo Ramirez had a solid night on the mound, allowing two runs in his six innings pitched. The bullpen took over in the seventh and never looked back, as Bobby Poyner, Tanner Houck, and Travis Lakins each fired a scoreless frame to close out the game. 
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August 24, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Scherff, Kent turn in solid outings


8/24 Cup of Coffee: Alex Scherff (pictured) and Matthew Kent each turned in brilliant outings, but Scherff was the one who got all the run support. Pawtucket hit a trio of home runs and Kervin Suarez did plenty of damage for Greenville. Salem had their game suspended in extra innings. 

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The PawSox used three solo home runs to their advantage, as Tzu-Wei Lin, Cole Sturgeon, and Rusney Castillo each went deep. For Castillo, it was his 17th home run of the year, a career-high. The trio each added another hit as well. Teddy Stankiewicz picked up the win with a solid effort through 5 2/3 innings, as he surrendered just two runs (one earned) with six strikeouts and only one walk. Colten Brewer struck out three in 1 1/3 innings, while Hector Velazquez and Trevor Kelley each tossed a scoreless frame to close it out, with Kelley striking out two and grabbing his 12th save. Michael Chavis went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts in his rehab appearance. 
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August 23, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Chatham goes deep; McGrath falls short


8/23 Cup of Coffee: It was a tough day on the farm, with as many teams getting eliminated from their perspective playoff races as there were victories. A day after Pawtucket and the GCL Red Sox were officially knocked out, losses by Greenville and the DSL Red Sox1 ended the playoff hopes for those squads. A rare less-than-dominating effort by Daniel McGrath pushed the Sea Dogs to the brink as well. A CJ Chatham (pictured) homer wasn't enough to push the PawSox past Scranton, and Lowell saw its division lead continue to dwindle despite the work of Nick Decker and Ryan Zeferjahn. Danny Diaz blasted a game-winning homer for the DSL Red Sox2, while Yoelvis Guedez was the highlight of a stellar 15-strikeout effort by the GCL Sox staff.


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The PawSox fell for the ninth time in their last 11 contests despite the best efforts of Cole Sturgeon. The leadoff hitter was 3 for 5 with a double, RBI, and run scored. CJ Chatham blasted his second home run in 10 games since joining Pawtucket. He had three all season with Portland before the promotion. Ryan Weber took the loss, allowing four runs on six hits in eight innings.
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August 22, 2019 at 12:00 PM

Minor Notes: Groome returns to action, McGrath close to making history


Here are Thursday's minor league notes:

  • Sixth-ranked prospect Jay Groome made his first appearance since undergoing Tommy John surgery in May of 2018. The left-hander struck out two and allowed one hit in his one inning of work on Wednesday. With the minor league season nearing an end Groome will likely only get one or two more appearances in, but seeing him healthy and succeeding is a huge step in the right direction heading into 2020. 
  • Josh Herzenberg of Fangraphs.com watched the Lowell Spinners over the weekend and had good write-ups on both Noah Song and Gilberto Jimenez. He had Song's fastball up to 97, while he graded Jimenez out as "at least a 70 runner". 
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Cup of Coffee: Casas drills two doubles; Groome retuns


Cup of Coffee 8/22: It was a true mixed bag for the system on Wednesday, as three affiliates had doubleheaders and they split each of them, with a blowout loss for Salem contrasted with a huge victory for the DSL1 squad. Jay Groome returned to game action for the first time since Tommy John surgery during last season and struck out a pair of hitters in his inning of work. Triston Casas (pictured) also seemed to start to come out of his slump, as he notched a pair of two-base hits to go along with a Tyler Dearden home run for Greenville in a come-from-behind win.Gorkys and Oscar Hernandez each had multi-hit performances in Pawtucket. Casey Sutherland pitched five shutout frames in relief for the GCL team in the second half of the twin bill, while Bramdon Perez was 3 for 4 in the opener.

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The game was tied 2-2 after the second and remained that way until the eighth, when a pair of runs were split between Kyle Hart and Trevor Kelley. Hart pitched 7 1/3 innings, surrendering three runs on six hits, with two walks against five punch outs. Kelley's run came in 2/3 of an inning on a singular hit. The Hernandez's, Gorkys and Oscar, each turned in multi-hit games. Cole Sturgeon, as well as Oscar, drove in the Pawtucket runs. 

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August 21, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: 11-hit attack leads Pawtucket; Reyes struggles in Portland


8/21 Cup of Coffee: The Pawtucket offense was the highlight of the night with several players having multi-hit nights or continuing recent hot streaks. Denyi Reyes was hit hard for the Sea Dogs and Kevin Biondic struggled to control his knuckleball in Greenville. In the Dominican both Eduardo Lopez and Danny Diaz both had solid performances as they look to close their seasons out on a high note.

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Pawtucket Red Sox 7, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (NYY) 4
Gorkys Hernandez finished a home run shy of the cycle and Oscar Hernandez launched a two-run home run to lead the PawSox. It was another good night for C.J. Chatham as he went 2 for 5 with a double and three RBI to raise his average to .314 with the PawSox with a .791 OPS. Jantzen Witte also went 2 for 5 with a double, and Bobby Dalbec went 1 for 4 with a double and a strikeout. His line is now up to .333/.375/.561 over 57 at-bats in Pawtucket.
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August 20, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Davis, Groshans power Lowell, Jimenez stays hot


8/20 Cup of Coffee: An exciting finish in Portland highlighted an otherwise quiet day in the Red Sox system. Home runs from Marcus Wilson and Joey Curletta, and a strong debut from Tommy Joseph was not enough, as the Sea dogs fell in the tenth. In Lowell, Joe Davis (pictured) had an explosive day at the plate, while strong showings from Jaxx Groshans and Gilberto Jimenez sealed a victory for the Spinners. 

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The Red Sox failed to score a run until the ninth inning, as they found themselves on the wrong end of a rout. Things came apart quickly for Pawtucket as starter Erasmo Ramirez was tagged for seven runs in just 1 1/3 innings pitched. Domingo Tapia and Bobby Poyner followed and combined to strike out 5 across 3 2/3 innings, but the damage had already been done. There were some promising signs at the plate despite the low run total, as both CJ Chatham and Gorkys Hernandez doubled. Cole Sturgeon also had a solid game from the leadoff spot, singling twice and driving in the lone Pawtucket run of the evening.  
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August 19, 2019 at 7:41 AM

Podcast Ep. #163: I want to be from hot waters


The annual summer hiatus is over. Chris and Ian return to update you with the latest from around the Red Sox' system. First up, they share insights on the DSL guys dealt for Andrew Cashner. The guys do a back of the envelope review of the 2020 big league club bench. From there, Chris goes over the late season promotions. With that covered, Ian and Chris talk about the Lowell Spinners. And man, that club is interesting. There isn't a night where you won't see a dude on the hill. Chris and Ian break down who's shoving, raking and the guys who just need the offseason to get here. In closing, the guys crack open the mailbag to get to your questions.

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Cup of Coffee: Haworth takes no-hitter into sixth; Cannon powers Spinners


8/19 Cup of Coffee: A no-hit bid by Greenville's Hunter Haworth (pictured) and a Lowell attack led by Cameron Cannon and Gilberto Jimenez highlighted the affiliates two Sunday victories. Haworth combined with a pair of relievers on a five-hitter, while Lowell's victory helped open up its division lead. Salem missed a chance to bolster its playoff chances, getting swept in a doubleheader. The PawSox lost a heartbreaker despite some strong individual performances, while little went right for Portland, who dropped to fourth place in the Eastern Division. 

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Another strong start by Teddy Stankiewicz wasn't enough to get the PawSox back into the win column, as they dropped a stunner in the ninth. Stankiewicz, allowed just two runs (one earned) on seven hits in six innings, striking out eight against just one walk. The second-round pick back in 2013 has been on one of the best runs of his pro career of late: it was his fourth straight start with two or fewer runs allowed and his 4.06 ERA ranks fourth in the offense-inflated 2019 International League. The righty departed with the lead, but the normally stingy Trevor Kelley was not able to nail down the victory. Kelly, who entered the day with a 1.55 ERA, allowed a two-run ninth inning homer to former first rounder Daz Cameron. Tanner Houck had pitched a perfect eighth inning, striking out one. Houck has allowed a run in just three of his 11 Triple-A outings. CJ Chatham led the way at the plate, extending his hitting streak to five games with a 2-for-5 effort.
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August 18, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: McGrath hurls Sea Dogs to vicory



8/18 Cup of Coffee: It was a quiet night on the Red Sox farm system, with only two affiliates winning games Saturday evening. Daniel McGrath (pictured) was excellent once again as he pitched Portland to victory, while Lowell fell despite an excellent start from Chris Murphy.

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Despite notching eight hits, the Pawtucket offense was quieted Saturday night as they fell to the Mud Hens. Jantzen Witte had the best night at the plate, singling and doubling while driving in the lone PawSox run on the evening. Also collecting multiple hits were Cole Sturgeon and Bobby Dalbec, who each singled twice. Rusney Castillo notched the PawSox lone extra-base hit of the night with a double. Ryan Weber got the start and was tagged for three runs in four innings. Mike Shawaryn tossed three scoreless frames in relief, while Colten Brewer allowed two runs (one earned) in his inning pitched, and Domingo Tapia tossed a scoreless ninth.
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August 17, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Song, Bello deal



8/17 Cup of Coffee: Pawtucket and Lowell had the long ball working, as the two teams combined for six home runs, including Bobby Dalbec and C.J. Chatham. Brayan Bello (pictured) was brilliant over seven innings for Greenville, and Thaddeus Ward was solid for Salem. Ian Cundall was in attendance to see Bryan Mata throw for Portland, while Noah Song was outstanding in his three innings of work. 

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The ball was flying for the Sox, as Bobby Dalbec, C.J. Chatham, and Jantzen Witte each went deep. It was Chatham's first home run with the PawSox. Chatham and Dalbec also added doubles. Kyle Hart picked up his ninth victory of the season with six solid frames, allowing just two runs on five hits with five strikeouts. Bobby Poyner and Trevor Kelley each added a scoreless inning as well, with Kelley notching his 11th save. 

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Bryan Mata started this one and surrendered seven hits and four runs across six innings, but SoxProspects.com's Ian Cundall, who was in attendance, noted that Mata's outing was better than his line indicated, as he sat at 96 MPH with his fastball and retired the final nine hitters he faced. Jordan Weems and Robinson Leyer tossed shutout frames, with all three of Leyer's outs coming via the strikeout. At the plate, Jarren Duran stayed hot by going 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored. Cundall also noted Duran's quick bat speed and ability to hit to all fields. Luke Tendler also had a 2-for-4 night. 
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August 16, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Tanner Houck dominates in PawSox 'pen


8/16 Cup of Coffee: Some days everything clicks right in the system, with individual and team performances coming together to craft an alchemy of thrilling wins backed by compelling narratives. Thursday was not that kind of day. Indeed, there were some standout efforts, such as the continued emergence of Tanner Houck (pictured) as a force in the bullpen and the second-half surge of Jhonathan Diaz in Salem. But the offensive production largely dried up, leading to the affiliates submitting a woeful 0-for-9 day.

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Matinee baseball at McCoy Stadium on a sunny 78-degree afternoon would never be described as dreary, but the on-field product on Thursday was befitting of more foul climes. Tanner Houck was the notable baseball-centric highlight, striking out five of the seven batters he faced in two hitless innings of relief. The only player who reached base off of the 2017 first-round pick was hit by a pitch, and the International League is hitting a meager .167 off of the right-hander. It was a tough day for starter Josh Smith, who gave up seven runs on 12 hits in three innings. Cole Sturgeon and Jantzen Witte both doubled, the only extra-base hits recorded by the Pawtucket lineup.
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August 15, 2019 at 12:00 PM

Minor Notes: Castellanos finds his stroke, Chatham debuts for Pawtucket


Here are Thursday's minor league notes:
  • For the third time in as many weeks, Sea Dogs pitcher Daniel McGrath is taking home Eastern League silverware. The lefty took home the Pitcher of the Week award following a pair of dominant starts in which he tossed 13 innings and struck out 16, good for a 0.69 ERA. 
  • There were two key promotions in the Sox system this past week, with Travis Lakins making his return to the majors and CJ Chatham earning his first promotion to Triple-A. Lakins has been called up once again amid troubles in the Red Sox bullpen, with the hope that a fresh arm can help the beleaguered Red Sox bullpen. Meanwhile, Chatham has been rewarded for yet another solid season in which he leads Portland in both hits and doubles.
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Cup of Coffee: Grant Williams goes 3 for 4; 8 punch outs for Gabriel Jackson


Cup of Coffee 8/15: The rookie teams played well, as the three teams went 4-0 and DSL Red Sox1 and the GCL team pounded out 13 and 14 hits, respectively. Dean Miller recorded four hits for the GCL squad, while teammate Dominic D'Allesandro had three hits, matching the total from the DSL pair of Alex Zapete and Nelfy Abreu. Moises Barajas helped DSL Red Sox1 walk off with the win. Gabriel Jackson had the best start of the low minors, notching eight strikeouts in five innings. However, Pawtucket squandered an early lead and Greenville was shut out. In Salem, Grant Williams (pictured) made the most of his debut, scoring two runs in a 3-for-4 performance. Portland also split its doubleheader with Hartford, while Lowell was rained out. 

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Erasmo Ramirez gave up a run in the second and three more in the third, but managed to give the PawSox six innings of work. Mike Shawaryn, Colten Brewer and Hector Velazquez each delivered a shutout inning. Trevor Kelley allowed a walk and a single to load the bases in the 10th before another free pass gave Norfolk the lead. Gorkys Hernandez and Juan Centeno each had two hits, including a pair of RBI base knocks for Hernandez.  
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August 14, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Chatham debuts for PawSox; Castellanos homers twice


8/14 Cup of Coffee: C.J. Chatham's promotion to Pawtucket took a back seat to Pedro Castellanos (pictured) and Salem's offense on Tuesday, as Castellanos hit two home runs and Salem scored 11 times. Jarren Duran was removed from the game in the fifth inning, but there is no word on if this was due to injury or a manager's decision.

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Norfolk Tides (BAL) 2, Pawtucket Red Sox 0
Teddy Stankiewicz was the tough-luck losing pitcher as the PawSox could not do anything against the Tides. Stankiewicz struck out six without walking a batter over 6 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on four hits. Ryan Brasier continued to find his footing in Pawtucket as he struck out the side in the ninth and lowered his ERA to 1.08 over 8 1/3 innings.
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August 13, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Murphy, Cannon, and Jimenez stay hot in Lowell win


8/13 Cup of Coffee: It was a successful, if quiet, day in the Red Sox system as three of four affiliates emerged victorious. A group effort at the plate saw Greenville narrowly defeat the GreenJackets, while a pitching staff led by Chris Murphy (pictured) helped Lowell win their 32nd game of the season. 

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Tyler Esplin led an offensive attack that just managed to hold off Augusta for the victory Monday night. Esplin notched three hits, including a triple, while Tyler Dearden added a double and three hits of his own. Korby Batesole had a productive night at the plate, as he doubled, singled and drove in a trip of runs. Not to be outdone, Alan Marrero launched a solo home run and walked, good for an RBI and two runs scored.

Alex Scherff had an up-and-down night on the mound for Greenville; striking out seven but allowing four runs (one earned) in as many innings pitched. Coming out of the bullpen, Angel Padron was excellent, tossing three shutout innings and striking out four. Brendan Nail attempted to close out the game for the Drive but was pulled in favor of Devon Fisher after loading the bases in the ninth. Fisher got the final out of the contest to earn his first save of 2019.
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August 12, 2019 at 5:30 PM

Minor Notes: Song impresses, Owings called up


Here are Monday's minor league notes:

  • After Hector Velazquez was optioned to Pawtucket, Boston called up Chris Owings to make his Red Sox debut Sunday. As Chris Cotillo details for MassLive.com, Owings had to catch a flight at 5:45 a.m. before leading off and playing second base for the Red Sox' afternoon tilt with the Angels. 
  • Chris Hatfield was in attendance to watch Noah Song throw for Lowell on Saturday. He had some tweets about what he saw, including a fastball that touched 95 MPH and a changeup that was his best secondary offering. Gilberto Jimenez also flashed his 80-grade speed. 
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Cup of Coffee: Jimenez tallies five hits in twinbill; McGrath again solid


8/12 Cup of Coffee: Two of the hottest players in the Red Sox system were on display on Sunday afternoon. While Lowell netted just nine hits while getting swept in its doubleheader, scorching-hot Gilberto Jimenez (pictured) was responsible for five of them. Meanwhile, Daniel McGrath has been so stingy all year that his six-inning effort with one earned run allowed caused his ERA to go up. McGrath wasn't the only long-tenured farmhand named Daniel to turn in a strong pitching effort in victory, as Salem's Daniel Gonzalez led the way for the Sox. Pawtucket fell despite a pair of exciting rallies, while Greenville dropped a decision even with its staff landing a number of punch-outs. 

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The PawSox and their shuffled pitching staff fell in the rubber game off a three-game set in Toledo. Erasmo Ramirez, scheduled to be the starter, was scratched before game time with Tanner Houck getting the call instead. This led to come speculation that Ramirez may have been summed to join a major league squad that is in desperate need of some innings. However, Ramirez ended up pitching the eighth inning, striking out a pair and giving up one hit. Meanwhile, Houck had been working as a traditional reliever since July 6 but was in more of an opener role on Sunday, throwing just the first inning and giving up one run. Colton Brewer took the loss, giving up three runs in two innings.
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