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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.

Listen in!

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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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Thaddeus Ward was brilliant in this one, allowing just one hit over five shutout innings with seven strikeouts. Logan Browning and Anyelo Gomez each added a scoreless inning of their own. Keith Curcio went 3 for 4 with a double, and Jagger Rusconi went 2 for 4. The lone run for Salem came on a sacrifice fly from Devlin Granberg to score Curcio. 

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Brayan Bello was phenomenal in a very tough-luck loss. He went the first seven and allowed just one run on only four hits. He struck out eight and did not issue a free pass. Angel Padron was also good in relief, tossing two scoreless innings. The Drive only had two hits, with Cole Cottam going 1 for 4 with a triple. 

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Noah Song was the story of this one, tossing three no-hit innings with six strikeouts and just one walk. Song has yet to allow an earned run in four professional games so far. The Lowell bats broke out with five runs in a sixth inning that included three long balls by Stephen Scott, Wil Dalton, and Nick Decker. Decker and Scott also added two-baggers.

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GCL Red Sox @ GCL Twins (PPD; rain)
The GCL Sox were postponed due to rain. They will play a pair of games today. 

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It was a tough start for Wilkelman Gonzalez, who got just one out before allowing four runs on four walks and two hits. Robinson Montero came on and also gave up four runs, but lasted four innings and struck out six. Isaac Pinales, Michael Valera, and Johan Martinez combined for 3 2/3 shutout frames, with Valera and Martinez taking care of the final two innings. Eduardo Vaughan went 3 for 5 at the dish, while Erick Flores reached all four times with two hits and two walks.

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The Sox mustered just six hits in this one, with Wilmer Perez, Jose Navas, and Danny Diaz each roped doubles. Faysel Gregorio suffered a tough loss, as errors and passed balls led to him allowing three runs (all unearned) in 3 2/3 innings. Robinson Parra finished the final four innings, surrendering three runs (two earned).

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Player of the Night: Brayan Bello has had a rough go of it this year, posting a 6.11 ERA coming into last night's terrific outing. On the positive side, the 20-year old right-hander has now struck out 112 batters over 102 2/3 innings while only issuing 33 free passes. He was signed as an international free agent in 2017 and posted a 1.60 ERA and a 0.73 WHIP over 67 1/3 innings between the DSL and GCL last year. 


Photo Credit: Brayan Bello by Kelly O'Connor

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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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In Game 1 of the twin bill, Portland scored a pair of runs in the seventh inning to secure the win. Jerry Downs doubled to tie the contest and scored on a bunt to give his team the lead. Downs was 2 for 3 with a pair of doubles. Jeremy Rivera also added a pair of base knocks. Konner Wade allowed one run on five hits in 6 1/3 innings of work. Dedgar Jimenez completed the contest with a pair of strikeouts.

Hartford Yard Goats (COL) 2, Portland Sea Dogs 0 (7 Innings, Game 2)
In another pitching duel, it was the home team that came out on top in the second half of the doubleheader. Portland committed three errors, leading to both runs scoring unearned. Kutter Crawford pitched two innings, allowing an unearned run on three hits. He walked one and struck out three. Eduard Bazardo surrendered the other run on one hit in the sixth. Matthew Gorst pitched three innings of shutout ball through the middle innings.

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The Red Sox scored a pair of runs in the seventh to secure the win on a pair of singles from Jagger Rusconi and Elih Marrero. Grant Williams had three hits and scored two runs in his Salem debut. Dylan Thompson pitched the first 4 1/3 innings, allowing five runs on eight hits. Andrew Politi threw 3 2/3 shutout, four-hit frames in relief. Dominic LoBrutto closed the game out with a pair of strikeouts. Victor Acosta hit a home run, while Pedro Castellanos tripled. 
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Kevin Biondic gave his team length, pitching seven innings, but he allowed five runs (two runs) on eight hits. Robbie Baker pitched a clean eighth inning to complete the game. On the offensive side, it was not much better, as only four batters recorded a hit, none of which went for extra bases.

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Lowell Spinners vs. Staten Island Yankees, Postponed (Rain)
The game will be made up on Thursday as part of a doubleheader.

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The Red Sox pounded out 14 hits, of which four came from Dean Miller, who also hit a triple. Dominic D'Allesandro was 3 for 5 with two RBI, while Oscar Rangel had a pair of RBI as well. Felix Cepeda surrendered two home runs as part of a six-hit, three-run start across four innings. The bullpen held down the final five frames, including 3 1/3 from Brandon Walter, who did not allow a hit and struck out three. Devin Roedahl pitched a clean ninth inning to earn his third save of 2019.

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The Red Sox committed four errors, but Alex Zapete and Nelfy Abreu each delivered 3-for-5 performances to lead the Red Sox to 13 hits and the win. Gabriel Jackson earned the start, allowing only an unearned run on six hits during his five-inning outing. He walked one and struck out eight. Beiker Pineda, Jesus Rosillo and Isaac Pinales combined to throw four innings of no-hit ball, though Rosillo walked four batters.

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Unlike their DSL counterparts, who went on a hit parade, only five base knocks were enough to give the Red Sox the victory. Two came from Moises Barajas, who added an RBI double and hit a single to walk off with the win. In addition, Bryan Gonzalez drilled a two-run home run. Railin Perez pitched five innings, scattering one run on three hits. He also struck out four batters. Armando Acosta blew the save by allowing two runs in the seventh, but kept the game tied.

Eight of the nine starters in the line up notched a base hit, including an RBI triple from Bryan Gonzalez, who scored the go-ahead run on a Jose Navas single. Danny Diaz also drove in a run on a double. Andres Ortuno earned the start, pitching 3 1/3 shutout innings. He walked two and struck out three. Gregori Segovia pitched the final 2 1/3 frames, allowing only an unearned run on two hits. He also notched three punch outs. 

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Player of the Day: It's never easy to move up a level, as the lack of familiarity works both ways. However, Grant Williams made the most of his debut is Salem, going 3 for 4 with two runs and a double. The 2018 10th-round pick was hitting .265/.322/.352 in Greenville before his promotion, with a home run and six triples. Williams does not have a carrying tool, but as minor league depth, he could play a lot of different roles in the system.

Photo Credit: Grant Williams by Kelly O'Connor

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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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August 11, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Shugart dazzles, Dalbec homers again


8/11 Cup of Coffee: Dominant pitching performances were the theme of the night as four affiliates held their opponents to one run or less. Thaddeus Ward continued to roll in Salem, while Chase Shugart (pictured) was once again dominant to earn Greenville the win. Noah Song was excellent in his abbreviated start as Lowell won their contest, and an offensive outburst from Cedanne Rafaela helped the GCL Red Sox split their doubleheader.

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A power surge from the Pawtucket offense was just enough to see the PawSox to victory Saturday night. Rusney Castillo got things started in the first inning with a two run home run, and would also double to round out his four-RBI performance. With his second home run in as many days, Bobby Dalbec continued his hot start to his Triple-A career, while scoring a pair of runs. From the leadoff spot, Tzu-Wei Lin notched three singles, and Josh Ockimey and Cole Sturgeon each added a double apiece. 

Mike Shawaryn started things off well by striking out six in three scoreless innings, but Toledo struck back by reaching Jenrry Mejia for two runs in as many innings. Earning the win, Ryan Brasier fired a scoreless inning with two strike outs, and Trevor Kelley collected his tenth save of the season despite allowing a run in the ninth.  
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August 10, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Wilson leads Portland to win


8/10 Cup of Coffee: Marcus Wilson (pictured) led the way for Portland, racking up three extra-base hits. Lowell got some tremendous pitching performances, including 2019 draft pick Ryan Zeferjahn. Triston Casas, Bobby Dalbec, and Gilberto Jimenez continued their solid years with good nights at the plate.

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Bobby Dalbec played first base again for the PawSox and went 3 for 4 with a double and his first home run with Pawtucket. Dalbec is now hitting .391 since being promoted to Triple-A. Rusney Castillo also had a good night, going 2 for 4 with a double and his 15th home run of the year. Tzu-Wei Lin grabbed two hits as well. Kyle Hart started and struggled, allowing four runs on six hits in just 1 2/3 innings. Tanner Houck came on in relief and punched out five in 2 1/3 innings of work while giving up a run. Travis Lakins also threw a pair of shutout frames with three strikeouts.
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August 9, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Duran, Curletta power Sea Dogs rout


8/9 Cup of Coffee: It was a good night down on the farm, with some excellent performances against tough pitching matchups. Joey Curletta (pictured) led the charge for Portland against a recent first-round pick, while Jarren Duran provided insurance with his first homer in over two months. The PawSox jacked a pair against a rehabbing ace on their way to victory, while Salem finished off a long series with a win. Greenville fell despite a big effort by Everlouis Lozada, while Lowell could not get the timely hit it needed. It was a drastic split in the Dominican Summer League, with the Red Sox2 affiliate pulverizing its opponent with a 17-run day, while the Red Sox1 managed just three hits, all singles. 

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Chris Owings and Josh Ockimey both took two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber deep to help lead the Red Sox. Owings hit a solo shot in the first off the rehabbing Indians ace, and Ockimey followed in the second. An Owings double and Bobby Dalbec single were the PawSox' only other hits, but it was enough as Josh Smith turned in a quality start. Smith gave up just one run on two hits in six innings of work. Trevor Kelley threw a scoreless ninth to record the save. 
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August 8, 2019 at 12:00 PM

Minor Notes: Granberg promoted to Salem; progress made in Worcester


Here are Thursday's minor league notes:
  • After a slew of promotions last week there was one more that came through recently, with Devlin Granberg being promoted to Salem. A sixth-round pick in 2018, Granberg hit .286/.386/.434 with eight home runs for Greenville. The 23-year-old was rotating at first base with Triston Casas, and he will now be tested by the pitcher-friendly confines of Salem. 
  • Salem also added Nick Sciortino as he was activated from the injured list after suffering a head injury, and to make room they sent Korby Batesole to Lowell and Charlie Madden to Portland. 
  • Both Marco Hernandez and Josh Smith reported to Pawtucket after being optioned earlier in the week, while Kevin Lenik was placed on the injured list with a right oblique strain. 
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Cup of Coffee: Murphy again dominant for Spinners


8/8 Cup of Coffee: It was a tough night on the farm, with stateside affiliates getting just one win in six contests. Lowell dropped a heartbreaker in walk-off fashion despite yet another dominant outing from Chris Murphy (pictured, left). The PawSox also lost after a late comeback, while Portland was snakebitten on balls in play. The GCL Red Sox split its doubleheader, getting some strong pitching performances on both ends, while the two DSL squads were both victorious. 

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Bobby Dalbec turned in his second multi-hit game in four games since his promotion, but it wasn't enough to lift the PawSox. Dalbec singled twice, bringing him to 5 for 16 since coming up from the Sea Dogs. Marco Hernandez and Josh Ockimey both doubled for Pawtucket. Teddy Stankiewicz got the start, allowing two runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings. Columbus picked up a run apiece off Travis Lakins and Bobby Poyner to complete the comeback.
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August 7, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: McGrath dazzles again; Lin homers twice


8/7 Cup of Coffee: Another spectacular start from Daniel McGrath (pictured, right) and two home runs from Tzu-Wei Lin highlighted an otherwise quiet night on the farm. After his scoreless streak ended at 46 1/3 innings in his last start, McGrath is already working on another streak as he fired seven scoreless innings on Tuesday.

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Pawtucket Red Sox 5, Columbus Clippers (CLE) 4
Two home runs from Tzu-Wei Lin and a strong start from Erasmo Ramirez led Pawtucket to a win over the second best team in the International League. Lin hit both of his home runs in the first two innings, with a solo home run in the first followed by a two-run shot in the second. Chris Owings also hit a home run in the first, his 10th over the last 33 games. Lin's home runs were his first two of the season over 56 games between Boston and Pawtucket.
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August 6, 2019 at 2:00 PM

Minor Notes: Dalbec highlights post-deadline promotions


Here are Tuesday's Minor League Notes:
  • The SoxProspects.com donation drive continues through the month of August. We are thrilled to have reached our initial goal of $7,000 to help cover basic site expenses. Any additional money we raise helps with the costs of scouting trips that allow us to continue to provide the best coverage available of the Red Sox minor league system. 
  • As is often the case, some promotions were announced in the days following the July 31 trade deadline. Third baseman Bobby Dalbec (pictured) was the most notable of the early-August promotions for a second consecutive season, moving up from Double-A Portland to the Pawtucket Red Sox. Dalbec was leading the Eastern League in both home runs and walks at the time of his promotion. Perhaps more importantly, the former Arizona Wildcat has cut down on the strikeouts, with only 21 in 122 July plate appearances. He made a quick impression, going 2 for 4 against Rochester in his PawSox debut. 
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Cup of Coffee: Song and Padron-Artiles dominate as Lowell falls


8/6 Cup of Coffee: It was a quiet night in the Red Sox system as just one full season affiliate was in action. In Greenville, the Drive staved off the Grasshoppers thanks to a home run from Cole Brannen and a strong performance from the bullpen. Lowell found themselves on the wrong side of a pitchers' duel as they fell despite excellent performances from Noah Song, Yusniel Padron-Artiles (pictured), and Cameron Cannon

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The Drive overcame an early deficit thanks to Cole Brannen's first home run of 2019 and were able to hold off the Grasshoppers to earn the win. Devlin Granberg and Everlouis Lozada each laced a double. Brayan Bello had an up and down start, as he allowed two runs in four innings and struck out three. Coming out of the pen Yorvin Pantoja earned the win with two innings of one-run ball, while Yoan Aybar followed him with a pair of shutout frames. Alex Demchak slammed the door in the ninth, striking out the side en route to his third save of the year in the process.  
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August 5, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Duran doubles twice; Ockimey powers PawSox


8/5 Cup of Coffee: It was an exciting slate of pitchers going on Sunday, with four hurlers in the top 22 and a fifth in strong contention for the system's pitcher of the year. Kyle Hart and the PawSox were the only affiliate to emerge victorious with big assists from Josh Ockimey and the defense. A big night by Jarren Duran (pictured) couldn't overcome a very tough day for Bryan Mata as the Sea Dogs fell. Thaddeus Ward fell in a pitchers' duel in Salem, while a two double effort by Tyler Esplin wasn't enough for Greenville. 

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A pair of second-inning homers and the presence of SoxProspects.com Editor-in-Chief Mike Andrews helped the PawSox snap a four-game skid. Rusney Castillo ripped a line drive solo shot to lead off the second, his 14th of the season. Moments later, Josh Ockimey blasted his organization-leading 21st, a three-run blast that would prove decisive. Andrews pointed out a pair of key defensive plays that didn't show in the box score that preserved the win: Cole Sturgeon robbing a potential grand slam in the sixth inning, and a heads-up throw by Bobby Dalbec to force out a run at the plate. Kyle Hart earned the win, giving up two runs on seven hits in 5 2/3, striking out seven against one walk.
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August 4, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Reyes dominates as Dalbec debuts for Pawtucket


8/4 Cup of Coffee: Making his long-awaited Triple-A debut, Bobbly Dalbec was solid despite the PawSox loss. Elsewhere Denyi Reyes (pictured) spun a gem in a Portland victory, and Pedro Castellanos's recent power surge helped Salem overcome the Hillcats. 

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Making his Triple-A debut, Bobby Dalbec put in a solid shift for the PawSox, singling twice in the Saturday night defeat. Batting in front of him, Chad De La Guerra singled and launched his 13th home run of the campaign, while Josh Ockimey launched his 20th home run of the season batting behind Dalbec. Chris Owings continued his red-hot form as he notched three hits (including a double), while Rusney Castillo drove in two with a double of his own. 
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August 3, 2019 at 5:32 PM

July Players of the Month: Daniel McGrath and Chris Owings


With the minor league season entering its final month, two older players in the high minors came away with Player and Pitcher of the Month honors for July. Pawtucket infielder (and occasional outfielder) Chris Owings (pictured, right) was the easy choice for Player of the Month in his first full month with the organization, while left-hander Daniel McGrath (pictured, below) of the Sea Dogs earned his first Pitcher of the Month honor in his seventh year in the system. Both are unranked, but both ran away with the honor as they put together special July performances.
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at 8:30 AM

Cup of Coffee: Wilson's go-ahead home run propels Portland


8/3 Cup of Coffee: Marcus Wilson's heroics for the Sea Dogs and Teddy Stankiewicz's (pictured, right) eight strikeouts were the performances of the night, with Wilson launching a go-ahead three-run home run in the ninth inning. Chris Murphy continued to impress over his first few professional starts, and Blake Loubier bounced back from a rough debut.

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Rochester Red Wings 7, Pawtucket Red Sox 2
It was a tie game in the eighth, but Domingo Tapia gave up five runs that put the game out of reach. Teddy Stankiewicz had a very strong start, striking out eight while allowing only two runs over seven innings. The right-hander was coming off a tough July that saw him pitch to a 6.18 ERA. There was not much offense to speak of, with the highlights being Gorkys Hernandez going 2 for 3 with an RBI, and Cole Sturgeon going 2 for 3 with a double and an outfield assist.
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August 2, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Dean Miller single short of cycle; quality start for Kent


Cup of Coffee 8/2: Only Portland and the GCL team were able to come home with wins, while both Salem and DSL Red Sox1 were swept in doubleheaders. The GCL team provided enough offense for the whole system, as Dean Miller was a single short of the cycle and had five RBI. Daniel Bakst also had three hits, while Bramdon Perez was 2 for 5. Matthew Kent turned in a quality start for Portland, while Jarren Duran (pictured) extended his hitting streak to 10 games and has seemed to have adjusted to Double-A after a challenging start after his promotion, while Gilberto Jimenez' hitting streak reached 11 games.

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Syracuse Mets (NYM) 4, Pawtucket Red Sox 2
The PawSox scored a run in the first and a run in the ninth, but it was not enough to top Syracuse. Chad De La Guerra drilled a home run in the final frame and Rusney Castillo earned an RBI on a fielder's choice during the first. Erasmo Ramirez pitched six innings, surrendering four runs (two earned) on five hits. He struggled with control, walking four batters against five strikeouts. Tanner Houck and Ryan Brasier each delivered a no-hit inning. Marco Hernandez also had two hits.
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August 1, 2019 at 12:00 PM

Minor Notes: Lugo and Duran excel as Trade Deadline passes


Here are Thursday's Minor League Notes:
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  • It's been a good week for the Red Sox system, as three players took home silverware in their respective leagues. Chris Owings and Pedro Castellanos took home the International League and Carolina League Player of the Week awards, respectively, thanks to power surges, while Daniel McGrath secured Pitcher of the Week honors in the Eastern League thanks to his remarkable scoreless streak.
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at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: 3 hits for Lugo, Chatham; McGrath shutout streak broken in strong start


Cup of Coffee 8/1: The Red Sox system had an uneven evening. Pawtucket seemed to have a win in hand with a three-run lead in the bottom of the eighth, but Syracuse came back to win. The two DSL squads struggled offensively and Greenville was shutout. However, Daniel McGrath and Ryan Weber (pictured) each turned in strong starts and C.J. Chatham was a triple short of the cycle. In addition, Matthew Lugo turned in a three-hit night and Jarren Duran extended his hitting streak to nine games. Danny Diaz drilled a three-run home run and Cameron Cannon went deep as well.

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Pawtucket seemed to have a stranglehold on the game with a 3-0 lead headed into the bottom of the eighth, but Hector Velazquez gave up a two-run home run and after a pitching change, a Travis Lakins wild pitch allowed the game-tying run to score. The Mets completed the comeback when a leadoff walk came around to score in the ninth. That erased a strong start from Ryan Weber, who pitched six innings of shutout, five-hit ball with seven strikeouts. Mike Shawaryn pitched a scoreless seventh. The Pawtucket offense came from Josh Ockimey, who was 2 for 3 with a three-run home run. Chris Owings and Cole Sturgeon each had two hits.

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