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September 28, 2021 at 12:35 PM

Minor Notes: Munoz, Espinal receive awards from WooSox


Here are this week's minor league notes:
  • On the newest episode of the SoxProspects.com podcast, episode No. 227, Chris and Ian discuss some of the promotions to Worcester that occurred due to other teams' seasons coming to an end. One of those includes top prospect Triston Casas. They also talk about Ian's trip to Salem and what he saw there. They wrap up by talking about Bobby Dalbec's second-half breakout as well as answering some email questions.
  • Another Scout Chatter piece is out, where Ian details some reports received from the FCL and DSL teams. The post is highlighted by 17-year old Miguel Bleis, who was the Red Sox most expensive international free agent signing since 2017-2018. The Sox have loved what they've seen from him so far, and apparently the sports card market has taken notice as well, as his autographed "First Bowman" baseball cards have recently sold for around $100 on eBay. Ian also talks about catcher Enderson Lira, outfielder Juan Chacon, right-handed pitcher Yizreel Burnet, shortstop Johnfrank Salazar, as well as seven more young prospects. 
  • Jarren Duran and Jonathan Arauz were both activated from the COVID-19 related IL and optioned to Worcester, where Duran belted a home run in the final game at Polar Park this year.
  • Eduard Bazardo was also called up to the Sox, as the team placed Josh Taylor on the IL with a lower back strain. This will be his third separate stint with the big league team this year. 
  • WooSox slugger Josh Ockimey (pictured) showed his appreciation for the fans at Polar Park via Twitter. He spent a bunch of time signing autographs for fans on his way off the field. 
  • The WooSox also named Yairo Munoz their team MVP, and Raynel Espinal was named their pitcher of the year, via Joe McDonald. Munoz hit .317 with a .902 OPS in 85 games, while Espinal went 11-4 with a 3.55 ERA. 

Photo Credit: Josh Ockimey by Kelly O'Connor