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May 20, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Crawford tosses 4 no-hit innings in first start fpr Worcester, Binelas and Lugo both homer in Greenville


5/20 Cup of Coffee: Because of a rainout in Portland, Boston affiliates went 1-2 on Thursday night. Kutter Crawford (pictured) tossed four scoreless innings in his first start of the season, while Roberto Ramos played hero in Worcester, Matthew Lugo and Alex Binelas both went deep in Greenville, and Phillip Sikes drove in three runs for Salem. 

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Kutter Crawford made his first start of the season for Worcester after being optioned last Saturday. The right-hander did not allow a run, hit, or walk while striking out a pair over four efficient innings. Twenty-five of the 35 pitches he threw went for strikes. Out of the bullpen, Silvino Bracho, Michael Feliz, and Durbin Feltman combined for four scoreless frames before Zack Kelly ran into some trouble in the ninth. Attempting to protect a 1-0 lead, Kelly allowed the tying run to score on two hits and the go-ahead run to score on a wild pitch.
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May 19, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Bello strikes out 10 in Triple-A debut, Castellanos homers twice


5/19 Cup of Coffee: Highlighted by the Triple-A debut of the organization's top pitching prospect, the affiliates went 2-2 on Wednesday night. Powered by six strong innings from Brayan Bello (pictured, left) and home runs from Jarren Duran and Ryan Fitzgerald, Worcester prevailed over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for a second straight win. Jay Groome also twirled four scoreless innings while Pedro Castellanos homered twice and accounted for all four of Portland's runs in a walk-off victory. Ceddanne Rafaela once again went yard in Greenville and Blaze Jordan stayed hot in Salem. 

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After turning 23 on Tuesday, Brayan Bello celebrated by impressing in his Triple-A debut. Over six innings of work, the right-hander allowed just two runs on six hits and one walk to go along with 10 strikeouts on 94 pitches (64 strikes). Out of the Worcester bullpen, Eduard Bazardo, Phillips Valdez, Zack Kelly, and Kaleb Ort combined for three scoreless frames. Ort earned his fifth save of the season.
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May 18, 2022 at 10:17 PM

Podcast Ep. #248: Bello, on to Triple-A-oh


We have our first big promotion of the season, as Brayan Bello, the system's top pitching prospect, got the call to Triple-A Worcester (following consecutive SoxProspects Pitcher of the Week honors). Chris and Ian broke down the decision to move Bello up along with fellow ranked righty AJ Politi. Oh, and by the way... we've got Noah Song news! Might Red Sox fans' favorite Naval Academy grad find his way back to a baseball field after all? Plus, how John Schreiber became a thing, and your emails!
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Cup of Coffee: Rafaela hits for cycle; Winckowski cruises


5/18 Cup of Coffee:
The bats were out in full force across the system, with Ceddanne Rafaela (pictured) the mightiest of the group. The versatile outfielder hit for the cycle to lead a 14-hit, 11-run rout for the Drive. Worcester also churned out 14 hits in support of Josh Winckowski to earn its first win in nearly two weeks. Chris Murphy continued to impress in the Sea Dogs win, while Salem took the organization's only loss despite yet another Marcelo Mayer double.

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A 14-hit barrage supported a masterful Josh Winckowski as Worcester snapped its 10-game losing streak. Winckowski gave up just two hits over six shutout innings, striking out nine and walking one. He made efficient work of the Yankees' farmhands, needing only 78 pitches to get through the six frames. AJ Politi got credit for the victory in his Triple-A debut as he struck out two batters in a perfect eighth inning. Kaleb Ort threw a scoreless ninth for the save.
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May 17, 2022 at 12:00 PM

Minor Notes: Bello reportedly promoted to Worcester


It is the middle of May and promotion season has started to begin. Brayan Bello (pictured, right) and AJ Politi have reportedly been promoted from Portland to Triple-A Worcester, while the big league team has started to get healthy, as Rich Hill and Jonathan Arauz have both returned from the COVID-19 IL.

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Brayan Bello reportedly promoted to Triple-A Worcester

While it has not been officially announced by the organization, right-handed pitcher Brayan Bello is moving on up. First reported by @BostonStrong_34 on Twitter on Monday afternoon, Bello seemingly confirmed the reports with a litany of Instagram stories through the early evening, including his new locker and jersey.

Bello is the organization's highest-ranked pitching prospect, slotted at No. 4 on the SoxProspects rankings. The Dominican Republic native has three pitches that can flash plus at times and has a bright future at the major league level, whether as a starter or a high-leverage bullpen arm, with a fastball that can reach 99 mph. Much of the organization's talent is concentrated among hitters, as Bello is the only arm of the top five prospects, but the 23-year-old shoved in Portland and was ready to move on to Triple-A.

In 97 1/3 innings across 21 starts at Double-A Portland, Bello struck out 129 hitters against 36 walks and earned a 1.21 WHIP and a 3.79 ERA. His best start came on May 5, when he pitched a seven-inning no-hitter against Reading. He was clearly ready to move to Worcester, with a WHIP below 0.90 in 33 2/3 innings this season and will reportedly make his debut on Tuesday.

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Notes from the Field: Ceddanne Rafaela, Alex Binelas, Nick Yorke and more from Greenville


The first month of the minor league season is wrapping up, and SoxProspects.com Scouting Correspondent Chris Clegg has checked out five Greenville Drive home games to get live looks at some of the talent on display. The Drive have a stacked lineup, and that’s where our focus will be today. There is plenty to discuss with the emergence of Ceddanne Rafaela, Matthew Lugo, and others. Let’s dive into the players. 

Ceddanne Rafaela has been everyone’s favorite breakout prospect this year. Rafaela has seen a power outburst to the tune of 7 home runs in 145 plate appearances after hitting just 10 all of last season, and he is showcasing a good feel to hit. One of the biggest reasons for Rafaela’s power outbreak is not because he is hitting the ball significantly harder, but rather, he is pulling fly balls more effectively, leading to more home runs. His pull rate is up six percentage points from last season, and his fly ball rate is up more than 13 percentage points. I do not think we are looking at a colossal power outbreak from Rafaela, but he may have seasons where he hits 20 home runs.

Rafaela is extremely quick. I clocked him at 4.1 seconds from home to first, which is borderline 70 grade. He has stolen seven bases in nine attempts this season and shows good jumps and improved instinct to steal bases. 

While Rafaela’s bat has been fun to watch progress, there is an argument he is the best fielder in the Red Sox system. He is likely to play center field and has focused exclusively on that position and shortstop so far this season, but his versatility makes him a plus fielder at all three outfield positions, shortstop, second and third base. Rafaela has an easy plus arm as well. He made one of the best throws I’ve seen this year, throwing out Trey Sweeney at third by six steps.

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May 16, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Seabold strikes out 11, Mayer returns with three doubles


5/16 Cup of Coffee:
While the affiliates were winless on Sunday, there were several great performances from some of the system's top prospects. Connor Seabold (pictured) cruised through six innings, Marcelo Mayer laced three doubles, and Brainer Bonaci reached base five more times to raise his on-base percentage to .467. Brandon Walter struggled again against the Yard Goats, while Wikelman Gonzalez had better control but still allowed four runs over six innings. 

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A dominant start from Connor Seabold was not enough, as the WooSox bullpen let the victory slip away. Seabold made a strong case for a look in Boston as he struck out 11 and allowed just two baserunners over six shutout innings. After struggling in his last start, Seabold set a career-high in strikeouts. Durbin Feltman gave up a game-tying two-run home run, and the Red Wings broke the game open against Zack Kelly. Kelly gave up two hits and two walks in the ninth and 10th innings. 
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May 15, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Northcut's 14th home run sparks Greenville comeback


5/15 Cup of Coffee: There were some exciting wins down on the farm last night, as Salem won in extra innings and Greenville erased a six-run deficit on their way to a win. Nick Northcut (pictured) went deep yet again for Grenville and Eddinson Paulino drove in the winning run for Salem. Worcester nearly had a six-run comeback of their own, as Ryan Fitzgerald and Jonathan Arauz had big offensive nights. 

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A late rally came up short for the Sox after Worcester battled back from a 6-0 deficit. Ryan Fitzgerald and Jonathan Arauz each singled and doubled, with Fitzgerald knocking in a pair of runs. Triston Casas reached twice with a walk and his eighth double to go along with his 22nd RBI. Christin Stewart also had a productive night with three singles in five trips to the plate. The newly acquired Carlos Martinez struggled again on the mound, allowing five earned runs over 3 2/3 frames. He did strike out four and walk just one. Michael Feliz struck out three in his 1 1/3 innings of work, while Geoff Hartlieb punched out a pair in two scoreless innings of his own. Taylor Cole also struck out two but gave up a run. 
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May 14, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Paulino, Jordan keep rolling in Salem win


5/14 Cup of Coffee:
Salem picked up its fifth straight win, the only affiliate to come away victorious on Friday. Brainer Bonaci joined the streaking Eddinson Paulino (pictured) and Blaze Jordan to lead the way at the plate. The other squads continued their recent swoons: Worcester dropped its eighth straight, Portland fell for the sixth time in seven games, and Greenville has now lost four in a row. 

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The WooSox fell despite the strongest start of the season from Darwinzon Hernandez. The veteran lefty has struggled with his control in 2022 but pounded the strike zone on Friday, throwing 33 of 43 pitches for strikes and walking just one batter in three innings. He allowed one unearned run on three hits and struck out three batters. Rochester reached Brian Keller for a five-run fifth inning. Silvino Bracho and Phillips Valdez each spun two hitless innings, but the Worcester rally fell short. Yolmer Sanchez led the way at the plate, blasting a solo homer in the ninth as part of a 2-for-3 night that included a walk and two runs scored. Jarren Duran was 2 for 4 with a double and stolen base, and Christin Stewart went deep in the fifth.
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May 13, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Yorke homers for second straight game, Jordan and Paulino combine for four hits


5/13 Cup of Coffee: Boston affiliates went a collective 1-3 on Thursday. Jaylin Davis hit his first home run of the season for Worcester, Pedro Castellanos and Jay Groome impressed on opposite sides of the spectrum for Portland, Nick Yorke (pictured) homered once again for Greenville, and Gabriel Jackson put together a solid outing for Salem. 

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Worcester dropped its seventh straight game following Thursday's loss to Rochester at Polar Park. Rhode Island native Thomas Pannone made his sixth start and seventh overall appearance of the season and allowed two runs on five hits, no walks, and three strikeouts over five innings. Darin Gillies took over for Pannone in the sixth and surrendered four runs while recording four outs. Eduard Bazardo and Durbin Feltman combined for 2 2/3 scoreless frames to close things out. 
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May 12, 2022 at 10:07 PM

Podcast Ep. #247: Back to Hadlock


In this week's episode, Ian relays some more reports from his second set of games with the Sea Dogs, finishing his look at the club's stacked rotation, impressive bullpen, and ... also the lineup. Plus Chris and Ian discuss the improving 40-man depth with Connor Seabold, Josh Winckowski, and Jeter Downs, the super-brief call-up of Jarren Duran, Nick Northcut turning into the king of homers and strikeouts, the emergence of Eduardo Lopez, and much more! 

(NOTE: This episode was recorded before Thursday night's news that Noah Song had graduated flight school and applied for another service waiver - we'll discuss that on the next episode!)
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Cup of Coffee: Bello dominates again, Jordan and Yorke homer


5/12 Cup of Coffee: On a night where the big-league club got walked off on yet again, Boston affiliates went an even 2-2 on Wednesday. Josh Winckowski went just two innings in his start for Worcester, Brayan Bello twirled another gem for Portland, Nick Yorke (pictured, left) and Tyler McDonough both went yard for Greenville, while Blaze Jordan enjoyed a productive day at the plate for Salem.

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Worcester was one out away from putting an end to its losing streak but instead suffered its sixth consecutive defeat at the hands of Rochester at Polar Park on Wednesday afternoon. In a planned two-inning start, Josh Winckowski did not allow a run while scattering one hit and one walk to go along with two strikeouts. In relief of the right-hander, Taylor Cole, Geoff Hartlieb, and Zack Kelly combined for six scoreless frames. Kaleb Ort entered in the ninth with a 2-0 lead, surrendered three earned runs, and was charged with his first blown save of the season. 
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May 11, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Salem hurlers combine for two-hitter; Mayer returns to lineup


5/11 Cup of Coffee:
It was an appealing slate of pitchers scheduled to throw on Tuesday, with three arms ranked among the top 13 prospects in the system on the docket. However, it was Wyatt Olds, the 2021 seventh-round pick currently ranked 42nd, who was the best of the lot. Olds was excellent in a Greenville loss in which neither team scored until the starters were long since removed. Wikelman Gonzalez was hard to hit but struggled with his control during his part of a Salem two-hit shutout. Salem, with help from a returning Marcelo Mayer (pictured), picked up the only win down on the farm. Worcester and Portland both fell on nights when Connor Seabold and Brandon Walter were uncharacteristically not sharp.

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The game got off to a good start at Polar Park when Jeter Downs lined a two-run homer over the left field wall in the first inning. It was the seventh homer of the season for Downs, and fourth in his last eight games. It was all Rochester from that point on, as the Red Wings exploded for five second-inning runs off of Connor Seabold. It was the first loss of the season for the right-hander, who allowed six runs (five earned) on six hits in three innings, striking out and walking three apiece. Silvio Bracho, Phillips Valdez, and Michael Feliz combined for five scoreless innings out of the pen, but Rochester added a pair of insurance runs in the ninth on back-to-back homers off of Durbin Feltman.
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May 10, 2022 at 1:00 PM

Minor Notes: A great week of pitching highlighted by Bello's no-hitter


With the major league team struggling, the farm system has offered some great performances for fans to follow. The pitching last week was dominant throughout the system, highlighted by a no-hitter from the top pitching prospect. 

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Duran gets a brief call-up after COVID scare

With Kiké Hernandez displaying symptoms, the Red Sox recalled Jarren Duran from Worcester. Duran went 1 for 4 with a triple on Friday, and fans were curious if Duran would be up for good. With the offense struggling, it could certainly use a spark. Duran got sent down the next day when Hernandez cleared the protocols, but with Jackie Bradley Jr. hitting .202, it would not be surprising to see Duran again with the big club soon. 
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May 9, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Home runs from Casas, Fitzgerald, and Yorke; Martinez struggles in debut


5/9 Cup of Coffee: Home runs from Triston Casas and Ryan Fitzgerald and a stolen base from Jarren Duran can keep Boston fans hopeful while the major league club's woes continue. Carlos Martínez made his system debut, but it was one he would like to quickly put behind him. Home runs from Nick Yorke and Alex Erro and three steals from Tyler McDonough led Greenville, while Eduardo Lopez (pictured) continued his torrid run in Salem. 

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Carlos Martínez's debut was shaky, as he was chased in the first inning. The 30-year-old former All-Star was tagged for five runs on four hits with two walks. This was his first appearance of the year after being released by the Giants on April 28. Eduard Bazardo followed with 2 1/3 scoreless innings, striking out three. Darwinzon Hernandez did not allow a hit but still gave up a run after walking three batters in three innings. He did strike out four, but his control issues have his ERA sitting at 7.02 despite holding batters to a .130 average. 
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May 8, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Hart fires six no-hit innings, Northcut homers again


5/8 Cup of Coffee: Pitching was the story for Sox affiliates last night, as Kyle Hart (pictured) and Chris Murphy each delivered a gem. Greenville also pieced together a dominant night on the mound to win their third straight game. Nick Northcut added to his league-leading home run total, while Hudson Potts and Eduardo Vaughan stayed hot at the plate. 

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A couple days after Brayan Bello's no-hitter, Kyle Hart tossed six no-hit innings of his own. The left-hander struck out eight in the best outing of his season. The bullpen struggled however, as Darin Gillies and Durbin Feltman gave up a combined five runs in their two innings of work. At the plate, Worcester scored three runs in the third but was silenced outside of that. Jonathan Arauz doubled and scored a run, while Triston Casas reached twice with a single and a walk. 

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May 7, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Groshans goes deep twice, Northcut homers again for Drive


5/7 Cup of Coffee:
All four affiliates were scheduled to be in action, but a rainy night pushed Salem's contest out to the weekend. Greenville took the only win in the system on Friday, powered by a monster night by catcher Jaxx Groshans (pictured) and another home run for Nick Northcut. Worcester fell despite the continued efforts of Ryan Fitzgerald, while Jay Groome and company came up short in Portland.

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There were few highlights for the WooSox in Friday night's loss. All of the run scoring for Worcester came on a two-run homer in the second off the bat of Ryan Fitzgerald. It was the seventh round-tripper of the season for Fitzgerald, who also walked twice on the night. Jeter Downs was on base twice, going 1 for 4 with a walk, and Triston Casas also recorded a hit. Starting pitcher Brian Keller took the loss, allowing five runs (three earned) on five hits in 3 1/3 innings. Phillips Valdez made his first appearance for Worcester since being optioned earlier in the week. He went one inning, allowing one run on one hit, walking two, and striking out one. 
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May 6, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Bello tosses no-no, Walter strikes out 10 in same doubleheader


4/6 Cup of Coffee: A pair of doubleheaders, a couple of dominating pitching performances and some home runs. That is what a busy Thursday entailed for Boston affiliates, which went 4-2 thanks to the two extra games. Jarren Duran went deep as Worcester split its doubleheader against Toledeo, Brandon Walter and Brayan Bello (pictured) combined for 13 quality innings in Portland's twin bill sweep of Reading. Ceddanne Rafaela was one of four Greenville hitters who went yard in its win over Rome and Eduardo Lopez clubbed his second homer in as many days for Salem. 

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After a rainout on Tuesday, Worcester played two against Toledo on Thursday. Triston Casas kicked off the scoring with a first-inning sacrifice fly that was followed by a run-scoring single off the bat of Rob Refsnyder. Three innings later, Jarren Duran crushed a three-run home run to right field that gave Worcester a 5-2 lead. Duran went 3 for 4 with his second homer of the season, three RBIs, and two runs scored out of the leadoff spot. The only other hits belonged to Refsnyder and Ryan Fitzgerald
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May 5, 2022 at 11:39 PM

Podcast Ep. #246: Rankings... in context


It's a new month and that means a rankings update. Chris and Ian discussed the movement in the May 1 update and went into why, a month in, the context of player performance is especially important in evaluation. Plus, things are bad in Boston - what can be done? We close, as always, with your emails.
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Cup of Coffee: Downs homers in third straight game, Seabold dominates again


5/5 Cup of Coffee: Happy Cinco de Mayo! Boston affiliates went 1-2 on Wednesday as Portland's game was rained out. Jarren Duran, Triston Casas, and Jeter Downs (pictured) drove in a total of six runs while Connor Seabold provided seven, one-run innings in Worcester's win over Toledo. In Greenville, Nick Northcut, Nick Decker, and Matthew Lugo all went yard at Fluor Field, while Salem, on the other hand, got blown out by Myrtle Beach.

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After their game on Tuesday was rained out, Worcester and Toledo played as they were originally scheduled to on Wednesday afternoon. Connor Seabold was impressive yet again in his fifth start of the season, allowing just one earned run on two hits, one walk, and one hit batsman to go along with eight strikeouts over seven innings of work. The right-hander needed 70 pitches (50 strikes) to improve to 3-0 and lower his ERA to 1.63. In relief of Seabold, Zack Kelly struck out the side in the eighth before John Schreiber closed things out with a scoreless ninth inning. 
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May 4, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Paulino leads Salem's morning romp; Yorke blasts first homer


5/4 Cup of Coffee:
It was a winning day all the way up the organizational ladder, featuring excellent pitching from Salem all the way to Fenway. Victor Santos turned in a quality start before Portland came back twice in the opener of its homestand. Nick Yorke went deep in support of a strong Shane Drohan effort for Greenville. In Salem, Eddinson Paulino (pictured) and crew got off to a fast start, allowing Tyler Uberstine to cruise through five excellent innings. Only a rainout in Toledo that postponed its matchup with Worcester dampened an otherwise dazzling Tuesday. 

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Worcester Red Sox @ Toledo Mud Hens (DET), PPD (Weather)
The WooSox continued their new tradition of starting out each series with a rainout. A doubleheader is scheduled for Thursday.

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It was a thriller at Hadlock Field, as the Sea Dogs staged game-tying comebacks in both the ninth and 10th innings before walking off in the 11th. Devlin Granberg led the way at the plate, going 3 for 4 with a double, walk, stolen base and run scored. Christian Koss drove in the first and last runs of the night. He got the scoring started with a first-inning sacrifice fly and his 11th-inning single plated automatic runner Elih Marrero. David Hamilton doubled and scored twice as part of his two-hit evening.
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May 3, 2022 at 1:00 PM

Minor Notes: Sox DFA Shaw, call up Cordero


It was a bit of a rough week for Boston's affiliates, as Worcester was the only team to finish .500 or better this past week, going 3-3. Greenville and Portland each won just one game. Things at the MLB level weren't much better, as they went 2-5. 

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Sox add Davis to outfield mix

Outfielder Jaylin Davis came up to the big club for the Baltimore series after being claimed off waivers from San Francisco, where he filled in nicely by making a start in left field and going 2 for 4 with a pair of singles. He was immediately optioned to Worcester after the game, along with right-hander Phillips Valdez. Davis had been playing in Triple-A for the Giants, where he was hitting .296/.340/.500 with five extra-base hits in 10 games. The 27-year-old had previously had a few cups of coffee with the Giants.
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May 2, 2022 at 1:00 PM

April Players of the Month: Ryan Fitzgerald and Brandon Walter


It was a great month for hitters in the system, with Ryan Fitzgerald (pictured) edging out players like Yolmer SanchezCeddanne Rafaela, and Alex Binelas for the award. A 29-0 strikeout-to-walk ratio left Brandon Walter with little competition on the pitching side, though his fellow Portland rotation-mates did keep him honest. 

After hitting .313/.450/1.063 with four home runs in 16 at-bats in spring training, Fitzgerald started out just as hot in Triple-A. He hit four home runs in his first four games for the WooSox and finished the month with a line of .306/.370/.694. He had six home runs and drove in 19 runs, though he also struck out in 32 percent of his plate appearances. He played all over the field defensively, including starting at second, third, and all three outfield positions. He even started to get some reps at first base in practice, which shows that the Red Sox are thinking about ways that Fitzgerald can help the major league squad. Currently ranked 23rd in the system, the 27-year-old will look to keep the good times going and prove he deserves a look as a utility player in Boston. 
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Cup of Coffee: Casas and Downs go back-to-back; Binelas and Northcut go deep again


5/2 Cup of Coffee: Offensive fireworks in Worcester and Greenville were flanked by poor performances from Portland and Salem. Triston Casas (pictured), went deep for Worcester, while Jeter Downs also homered. Juan Daniel Encarnacion led a tremendous pitching effort for Salem, while Greenville got contributions from multiple players. 

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The WooSox went deep four times as they split the series with Buffalo. Jeter Downs and Triston Casas went back-to-back in the fifth inning as both players went 2 for 4 with a walk. Christin Stewart hit a two-run home run in the second inning, and Rob Refsnyder hit a three-run shot in the third. Refsnyder went 2 for 3 with a walk and also added a double. 

Starter Darwinzon Hernandez walked three batters and allowed three runs in 1 1/3 innings as his ERA rose to 7.90 on the season. The win went to Kyle Hart, who allowed one run over 2 2/3. Darin GilliesEduard BazardoJohn Schreiber, and Kaleb Ort all tossed scoreless innings to keep the Bisons at bay. 
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May 1, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Groome fans 10 for Portland


5/1 Cup of Coffee: It was a very sluggish night offensively for the four Sox affiliates, as each team took a loss. Jay Groome (pictured) was the bright spot of the night, striking out 10 batters without a walk in his outing for the Sea Dogs. Worcester saw some good performances at the plate with home runs from Ronaldo Hernandez and Jeter Downs as well as big nights for Jaren Duran and Triston Casas. Joe Davis also went yard for Portland. 

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Jaren Duran and Triston Casas led the Worcester offense to seven runs, but it wasn't enough. Duran roped a double, a triple, and drew a walk with three runs scored from the top of the order. Casas broke out of a little funk at the plate with three singles and two RBI. Ronaldo Hernandez and Jeter Downs each parked home runs. It was the fourth of the year for Downs. Brian Keller had a bit of a rocky outing, surrendering four runs (three earned) over 4 2/3 innings. The right-hander did strike out five and walked just one. In his first outing back with Worcester, Tyler Danish tossed an inning and a third of scoreless ball without allowing a hit. 

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April 30, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Duran leads Worcester power surge


4/30 Cup of Coffee:
It was a big night for Jarren Duran (pictured) and the rest of the Worcester lineup, as the WooSox pounded out 17 hits to pick up the system's only victory. That effort used up all of the octane in the system, as Duran's four hits were at least as many as the other three squads in action. 

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Jarren Duran is still finding Polar Park to his liking. The 25-year-old fell just a double short of hitting for the cycle, blasting his first home run of the year during a 4-for-5 night. He scored twice, drove in a pair, and stole his seventh base of the season. Connor Wong and Yolmer Sanchez had three hits apiece, with Wong picking up a double and driving in two runs. Triston Casas singled and walked, and Christin Stewart added a pair of RBI in the win.
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April 29, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Hickey homers as part of two-hit night


4/29 Cup of Coffee: It was a conventional yet rough Thursday for Boston affiliates as they went a collective 0-4. Worcester came up short in their comeback attempt against Buffalo, Tyler Dearden homered in Portland's blowout loss to Somerset, Gilberto Jimenez went deep as Greenville lost its eighth straight in heartbreaking fashion, and Nathan Hickey (pictured) collected two hits in Salem's loss to Lynchburg. 



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Rhode Island native Thomas Pannone celebrated his 28th birthday on Thursday by making his fifth start of the season for Worcester. The left-hander surrendered three runs within his first two innings of work at Polar Park, but settled in by retiring nine of the final 11 batters he faced and allowing just the three runs on six hits, three walks, one hit batsman, and five strikeouts over five innings pitched. Out of the Worcester bullpen, Eduard Bazardo yielded two runs (one earned) on two hits and one walk in the sixth while Durbin Feltman and Derek Holland combined for three scoreless frames in which they struck out five total batters.
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April 28, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Downs and Fitzgerald homer, Walter continues impressive run to begin season


4/28 Cup of Coffee: It was an action-packed Wednesday for Boston affiliates, who went 3-3 across the system. Worcester and Salem both split doubleheaders after rainouts on Tuesday, Portland received another strong starting pitching performance from Brandon Walter (pictured), and Greenville was shut out as they lost their seventh straight game. 
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Worcester returned to Polar Park and kicked off their second homestand of the season by taking Game 1 of a seven-inning doubleheader against Buffalo. Connor Seabold ran into some early trouble when he served up a two-run home run in the second inning. But the right-hander was otherwise solid in his fourth start of the season as he allowed just those two runs on six hits, no walks, and six strikeouts over six innings of work. Zack Kelly picked up his first save of the season, slamming the door on Buffalo in the final frame. 
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April 27, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Murphy fires gem; Northcut homers twice


4/27 Cup of Coffee
: Only two of the four affiliates were able to kick off their series as scheduled Tuesday, as rain pushed back both the Worcester and Salem contests. Portland dropped its opener in New Jersey in extra innings, wasting a masterful effort by starter Chris Murphy (pictured). Greenville also fell, as two Nick Northcut round-trippers were not enough to take a slugfest in Hickory.

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Worcester Red Sox vs Buffalo Bisons (TOR), PPD (Weather)
After a weird 2021 split between Buffalo and Trenton, the Bisons are nomads no more, but their series opener in Worcester will have to wait a day. The teams will try for a doubleheader tomorrow. 

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Portland's four-game winning streak was halted despite the work of Chris Murphy. The left-hander allowed just two hits across six scoreless innings, striking out six and walking one. He lowered his ERA through four starts on the young season to 2.25, but he is still in search of his first win. After Somerset tagged Chase Shugart for a single run in the seventh, Frank German continued his ownership of Eastern League batters. He struck out two of the three batters he saw, giving him 15 punchouts through eight innings on the season. In his last four appearances, German has faced 19 batters, striking out 13 and allowing just one baserunner when he hit a batter. Somerset walked off with the win when a single off Oddanier Mosqueda plated the automatic runner in the 10th.
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April 26, 2022 at 9:57 PM

Podcast Ep. #245: Time for Triston?


The Red Sox are scuffling, particularly on offense, so it's time to ask: when do the Red Sox call up Triston Casas? Ian and Chris looked at what's ailing the MLB club and whether giving the organization's top prospect his first taste of the Bigs is what the doctor ordered. Plus, Ian has reports from Portland, with the best pitching staff in the system, and as always, your emails!
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Minor Notes: COVID woes lead to recalls, roster shuffling


The 2022 minor-league season is in full swing and all the minor league affiliates find themselves .500 or better, with Portland tying for the lead in their division, the Eastern League Northeast. Meanwhile, the big-league club went 3-and-5 this week, slipping to 3.5 games back in the division.

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More COVID fallout as Vazquez and Arauz placed on 10-day IL

While it was overall a week light on transactions, the constant roster shuffling necessitated by COVID-19 continued with catcher Christian Vazquez joining felling catcher Kevin Plawecki on the IL after testing positive for COVID-19 on April 18th.  Infielder Jonathan Arauz also joined the run of Red Sox players on the IL on the 18th, but he has yet to be reinstated. Both players are vaccinated, but that left only recently recalled Connor Wong as the only catcher on the roster. Much to Red Sox and Red Sox fans' relief, Vazquez was able to be reinstated only a day later but Arauz has yet to be reinstated.

As corresponding moves for these two IL trips, the Red Sox selected the contract of infielder Rob Refsnyder (pictured, right) and recalled righty Tyler Danish, both from Worcester. Refsnyder is a bit of a journeyman, with the 31-year-old seeing time in the majors for six different major league teams over seven seasons. He played seven innings on Saturday and a full game Sunday, going 1 for 5 with a double and a walk. Danish also saw action in two games and continued his streak of scoreless innings to begin the year. His appearance on Wednesday stood out, throwing two innings with five strikeouts while only allowing a walk. Danish was optioned back on Sunday but does have opt-outs on June 1st and July 1st so he is likely to return to the Red Sox later this spring.
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April 25, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Binelas homers again; Koss notches four hits


4/25 Cup of Coffee:
Portland's offense provided plenty of run support for Jay Groome, as the Sea Dogs hit five home runs. Alex Binelas tied Ceddanne Rafaela for the most home runs in the organization with six, and Tyler McDonough hit his third home run in the last nine games. Chih-Jung Liu got off to a hot start before fading, and Blaze Jordan added two hits for Salem.

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A disappointing road trip ended with another tough loss for Worcester as the Mets took five out of six games in this series. Up 2-1 in the bottom of the eighth, Geoff Hartlieb gave up a three-run home run that proved to be the difference. The pitching was stellar before that, with Brian Keller starting with three innings of one-run ball and Silvino Bracho following with two hitless innings. Derek Holland and Eduard Bazardo each fired a scoreless frame as well. The Worcester offense managed just four hits, with Ryan Fitzgerald and Jeter Downs each going 1 for 4 with a double, and Jarren Duran and Yolmer Sánchez each added a single. 
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April 24, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Mieses belts two homers, Mayer hits first long ball


4/24 Cup of Coffee: Marcelo Mayer headlined the day, as the fourth overall pick hit his first home run of the 2022 season. Johan Mieses (pictured) stole the show in Worcester's big offensive showing, blasting two home runs. David Hamilton and Alex Binelas each had three hits and a home run. Thomas Pannone and Brayan Bello turned in good outings on the bump. 

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Worcester scored in every inning except three, led by Johan Mieses. The DH went 3 for 5 with a pair of home runs and three runs scored. His second came off old friend Stephen Nogosek. Mieses now has four long balls to go along with a 1.528 OPS. Triston Casas reached four times with three singles and a walk, while Franchy Cordero went 2 for 4 with a double, a walk, and three knocked in. Yolmer Sanchez added two hits and two RBI and Ryan Fitzgerald and Jarren Duran both doubled. 

Thomas Pannone was fantastic, going the first six innings while allowing just two runs with seven strikeouts and one walk. Derek Holland, Durbin Feltman, and Kaleb Ort each threw a scoreless frame, with Feltman and Ort each striking out a pair. 
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April 23, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Walter, German bookend Portland staff's 17 K night


4/23 Cup of Coffee:
The Portland pitching staff was a highlight on a night when the staffs of the other three affiliates struggled mightily. Brandon Walter, Frank German (pictured), and company struck out 17 batters in a 10-inning comeback win. That magic did not extend past the Maine border, as Worcester, Greenville, and Salem combined to find themselves outscored 33 to 10. 

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Worcester was 9-3 as it entered its series with the 1-10 Syracuse squad but has now lost the first four games of the matchup. Friday night's contest got off to a good start, as Triston Casas ripped a double off the right-center field wall and came around to score on a Christin Stewart base hit, giving Worcester a 1-0 lead in the first. The closest thing to a highlight the rest of the night was a lovely postgame fireworks show. Nick Sogard did have a good effort in his Triple-A debut, going 2 for 4. Yolmer Sanchez had a homer and a double, and Johan Mieses notched a pair of hits. It was a struggle for starter Kyle Hart, who allowed eight runs on four hits in 4 1/3, taking the loss. 
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April 22, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Casas homers, Potts finishes triple shy of cycle, Mayer collects four hits


4/22 Cup of Coffee: It was an eventful night for Boston's minor-league affiliates, who went a collective 1-3 on Thursday. Triston Casas and Ryan Fitzgerald both homered for Worcester, Hudson Potts (pictured) went deep twice and finished a triple shy of the cycle while Tyreque Reed got involved in a benches-clearing brawl in Portland, Shane Drohan struck out eight for Greenville, and Marcelo Mayer hit a pair of doubles as part of a four-hit day in Salem. 

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Darwinzon Hernandez made his fourth start of the season for Worcester and struggled with his command. The left-hander surrendered five earned runs on just one hit, but also four walks and one hit batsman to go along with one strikeout over 1 2/3 innings of work. Only 22 of the 45 pitches Hernandez threw went for strikes. Out of Worcester's bullpen, John Schreiber allowed one of the runners he inherited to score in the second. The right-hander settled in, though, and the only other run scored off him came on a Daniel Palka home run in the fifth. An inning later, Geoff Hartlieb got rocked for four runs on three hits and one walk. Eduard Bazardo and Derek Holland closed things out with a scoreless frame each. 
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April 21, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Seabold impresses, Northcut and Rafaela both homer


4/21 Cup of Coffee:
Boston affiliates went 1-4 on an eventful Wednesday night. Worcester lost both games of a doubleheader in Syracuse despite a strong start from Connor Seabold (pictured) in the day cap, Portland fell to Binghamton despite a solid effort from Chris Murphy, Greenville pitchers combined to give up 21 hits in a loss to Charleston in which Nick Northcut and Ceddanne Rafaela both homered, and Salem salvaged the day thanks in part to Jose Garcia's first home run of the season.

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After their series opener was snowed out on Tuesday, Worcester was swept by Syracuse in a day-night doubleheader at NBT Bank Stadium on Wednesday. Connor Seabold made his third start of the season for Worcester in the day cap and impressed, allowing just four hits and two walks to go along with five strikeouts over six scoreless innings of work. 54 of the 83 pitches the 26-year-old threw went for strikes. Kaleb Ort pitched in relief of Seabold and -- after striking out the side in the seventh -- gave up the winning run on a sacrifice fly in the eighth. 
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April 20, 2022 at 10:18 PM

Podcast Ep. #244: Ceddanne in the Groove


The first full week of the minor league season is in the books, and whoever told you that's not enough of a sample size to draw conclusions from... was probably right, but we're talking about it anyway! The Portland arms and Greenville bats are red hot, but who else caught the guys' eyes? Ian has some reports from Worcester as well, plus, your emails!
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Cup of Coffee: Liu strikes out nine before Scott blasts walk-off winner


4/20 Cup of Coffee:
Both affiliate wins on Tuesday were of the walk-off variety. Stephen Scott was the hero for Greenville following an outstanding performance on the mound by Chih-Jung Liu (pictured). Portland took a different path to victory, as starter Jay Groome struggled for the first time in a Double-A start before the Sea Dogs clawed back, eventually prevailing on a decisive error. Salem had a forgettable night in a blowout loss, and inclement weather pushed back Worcester's contest.

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Worcester Red Sox @ Syracuse Mets (NYM), postponed
The WooSox series opener against the Mets was postponed because it snows in Syracuse on April 19. They'll try to play two on Wednesday. 

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It was an inauspicious start in Portland, as starter Jay Groome failed to survive the first inning. Groome, who allowed just one baserunner in his first start of the season, was not sharp in his follow-up, walking three batters, hitting another, and allowing three runs on two hits while recording just one out. The line could've been worse had it not been for Dylan Spacke, who entered with the bases loaded and promptly induced a strikeout and groundout. Spacke went 3 2/3 scoreless innings, striking out seven of the 13 batters he faced, walking one and allowing just one hit. Despite being stretched into center field duty, Devlin Granberg was the offensive star for Portland, going 3 for 5 with a double, triple, RBI, and two runs scored. Frank German struck out the side in a perfect ninth inning to set up the walk-off victory. After the Granberg double and an intentional walk to Tyler Dearden, a costly error on a Kole Cottam ground ball to second base gave the Sea Dogs the win. 
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April 19, 2022 at 12:00 PM

Minor Notes: COVID-19 issues surface, Rafaela earns weekly honor


The 2022 minor-league season is in full swing, with Monday representing the second off day of the year for all four of Boston's full-season affiliates in Worcester, Portland, Greenville, and Salem. The big-league club has gotten off to a 5-5 start, with their most recent loss coming at the hands of Minnesota on Patriots' Day.

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Kevin Plawecki placed on COVID-19-related injured list, Connor Wong recalled from Worcester

Kevin Plawecki arrived at Fenway Park on Monday morning but was seen leaving in street clothes after testing positive for COVID-19. Despite being fully vaccinated against the virus, the veteran catcher was placed on the COVID-19-related injured list and could miss up to 10 days. Because of his status, though, Plawecki could return sooner if he passes certain protocols, such as presenting two negative PCR tests, not having a fever, and receiving approval from the joint COVID medical committee.
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April 18, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Bello strikes out eight; Duran returns


4/18 Cup of Coffee: 
Brayan Bello turned in another impressive start on Sunday, though it was not enough to carry Portland to a victory. In Worcester, the return of Jarren Duran was overshadowed by the offensive onslaught of the IronPigs. Greenville mounted an impressive comeback led by Jaxx Groshans and Gilberto Jimenez, while Salem was doubled up by the Woodpeckers. 

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Josh Taylor made his first appearance of the season after missing time with a low back strain. Taylor gave up a leadoff home run but was otherwise effective. The bullpen was hit hard, with Thomas Pannone allowing seven runs on nine hits over four innings. Derek Holland followed and recorded only one out while walking three and allowing four runs. Eduard Bazardo was also unable to complete a full inning, giving up three runs on three hits and three walks in 2/3 of an inning. 
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April 17, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Rafaela, Lugo stay hot for Greenville


4/17 Cup of Coffee: There were some great offensive performances throughout the system, as Worcester scored 13 and Greenville put up nine. Triston Casas, Ryan Fitzgerald, and Franchy Cordero led the way yet again against the IronPigs. Ceddanne Rafaela (pictured) hit two home runs and Matthew Lugo picked up four hits for the Drive. Darwinzon Hernandez, Brandon Walter, and Gabriel Jackson turned in great performances on the mound.

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Worcester Red Sox 13, Lehigh Valley IronPigs (PHI) 1
Triston Casas showed that he's more than just a big time power bat, going 3 for 4 with three hard-hit singles and three runs scored to lead Worcester's 15-hit attack. Roberto Ramos went 2 for 2 with his third long ball of the year, while Rob Refsnyder doubled and homered as well. Ryan Fitzgerald and Franchy Cordero just keep on hitting, as each collected two hits, with Fitzgerald roping his second triple and Cordero notching his fifth double. 
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April 16, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Bonaci, Ugueto set table for Salem in rout


4/16 Cup of Coffee:
Not to be lost in the festivities of opening day at Fenway Park was a busy day on the farm, with all four affiliates in action. Worcester suffered just its second loss of the season but rallied to salvage a split in its twinbill. Brainer Bonaci and Miguel Ugueto (pictured) combined to reach base nine times atop the Salem order in another rout. Portland also emerged victorious despite a quiet day at the plate as Victor Santos was excellent on the mound. Greenville was the only affiliate not to record a win despite the continued efforts of Matthew Lugo

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The WooSox five-game winning streak came to an end in the makeup of Thursday's rained-out contest. Josh Winckowski got the start, allowing three runs (two earned) on three hits in five innings, striking out two against three walks. Lehigh Valley reached Durbin Feltman for four runs in two innings of work. Ryan Fitzgerald continues to be a catalyst at the top of the lineup, going 2 for 4 with a triple and two RBI. Jeter Downs blasted a solo homer in the first, his second round-tripper of the young season. Christin Stewart and Yolmer Sanchez both doubled as part of two-hit efforts. 
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April 15, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Gonzalez fans 9, McDonough crushes first homer of season


4/15 Cup of Coffee: Red Sox affiliates went 3-0 on Thursday after Worcester's game was postponed due to inclement weather. Wilkelman Gonzalez (pictured) and Chris Murphy put together impressive outings in their respective starts for Salem and Portland. Tyler McDonough hit his first home run of the year while Alex Binelas and Ceddanne Rafaela stayed hot for Greenville. 



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Josh Winckowski was originally slated to start for Worcester on Thursday but the game began in a rain delay and was ultimately called off due to inclement weather within the vicinity of Polar Park. It will be made up as part of a single-admission, seven-inning doubleheader on Friday. 
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April 14, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Yorke heats up and Casas homers again


4/14 Cup of Coffee
: Red Sox affiliates went 2-2 on Wednesday. Jay Groome continued Portland's run of outstanding starting pitching by tossing five scoreless frames. The same can be said for Connor Seabold in Worcester. Speaking of Worcester, Triston Casas launched another no-doubt home run over the Worcester Wall at Polar Park. In Greenville, Alex Binelas hit his third homer of the season in as many games, and, after a slow start to the year, Nick Yorke's (pictured) bat woke up as he joined in on the offensive explosion.

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Triston Casas homered for the second night in a row, with this one traveling 410 feet over the Worcester Wall at Polar Park and coming off former first-round draft pick Mark Appel. Casas also reached base via a two-run single as he finished his productive day at the plate having gone 2 for 4 with three RBIs. Grant Williams and Rob Refsnyder were responsible for Worcester's first four runs. Williams got the scoring started with a two-run double in the second inning and Refsnyder followed with a two-run knock of his own in the fourth. 
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April 13, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Bello strikes out 10, Casas hits 477-foot home run


4/13 Cup of Coffee:
After the scheduled day off for the affiliates on Monday, the players came back with some exciting performances on Tuesday. Brayan Bello (pictured), Yusniel Padron-Artiles, and Thomas Pannone all had terrific starts that led to victories. Triston Casas hit a ball out of Polar Park, David Hamilton showed off his elite speed and Gilberto Jimenez flashed his power and speed. In Salem, a grand slam from Nathan Hickey broke the game open in extra innings. 

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A 477-foot home run from Triston Casas was one of many highlights during Worcester's home opener. Casas also added two walks in addition to the home run that left Polar Park. Yolmer Sánchez provided some pop as well as he went 3 for 3 with a home run, double, walk, and a steal. The third WooSox home run came from Ryan Fitzgerald in his first game since April 7. The home run was Fitzgerald's fourth in four games. Rob Refsnyder went 2 for 4 with a double as he raised his average to .368 over his first 28 plate appearances. 
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April 12, 2022 at 12:00 PM

Minor Notes: We've got games, Whitlock signs extension


For the last time in 2022, baseball is officially back. Spring training is over and the minor league affiliates opened up their seasons, with Worcester starting on April 5, followed by the rest of the full-season squads on April 8. The big club has also gotten underway, with Opening Day on April 8, as a rainstorm in New York postponed the festivities in The Bronx.
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Whitlock signs four-year extension
Garrett Whitlock, a Rule 5 pick from the Yankees in 2020, signed a four-year, $18.75 million contract extension, which was announced on Sunday. The agreement buys out the remainder of his pre-arbitration and arbitration seasons, while also including two club options for the 2027 and 2028 seasons to buy out his first two free agent years, as well. Those would pay $8.25 million and $10.5 million, respectively.

Whitlock was one of the team's most effective relievers in 2021, seeming like he hardly missed a beat after undergoing Tommy John surgery in July 2019, going nearly two years between organized appearances. He threw 73 1/3 innings across 46 appearances in the bullpen, pitching to a 1.96 ERA. He also struck out 81 batters against 17 walks, utilizing sinker, slider and change-up mix. While he was used carefully after missing so much time with an elbow injury in 2021, it seems as though he will continue in the bullpen to begin 2022, but has the build and repertoire to be extended to a starter, should the organization choose to do so. In the interim, Whitlock will likely be used as a multi-inning, high-leverage reliever.

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2022 SoxProspects Pre-Season All-Stars Pt. 2 - Pitchers


For Part Two of our look at the best the Red Sox system has to offer entering 2022, we look to the mound and honor the pitchers selected as SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Stars. The list is highlighted by four starters ranked in the top 11 and three relievers from the upper minors. 

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Starting pitcher: Brayan Bello, Portland Sea Dogs
The 2021 Red Sox Minor League Starting Pitcher of the Year, Bello is the consensus top pitching prospect in the system. After dominating High-A last year to the tune of a 2.27 ERA and 45 strikeouts in 31 2/3 innings, Bello was promoted to Double-A Portland where he continued to put up high strikeout numbers. The breakout season led to the 22-year-old being added to the 40-man roster. Bello will begin
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April 11, 2022 at 12:00 PM

2022 SoxProspects Pre-Season All-Stars Pt. 1 - Hitters


The 2022 minor league season is underway, and the SoxProspects.com community has chosen its annual slate of All-Stars. The class includes three 2021 draftees (two of whom were selected by Boston) and ranges in age from 18 to 27. Seven players are making their first appearance, while it is the fourth selection for four players. 

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Catcher: Nathan Hickey, Salem Red Sox
Boston's fifth-round pick last July, Hickey got a $1 million bonus to convince him to forgo his final three years of eligibility at the University of Florida. The bat-first backstop is noted for his advanced approach, and he hit an impressive .316/.436/.539 in 75 career games for the Gators. Hickey appeared in just 11 games after signing, going 6 for 28 with two doubles between the FCL squad and Salem. He is currently ranked 30th in the system.
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Cup of Coffee: Walter shines in Double-A debut


4/11 Cup of Coffee:
The left-handed starters in the upper minors were excellent on Sunday, with Darwinzon Hernandez and Brandon Walter combining to allow just one hit while striking out 13. Home runs from Franchy Cordero, Joe Davis, and Alex Binelas provided some firepower, and David Hamilton stole two more bases. 

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Darwinzon Hernandez did not allow a hit over three shutout innings in his second start of the season. He struck out six and did not walk a batter, though he did hit two batters. Kyle Hart proved to be more hittable, giving up four runs (three earned) on eight hits over 3 2/3. Zack Kelly stuck out two and walked two over 1 1/3 innings, and Derek Holland allowed one hit in a scoreless ninth.

Another home run from Franchy Cordero set the pace for Worcester's offense. It's the third of the season for Cordero, who raised his OPS to 1.237. Roldani Baldwin launched his first home run of the year, while Johan Mieses went 1 for 3 with a double and two walks. The top offensive prospects struggled with Jeter Downs striking out four times and Triston Casas going 0 for 3 with a walk. 
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April 10, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Mayer stays hot, Jordan belts first homer


4/10 Cup of Coffee: Marcelo Mayer (pictured) and Blaze Jordan helped Salem to a pair of wins, including the completion of Friday's suspended game. Franchy Cordero and Johan Mieses lifted Worcester over Jacksonville to continue their great start to the campaign. Matthew Lugo and Ceddanne Rafaela also showed off their power for Greenville. 

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Worcester Red Sox 5, Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (MIA) 1
Worcester picked up its fourth win in five games to start 2022. Franchy Cordero continued his hot start to the season with three hits in five at-bats, including a double and two runs scored. Johan Mieses had the big blow in the game, a three-run shot in the third inning off of old friend Matthew Kent. Brian Keller pitched well, allowing just one unearned run in 3 2/3 innings with five strikeouts and two hits allowed. John Schreiber picked up his second win on the young season, tossing 2 1/3 scoreless innings with two strikeouts and no free passes. Tyler Danish, Taylor Cole, and Durbin Feltman added clean innings of their own, with Danish and Cole punching out two.

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New Hampshire Fisher Cats (TOR) 3, Portland Sea Dogs 0 (6 innings)
The Sea Dogs weren't given much time to dig themselves out of their three-run first-inning deficit, as the game was called after the top of the sixth due to rain. They only had three hits, two of them coming off the bat of Brandon Howlett, including a two-bagger. Pedro Castellanos had the other hit, and David Hamilton walked and swiped his second base of the year. Victor Santos went five innings and allowed three runs, although only one of them was earned. After that three-run first, he tossed four straight scoreless innings. Brendan Nail also pitched an inning without allowing a run.

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Hudson Valley Renegades (NYY) 8, Greenville Drive 6 (10 innings)
The Drive dropped a tough hard-fought extra-inning game. Matthew Lugo led the offense by going 2 for 5 with a home run, a double, and three runs knocked in. Ceddanne Rafaela also had a big night with a 2-for-5 game, belting his second home run of the year. Alex Binelas had a nice night at the plate as well, going 1 for 3 with an RBI single and two walks.

On the mound, the highlight of the night was... Joe Davis. Yes, big Joe Davis was called on in the 10th inning and he was able to get a couple outs. Shane Drohan started and pitched a decent game, allowing one run over 3 1/3. He struck out five but also walked four. Jacinto Arredondo did not give up an earned run in 2 2/3 frames, while Michael Gettys tossed 1 2/3 clean innings.

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Salem Red Sox 11, Lynchburg Hillcats (CLE) 8
In a completion of Friday's suspended matchup, the Sox came out swinging in the bottom of the second when action resumed. Marcelo Mayer got the big hit, a two-run single that extended the lead to five. Blaze Jordan, ranked 10th at SoxProspects.com, belted his first home run of 2022 to go along with a walk in five trips to the plate. Niko Kavadas and Phillip Sikes, a pair of 2021 draft picks, each went 2 for 4 with a walk, two singles, and an RBI. Brainer Bonaci set the table nicely with four walks and three runs scored out of the leadoff spot. 

Joey Stock picked up where Wilkelman Gonzalez left off Friday with a pair of scoreless innings of his own. Barbaro Pinero struggled, allowing seven runs (five earned) without recording an out. Osvaldo De La Rosa, who ended up with the win, tossed three shutout innings with three punchouts. Nate Tellier picked up save No. 1on the year with a pair of strikeouts in a scoreless ninth.

Salem Red Sox 4, Lynchburg Hillcats (CLE) 3 (7 innings)
Salem picked up its second win of the day in their regularly scheduled game behind another big game from Mayer. The 19-year old shortstop went 3 for 4 including his second double of the year, a run, and an RBI. Bonaci continued to get on with a pair of singles and another walk. Miguel Ugueto, who had a big year last year with the FCL Sox, went 2 for 3 with an RBI and a run. It has only been a couple games, but the top three in the Salem order are off to hot starts, as Bonaci, Mayer, and Jordan all boast an OPS north of 1.200. 

Angel Bastardo breezed through three frames before hitting a bump in the fourth, when he allowed all three of his runs on a three-run blast. The 19-year old righty fanned five over 3 1/3 innings. Sox relievers did not allow a hit, as Miguel Suero threw 2 2/3 prefect innings before Jhonny Felix earned his first save of the year with a pair of strikeouts in the seventh.

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Player of the Day: Marcelo Mayer is living up to the hype so far in his first full season of professional baseball. The 2021 fourth overall pick, and SoxProspects.com's second-ranked prospect, picked up four hits on the day. His sweet stroke led to an opposite field line drive double against a left-handed arm. 

Photo Credit: Marcelo Mayer by Kelly O'Connor

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