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September 29, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Worcester's season finale cancelled due to rain


9/29 Cup of Coffee: The final minor-league game of the Red Sox' season was cancelled due to unplayable field conditions in Rochester. It will not be made up. 

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Worcester Red Sox, Rochester Red Wings (WAS) (Cancelled)
Worcester's season finale against Rochester was cancelled due to unplayable field conditions at Frontier Field. The WooSox finished the 2022 campaign with a 75-73 record under first-year manager Chad Tracy. Ronaldo Hernandez led the team in batting average (.261) and slugging percentage (.451), Christin Stewart led the team in on-base percentage (.364) and home runs (19), Ryan Fitzgerald led the team in RBIs (72), and Jarren Duran and Jeter Downs finished tied for the team lead in stolen bases with 18 each.

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September 28, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Hernandez, Mieses go back-to-back in Worcester comeback


9/28 Cup of Coffee:
A threatening rain passed on the penultimate day of the regular season. Worcester clinched a final record above .500 with a come-from-behind victory as Ronaldo Hernandez and Johan Mieses (pictured) went back-to-back in a decisive eighth inning.
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The WooSox guaranteed themselves a winning season with Tuesday's back-and-forth win, moving to 75-73 with one game remaining. After falling into a 2-0 hole, a four-run fifth inning highlighted by a two-run homer off the bat of Jarren Duran gave Worcester the advantage. Rochester picked up four of its own in the sixth, but the WooSox staged the comeback on the road. After a run in the seventh cut the deficit to 6-5, Ronaldo Hernandez blasted a two-run homer in the eighth to snag the lead. It was immediately followed by a Johan Mieses blast, providing an insurance run. Mieses had already doubled twice on the night. 
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September 27, 2022 at 8:00 AM

Minor Notes: Red Sox announce their Players of the Year & Portland's playoff run ends


After finishing up their regular season, the Portland Sea Dogs headed to the playoffs and the Division Series to face Somerset, the affiliate of the rival New York Yankees. On Tuesday, they lost 9-4 in Game 1 and were ultimately eliminated after going down 5-6 in Game 2 on Thursday. Worcester's season also nears an end, after their full week ended on Sunday with their home finale, they head to Rochester for their final three games of the year which began on Monday. The WooSox are not playoff contenders, ending last week at an even 73-73 on the season.

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Red Sox announce their Minor League Players of the Year

On Monday, the Red Sox announced the winners of their awards for the Minor League Players of the Year. They were as follows:
  • Offensive Player of the Year: Niko Kavadas (pictured, right) - The 23-year-old slugger almost got the full tour this year, playing for Salem, Greenville, and Portland, hitting .280/.443/.547 with 25 doubles and 26 home runs. He started the year ranked 46th in the system and his performance has him currently at 22.
  • Defensive Player of the Year: Ceddanne Rafaela - A breakout season for Rafaela in multiple ways, with strong offensive performances at Greenville and Portland. His defense has also garnered praise as he is now a true utility standout, with the ability to impact the game defensively at multiple positions. This season alone he has seen time at second base, shortstop, and centerfield, the latter of which getting the most of his playing time.  His rankings too have jumped, from 19th to start the year up to 6th.
  • Starting Pitcher of the Year: Brayan Bello - Bello seemingly now is starting to settle into the Major Leagues after dominating the minors for just over half a season. This year, he finished his 96 innings in the minors with a 2.34 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and 129 strikeouts. Currently the third overall prospect in the organization and top pitcher, he is scheduled to graduate from prospect status at the end of the month.
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Cup of Coffee: Hernandez goes yard twice as rain shortens Worcester's final series opener


9/27 Cup of Coffee:
Worcester began its last series of play, as a three-game set against Rochester that will complete the 2022 minor league season. The Red Sox scored five in the fourth and after the skies opened up, the final four innings of the contest were scrapped and the game was declared final.

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The two squads traded a run each in the second inning, with the home side's run coming on a Ronaldo Hernandez (pictured) solo home run, one of two on the day, as he would drill a two-run shot in the fifth, as well. Jaylin Davis also had a two-run homer, which was his seventh of the year. The team's final run came via a double from Cole KottamVictor Santos pitched all five innings, surrendering four runs on one hit. He would strike out five hitters and walk one. 
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September 26, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Duran, Mieses, and Davis homer for Worcester


9/26 Cup of Coffee: Home runs were flying out of Polar Park on Sunday, but Worcester ended up on the losing end of the battle. A grand slam in the ninth inning was the winning hit for Syracuse. Jarren DuranJohan Mieses (pictured), and Jaylin Davis were the offensive stars for the WooSox. 

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The WooSox hit three home runs in their home finale, but it was not enough to topple the Mets. Jarren DuranJohan Mieses, and Jaylin Davis all hit solo home runs, with Mieses and Davis each adding singles. Enmanuel Valdez went 3 for 5, and Deivy Grull√≥n went 1 for 3 with a walk. 
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September 25, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Mata strikes out 10, Grullon hits walk-off homer


9/25 Cup of Coffee: It's just Worcester from here on out, and the WooSox won a thriller last night in extra innings. Bryan Mata (pictured) pitched very well, while Johan Mieses and Deivy Grullon each had clutch knocks in extra frames. 


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Worcester Red Sox 7, Syracuse Mets (NYM) 5 (11 innings)
Deivy Grullon played the hero, belting a two-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the 11th. The catcher also roped a two-run double in the fourth inning, giving him four RBI. He also scored twice. Johan Mieses had a nice night as well, going 2 for 4 with a walk. He had a clutch RBI single to tie the game in the 10th inning. Jarren Duran and Pedro Castellanos each went 2 for 5 with a double. Castellanos drove in a run and scored, while Duran swiped his 18th bag. 

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September 24, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Duran steals home again, Eovaldi rehabs


9/24 Cup of Coffee:
With Portland's elimination on Wednesday night, Worcester is the last affiliate remaining. It welcomed Nathan Eovaldi for a rehab start, but Jarren Duran (pictured) stole the show and a lot of bases.

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Nathan Eovaldi, out since early August with shoulder inflammation, returned to the mound for a rehab start at Polar Park. It was an inauspicious start for the veteran righty, as the Mets opened with a single and a Dom Smith two-run homer to begin the game, but he settled in from there, allowing just one additional run on one hit over three innings. Overall he struck out four, walked two, and threw 57 pitches in those three frames. Josh Winckowski was charged with the loss in relief, allowing two runs on six hits in 4 2/3. He struck out and walked four apiece. 
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September 23, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Sea Dogs eliminated despite Ward's effort; Murphy shines for WooSox


9/23 Cup of Coffee:
Two Red Sox teams fell in the 10th inning to a Yankees affiliate on Thursday, but only one of those games had playoff significance. While the major league club's results were secondary to the Aaron Judge watch, Portland suffered a crushing defeat to end its season at the hands of Somerset. Thaddeus Ward (pictured) turned in a strong outing in an elimination situation, but the bullpen gave up six runs to send the Sea Dogs home. Worcester was also officially eliminated from playoff contention with its loss to Syracuse.

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Worcester was officially eliminated from postseason contention on Thursday with the loss to Syracuse. Chris Murphy was excellent, reversing a late-season swoon. The left-hander allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits in seven innings, striking out seven without issuing a walk. It was the most strikeouts in a start in which he didn't walk a batter this season. The Mets reached Chase Shugart for two runs on three hits and a walk in the eighth inning, saddling him with the loss. Enmanuel Valdez was the highlight at the plate, going 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI. The double was his ninth since he was acquired for Christian Vazquez before the trade deadline and his 35th overall on the year.
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September 22, 2022 at 9:47 PM

Podcast Ep. #261: Comings and goings


It's a grab bag of topics on this episode: Kevin Plawecki is out, Franklin German is in. Nick Northcut is out, Yu Chang is in. We know who's heading to the Arizona Fall League (and some guys playing in Puerto Rico and the Dominican), and there's going to be plenty to keep an eye on this offseason already. Do we care that the Red Sox are over the CBT? Plus a check in with Playoff Portland and of course, your e-mails!
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Cup of Coffee: Santos tosses 7 scoreless frames in tough-luck loss to Syracuse


9/22 Cup of Coffee: With Portland traveling to Somerset for the remainder of its playoff series, the WooSox were the only show in town on Wednesday. Despite putting together his best Triple-A start to date, Victor Santos (pictured) did not factor into the decision at Polar Park as Worcester was shut out by Syracuse. Enmanuel Valdez was the only member of the WooSox lineup to enjoy a multi-hit game.

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Victor Santos, making his eighth start since being promoted from Double-A Portland in early August, kept Syracuse off the scoreboard while scattering three hits and one walk to go along with eight strikeouts over seven strong innings of work. The 22-year-old right-hander finished with a final pitch count of 92 (61 strikes) and lowered his ERA with the WooSox down to 5.35. In relief of Santos, lefty Darwinzon Hernandez yielded back-to-back run-scoring hits with two outs in the eighth and was ultimately charged with the loss. After A.J. Politi punched out the only batter he faced to end the eighth, Caleb Simpson got tagged for three runs (two earned) in the ninth. 

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September 21, 2022 at 9:00 AM

Minor Notes: Sea Dogs begin playoff run, Sox sending eight to AFL


Another affiliate has completed is regular season, as the Sea Dogs wrapped up on Sunday. Their season isn't over yet, with a trip to the postseason that kicked off last night The Red Sox have also made decisions on 11 players so far on where they will be playing this upcoming fall/winter. 

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Sea Dogs begin postseason 

The Sea Dogs' regular season came to a close on Sunday, and they kicked off their Divisional playoff series yesterday at Hadlock Field with a loss to the Somerset Patriots. 

Statistical standouts for Portland in 2022 include David Hamilton, who led the Eastern League with 70 stolen bases, while nobody else had more than 44. 

Christian Koss' big year landed him on the leaderboards as well, as he finished fourth in the league with 127 hits and third in RBI with 84. He was seventh in total bases as well with 210. With 17 home runs and 16 stolen bases, he is the first Sea Dogs player with at least 15 of each in a single season since Jeremy Hazelbaker had 19 home runs and 33 stolen bases back in 2012. 
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Cup of Coffee: Sea Dogs drop playoff opener despite Koss's three hits


9/21 Cup of Coffee:
Portland rolled into the Eastern League playoffs having won 17 of its final 20 games, but dropped its series opener in the best-of-five set despite a three-hit night from Christian Koss (pictured) and home runs from Niko Kavadas and Hudson Potts. Worcester beat both Syracuse and the rain, as Kyle Hart completed a six-inning victory at Polar Park.

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The WooSox kicked off their series with a victory in a rain-shortened affair. Kyle Hart returned to Triple-A with a complete game victory. In his first Worcester appearances since May 7, the left-hander allowed two runs on eight hits in six innings, striking out and walking two apiece. The key hit was a two-run double in the fourth inning by Jaylin Davis that broke a scoreless tie. Johan Mieses and Ryan Fitzgerald had two hits apiece, with both coming on to score on the Davis double.
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September 19, 2022 at 7:33 AM

Cup of Coffee: Dalbec mashes two homers (again!), Hamilton swipes 70th bag in finale


9/19 Cup of Coffee: For the second consecutive game, it was the Bobby Dalbec show, while the Worcester bullpen came up huge to slam the door and earn the victory. Portland closed out its regular season with a loss despite David Hamilton's 70th stolen base but now gets to prepare for the postseason against the same club the Sea Dogs just played -- and it's a Yankees affiliate, so the rivalry is alive and well in the minor leagues.

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Worcester Red Sox 3, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (NYY) 2
Outhit but not outmatched, Worcester closed out its penultimate road trip with a 3-2 victory over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Bobby Dalbec was the star of the show, hitting two home runs for the second consecutive contest. Ryan Fitzgerald hit his 24th double of the season, scoring Ronaldo Hernandez, to put Worcester ahead for good.

Bryan Mata gave up all 9 of the hits allowed in the contest but scattered them to perfection, allowing just one earned run, walking none, and striking out seven in five innings. Jake Thompson allowed the other earned run with two walks and a sacrifice fly, but the rest of the bullpen combined to hold the RailRiders hitless for the remainder of the game. Brian Keller and Andrew Politi's four nearly perfect innings included just one walk and six punchouts.

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September 18, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Dalbec belts two home runs, Sea Dogs right back to winning


9/18 Cup of Coffee: A day after their eight-game winning streak was snapped, the Sea Dogs bounced back with a convincing win behind eight runs and 13 hits. David Hamilton had three hits and Izzy Wilson went deep. Worcester lost but hit three home runs, two of which came from Bobby Dalbec (pictured). Josh Winckowski punched out six as well. 


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Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (NYY) 7, Worcester Red Sox 5
The Sox belted three home runs, but it wasn't enough. Bobby Dalbec led the charge by going 2 for 3 with a pair of home runs, three RBI, and a walk. Johan Mieses also hit a home run, his 10th of the season. Jarren Duran had a nice game as well in the leadoff spot, going 2 for 4 with a run scored. Josh Winckowski pitched pretty well, surrendering four runs (three earned) over six innings. The right-hander struck out six and walked just one. Darwinzon Hernandez struck out two in a scoreless seventh before Geoff Hartlieb struggled in the eighth, allowing three runs. 

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September 17, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Lugo, Cellucci join Sea Dogs


9/17 Cup of Coffee:
It was a quiet night on the farm, with the two affiliates that remain in action combining for just 10 hits in a pair of losses. Matthew Lugo and Brendan Cellucci joined Portland ahead of the start of the playoffs as the Sea Dogs' winning streak was snapped. Nick Sogard (pictured) was one of the few highlights in Worcester's sloppy loss.

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Defensive lapses cost Worcester during a six-run second inning that proved to be the difference. Only three of the seven runs allowed by Chris Murphy were charged as earned. The left-hander had struggles of his own, however, as he walked four and struck out one in five innings of work. Chase Shugart also surrendered an unearned run in his inning, sandwiched by striking out the side. Durbin Feltman pitched two scoreless frames and struck out three but issued four walks on the night. Nick Sogard was responsible for three of the six Scranton hits. That included the team's only extra-base hit, a third-inning RBI triple. 
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September 16, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Duran steals home, Potts homers as Portland stays hot


9/16 Cup of Coffee:
With the big-league club enjoying a day off, Boston's minor-league affiliates swept the Yankees on Thursday. Victor Santos put together six solid innings while Jarren Duran stole home and drove in two runs in Worcester's win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Just over 100 miles away, Wilyer Abreu and Hudson Potts (pictured) both went deep as Portland extended its winning streak to eight straight games.

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Despite falling behind by two runs early on, Worcester put an end to its four-game losing streak on Thursday. Victor Santos initially got off to a rough start, but the right-hander settled in and allowed just two runs on five hits and zero walks to go along with eight strikeouts over six innings of work. Sixty-one of the 87 pitches he threw went for strikes. In relief of Santos, Caleb Simpson gave up one run on one hit in the eighth before A.J. Politi struck out the side in the ninth to earn his sixth save of the season.
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September 15, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Abreu and Rafaela power Portland to postseason berth


9/15 Cup of Coffee:
While Worcester may have fallen to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday, Portland ensured it would be playing baseball past this weekend with another win in Somerset. Wilyer Abreu (pictured) and Ceddanne Rafaela led the red-hot Sea Dogs to a 12-7 win over the Patriots to help Portland return to the playoffs for the first time in eight years. 

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Connor Seabold made his 19th start of the season for Worcester and could not get through the fifth. The 26-year-old right-hander allowed four earned runs on seven hits, one walk, and one hit batsman to go along with four strikeouts over 4 1/3 innings of work. Fifty-two of the 82 pitches he threw went for strikes as he was charged with the loss. In relief of Seabold, Geoff Hartlieb, Jake Thompson, and Frank German combined for 3 2/3 scoreless frames out of the bullpen.

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September 14, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Rafaela pushes Portland closer to playoff berth


9/14 Cup of Coffee:
All three teams in the organization were playing against the Yankees, and all three games were wild, frustrating, back-and-forth encounters decided by one run. The bad news is that only one of the outcomes went in a Red Sox team's favor, but the good news is that it is the one with playoff hopes on the line. Unlike Worcester or the major league club, Portland's hot finish has it on top of the second-half standings in the Eastern League's Northeast Division. Ceddanne Rafaela (pictured) and company had an 18-hit attack to pull off the 11-inning win, Portland's sixth straight victory and 14th in its last 15.

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Worcester jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first, but Scranton chipped away to complete the comeback. Bryan Mata got the start, allowing just one hit in four innings while striking out seven, but control was an issue. The right-hander walked five batters and hit two more, getting charged for two Scranton runs. Brian Keller was solid out of the bullpen, giving up just an unearned run on one hit in his three innings of work, striking out four without walking a batter. The Railriders reached Darwinzon Hernandez for a pair of runs on three hits in the eighth, saddling the lefty with the loss. At the plate, Ronaldo Hernandez blasted his 13th home run of the season, a fifth-inning solo shot. Enmanuel Valdez doubled as part of a two-hit evening, while Jarren Duran was 2 for 4 with a walk.
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September 13, 2022 at 8:00 AM

Minor Notes: Casas crushes first MLB homer, Hamilton sets record in Portland


Although the Red Sox still have 21 games remaining, the Salem Red Sox and Greenville Drive both saw their seasons come to an end on Sunday. Salem finished the year at 64-66, good for fourth place in the Carolina League North. Greenville finished the year at 52-78, good for last place in the South Atlantic League South. Neither affiliate qualified for the postseason. In the upper minors, the WooSox play until September 28 while the Sea Dogs have six regular season games remaining against the Somerset Patriots. With a second-half record of 41-22, Portland could clinch a spot in the Eastern League playoffs this week.

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Casas hits first homer

In his home state of Florida, Triston Casas hit the first home run of his major-league career at Tropicana Field last Tuesday. It came off Rays opener J.T. Chargois and was a 371-foot two-run shot that left his bat at 96.7 mph. Since making his highly anticipated debut on Sept. 4, Casas has gone just 2 for 21 (.095) with two RBIs, two runs scored, three walks, and eight strikeouts over seven games. The 22-year-old first baseman is currently regarded as the No. 2 prospect in the organization.

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September 12, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Season ends for Greenville and Salem


9/12 Cup of Coffee:
The season has come to an end for the talented Greenville and Salem teams. Portland's regular season will end next Sunday, while Worcester plays until the 28th. David Hamilton (pictured) and Ceddanne Rafaela were two of the offensive standouts on a great day for Portland, while Greenville and Salem suffered blowout losses. 

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Worcester Red Sox @ Lehigh Valley IronPigs (PHI), Canceled (rain)
Sunday's game was canceled due to rain. Bryan Mata was scheduled to start. 

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Four players had multiple hits as the Sea Dogs won with a balanced offensive attack. David Hamilton led the way going 3 for 4 with a double, triple, and his 66th stolen base. Ceddanne Rafaela went 2 for 3 with four RBI but also had a rare throwing error. Stephen Scott went 3 for 3 with a walk and Tyler Dearden went 3 for 4 with a double and two RBI. Three errors led to three unearned runs, but Sterling Sharp allowed just two earned runs over his 5 1/3 innings. The win went to Jacob Wallace who was dominant, striking out three over 1 2/3 hitless innings. Michael Gettys got the save with a scoreless ninth. 
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September 11, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Hamilton doubles, homers, and sets Portland stolen base record


9/11 Cup of Coffee: David Hamilton (pictured) was terrific, carrying the Sea Dogs to a win with his bat and his legs. He smacked two extra-base hits and set a Sea Dogs franchise record. Kyle Hart also turned in a nice outing for Portland as well. Wyatt Olds struck out eight before three Greenville bullpen arms combined to allow no hits in four innings. Marcelo Mayer, Blaze Jordan, and Ceddanne Rafaela had big offensive games as well. 


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Lehigh Valley IronPigs (PHI) 9, Worcester Red Sox 5
Josh Winckowski, who has been bouncing back and forth from Boston to Worcester, struggled in his start, surrendering seven runs over 3 2/3 innings. Just one of the runs was earned, but Winckowski got hit pretty hard. He did strike out five. Caleb Simpson tossed 2 1/3 hitless innings with a pair of strikeouts, and Andrew Politi threw a scoreless frame. 

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September 10, 2022 at 2:59 PM

Podcast Ep. #260: Triston en la Casas


Well, they did it after all. Triston Casas has arrived, and the guys discussed his outlook at the MLB level. Plus, we've got new rules (for next year) and new rankings (for September), plus, your emails!
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Cup of Coffee: Encarnacion shines on the mound before Rosier delivers Greenville walk off


9/10 Cup of Coffee:
Portland maintained its two-game advantage for a postseason berth with a come-from-behind victory, using a 12-hit attack and a big Ceddanne Rafaela triple to overcome a five-run deficit. Greenville won a dramatic victory on a Corey Rosier round-tripper, following a dominant outing by Juan Daniel Encarnacion (pictured). Chase Meidroth and Elmer Rodriguez-Cruz helped Salem to an early advantage that it wouldn't relinquish. Worcester suffered the night's only defeat despite an immaculate inning from Chris Murphy.

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Chris Murphy took the loss in Friday night's contest, but also turned in the evening's most impressive feat. In the bottom of the fourth, the left-hander fired the first immaculate inning in WooSox history, finishing all three batters in the inning on swinging strikes. Overall, Murphy allowed four runs (two earned) in six innings, striking out eight and walking two. It was his ninth quality start of the season and first since August 5. Ryan Fitzgerald led the offense with a 2-for-3 effort that included a second-inning solo homer. Jarren Duran reached base three times out of the leadoff spot, going 1 for 3 with a pair of walks.
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September 9, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Mayer goes deep, Mieses clobbers grand slam


9/9 Cup of Coffee: On an off-day for the big-league club, Boston's minor-league affiliates went a collective 3-2 on Thursday. In Game 2 of a doubleheader against Lehigh Valley, Worcester's Johan Mieses belted a grand slam and drove in a game-high five runs. In Portland, Thaddeus Ward struck out five and allowed one run over five innings while Alex Binelas and Izzy Wilson both homered. In Greenville, top prospect Marcelo Mayer (pictured) homered for the 13th time this season as part of a two-hit night while Jordan DiValerio tossed three perfect innings of relief. And in Salem, Eddinson Paulino, Mikey Romero, and Luis Ravelo all registered multi-hit games. 

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Victor Santos made his sixth start for Worcester in Game 1 of Thursday's doubleheader. The 22-year-old right-hander allowed four earned runs on five hits, one walk, and one hit batsman to go along with three strikeouts over four innings of work. All four of those runs came in the third inning. In relief of Santos, Jake Thompson struck out one in a scoreless fifth inning before Durbin Feltman served up a solo homer to Johan Camargo in the sixth.
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September 8, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Dalbec homers in return to Triple-A; Drohan, Gonzalez both solid on mound


9/8 Cup of Coffee:
Boston's minor-league affiliates went a collective 2-2 on Wednesday, as both upper-level squads won and both lower-level squads lost. On a night that was highlighted by strong starting pitching within the organization, Connor Seabold struck out six over six one-run innings for Worcester while Shane Drohan and Wikelman Gonzalez each scattered three hits over five one-run innings for Portland and Greenville respectively. On the flip side, Bobby Dalbec (pictured) hit his first home run with the WooSox and David Hamilton stole his 64th base of the season for the Sea Dogs. In Salem, Mikey Romero collected two run-scoring extra-base hits.

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Connor Seabold put together his second straight strong start for Worcester. The 26-year-old right-hander surrendered just one earned run on four hits and zero walks to go along with six strikeouts over six quality innings of work. He retired nine of the final 10 batters he faced and lowered his ERA on the season to 3.06. Out of the Worcester bullpen, Hirokazu Sawamura, Darwinzon Hernandez, and A.J. Politi combined for three scoreless frames. Politi faced the minimum in the ninth to notch his first Triple-A save.
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September 7, 2022 at 12:00 PM

Minor Notes: Casas, Wong called up to Boston


The Red Sox have made a couple big moves to bolster their big league club, calling up two of their hottest minor league hitters to help out their catcher and first base situation for the final month of the season. The minor league season is also in the home stretch, with Portland looking to hold on to their two-game lead. 

Casas, Wong Called Up 

The much anticipated MLB debut has finally come for the second-ranked prospect at SoxProspects.com, as first baseman Triston Casas (pictured, right) got the call after a hot month of August with Worcester. There was a point in the season where it looked like we may not get to see Casas at all in Boston this season, as his injury halted his season for about two months. However, Casas has since played his way to Boston to fill a position that has been a problem for the Red Sox all season long. Since coming back from his injury on July 12th, including his four-game stint with the FCL Sox, Casas has hit .309/.416/.537 with six home runs and 14 doubles in 40 minor league games. Alex Cora said Casas will be playing nearly daily down the stretch. Casas came into the season ranked number one here at SoxProspects.com, but his injury along with Marcelo Mayer playing very well barely bumped him to the number two spot. This now means that two of the top three prospects (Casas, Brayan Bello) in the system are now at the major league level and it appears that it will stay that way. 

The red-hot Connor Wong makes it three of the top 13 prospects in the system at the MLB level, as he was called up a few days before Casas. Wong, who slugged over .800 in the month of August for Worcester, blasted a home run over the monster seats in his first game for the Red Sox since July 17th. 

Other Transactions

There some more movement for the Sox in the past few days, mostly in the right-handed reliever department. Hirokazu Sawamura cleared waivers after being designated for assignment and was outrighted to Worcester. Another spot opened up after left-hander Austin Davis was also designated and claimed by Minnesota, so Boston added Tyler Danish and Eduard Bazardo to the MLB roster. Josh Winckowski also made a start in Boston's win on Sunday but was optioned back down to Worcester after the game, as Zack Kelly returned to the Sox from paternity leave. 

First baseman Bobby Dalbec was sent down to Worcester to make room for Casas. Dalbec returns to Triple-A for the first time since 2019. A strong second half in 2021 for Dalbec set the expectations a little higher for 2022, but the right-handed hitter struggled, hitting just .211 with a .644 OPS and 11 home runs in 111 games for the Sox. He had a .792 OPS with 25 home runs and 78 RBI in 2021. 

Injuries

Kutter Crawford and Tanner Houck were both placed on the injured list, as Crawford heads to the 15-day IL and Houck heads to the 60-day IL. Crawford appeared in 21 games (12 starts) for the Red Sox and posted a 5.47 ERA in 77 1/3 innings. He did put together a nice run from July 4th through August 2nd, appearing in six games and posting a 2.38 ERA with 32 strikeouts and just five walks. Houck's season is over, as he is going to have surgery on his back. Houck had a nice 2022 season, taking hold of the closer job during the summer. He had a 3.15 ERA in 60 innings and saved eight games. 

A Player has been Named 

The Red Sox completed their trade with the White Sox where they acquired catcher Reese McGuire for a PTBNL and left-hander Jake Diekman. Taylor Broadway has been announced as the player to be named. Broadway is a 26-year-old right-handed reliever who made 40 appearances in the White Sox system this year. A majority of that came in Double-A, where he posted a 4.74 ERA in 49 1/3 innings. His strikeouts numbers were extremely impressive, punching out 74 hitters with just 14 walks. He was taken in the sixth round by Chicago last year out of Mississippi and has reported to the Sea Dogs. 

Links

Check out the newest SoxProspects.com podcast, the 259th edition, as Chris and Ian discuss the Greenville Drive in depth. Ian got to see a few Drive games and reported back on what he saw. The crew also talks about promotions and answers email questions. 

The August Players of the Month were also named here at the site, as Connor Wong and Wikelman Gonzalez received the honors. Wong, as previously mentioned, had a huge month in the power department, while Gonzalez was great for both Salem and Greenville. 

Players of the Week 

Eddinson Paulino, UTL, Salem Red Sox
5 G, 20 AB, 8 H, 2 2B, 3 HR, 8 R, 10 RBI, 2 SB, .400/.500/.950

Paulino (pictured, left) extended his hitting streak to 10 games on Sunday and had multiple hits in three of his five games this past week. On Friday, Paulino had the best game of his young career with two home runs and a career-high seven RBI. He also walked twice, stole two bases, and scored four runs in that game. The 20-year who was signed as an international free agent in 2018 is putting together a very good year in his first full season of professional baseball. He is hitting .265 with an .827 OPS and is leading the Carolina League in both doubles (34) and triples (10). He also has 13 home runs, 27 stolen bases, and 94 runs scored. 

Connor Seabold, RHP, Worcester Red Sox 
1 G, 1-0, 7 IP, 0.00 ERA, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K

Seabold gets the nod here after a dominant performance against Buffalo. He has lasted at least seven innings for the first time since May 4th and was very efficient, throwing 63 of his 90 pitches for strikes. He faced 24 batters and got 21 of them out. Overall on the season, Seabold has been terrific for Worcester, going 7-1 with a 3.18 ERA across 17 starts. He has 79 strikeouts to just 18 walks and opponents are hitting just .234 against him. 


Photo Credit: Triston Casas and Eddinson Paulino by Kelly O'Connor



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Cup of Coffee: Anthony breaks out for Salem; Yorke goes deep


9/7 Cup of Coffee:
It was a tough evening for moundsmen across the organization, as the three affiliates in action combined to surrender 32 runs on 44 hits. There were highlights at the plate, however. Roman Anthony (pictured) doubled and reached base three times in Salem's loss. Nick Yorke went deep for the 11th time this year, while Alex Binelas continued to show signs of emerging from a summer-long slump

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Sterling Sharp was solid through three innings but ran into trouble in the fourth, as the Rumble Ponies scored four runs. He finished with four runs allowed on five hits in 3 2/3, striking out six, and walking two. Taylor Broadway struck out the only two batters he faced out of the bullpen in his second outing with the Sea Dogs. Alex Binelas doubled as part of a two-hit night. Binelas has struggled mightily since a June promotion to Portland, but he is showing signs of finishing the season strong with a second straight multi-hit contest and a modest five-game hitting streak. David Hamilton, who joined Binelas coming from the Brewers in the Hunter Renfroe deal, added a pair of hits, as did Izzy Wilson.
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September 6, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Rain washes out only game


Cup of Coffee 9/6: It was an empty night on the farm, as Worcester's attempt to celebrate Labor Day with a game was thwarted due to the rain throughout the Northeast.

Programming Note: This week will mark the final series of the season for Greenville and Salem, while Portland, sporting a three-game lead in the Eastern League Northeast Division second-half standings, have twelve games to go in the regular season.

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Lehigh Valley IronPigs (PHI) @ Worcester Red Sox, PPD (Rain)
The only scheduled game of the night will be made up with a doubleheader on Thursday.
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September 5, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Valdez and Mata lead Worcester; Rafaela homers


9/5 Cup of Coffee: 
Enmanuel Valdez (pictured) and Bryan Mata led Worcester to a win in the series finale, while Ceddanne Rafaela and Christian Koss homered for Portland. Greenville was rained out, and Mikey Romero had another strong showing for Salem. 

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With Triston Casas debuting in Boston, Enmanuel Valdez put the offense on his back to lead the WooSox. He went 3 for 4 with a home run, triple, and double while driving in four runs. Valdez also stole a base for good measure. Abraham Almonte scored on three of Valdez's run-scoring hits and went 1 for 1 with three walks. This was enough for Bryan Mata, who picked up his first Triple-A victory. He fired six innings and allowed two runs while walking three and striking out five. Caleb Simpson pitched two scoreless innings and Frank German collected his seventh save. 
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September 4, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Olds dominates, Mayer collects two more knocks


9/4 Cup of Coffee: The system saw a very nice mix of great pitching and great offense, as both Worcester and Greenville scored at least eight runs while tossing a shutout on the mound. Wyatt Olds (pictured) led the way for Greenville, cruising through five innings. Chase Shugart and Durbin Feltman pitched very well for Worcester. Brian Van Belle also went seven innings in Portland's victory. Ryan Fitzgerald, Pedro Castellanos, and Nick Yorke had big offensive nights, and Marcelo Mayer had his third straight multiple-hit game. 

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Worcester Red Sox 9, Buffalo Bisons (TOR) 0
Chase Shugart started off a tremendous night for the pitching staff, tossing four shutout innings to open up the game. He struck out three and did not walk anybody. Durbin Feltman followed him and was dominant for a couple innings, allowing no runs with no walks and four strikeouts. Darwinzon Hernandez also threw a hitless frame before Andrew Politi closed it out with two hitless innings. Ryan Fitzgerald led the way on offense by going 2 for 3 with two doubles and three runs knocked in. Pedro Castellanos also went 3 for 5 with a double and two runs scored. Enmanuel Valdez also blasted his sixth home run as a member of the WooSox and his 27th overall. He also reached the 100-RBI mark on the season. Jarren Duran added a two-run double as well. Triston Casas was not in the lineup, as he was called up to Boston last night after the game and will make his MLB debut. 

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September 3, 2022 at 6:42 PM

Podcast Ep. #259: Checking in on the Drive


It's been a few weeks, but we've been busy. Well, Ian has at least, catching a bunch of WooSox games before a week-long trip to Greenville to see the Drive. He reported back on everything he saw, plus we had promotions to discuss and a bunch of your emails!
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August Players of the Month: Connor Wong and Wikelman Gonzalez


Connor Wong (pictured) was the easy choice after a blistering month at the plate for Worcester. The backstop hit .368/.411/.838 during August with nine home runs, five doubles, and 22 RBI. His run to close out the month was especially incredible, as he he homered five times in the final six games of August. After seeing some time at second base in Boston, Wong got a start at second in Worcester for the first time this season on August 27th. 

The 26-year-old catcher is having a very good offensive season overall, hitting .288/.349/.489 with 20 doubles and 15 home runs. He has been extremely consistent against righties and lefties, hitting .282 with a .364 OBP against lefties and .290 with a .345 OBP against righties. It's the power that really shows up against lefties, as he has seven home runs in 78 at-bats while slugging .603 against southpaws. He has thrown out 12 runners in 49 chances behind the dish in Triple-A this season as well. 
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Cup of Coffee: Scorching-hot Paulino homers twice, drives in seven in Salem rout


9/3 Cup of Coffee:
On a night where three former first-round picks had multi-hit games and another extended his lengthy on-base streak, it was an unheralded international signee out of the Dominican Republic who has broken out this season who stole the spotlight. Eddinson Paulino (pictured) homered twice, scored four runs, and had seven RBI as Salem blew out Augusta. Nathan Hickey had a two-homer evening of his own in Greenville's win, while a good night by Thaddeus Ward and the healthy return of Ceddanne Rafaela were the highlights in Portland. Only Worcester suffered a loss on Friday's slate.

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The WooSox staged several rallies but never led in Friday's 18-run, 24-hit slugfest. Enmanuel Valdez led the way at the plate, going 3 for 5 with two doubles, scoring a pair of runs and driving in another. Jarren Duran launched his first home run since rejoining Worcester at the beginning of the week. He added a single and walk, scoring three times out of the leadoff spot. Triston Casas had a single and an RBI, extending his on-base streak to 16 games. 
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September 2, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Ravelo crushes grand slam in Low-A debut, Liu strikes out 10


9/2 Cup of Coffee:
Another day, another clean sweep for Boston's minor-league affiliates on Thursday. Triston Casas homered for the 11th time this season while Victor Santos tossed five scoreless innings to lead Worcester to a narrow win over Buffalo. Christian Koss and Niko Kavadas each went deep in Portland's blowout victory in New Hampshire. Chih-Jung Liu enjoyed a career night on the mound in Greenville's win over Rome. Finally, Luis Ravelo (pictured) made his impact felt in his Low-A debut for Salem.
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Victor Santos strung together his second consecutive quality start for Worcester. The 22-year-old right-hander scattered four hits and five walks to go along with four strikeouts over five scoreless innings of work. He escaped a bases-loaded jam to end his night and extend his scoreless innings streak to 11. In relief of Santos, Brian Keller picked up the winning decision despite allowing three runs across three innings of relief. Frank German, pitching on back-to-back nights, notched the save while stranding one base runner in the top of the ninth. 
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September 1, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Seabold dominates, Wong homers again ahead of September call-ups


9/1 Cup of Coffee: On the last day of August, Boston's minor-league affiliates went a perfect 4-0 on Wednesday. Connor Seabold (pictured) struck out seven over seven scoreless frames while Connor Wong homered again to lead Worcester to a win. Nick Northcut and Izzy Wilson each homered to extend Portland's winning streak to four. Wikelman Gonzalez fanned eight batters in four innings and Matthew Lugo drove in a pair in Greenville's extra-innings win over Rome. Finally, Tyler Miller and Eddinson Paulino came through in the clutch to guide Salem to a come-from-behind victory in Augusta.

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Connor Seabold improved to 7-1 by putting together one of his better starts of the season for Worcester. The 26-year-old right-hander scattered three hits and zero walks while striking out seven over seven scoreless innings of work. Sixty-three of the 90 pitches he threw went for strikes. In relief of Seabold, A.J. Politi allowed one run on one hit in the eighth before Frank German closed it out with a 1-2-3 ninth inning. 
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