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Red Sox Minor League Roundup: Drake Britton’s milestone; Travis Shaw is still mashing

07.22.12 at 10:41 am ET
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A snapshot of the action in the Red Sox minor league system on Saturday …

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX: 4-0 LOSS AT LOUISVILLE (REDS)

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Lars Anderson went 3-for-4, though all three hits were singles. While his .261 average this month matches that of his season, his OBP (.325, compared to .364 for the year) and slugging (.333, vs. .426) are both season-lows for a single month.

Mark Prior continued to struggle through iffy command since his return from an oblique strain. Though he fired two shutout innings and allowed one hit (a single) while striking out a batter, he also walked a pair of batters. It was the third straight appearance and fourth time in five games that he’s walked multiple batters. He has nine walks and eight strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings this month.

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS: 9-1 WIN AT NEW HAMPSHIRE (BLUE JAYS)

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Drake Britton had one of his best outings of the year, tossing a career-high seven innings while allowing just one run on six hits (all singles) and two walks while matching a season-high with eight strikeouts. Though he has a 4.75 ERA in nine starts since his promotion to Double-A, that mark is somewhat deceiving since it was inflated by two terrible outings in which he allowed 15 earned runs in a total of 6 2/3 innings. In his other seven starts, he has a 2.21 ERA. While those poor outings cannot be ignored in evaluating his prospect status (both suggest the potential for the game to get away from the left-hander in a hurry, albeit with vastly less frequency than he experienced a year ago while struggling in Salem), he’s shown the capacity to adjust quickly to rebound, something that suggests a significant increase in his mound maturity and development as a pitcher.

Marquez Smith had his second four-hit game in eight days, and the former indy leaguer is now hitting .452/.540/.738/1.278 in 11 games since the All-Star break.

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX: 7-4 LOSS VS. WILMINGTON (ROYALS)

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– At this point, it is a matter of when not if Brandon Workman will be promoted to Double-A Portland this year. On Saturday, the big right-hander dominated through 6 2/3 innings, holding Wilmington to just one run on six hits in that time, before allowing four two-out singles that ended his night (and made his line look very different) in the seventh.

He finished having allowed four runs on 10 hits while striking out three and walking none. It was the eighth straight start in which he’s logged at least six innings. He is walking just 1.8 batters per nine innings this year while striking out 8.3 per nine innings, and in 17 starts, he has a solid 3.40 ERA.

Travis Shaw went 3-for-4 with a homer (his 16th), double, single and walk. He’s boosted his average back up to .320 with a .421 OBP, .572 slugging mark, .993 OPS and 16 homers. Shaw and his father, two-time All-Star closer Jeff Shaw, discussed the first base prospect’s upbringing around the game and how that has helped him to hit the ground running in his first full year of pro ball in this Minor Details podcast.

Sean Coyle continued his best stretch of the season, collecting his third three-hit game in five days while going 3-for-4 with a double. In those five contests, he’s 11-for-20 (.550) with four doubles, two homers and two walks.

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE: 7-5 LOSS VS. LEXINGTON (ASTROS)

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Blake Swihart went 2-for-4 with a triple, and he now has an OPS of .890 in July, more than 100 points better than his previous season high of .779 set in June.

Jose Vinicio went 2-for-4. While his average since returning from the DL for a left shoulder contusion (.286) nearly matches that of the rest of his season (.285), he does not yet have walk or extra-base hit since returning from his nearly three-week hiatus, and so his OBP (.290 vs. .332 in the first half), slugging (.290 vs. .399) and OPS (.581 vs. .731) are all down in the brief sample of his first seven games back.

SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS: 5-4 LOSS (13 INNINGS) AT CONNECTICUT (TIGERS)

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Deven Marrero went 0-for-4 with a pair of walks. He has more walks this year (16) than strikeouts (15). To date, he’s hitting .260/.358/.346/.704 in his pro debut, showing a multi-faceted ability to contribute through a selective approach at the plate, the ability to offer some impact on the bases (he has eight steals) and an advanced glove.

Raynel Velette tossed six innings in which he allowed two runs (one earned), the sixth time in seven outings that he’s allowed two or fewer earned runs. The right-hander permitted just three hits while striking out four and walking two. Opponents in the New York-Penn League are hitting just .197 against him, with righties possessing a paltry .129 mark against the right-hander.

ROOKIE LEVEL GCL RED SOX: 5-1 WIN AT GCL TWINS

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– Third baseman Nick Moore continued an impressive stretch by going 2-for-3 with a walk and a steal. In his last nine games, he’s 14-for-31 (.452) with six walks, four steals and a double. On the year, the 19-year-old is hitting .263/.391/.289/.681.

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE RED SOX: 7-6 LOSS AT DSL METS

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Manuel Margot went 2-for-5 with a double while driving in four runs. The center fielder now has 35 RBI this year, tied for third in the DSL. While his average this year is worse with runners in scoring position (.240 vs. 253 overall) and his .349 OBP is almost identical to his overall mark of .348, his slugging percentage jumps to .620 with runners in scoring position, helping to explain his prolific RBI total.

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