Red Sox minor league roundup: Feats of Mookie in Salem; Francellis Montas, Cody Kukuk impress; Manuel Margot, thief
|07.16.13 at 11:56 am ET|
A quick look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Monday:
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX: OFF DAY
DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS: 5-0 LOSS AT NEW HAMPSHIRE (BLUE JAYS)
— Reliever Noe Ramirez, who was excellent for High-A Salem this season but has struggled in his limited time with Portland, threw his first scoreless outing of his Double-A career, going two innings and allowing only one hit while fanning three. Ramirez, a 23-year-old who was drafted in the fourth round in 2011, has compiled a 4.50 ERA in 10 Double-A innings, but between Portland and Salem owns a 2.53 ERA and 1.053 WHIP in 57 innings, striking out 55 while walking only 11 in his second year of professional ball.
— Second baseman Derrik Gibson had three of Portland’s four hits on the day, reaching base on three singles and marking the third time in his last nine games that he’s collected three hits in a contest. The 23-year-old Gibson has been on a tear as of late, batting .480/.552/.680 with three doubles, a triple, four walks and four stolen bases over his last nine games while striking out only three times in that span. Gibson, who prior to July had not hit above .225 in any month and hit .175/.244/.200 in 13 games in July, has boosted his line on the year to .252/.335/.350 through 50 games thanks to the hot streak. Gibson’s totaled nine doubles, a triple and a home run while swiping eight bases and drawing 18 walks compared to 35 strikeouts on the season.
— Making his second start (eighth overall appearance) in Double-A, Mike McCarthy was tagged for five runs on five hits while walking one and striking out one. The right-hander pitched four scoreless innings before coming unraveled in the fifth, giving up four hits and a walk an inning capped by Melky Cabrera‘s two-run home run (Cabrera is on a rehab assignment with New Hampshire). The 25-year-old has struggled in a starter’s role this season, with a 5.09 ERA in 12 starts between Portland and Salem.
HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX: 9-4 LOSS VS. POTOMAC (NATIONALS)
— After a slow start to his High-A career, second baseman Mookie Betts is catching fire. As part of a 3-for-4 day on Monday, Betts clubbed his second double with Salem and recorded a multi-hit day for the second game in a row. Though a small sample, Betts is 6-for-10 in his last three games after going 2-for-14 in his first four High-A games. The 20-year-old has drawn only one walk in seven games after working 58 in 76 games with Greenville (compared to only 40 strikeouts) but has also fanned only once in 24 at-bats. The speedy Betts has already swiped four bases in Salem without being caught after stealing 18 times in Greenville with a 90 percent success rate. Between the two clubs, Betts is batting .299/.414/.472 with 26 doubles, a triple and eight home runs through 83 games.
— Starter Mike Augliera was hit hard on Monday, allowing seven runs (though only five were earned) on seven hits and three walks in 3 1/3 innings, taking the loss and dropping to 6-6 on the season with a 4.69 ERA in 94 innings. It was only the second time this season that Augliera had allowed five or more earned runs. Augliera has been relatively consistent throughout the season with a 1.447 WHIP and an average of 2.6 walks and 5.1 strikeouts per nine innings through 18 games and 94 innings in his second professional year and first with Salem.
— Outfielder Henry Ramos notched his second multi-hit day in a row after going hitless in three straight contests, going 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI. The 21-year-old has enjoyed a solid past couple months at the plate, batting .325/.393/.530 since June 1 after hitting .229/.315/.344 in the first two months of the season. Ramos hasn’t shown a whole lot of power lately with only one extra-base hit in his last six games, but has 14 doubles, four triples and nine home runs in 88 games this season while driving in 40. Ramos also committed an error on Monday, his fourth of the season, when he missed a catch in the fourth inning.
SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE: 2-1 WIN (COMPLETION OF SUSPENDED GAME), 7-4 LOSS AT SAVANNAH (METS)
— Left-hander Cody Kukuk limited his walks (3) and, for the third straight start, pitched at least five innings. The 20-year-old logged 5 1/3 frames, giving up four runs (just two earned) while punching out six and walking three. He’s amidst his most consistent three-start stretch of the year, with a 1.69 ERA, 19 punchouts and six walks in his last 16 1/3 innings. It is the first time all year that Kukuk has had three straight outings with fewer walks than strikeouts. Still, despite his 7.6 walks per nine innings this year, his stuff has been good enough for him to forge a 3.65 ERA with 9.4 strikeouts per nine innings. Opponents are hitting just .164 with a .227 slugging mark against him.
— With the completion of Game 1, the excellent outing of right-hander Luis Diaz (which took place over the weekend) became official, with the right-hander getting credit for five innings of work without permitting an earned run (he allowed one unearned run) on three hits with five strikeouts and no walks. In his last four starts, the 21-year-old now has given up just two runs in 25 innings (0.72 ERA) with 26 strikeouts and four walks.
— For just the second time this year and the first time since April, right-hander Francellis Montas did not allow a run. The right-hander logged four shutout innings in relief of Diaz, striking out four and, for the first time since May 5, not issuing a walk. The 20-year-old is off to a promising start in July, with a 2.57 ERA, 16 strikeouts and six walks in 14 innings. He entered the month with a 6.34 ERA.
— Outfielder Aneury Tavarez continued a recent hot stretch, going 2-for-4 with a double and triple in the first game and 1-for-4 in the second contest to extend his hitting streak to six games, during which he is 9-for-23 (.391) with two doubles, a triple and a walk. In his last 16 games, Tavarez is hitting .362/.403/.552 with seven extra-base hits to pull his line for the season up to .266/.304/.411, with his 32 extra-base hits in 82 games offering some glimpse of his ability to impact the baseball.
SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS: 4-3 WIN VS. JAMESTOWN (PIRATES)
— Though he went 0-for-3, ending his streak of four straight multi-hit games, outfielder Manuel Margot still impacted the game by reaching base via a walk, stealing second and advancing to third on the catcher’s throwing error. The 18-year-old now has steals in five straight games, having swiped seven bags without getting thrown out in the stretch. He’s also reached base via hit or walk in 25 straight games since taking an 0-for-4 in the first game of the season. He is fifth in the New York-Penn League with 11 steals (in 16 attempts) on the season while hitting .293/.376/.359 in a league where the average line is .243/.316/.342.
— Right-hander Sergio Gomez worked around seven hits (five singles, two doubles) with five strikeouts and seven groundball outs in 4 2/3 innings to limit the damage to two runs. The 19-year-old issued just one walk, and on the year, he now has 35 strikeouts and five walks in 31 1/3 innings with the Spinners en route to a 2.01 ERA.
— Shortstop Tzu-Wei Lin went 0-for-4, and is in an eight-game slump that has seen him go 2-for-30 (.067) with a double and six walks. On the year, the 19-year-old is now hitting .231/.330/.330.
ROOKIE LEVEL GULF COAST LEAGUE RED SOX: 4-3 LOSS AT GCL RAYS
— In his second GCL rehab start, left-hander Brian Johnson fired three perfect innings in which he punched out four. He now has five shutout innings in which he’s allowed one hit, walked two and punched out seven in the GCL, a performance that suggests the 2012 first-rounder will likely be ready to head back out to Greenville in the near future after missing more than a month due to mild shoulder tendinitis.
— Catcher Jon Denney — who after starting his pro career with five games as DH, has caught the last two contests — went 1-for-4. The third-round selection now reached base in six of his first seven pro games, hitting .273/.407/.364.
— Outfielder Bryan Hudson went 1-for-3 with a sac fly and drove in a pair of runs. The speedy 18-year-old has reached base in 12 of his 13 games, hitting .278/.413/.417 to start his pro career after getting taken in the 15th round this year.
DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE RED SOX: 5-1 WIN VS. DSL INDIANS
— Imposing left-hander Dedgar Jimenez continued his strong DSL performance, logging a season-high six innings while allowing just three hits, walking one and striking out seven. The 6-foot-3, 240-pound 17-year-old did allow his first homer (a solo shot) of the year, but in 31 innings in his pro debut, he has an impressive 30-to-4 strikeout-to-walk rate.
— Both of the Basabe twins went 1-for-3 with a double, as 16-year-old centerfielder Luis Alexander Basabe went 1-for-3 with a double and two walks to improve his OBP to .364 (a reflection of his 25 walks in 27 games; he’s hitting just .169) while his brother, second baseman Luis Alejandro Basabe, went 1-for-3 with a double and got hit by a pitch to elevate his season line to .219/.358/.329. Considering that both are roughly a year younger than most of the competition in the league, the fact that they’ve shown flashes of their tools — even if inconsistently — represents a promising building block for the two switch-hitters.
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