Red Sox minor league roundup: Xander Bogaerts slumps to conclusion of Pawtucket run; Jackie Bradley Jr., Sean Coyle show pop; Mookie Betts’ feats translate well across levels
|08.19.13 at 12:20 pm ET|
On a day when this long-anticipated event is finally happening, a brief look at the action in the Red Sox system on Sunday:
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX: 3-1 WIN VS. BUFFALO (BLUE JAYS)
– In his final minor league game prior to his call-up, Xander Bogaerts went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout. His promotion comes on the heels of his first three-game hitless stretch this year. Bogaerts was 0-for-10 with two walks and five strikeouts over the weekend, and in 15 games since August 3, his impact had been relatively modest — a .283/.328/.367 line with a homer and two doubles in 15 games. Still, overall, the 20-year-old’s performance has been outstanding for his age and level. After hitting .311/.407/.502 in 56 games with Double-A Portland, he hit .284/.369/.453 with nine homers in 60 games in Triple-A.
Context: As a 20-year-old call-up a year ago, Manny Machado had hit .266 with a .352 OBP and .438 slugging mark in 109 games in Double-A.
– Jackie Bradley Jr. went 2-for-3 with a homer and a walk. Between the majors and Triple-A, the 23-year-old now has 12 homers in 90 games this year, including 10 in 67 Triple-A contests, up from nine homers in 128 minor league games a year ago. In Pawtucket this year, he’s now hitting .277/.378/.494.
DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS: 2-1 LOSS AT HARRISBURG (NATIONALS)
– Keith Couch, 23, continued to be one of the most consistent performers among Red Sox starting pitchers this year. The sinkerballer logged a nine-inning complete game, allowing one run on six hits while striking out four and walking none. The sinkerballer is now 7-1 with a 2.96 ERA, 45 strikeouts and 25 walks in 79 innings — more than six per start — in his 13 Double-A starts.
– Third baseman Garin Cecchini went 1-for-3 with a triple and walk. The extra-base hit was his first in 10 games. He now has an eight-game hitting streak during which he’s hitting .375/.432/.438.
HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX: 7-1 LOSS, 3-1 WIN VS. CAROLINA (INDIANS)
– Sean Coyle went 1-for-1 with a homer, a walk and a sac fly in the second game of the doubleheader. It was Coyle’s first homer back with Salem since late-May. He’s now launched 11 homers in just 41 games with Salem, and 13 overall in 53 minor league games this year. Coyle is showing an increasingly strong approach at the plate as he gets further into his return from the knee injury that cost him a couple months. In his last 13 games with the GCL Red Sox, Single-A Greenville and High-A Salem, he’s hitting .250/.403/.500, and in his last three games, he has five walks and no strikeouts.
– Outfielder Keury De La Cruz snapped a 16-game stretch without a homer, with the 21-year-old going deep for the eighth time this year as part of a 2-for-3 first game. He went 0-for-3 in the second contest. De La Cruz is having a woeful home stretch, with a .195/.246/.320 line that includes 46 punchouts and 12 walks in 42 games since the start of July. He’s had flashes of excellence this year, but given the overall shape of the year — a .263 average, .301 OBP and .401 slugging mark — it’s looking increasingly likely that he’ll be something less than a guarantee to open next year in Double-A Portland.
– Second baseman Mookie Betts went 1-for-3 in both games, and he’s reached base by walk or hit in 16 straight contests, with a .362/.448/.517 line in that time. The 20-year-old’s overall line of .286/.360/.451 in Salem is moving closer and closer to the .296/.418/.477 he posted in Single-A Greenville this year prior to his promotion. Betts also stole a base, and is 16-for-16 in attempted thefts in High-A.
SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE: 5-0 LOSS, 1-0 WIN VS. LEXINGTON (ROYALS)
– In his return to Single-A Greenville (where he spent one start on his way to Lowell, where he appeared in 10 games with a 1.60 ERA prior to his promotion back to Greenville), right-hander Sergio Gomez struggled. He gave up four runs on five hits (including a homer) with three walks and three steals. The 19-year-old has given up seven runs in nine frames in his two starts in Single-A.
– Right-hander Kyle Martin added to what has been a strong pro debut with a pair of shutout innings to close out the win in Game 2. Martin, a ninth-rounder this year, has allowed three runs in 11 innings (2.45 ERA) since his promotion from Lowell, and overall, he has a 1.20 ERA with 21 strikeouts, seven walks and a .171 opponents’ batting average (a reflection of a newly rediscovered over-the-top delivery that generates lots of grounders) in 30 innings.
SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS: 4-3 WIN VS. HUDSON VALLEY (RAYS)
– Left-hander Daniel McGrath, an impressive 19-year-old from Australia who has shown tremendous mound maturity in his pro debut, had his toughest outing to date, giving up three runs on five hits (including a homer) while striking out three and walking two in four innings. The two walks doubled his total from his previous four starts with the Spinners. He now has a 22-to-3 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 21 innings with Lowell, and a 52-to-9 rate in 41 innings this year between Lowell and the GCL.
– Reliever Taylor Grover has now gone three straight outings (spanning five innings) without allowing a hit, as his two shutout frames on Sunday dropped his ERA to 2.08 in 17 1/3 innings in his pro debut. He’s struck out 11 and walked three.
– Catcher Miguel Rodriguez, the son of Red Sox assistant hitting coach Victor Rodriguez, went 2-for-4 with a double while driving in three in his first game since August 4. He delivered a walkoff double in the ninth.
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