Red Sox minor league roundup: Wendell Rijo, inchoate on-base machine?
|04.16.14 at 12:00 pm ET|
A brief look at the limited activity in the Red Sox farm system on Tuesday:
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX: RAINED OUT AT ROCHESTER (TWINS)
Brandon Workman will make his first start for Pawtucket on Wednesday. The PawSox face some frigid early season conditions today in Rochester.
DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS: RAINED OUT VS. BINGHAMTON (METS)
– Glenn Jordan of the Portland Press-Herald wrote an excellent feature on Sea Dogs manager Billy McMillon, who is returning to Portland two decades after playing there while in the Marlins system.
HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX: RAINED OUT AT CAROLINA (INDIANS)
SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE: 6-2 LOSS VS. CHARLESTON (YANKEES)
– Right-hander Jamie Callahan, coming off a dominant start in which he struck out 11, could not back up that performance. The 19-year-old has allowed five runs on eight hits (three doubles, five singles) while striking out just one and walking three in 3 1/3 innings. He threw just 39 of 74 pitches (53 percent) for strikes. After he walked just 2.6 batters per nine innings last year, Callahan has issued 10 walks in 12 innings (7.5 walks per nine innings) so far in his first full season, and opponents are hitting .333 against him in the early going.
– Right-hander Sergio Gomez made a strong piggyback appearance in relief of Callahan, allowing one run on six hits (five singles and a double) and a walk in 4 2/3 innings while punching out six. The skinny 20-year-old, one of the top performers in the Rookie Level Gulf Coast League in 2012 and the advanced short-season New York-Penn League for Lowell last summer, has 16 strikeouts and five walks in 12 innings as a piggyback starter so far this year.
– Wendell Rijo went 0-for-3 but drew a walk. The 18-year-old has reached base in all 10 games he’s played this year, and ranks third in the South Atlantic League with a .452 OBP. Teammate Kevin Mager, a 24-year-old who went 0-for-2 with a pair of walks on Tuesday, leads the league with a .488 OBP.
– Jantzen Witte, a corner infielder who played first on Wednesday, was the lone member of Greenville’s lineup with multiple hits, going 2-for-4. The 24-year-old is amidst a four-game hitting streak in which he’s 8-for-17 with four doubles and four walks, good for a .471/.571/.706 line.
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