Red Sox minor league roundup: Anthony Ranaudo’s early struggles, Justin Haley sailing in Salem, Bo Greenwell’s career day
|04.25.14 at 4:19 pm ET|
The briefest of looks at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Thursday:
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX: 8-1 LOSS VS. ROCHESTER (TWINS)
– Right-hander Anthony Ranaudo had his shortest start of the year, allowing three runs (two earned) in three innings while permitting six hits (five singles and a double), walking four and striking out four. He required 71 pitches, of which 39 (55 percent) were strikes. So far this year, Ranaudo has had one standout start (a six shutout inning effort on April 19) but otherwise has struggled in the early stages of the year. He’s getting strikeouts (25 in 23 2/3 innings) but his walk rate has spiked considerably (5.3 per nine innings) from last year, his velocity has fluctuated between outings and he’s been getting hit hard when missing up in the zone, particularly against lefties. Left-handed hitters have crushed him to the tune of a .378/.511/.622 line with 10 walks and 10 strikeouts in 47 plate appearances.
– Right-hander Alex Wilson showed no ill effects of his one-day shuffle to and from Boston. He pitched the ninth inning, needing just eight pitches to garner a strikeout and two groundouts. He’s now worked nine scoreless innings this year.
– Bryce Brentz went 2-for-4 and has now reached base in 12 straight games, during which he has a line of .317/.404/.439. He did, however, commit an error in left field and struck out twice.
– Daniel Nava is expected to join the PawSox on Friday.
DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS: 5-4 LOSS (10 INNINGS) AT BINGHAMTON (METS)
– Shortstop Deven Marrero went 2-for-5, stole his third base of the year and drove in a pair of runs. He’s reached base in all 11 games in which he’s played in 2014, forging a .333/.385/.438 line.
– Feats of Mookie: Mortality? Yes, Mookie Betts went 1-for-4 with a double to extend his streak of consecutive games on base to 16 games this year and 46 dating to last year in Salem, and he also added a sacrifice fly to his performance, but he also committed his second error of the year at shortstop. That said, he also collaborated with Marrero to turn three double plays.
– Right-hander Keith Couch maintained his understated role as arguably the most consistent pitcher in the Red Sox system over the last few years. The 24-year-old allowed two runs on five hits in six innings. Though he allowed one more walk (3) than he’d permitted in his prior two starts combined and struck out a season-low two, Couch now has a 2.42 ERA with 18 strikeouts and five walks in 22 1/3 innings and he has yet to allow a homer this year.
HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX: 8-5 WIN VS. LYNCHBURG (BRAVES)
– Right-hander Justin Haley, a 2012 sixth-rounder, continued his early-season dominance, firing four shutout innings as a piggyback starter, allowing just one single while walking one, striking out one and getting 10 outs via groundball. The 22-year-old has a 2.00 ERA in 18 innings with 15 strikeouts and five walks (2.5 per nine innings) — a far cry from the 5.3 walks per nine he permitted last year in Greenville.
– Right-hander Pat Light, in his High-A debut, yielded four runs on seven hits (five singles, two doubles) in just 3 2/3 innings, though he did strike out four and get six groundouts. He’s still showing the ability to get groundballs in volume, having recorded 2.25 groundouts per flyout this season.
– David Chester, a 25-year-old masher, went 4-for-5 with a triple and his second homer in as many days. Chester, who had no triples in his first 229 professional games, now has two three-baggers in 19 games in Salem.
SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE: 9-4 WIN VS. LEXINGTON (ROYALS)
– Right fielder Bo Greenwell, the 25-year-old son of former Red Sox outfielder Mike Greenwell, went 4-for-5 with a pair of homers. It was his sixth professional four-hit game, but his first since 2010, and the contest also marked the first multi-homer game of his career. Both homers came against Luke Farrell, Red Sox manager John Farrell‘s son.
– Right-hander Teddy Stankiewicz, a 2013 second-rounder, fired four shutout innings before getting touched for three runs in the fifth, a rally that ended his scoreless innings streak at 15 1/3. The 20-year-old allowed the three runs on just three hits over six innings while walking one and punching out three. In 21 innings this year, Stankiewicz has been a strike-thrower (five walks in 21 innings) who hasn’t elicited many swings and misses (10 strikeouts) who has nonetheless managed to generate bad contact, with opponents hitting just .224 against him.
– Second baseman Wendell Rijo went 1-for-2 with a pair of walks to improve his average to .327 and his OBP to a robust .462, a mark that ranks third in the South Atlantic League — underscoring the precocious plate approach of the 18-year-old.
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