Red Sox minor league roundup: Deven Marrero, doubles machine; Mookie being Mookie
|05.01.14 at 11:35 am ET|
A (very) brief look at the action in the Red Sox minor league system on Wednesday:
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX: OFF DAY
DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS: 3-2 LOSS VS. READING (PHILLIES)
– Feats of Mookie: Transforming the extraordinary into routine. Mookie Betts went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles and a walk. Yawn. He’s hitting .430/.481/.688. He’s leading the Eastern League in all three categories, along with runs (30 — 10 more than anyone else), hits (40) and extra-base hits (15). He ranks second with 10 steals, but he was thrown out attempting to swipe second on Wednesday when he overslid the bag. He’s now been thrown out three times in 13 attempts this year, nearly matching the number of caught stealings (4) he experienced in 42 attempts in 2013.
Betts leads the minors in average. His .430 mark was the highest April batting average by a Sox minor leaguer since Jacoby Ellsbury hit .443 with Portland and Pawtucket in 2007 (min. 10 games).
– Shortstop Deven Marrero went 1-for-4 with a double, his seventh two-bagger in April. He concluded the month with a .409 slugging percentage, the second highest of his pro career. Marrero also stole a base, and is now 11-for-11 in stolen base attempts since joining Double-A Portland last August. He has a streak of 14 straight steals dating to his time in Salem last year.
– Left-hander Miguel Pena punched out seven batters in five shutout innings, though the slight strike-thrower did see his pitch count elevate to 92 pitches (63 strikes — 68 percent) in those five frames. Pena now has 26 strikeouts in 22 2/3 innings (10.3 per nine innings) through five starts.
– Left-hander Robby Scott, who entered the night with 14 scoreless innings, permitted three runs in 2 1/3 frames on Wednesday, with his ERA creeping up to 1.10.
HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX: OFF DAY
SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE: 7-2 LOSS AT GREENSBORO (MARLINS)
– Right-hander Teddy Stankiewicz, who had allowed three runs on nine hits in 17 innings over his three prior starts, yielded four runs on eight hits while walking one and striking out three on Wednesday. However, seven of the eight hits he allowed were singles. The 20-year-old continued to throw strikes (he’s walked 2.0 per nine innings) while amassing few swings-and-misses or strikeouts (4.5 strikeouts per nine innings).
– Outfielder Kendrick Perkins, in his first game this year with Greenville, went 1-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts.
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