Red Sox minor league roundup: Anthony Ranaudo dominates; Christian Vazquez (finally) goes deep; Rafael Devers raking
|06.07.14 at 10:50 am ET|
A very brief look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Friday:
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX: 7-0 WIN AT DURHAM (RAYS)
– Anthony Ranaudo had his most dominant outing of the year, firing seven shutout innings (matching a season high) while punching out seven (matching a season high), walking none (the first time this year he didn’t allow a free pass) and giving up just two hits (a single and double). He has a 1.15 ERA in his last five starts spanning 31 1/3 innings, but whereas control had been an issue for him in previous outings (he entered Friday having issued four walks in each of his prior three starts), he threw 66 percent of pitches for strikes on Friday.
– Catcher Christian Vazquez hit his first Triple-A homer, going 2-for-5 with a double and an opposite field homer. The 23-year-old had gone 73 games (dating to last year in Portland) spanning 276 at-bats without going deep. Over his last eight games, however, he’s hitting .324 with four doubles and a homer, along with four multi-hit games.
Here’s the homer:
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– Feats of Mookie: Transitioning. Mookie Betts went 2-for-5 while playing center field, and he’s now 6-for-18 with two walks and two strikeouts in his first four Triple-A contests, with the 21-year-old possessing a .333/.400/.500 line in his initial exposure to the highest level of the minors.
DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS: 6-4 LOSS VS. BOWIE (ORIOLES)
– Right-hander Keith Couch finally suffered his first loss of the year while also giving up his first homer of the campaign. The 23-year-old permitting four runs (matching a season high) on a season-high 10 hits (including that first homer) in five innings of work. He did, however, continue to demonstrate good strike-throwing ability, with one walk and six strikeouts. Couch is now 7-1 with a 2.62 ERA, 6.8 strikeouts and 1.6 walks per nine innings.
– Deven Marrero went 1-for-5 with a double, his fifth two-bagger in his last six games. The 23-year-old now has 21 extra-base hits this year, one shy of the number he accumulated last year.
– Sean Coyle (playing second base again) went 1-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts, his third straight game of two strikeouts. He did, however, not only collect a hit but also stole a base, making him 9-for-9 in stolen base attempts this year. He’s 36-for-36 in career stolen bases in High-A and Double-A.
HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX: 2-1 LOSS AT LYNCHBURG (BRAVES)
– Right-hander Luis Diaz turned in a strong performance, throwing seven innings in which he permitted one run on six hits (including a solo homer) while walking none and striking out four. It was his fifth quality start of the season. In his last six starts, Diaz has walked just four in 34 1/3 innings.
– Right-fielder Kevin Heller went 1-for-3 with a single and hit by pitch, and used his opportunities on the bases to steal a couple bases. Heller, 24, is hitting .275/.415/.474; his OBP is third in the Carolina League.
SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE: 6-1 LOSS AT ROME (BRAVES)
– Right-hander Teddy Stankiewicz allowed five runs on nine hits (six singles, two doubles and a triple) in five innings, but despite the struggle, he continued to show the ability to throw strikes (five strikeouts and one walk) and keep the ball in the park. Since allowing two homers in his first start of the year, Stankiewicz hasn’t been taken deep in any of his last 10 outings, with a 3.63 ERA during that span. However, there appears to be very little deception offered by the 2013 second-rounder, as opponents are hitting .288 against him; the 20-year-old has struck out a relatively modest 6.1 batters per nine innings.
– Wendell Rijo went 1-for-3 with a triple and walk. The triple came with a righty on the hill, continuing a year in which the right-handed hitting Rijo has held his own against right-handed pitching, with a .271/.368/.441 line against righties that becomes even more impressive in the context of Rijo’s age (18).
– Third baseman Rafael Devers continued his standout start, going 3-for-4 with a triple and a walk. He’s collected hits in each of his first six pro games, reaching base at least three times in four of them, while collecting four extra-base hits (a homer, two triples and a double), good for a .478/.567/.826 line for the 17-year-old. He continued to show an all-fields approach, as his triple was to right and he singled to both left and center.
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