Red Sox minor league roundup: Mookie Betts is doing it again; Deven Marrero powers up; Sean Coyle streaking
|06.19.14 at 9:34 am ET|
A brief look at the action in the Red Sox system on Wednesday:
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX: 9-4 WIN (COMPLETION OF SUSPENDED GAME), 4-1 WIN AT ROCHESTER (TWINS)
– Feats of Mookie: Multi-hit Madness. Mookie Betts had multiple hits in both games, going 2-for-6 with a double and three RBIs in the first game and 2-for-4 with an RBI and two steals in the night game. He now has three straight multi-hit games and five in his last seven contests with two doubles, a triple, a homer and four steals in five attempts in that time. He has, uncharacteristically, struck out six times in his last five games (with at least one strikeout in each contest), but he’s now reached base in all 15 of his Triple-A games, with a .310/.403/.483 line that features nine walks and nine strikeouts. Between Portland and Pawtucket, he has a combined line of .346/.434/.537 with eight homers, 32 extra-base hits, 44 walks, 29 strikeouts and 26 steals in 31 attempts.
– Will Middlebrooks went 2-for-5 with a pair of singles and a walk in the first game, improving to 3-for-10 with a walk and a strikeout in his current rehab stint.
– For the first time in nearly two months, Drake Britton struck out multiple batters in an outing. he left-hander submitted a scoreless inning of work in which he walked one and punched out two, the first time he struck out multiple batters since April 25. He now has a 4.33 ERA with 20 walks and 16 strikeouts in 27 innings this year.
– Third baseman Carlos Rivero went 3-for-5 with a pair of two-run homers in the first game, the fifth multi-homer game of his career but his first in his Triple-A career spanning parts of four seasons. The 26-year-old went 0-for-3 with a walk in the second game, giving him a Triple-A line of .244/.292/.354.
DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS: 8-6 WIN (COMPLETION OF SUSPENDED GAME), 5-1 WIN AT ERIE (TIGERS)
– Shortstop Deven Marrero went 3-for-4 with a walk in the first game followed by a 1-for-3 game that included a homer (his third of the year) in the second contest. It took him 57 games to surpass his season totals for extra-base hits (23 with the homer) and homers (3) of a year ago. The 23-year-old is now hitting .279 with a .362 OBP and .415 slugging mark, bumping up his line from .252/.338/.317 in his first full pro season of 2013. In June, Marrero has gone off, hitting .358/.433/.528 with six extra-base hits, seven walks and five strikeouts in 13 games.
– Sean Coyle went 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles in the first game before having his nine-game hitting streak snapped in the second contest — in which he went 0-for-1 with a walk, an HBP and a steal (his 10th in 10 attempts). Since his return from the DL on May 23, the 22-year-old has 12 multi-hit games with a .375 average (fourth in the Eastern League in that span), .433 OBP (sixth in the Eastern League), .636 slugging mark (second) and 15 extra-base hits in 23 games. For the year, the 5-foot-8 infielder (who is once again playing every day at second base with Mookie Betts now in Triple-A) is hitting .352 with a .413 OBP and .572 slugging mark in 41 games with Portland.
– Outfielder Keury De La Cruz went 3-for-5 with a double followed by a 1-for-3 showing in the two contests. In 15 games since returning from a broken wrist, the 22-year-old is hitting .315/.333/.519.
– Right-hander Luis Diaz made his Double-A debut an impressive one, allowing just one hit — a solo homer — in six innings while yielding one run, walking no one and punching out four batters. In 14 starts this year between Salem and now Portland, the 22-year-old is 7-3 with a 3.18 ERA with 6.4 strikeouts and just 2.2 walks per nine innings.
– First baseman David Chester made his first Double-A homer count, launching a grand slam in the second game. In four Double-A games, the 25-year-old is 5-for-16 with two doubles and a homer.
HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX: OFF DAY (ALL-STAR BREAK)
SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE: OFF DAY (ALL-STAR BREAK)
SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS: 2-1 WIN (12 INNINGS) AT CONNECTICUT (TIGERS)
– Second-round pick Sam Travis made his pro debut, going 0-for-4 and committing an error at first base.
– Outfielder Andres Torres, signed by the Sox to a minor league deal last week, went 1-for-3 with a double in his first game of the year. The 36-year-old is the oldest player in Spinners history.
– Shortstop Mauricio Dubon had his third multi-hit game of the season, going 2-for-6. The 19-year-old is hitting .304/.333/.435.
– Left fielder Bryan Hudson, a 19-year-old burner who was taken in the 15th round of the 2013 draft, went 2-for-5 with a triple and walk. After he opened the year going 0-for-10 in the first two games, Hudson has reached base in each of his last three contests, going 4-for-14 with a pair of walks and his first professional triple.
– Right-hander Oscar Perez, a 22-year-old in his second year as a pitcher since being converted from catcher, fired four scoreless innings in which he allowed two hits, walked none and struck out two to earn the win. He has yet to allow a run in his eight innings in Lowell.
– Right-hander Jason Garcia, 21, threw five shutout innings in which he allowed two hits, walked one and punched out five. Through two starts, he’s tossed nine scoreless frames with 10 punchouts and three walks while permitting four hits.
– Shortstop Carlos Tovar, 18, extended his hitting streak to eight games, going 2-for-5. He’s hitting .414 with 11 walks and one strikeout during the streak, which has seen him reach base at least twice in each of those games.
– Right-hander Gerson Bautista, a 19-year-old right-hander, tossed six shutout innings in which he allowed just one hit while walking two and striking out one. Bautista has yet to permit a run in 15 innings this season, allowing just six hits while holding opponents to a .122 mark. He’s struck out seven and walked seven.
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