Red Sox minor league roundup: Manuel Margot holding his own; Pat Light getting lit up; Carson Blair streaking
|06.20.14 at 10:13 am ET|
A brief look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Thursday:
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX: 8-6 LOSS AT ROCHESTER (TWINS)
– Alex Hassan is showing signs of progress in June. He went 2-for-4 with a double and walk (along with two strikeouts), and in seven games this month, he’s now hitting .348/.483/.565.
– First baseman Travis Shaw went 2-for-5 and clubbed his second Triple-A homer. Though he’s been neutralized early by lefties in Triple-A (.179/.233/.179), he’s held his own against righties, with a .311/.333/.459 line that reflects the fact that all five of his Triple-A extrab-ase hits have come against righties.
– Right-hander Alex Wilson got shelled for five runs on three hits (including the first homer he’s allowed this year) and two walks. After dominating through the first two months of the year, he has allowed 13 runs (12 earned) in five outings spanning three innings in June, inflating his ERA to 6.14.
DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS: OFF DAY
HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX: 12-4 LOSS AT WINSTON-SALEM (WHITE SOX)
– Right-hander Pat Light got hammered for eight runs on 10 hits, including three homers, in just four innings. That home run yield matched the number he’d allowed in his first 45 innings with Salem prior to Thursday. Light, a 2012 supplemental first-rounder, is 1-3 with a 6.06 ERA, 4.0 strikeouts per nine and 2.4 walks per nine since his early-season promotion to High-A.
– Catcher Carson Blair sustained his outrageous month of June, going 2-for-4 with his third homer (and seventh extra-base hit) in 11 games this month. The 24-year-old is hitting .500/.600/.825 in June, elevating his season line to .261/.390/.521 with seven homers and 22 extra-base hits in 40 games.
– In his first game in High-A, Jantzen Witte went 0-for-4 while playing third base. The South Atlantic League All-Star hit .330 with a .418 OBP and .554 slugging mark.
SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE: 6-3 LOSS VS. SAVANNAH (METS)
– Center fielder Manuel Margot went 2-for-4 with an inside-the-park homer, a double and a steal. The 19-year-old is heating up in June. In his last nine games, he’s hitting .375 with a .444 OBP and .594 slugging mark along with five steals. Though about two years younger than league average, Margot is holding his own at the level, hitting .267/.336/.400 — above the league average of .260/.331/.379, while displaying above-average secondary skills as a baserunner (23 steals in 28 attempts) and outfielder. He’s not performing at this time like a player with a single dominant tool, but to perform at an average or better level in virtually every facet of the game at a young age suggests a player with a chance to be a very good all-around player.
– Right-hander Jamie Callahan had what appeared to be a very strong outing despite a yield of three runs in 4 1/3 innings. Of his 13 outs, 12 came via strikeout (four) or groundball (8) on a day when the 19-year-old walked none while and threw 47 of 73 pitches (a solid 64 percent) for strikes.
SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS: 5-3 WIN AT CONNECTICUT (TIGERS)
– Outfielder Bryan Hudson had his second straight multi-hit game, going 2-for-5 with two doubles. He now has three extra-base hits in six games for Lowell — half the number of extra-base hits that the speedy 2013 15th-rounder had in 43 games in the Gulf Coast League last year.
– Nick Moore, a 21-year-old serving as DH, went 1-for-3 with a double and sac fly, giving him five extra-base hits (four doubles and a homer) in seven games. He’s hitting .296/.300/.556 in his third stint in Lowell.
DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE RED SOX: 5-4 LOSS AT DSL YANKEES
– Third baseman Rafael Devers went 2-for-4, his eighth multi-hit game in 17 contests this year. The 17-year-old is hitting .379/.476/.636 with eight extra-base hits, 13 walks and 10 strikeouts.
– Shortstop Carlos Tovar, 18, extended his hitting streak to nine games by going 1-for-2 with a double. He’s now hitting .322/.438/.508 in 16 games this year.
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