Red Sox minor league roundup: Rafael Devers unstoppable; Joseph Monge’s huge day; Michael Chavis is officially a run-producer
|07.12.14 at 10:18 am ET|
A brief look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Friday:
PROGRAMMING NOTE: Sunday on WEEI’s Down on the Farm, with Henry Owens and Sean Coyle set to play in the All-Star Futures Game, the scouts who signed the two players — Tom Battista with Owens and Chris Calciano for Coyle — will discuss the scouting process and reports that led the Sox to the duo. Tune in from 8:30-9 a.m., or check the extended interviews in the podcast at WEEI.com/podcast.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX: 4-3 LOSS (11 INNINGS) AT TOLEDO (TIGERS)
– Third baseman Will Middlebrooks went 1-for-5 with two strikeouts while playing nine innings. He has hits in seven of eight contests since resuming his rehab, hitting .259/.310/.481.
– Ryan Roberts went 1-for-2 with a homer (against a right-handed pitcher), but then had to exit the game after crashing into a wall while chasing a ball in left field. Roberts is hitting .290/.354/.447 with five homers and 23 extra-base hits in 58 games with the PawSox.
– Left-hander Chris Hernandez tossed six innings in which he allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits while walking two and striking out six. In 10 starts, Hernandez has a flat 3.00 ERA with 44 strikeouts and 21 walks while averaging just under six innings a start.
DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS: 6-3 WIN VS. NEW HAMPSHIRE (BLUE JAYS)
– Though he was tagged for a pair of runs on five hits over three innings, reliever Noe Ramirez earned his 10th save of the season. The righty had gone 13 straight innings (eight appearances) without allowing an earned run before Friday. Ramirez has been extremely solid for the Sea Dogs this season; he’s yet to blow a save or take a loss, and he’s posted a 1.96 ERA in 46 innings. He’s not a high-strikeout guy, averaging less than one per inning, but the 24-year-old owns a WHIP of 1.034 (a number that sat below 1.000 prior to Friday night’s outing) and is averaging 2.2 walks per nine innings.
– Sean Coyle just keeps on hitting, going 1-for-3 with a double. He was also hit by a pitch and came around to score twice. The second baseman had experienced a slight drop-off recently, going 0-for-10 over the span of three games, but since breaking out of the mini-slump, Coyle has clubbed two doubles in as many contests. He’s maintained a outstanding .336/.412/.585 line on the season, coming up with 19 doubles, 11 home runs and a triple. Coyle finally has enough at-bats to qualify for the Eastern League leaderboards. He ranks third in average, third in OBP and first in slugging.
– Jeremy Kehrt, who had spent much of the year in Pawtucket before returning to Portland, made his first start of the season for the Sea Dogs, and it was a good one. The righty lasted six innings and allowed a single run on six hits and a walk. He also hit a batter, but fanned five. Kehrt has been solid in all three of his outings with Portland this season after compiling a 5.45 ERA in 33 innings between the PawSox’ rotation and bullpen.
– Keury De La Cruz went 2-for-4 on the day with a couple of singles. Cruz has had no trouble putting the bat on the ball, hitting .292 on the season and .313 over his last 12 games, but true to his career pattern, the walks have seemed to elude him. He’s managed just three in 34 games in Portland this season, and hasn’t drawn a free pass since June 21, 16 games ago. De La Cruz also attempted his second stolen bag since being promoted, but he’s yet to find success on the bases.
HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX: 2-0 LOSS AT WILMINGTON (ROYALS)
– Left-hander Corey Littrell navigated through five innings without allowing an earned run, scattering five hits, walking two and striking out three. The 22-year-old is amidst a strong stretch that has seen him deliver at least five innings in six straight starts with a 2.23 ERA, 10 walks and 26 walks in 36 2/3 innings. For the year, the 2013 fifth-rounder has a 3.77 ERA.
– Catcher Jordan Weems had his third straight multi-hit game, going 3-for-3 to account for all but one of Salem’s hits. Weems, who has never hit above .204 in any of the parts of three seasons that he’s spent in Single-A Greenville, is off to a .325/.386/.450 start in 12 games since his promotion from Greenville.
SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE: 7-6 WIN VS. AUGUSTA (GIANTS)
– Left-hander Trey Ball could not build upon his two straight strong starts, instead lasting four innings while matching a pair of season highs with six runs and four walks allowed. Among the four hits he allowed were a homer and double. For the year, the 2013 first-rounder has a 6.59 ERA with a 1-7 record.
– Carlos Asuaje went 2-for-4 with a double and walk, extending his hitting streak to eight games. In 11 games in July, Asuaje has nine extra-base hits with a .349/.388/.698 line. He’s now hitting .313/.400/.557 for the season, leading the South Atlantic League in slugging.
– Left fielder Franklin Guzman, in his first game following a promotion from Lowell, went 2-for-3 with a double, two walks and a steal. The 22-year-old hit .241/.276/.407 in 15 games with the Spinners.
SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS: 5-4 LOSS VS. STATEN ISLAND (YANKEES)
– Making his second rehab start in a row, Shane Victorino played seven innings in right field and came up to bat three times, going 0-for-2 with a walk. He also committed an error in the field. The plan is for Victorino to gradually increase his time in the field, going from five innings of play on Thursday to seven on Friday.
– Nick Longhi lengthened his hitting streak to 13 games with a double and a walk on Friday. While it was Longhi’s ninth double in 23 games, the walk was the rarer occurrence, with the outfielder drawing free passes in just five percent of plate appearances. Since June 25, the beginning of Longhi’s streak, he’s hit .392 with a .956 OPS. All five of his walks have come over the life of the streak as well.
– First baseman Sam Travis had a couple of hits on the evening, going 2-for-5 with a pair of singles and two runs batted in. Though Travis had a couple well-timed hits, he also went down swinging with the bases loaded to end the game. Travis also swiped his third bag of the season and has yet to be caught on the basepaths. The Red Sox‘ 2014 second-round pick is hitting .277/.310/.361 through 21 games.
– Joseph Monge had a huge night in the Red Sox’ rout, going 2-for-3 and drawing three walks, bringing his total to seven on the season (in contrast to five strikeouts). He also smacked his second home run of the season, bringing his slugging percentage to .590 through 11 games. The power is a new asset for Monge, who collected just five extra-base hits during 39 games in his first year with the GCL Sox last season. The 19-year-old also set a new career-high with five runs driven in atop the Red Sox lineup. Though 11 games is a small sample size, Monge is batting .308 with a .426 OBP this year.
– In his fifth professional game, Michael Chavis, the Red Sox first-round pick in this year’s draft, went 1-for-6 with a double and two runs batted in, his first two professional RBIs. The one hit, a double, was just Chavis’s second in 17 at-bats, but both of those hits have gone for extra bases.
– Rafael Devers continues to perform since his promotion to the GCL, going 2-for-5 with a RBI and a walk in his sixth game since moving up. The third baseman has driven in eight runs and is hitting an even .500 with a .864 slugging mark through 22 at-bats.
– For the second straight start, right-hander Jose Almonte did not allow a run, this time giving up just two hits through four innings of work. The 18-year-old has permitted four earned runs and 16 hits through 17 innings this season, walking six and striking out nine (he’s fanned just one over his last nine innings).
DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE RED SOX: 5-3 WIN VS. DSL YANKEES
– With a 1-for-3 day, outfielder Yoan Aybar has now hit safely in eight of his last nine games, bringing his average to .320 on the season. The 17-year-old knocked in two runs and racked up his ninth double of the season. Through his first 26 professional games, Aybar is hitting .320/.374/.493 with 13 extra-base hits.
– Luis Alexander Basabe went 1-for-3 with a double and RBI,his fourth double of the season. Interestingly, although Basabe only has four doubles, he’s slugging .483 thanks to 10 triples in 33 games. The 17-year-old switch-hitter has been faring much better from the left side of the plate, crushing right-handers to the tune of .306/.439/.551 while managing a .182/.231/.182 line against southpaws. The outfielder is batting .283 with a .886 OPS on the year.
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