|Friday Red Sox Farm Report: LHP Henry Owens struggles in PawSox loss; LHP Logan Boyd records season-high 8 strikeouts for Greenville||07.22.16 at 11:09 am ET|
Here is the look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Thursday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (51-48): L, 5-4 in 14 innings, at Columbus (Indians)
— On his 24th birthday, Henry Owens pitched 5 2/3 innings and allowed four runs, nine hits and three walks with four strikeouts. One start after taking a no-hitter into the eighth inning, the southpaw showed the inconsistency that has plagued him all season. He’s now 6-5 with a 4.20 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP in 17 Triple-A starts.
— Following Owens, the PawSox bullpen combined to pitch 7 1/3 innings, allowing only one run. Casey Janssen came into the game following Owens, making his second relief appearance for Pawtucket after a rehab stint in Lowell, and pitched 1 1/3 innings, allowing no runs, no hits and two walks with one strikeout. Chandler Shepherd then pitched three innings, allowing no runs, one hit and two walks with two strikeouts. Finally, right-hander Kyle Martin hurled three innings, allowing four hits and three walks with five strikeouts and surrendering the game-winning run via a bases-loaded walk.
— The PawSox offense benefited from several multiple-hit days. Brennan Boesch started the scoring for Pawtucket with an opposite-field double to the base of the wall in left in the first inning that plated Chris Marrero. Boesch finished the game 2-for-5 with a walk.
Third baseman Jantzen Witte drove home a run on a double in the fifth inning. Witte ended the day 2-for-6 with two doubles and a strikeout. Dan Butler drove home Mike Miller in the top of the sixth inning with a single to right field. Butler finished the game 2-for-5 with a walk and two strikeouts, while Miller went 3-for-6 with a double and a strikeout.
|Red Sox minor league notebook: What prospects would other teams want besides Andrew Benintendi, Yoan Moncada, Anderson Espinoza?||07.07.16 at 10:42 am ET|
Now that the MLB trade deadline is almost three weeks away, there will be plenty of rumors between now and then, especially with the Red Sox desperate to add depth to their pitching.
The Red Sox are in a good position with a strong farm system, but a lot of that is because of what they have at the top in elite prospects Andrew Benintendi, Yoan Moncada and Anderson Espinoza. It would seem the organization will do everything in its power not to give up any of those three in a potential trade.
On the flip side, those three players likely will be who opposing teams will want the most in a trade. Fortunately for the Red Sox, there are other talented players in their system other teams could want.
Here is a look at 10 Red Sox minor leaguers who other teams might be interested in (not named Benintendi, Moncada or Espinoza).
1. Rafael Devers
Devers would have had much more value at this time last year as he was named to the Futures Game and was tearing up Single-A Greenville, but this year has been a different story in High-A Salem. Opposing pitchers were attacking the outside part of the zone early on in the year and the left-handed batter was having a hard time taking the pitch the other way. He hit just .138 in April, .245 in May, but has turned things around of late, including batting .313 in June and continuing the success into July as he’s been able to adjust to what was hurting him early in the year. Another big plus for Devers is he’s just 19 years old, so he still has room to grow as a player and has a lot of power when he connects.
2. Mauricio Dubon
Dubon’s stock may never be higher as he was promoted from High-A Salem to Double-A Portland after being named to the Carolina League All-Star Game a few weeks back. In 62 games with Salem, the shortstop batted .306 with 13 extra-base hits and 29 RBIs. What may be most impressive about him at the plate is over those 62 games, he walked 33 times while striking out just 25 times. Dubon is settling in to Double-A, and with the way he’s performed each of the last two seasons, teams may want to have the Honduran on their team as he looks to become the first player from Honduras ever to make the major leagues.
|Thursday Red Sox Farm Report: Joe Kelly tosses scoreless inning of relief with Lowell; Christian Vazquez goes 1-for-4 with Pawtucket||at 9:59 am ET|
Here’s a look at what happened in the Red Sox farm system on Wednesday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (45-42): L, 8-6, vs. Charlotte (White Sox)
— Power was not an issue for the PawSox Wednesday with Henry Ramos, Chris Marrero and Chris Dominguez all parking homers in the game. With the exception of Deven Marrero and Rusney Castillo, each Pawtucket starter had at least one hit, with Chris Marrero grabbing a pair of them.
— Henry Owens went six innings and allowed five runs on five hits, while walking four and striking out six. The 23-year-old lefty is 5-5 on the year with a 4.12 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP.
— The only other pitcher for the PawSox — Wesley Wright — got handed the loss in release, falling to 0-2 this year. In two innings of work, he allowed three runs on four hits with a walk and a strikeout.
— In his first game back with Pawtucket since April 12, Christian Vazquez was 1-for-4 on the night with a strikeout.
|Saturday Red Sox Farm Report: Yoan Moncada homers, ties career-high with 5 RBIs||07.02.16 at 10:34 am ET|
Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Friday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (42-40): L, 5-4, vs. Columbus (Indians)
— Left-hander Henry Owens struggled once again taking the loss. He allowed five runs (four earned) over 6 1/3 innings of work on four hits and struck out nine, but walked five batters. It was a strange line as he still managed to walk five hitters when he threw 70 of his 110 pitches for strikes. Owens is now 5-5 on the season with a 3.86 ERA.
— The offense couldn’t get much going as they trailed 3-0 and then 5-3 before scoring a run in the ninth. The game saw just over an hour rain delay.
— Henry Ramos and Jantzen Witte paced the offense as they each went 2-for-4. Ramos is now batting .309 with the PawSox, while Witte is hitting .255.
— Chris Dominguez homered with Pawtucket down to its final out in the ninth, cutting the score to 5-4. The homer deflected off the right fielder Yandy Diaz and deflected over the right field fence. He has now homered three times in his last seven games.
— In relief of Owens, Kyle Martin struck out four in 1 2/3 perfect innings of work.
|Monday Red Sox Farm Report: Brock Holt goes 3-for-4 with PawSox; Andrew Benintendi stays hot with Portland||06.27.16 at 11:13 am ET|
Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Sunday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (39-38): L, 9-3, vs. Scranton (Yankees)
— Brock Holt continued to show signs of improvement on his rehab assignment, going 3-for-4 with a run and a walk. Sunday’s game was his sixth start for Pawtucket and the second time he’s played nine innings in left field in a span of 24 hours. His performance came after going 2-for-3 on Saturday.
“Today was a good day, probably the best so far,” Holt told MiLB.com. “It was good to get out there on a short break after last night’s game and still feel pretty good.”
Holt is slashing .421/.522/.526 in six games with Pawtucket.
— Henry Owens got the start for Pawtucket, lasting just four innings while allowing five runs on six hits. He struck out four and walked five en route to collecting his fourth loss this season. Since being optioned to Pawtucket from Boston on May 6, Owens is 4-3 with a 4.61 ERA. The 23-year-old southpaw has tallied more walks than strikeouts in two of his last three outings.
|Red Sox minor league notebook: Yoan Moncada likely will be exposed to new position, but not right now||06.23.16 at 7:00 am ET|
1. As soon as Yoan Moncada was promoted to Double-A Portland, you knew the question was coming: When will the second baseman be exposed to a new position?
Double-A is typically the level where positional players typically begin the shift to new positions and with Dustin Pedroia being under contact until 2021, Moncada likely will not stay at second base his entire career.
“We don’t have a specific time frame for him being ready,” president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Monday. “He’s a very good offensive player. He drives the ball. He hits for an average. He’s walked a lot this year. He probably [needs to work on] just his overall skills of the game. He probably needs to work defensively rather than offensively. He’s a situation where he’s a fine offensive player. He steals a lot of bases — probably going to learn some of the nuances of stealing bases.
“He’s a fine skilled offensive player and he has defensive abilities too, but the thing is as time goes on the question is inevitable, well, where are you going to play him? We’ll just wait and see that. We’ll probably get his feet wet at Double-A at second base, the position he’s most familiar, and those are questions that we’ll tackle in the future.”
One of the best examples of a player getting to Double-A and moving positions is Mookie Betts, who transitioned from second base to center field. He began his Double-A career at the start of the 2014 season and after roughly 35 games, he started playing center field for the first time.
“You have to kind of get acclimated to hitting first,” Betts said this week. “Before you make a position change you need to be fully acclimated to everything that is going on first before that change. They know what they are doing.”
It would seem that is the same approach the organization is taking with Moncada because as of now, there are no immediate plans to have Moncada be exposed to other positions.
“We don’t have any plans at this point,” Red Sox director of player development Ben Crockett said. “I think we’re kind of taking it one step at a time and he’ll be playing second base here in Portland as he makes that transition.”
“Any time you move into a new level I think having some familiarity of where you are playing defensively is important,” he added. “When you’re in a more challenging environment on the field, as you’re making that initial adjustment, you’re not making an adjustment to a new position.”
|Wednesday Red Sox Farm Report: Henry Owens throws 1-hit shutout for Pawtucket; Yoan Moncada makes Double-A debut||06.22.16 at 12:59 pm ET|
Here is a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Tuesday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (38-34): W, 2-0, L, 3-2, vs. Syracuse (Nationals)
— In Game 1 of a doubleheader, Henry Owens allowed only one-hit and no runs in seven innings of work. The left-hander started the game on a strong note by retiring the first 11 batters he faced. He didn’t allow his first hit until there was one out in the seventh inning.
“It felt really good and it’s definitely getting better every start,” said Owens via MiLB.com. “The game plan was just to attack the zone from the first pitch to the last and I think [catcher Ali] Solis did a great job of putting down some good pitches and we just kind of rolled with it from the first inning on.”
“He had better command of the zone and I thought his overall mix was better,” added manager Kevin Boles. “He established the fastball, threw it for more strikes and he did a terrific job.”
Owens went all seven innings (doubleheaders are seven inning) allowing no runs, one hit and three walks with five strikeouts. The 23-year-old lefty is 5-3 in 12 starts with a 3.24 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP.
— The PawSox’ two runs came when Justin Maxwell drew a walk in the fourth inning and eventually came around to score on a Jantzen Witte single and then in the sixth inning, Maxwell hit a double to right field that scored Chris Marrero. Maxwell is hitting .230/.325/.337 in 55 games this season.
|Friday Red Sox Farm Report: LHP Henry Owens underwhelming again; RHP Keith Couch allows 5 runs in Portland loss||06.17.16 at 1:39 pm ET|
Here is a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Thursday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (33-33): L, 5-1, at Indianapolis (Pirates)
— Henry Owens’ start on Thursday night started off well, as he allowed no runs through the first three innings, but he started the fourth inning by allowing a walk, a single and ended up giving up two runs in the inning. Then in the fifth inning, Owens continued to struggle by giving up more three runs. He ended up pitching four-plus innings, allowing five runs (three earned runs), five hits, six walks and two strikeouts. Owens is 4-3 in 11 starts with a 3.62 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP with Pawtucket this season.
— Ryan LaMarre, Dan Butler and Deven Marrero each had two hits for the Pawtucket in the loss.
— Justin Maxwell scored the PawSox’ only run of the game in the seventh inning after Butler hit a single to center field and the Indianapolis center fielder made a throwing error to third base allowing Maxwell to score.
|Sunday Red Sox Farm Report: LHP Henry Owens solid again for PawSox; LHP Jalen Beeks on roll for Salem||06.12.16 at 11:17 am ET|
Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Saturday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (32-30): L, 3-1, vs. Louisville (Reds)
— Left-hander Henry Owens delivered his second straight strong start, allowing one run in 5 2/3 innings on six hits and two walks (to his final two batters) while striking out five. The only run came on a homer in the first inning.
“Overall, we’re starting to see some progress with his last three outings,” PawSox manager Kevin Boles said. “I liked how he was able to go cross corner with his fastball into righthanded hitters and it looked like he was more aggressive attacking the zone.”
— Right-hander Anthony Varvaro relieved Owens and got out of the bases-loaded jam he inherited in the sixth by inducing a force out at second. Varvaro has not allowed any of his 15 inherited runner to score this season. However, Varvaro ended up taking the loss after giving up a run in the seventh on two walks, an error and an RBI groundout. The 31-year-old is 3-2 with a 2.33 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in 17 games this season. Opponents are hitting just .186 against him.
— Wesley Wright pitched the final two innings and gave up one run in the ninth on two singles and a sacrifice fly. The 31-year-old left-hander is 0-1 with a 2.37 ERA and 1.32 WHIP in 14 appearances this season.
|Tuesday Red Sox Farm Report: Henry Owens takes ‘couple steps forward’ in solid start for PawSox; Pat Light records 4th save||06.07.16 at 9:42 am ET|
Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system Monday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (29-28): W, 2-1, vs. Toledo (Tigers)
— Pawtucket pushed its record above .500 thanks to a strong performance on the mound from Henry Owens. He didn’t receive a decision, but the left-hander gave up just one run on five hits and struck out six in 5 2/3 innings of work.
“I feel I took a couple steps forward tonight,” Owens told pawsox.com following the game. “From a consistency standpoint, I feel I was able to repeat my delivery within an at-bat from the first inning on.”
After being optioned to Pawtucket from Boston on May 6, Owens is 3-1 and has allowed 18 earned runs in 32 innings pitched. The 23-year-old is 4-2 with a 3.60 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP in nine starts with the Triple-A affiliate. Batters are hitting only .215 against Owens in the minor leagues.
— Chris Dominguez drove in both of Pawtucket’s runs, going 1-for-3 with two RBIs. In the first inning, the 29-year-old hit a two-out RBI single to drive in Justin Maxwell and put the Red Sox on the board. Then in the sixth inning with the bases loaded, Dominguez hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score the go-ahead run. On the year, Dominguez is batting .244/.253/.333 in 23 games with Pawtucket.
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