|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.
|John Farrell on internal competition for 5th starter spot: ‘Someone grab it’||06.03.16 at 5:49 pm ET|
The answer lies within.
That was John Farrell’s message, at least for now, as the Red Sox try to fix their ailing pitching staff.
Fresh off allowing seven home runs in a 12-7 loss to the Orioles on Thursday, the Red Sox return to Fenway for three games with the rampaging Blue Jays, who have won seven of their last eight, including two of three from the Red Sox last weekend.
The focus is on a pitching staff that has allowed at least 10 runs in three of its last six games including consecutive losses to the Orioles that totaled 25 runs. With fifth starter Joe Kelly demoted to the minors, the door is wide open for one among Kelly, Clay Buchholz, Roenis Elias and Henry Owens to step forward and take the last spot in the rotation when the Red Sox next need a fifth starter in a couple of weeks.
“Someone grab it,” Farrell said on Friday before David Price opened the series with the Jays.
The problem is none of the candidates has emerged yet this year. Kelly owns an 8.46 ERA, and Buchholz is at 6.34. Owens walked more than a batter an inning in his first stint with the Red Sox, and Elias has posted a 4.60 ERA at Triple-A Pawtucket, though he has pitched better of late.
Still, one of them must emerge.
“That’s the only way I look at it right now,” Farrell said. “It’s who we have, both here and who might be coming through the system to join us.”
Farrell said if Elias continues to pitch well — he recently struck out 21 in consecutive starts — he’ll get a chance. He’s not inclined to put Kelly in the bullpen. Buchholz will be given a chance to pitch his way back into the rotation from middle relief.
“My job and our staff, we’ve got to get the most out of the guys here,” Farrell said. “And we believe in them. I’ll tell you, we sit here where we are today because we’ve got a very good group of young players. We’ve got some guys in our rotation that are pitching very well. Eddie [Rodriguez] coming back to us is a boost. There’s a lot that is really going well, and granted, there are some games that have kind of blown up on us and we’re looking to even those out.”
|Wednesday Red Sox Farm Report: Chris Marrero hits 10th HR for PawSox; LHP Henry Owens earns win||06.01.16 at 12:49 pm ET|
Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system Tuesday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (25-27): W, 6-4, at Gwinnett (Braves)
— Chris Marrero had a good day at the plate for Pawtucket, going 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run. His two-run home run in the third inning was his 10th blast of the season, tying him for the lead in the International League. He also hit his 13th double on the year later in the game.
Drafted by the Nationals in 2006, Marrero, 27, is batting .279/.335/.529 in 47 games. Marrero leads the team in hits (48) and doubles (13) and is second in RBIs (28).
— Pawtucket gave the start to Henry Owens, who allowed four runs and three hits in six innings pitched. Owens, who was demoted from Boston after struggling with his control, walked three and struck out four on 99 pitches. He let up four runs in the first three frames before settling down and retiring the last 10 batters he faced.
On the year, Owens, 23, is 4-2 with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP. Since returning to Pawtucket on May 6, the left-hander is 3-1 in five starts. Despite spending time in Boston’s rotation this year, Owens still ranks second on the team in strikeouts (42).
— Right fielder Justin Maxwell had another strong game at the plate, going 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run after having a four-hit game on Monday. He is batting .255/.354/.390 this year. Maxwell hit a solo home run in the fifth inning, immediately after Ryan LaMarre crushed a solo homer to center field to put the PawSox ahead 5-4.
|Friday Red Sox Farm Report: PawSox LHP Henry Owens struggles with control; Ryan Court hits 2 triples, 1 HR for Portland||05.27.16 at 11:07 am ET|
Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Thursday.
TRIPLE-A PATWUCKET RED SOX (23-24): L, 11-4, vs. Lehigh Valley (Phillies)
— It was a rough day for PawSox starter Henry Owens. In the first inning Owens let up two singles, a double, two walks and a sacrifice fly and he hit a batter before getting out of the inning. Owens was pulled from the game after 3 1/3 innings, allowing five runs on six hits (including a home run) and five walks with two strikeouts, and he hit two batters. Since rejoining Pawtucket after a brief stint with Boston, Owens has had trouble locating the strike zone. In three of his last four starts he has walked five batters. Owens is considered one of the top pitching prospects in the Red Sox farm system, but he has struggled this season. With Pawtucket the 23-year-old-left-hander is 3-2 in seven starts with a 3.52 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP. In three starts with the big league club Owens has not recorded a decision in 12 1/3 innings with a 5.11 ERA and a 2.10 WHIP.
— Rusney Castillo and Ryan LaMarre hit home runs for the PawSox. Castillo finished the day 2-for-5 with a strikeout and two runs scored. He now is hitting .254/.310/.331 in 33 Triple-A games this season. LaMarre went 3-for-4 with a strikeout and now is hitting .313/.358/.434 in 23 games with the PawSox.
— The bullpen was unable to help salvage the game for the PawSox. Robby Scott came on in relief for Owens and lasted 2 2/3 innings, giving up four runs on five hits (two home runs) with three strikeouts. The 26-year-old left-hander has appeared in 11 games for Pawtucket this season, posting a 3.21 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. Wesley Wright followed and allowed two runs on three hits (one home run) with one strikeout in two innings. Noe Ramirez closed things out with a scoreless ninth inning, allowing one hit and recording a strikeout.
|Red Sox minor league notebook: Could Sam Travis be Hanley Ramirez’s replacement at first base in 2017?||05.19.16 at 11:31 am ET|
1. There will be a lot of questions next offseason with the Red Sox’ big league club.
If David Ortiz does indeed retire, Hanley Ramirez likely will move from first base to designated hitter. Then, with Travis Shaw’s outstanding start to the year at third base and plenty of questions with Pablo Sandoval, it would seem Shaw will stay at third base.
This leaves first base open and the Red Sox may not need to look outside the organization, as prospect Sam Travis is proving he deserves a lot of consideration for the job.
Travis was drafted in the second round of the 2014 draft out of Indiana University and he’s performed well at every level he’s played.
In 40 games with short-season, Single-A Lowell after being drafted he batted .333 and was promoted to Single-A Greenville to end the 2014 season where he hit .290 with a slugging percentage of .495.
The first baseman started last season with Salem before being promoted to Portland at the All-Star break, after being named to the High-A All-Star Game. Between the two teams, the right-handed hitter batted .307 with nine home runs and 78 RBIs.
Now, 38 games into his Triple-A career, he’s batting .281 with five homers and 23 RBIs. He’s been the PawSox’ most consistent hitter to this point in the season despite being one of the youngest players on the team.
“You just get better playing every day and learning through experience, against better competition and getting your practice in,” Travis said. “Trusting the process, you’ll gradually get better.”
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