|Thursday Red Sox Farm Report: Jackie Bradley Jr. homers on his birthday; Michael Chavis hits 3 home runs, including walk-off||04.20.17 at 10:16 am ET|
Here is what happened in the Red Sox farm system on Wednesday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (7-6): W, 4-0 at Charlotte
— The PawSox hit two home runs in their 4-0 win over Charlotte and one came courtesy of Jackie Bradley Jr. on his 27th birthday. Bradley went 1-for-3 in the second game of his rehab assignment with the PawSox for a right knee sprain. Josh Rutledge, also with the team for his rehab assignment after a left hamstring strain, went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. Bradley Jr. is expected to rejoin the Red Sox in Baltimore on Friday.
— Brandon Workman and Noe Ramirez pitched a combined three innings in relief. Workman recorded five strikeouts in his two innings of work.
— Yoan Moncada started at second base for Charlotte and struck out three times.
|Tuesday Red Sox Farm Report: Former 1st-round pick Michael Chavis returns from DL, collects 2 hits||04.18.17 at 9:59 am ET|
Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Monday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (6-5): Scheduled off-day.
DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (6-4): L, 8-3, at Binghamton
— Starter Kevin McAvoy took the loss as he had major control issues. The right-hander went 3 1/3 innings and allowed just one hit, but allowed four earned runs because of seven walks. The Sea Dogs trailed 4-1 when he exited the game.
— Offensively, each member of the Sea Dogs batting order recorded at least one hit, except for No. 9 batter Joseph Monge.
— First baseman Mike Olt paced the offense by going 2-for-4 and third baseman Rafael Devers added a double.
HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (7-5): W, 11-2, vs. Wilmington
— Tate Matheny and Chad De La Guerra led the Salem offense by collecting three hits apiece in the blowout win. Second baseman Josh Tobias added a home run. He was acquired in return for Clay Buchholz.
— Michael Chavis returned from the disabled list as the designated hitter and went 2-for-4 with a double and a walk. He missed about 10 days with an elbow injury.
— On the mound, Matt Kent got the win by going 6 1/3 innings and allowing two runs on five hits, while striking out six.
SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (7-5): L, 5-3 at Lexington
— Greenville starter Darwinzon Hernandez was pitching well until the fifth inning when things fell apart. He finished the outing allowing five runs in 4 2/3 innings to take the loss. He walked three and struck out five.
— Tyler Hill and Isaias Lucena paced the offense by collecting two hits each.
— As a team, Greenville finished with just five hits.
|Red Sox minor league notebook: What pitching prospect Michael Kopech still needs to work on||08.25.16 at 10:37 am ET|
1. Top pitching prospect Michael Kopech is dominating High-A Salem.
The right-hander is 4-1 with a 1.23 ERA in 10 starts with the club and over the 51 1/3 innings pitched, he’s totaled 81 strikeouts. In his last start Wednesday night he went a career-high seven shutout innings, allowing one hit and striking out 10, while walking two. Over his last five starts, in four of them he’s had 10 or more strikeouts.
While he’s dominating at this level, the Red Sox still want him to work on pitches other than his fastball, as while he can succeed in High-A with his high 90s fastball, it won’t work in Double-A, Triple-A and especially the majors.
“At that level you’re going to get by with velocity,” Red Sox minor league pitching coordinator Ralph Treuel said. “We’ve seen at the major league level you have to have that second and third pitch. Velocity is not enough and a lot of guys in the big leagues who are throwing in the mid-90s, they have to have something to complement the fastball. Otherwise, they aren’t going to get through the lineup more than one time.”
Given he missed the first two months of the season after breaking his hand during an altercation with a teammate during spring training, he hasn’t thrown as many innings as most other Red Sox starters. With this in mind, there’s a good chance he pitches in the Arizona Fall League.
It will give him an opportunity to work on his stuff, while going against perhaps better competition than he’s facing now.
“It continues to be the mix. Don’t just fire fastballs. Work on your secondary pitches. Keep working on the slider, which has really become a good pitch for him,” Treuel said. “The big thing for me is to use a changeup more often. Major league starters have changeups. He has to realize that and he does realize that and he has picked up the usage I think the last couple outings.”
Kopech has one of the best fastballs in minor league baseball, but as has been seen first-hand at the big league level with Joe Kelly, Kopech needs to develop another pitch/pitches to be successful.
|Wednesday Red Sox Farm Report: Brian Johnson has quality start for PawSox; Salem’s Rafael Devers, Greenville’s Michael Chavis deliver walk-off hits||08.17.16 at 9:39 am ET|
Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Tuesday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (65-58): L, 1-0, at Lehigh Valley (Phillies)
— Brian Johnson pitched well despite picking up the loss, holding Lehigh Valley to one run on four hits in seven innings. The 25-year-old southpaw had a no-hitter through four innings and struck out two in the effort. Boston’s No. 7 prospect at MLB.com, Johnson saw his three-game winning streak snapped with the loss. He now is 5-5 with a 3.48 ERA in 15 minor league starts.
— Jantzen Witte had three hits for the PawSox, who failed to plate a run despite totaling 10 hits. Witte, 26, has hit safely in five consecutive games. He is slashing .279/.354/.402 with 29 doubles in 98 games with both Pawtucket and Portland.
— Ryan LaMarre 2-for-4 on the night. He has a hit in three straight games after going four games without one. The 27-year-old outfielder is batting .297/.373/.434 with 32 RBIs in 256 minor league at-bats.
— Noe Ramirez pitched a hitless eighth inning, striking out one in the frame. That’s now seven of his last eight outings that Ramirez has not allowed a run. The 26-year-old right-hander been impressive coming out of the bullpen for Pawtucket, totaling a 2-3 record with a 2.04 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in 24 appearances. Opponents are batting only .239 against him.
|Farm Report: RHP Michael Kopech fans career-high 11 for Salem; RHP Daniel Gonzalez impressive in Greenville win||08.14.16 at 9:03 am ET|
Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Saturday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (64-55): Postponed, at Buffalo (Blue Jays)
Following Saturday’s rainout, the teams will play a doubleheader Sunday starting at 12:05 p.m.
DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (45-72): Postponed, at Akron (Indians)
Saturday’s game was postponed by rain and will be made up as part of a doubleheader Sunday starting at 1:05 p.m.
HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (70-47): W, 5-2, vs. Wilmington (Royals)
— Hard-throwing right-hander Michael Kopech started the game by striking out the first six batters, and through five innings he had allowed just one hit and one walk while fanning a career-high 11. However, in the sixth the 20-year-old loaded the bases with no outs on a walk, a hit batsman and a bunt single. Reliever Bobby Poyner then induced three ground outs, but two runs scored in the process, tying the game. In eight starts with Salem, Kopech is 2-1 with a 1.41 ERA and 1.10 WHIP. In his three starts this month, he’s struck out 28 batters in 16 innings.
— Poyner was charged with a blown save despite not allowing a hit, but the left-hander also picked up the win after pitching three scoreless innings with no hits, walks or strikeouts. He’s 3-1 with a 5.40 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in 18 appearances with Salem following his midseason promotion from Greenville.
— Right-hander Jamie Callahan pitched a scoreless, hitless ninth inning with one strikeout for his fifth save in eight opportunities.
— Center fielder Joseph Monge, batting leadoff, went 3-for-4 with a double to raise his batting line to .289/.346/.426 with three home runs and 29 RBIs in 60 games with Salem after starting the season in Greenville.
— Designated hitter Danny Mars went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Shortstop Deiner Lopez went 2-for-4 with the go-ahead RBI single in the bottom of the sixth.
|Wednesday Red Sox Farm Report: LHP Henry Owens tosses 6 shutout innings for PawSox; Rafael Devers extends hitting streak to 11 games with Salem||08.10.16 at 1:07 pm ET|
Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Tuesday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (61-55): W, 3-1, vs. Durham (Rays)
— The PawSox relied on six shutout innings from Henry Owens to come away with the win. The southpaw let up only three hits while striking out seven and walking four. He has fanned 23 batters in his last three starts.
“I’ve just been trying to be consistent and hone a delivery that I can repeat over and over again,” Owens said (via MiLB.com). “Since the second half, I’ve felt pretty comfortable, more consistent and more under control.”
The shutout was Owens’ fourth of the season, and the win was his first since July 16. The 24-year-old has pitched much better in Pawtucket after being sent down from the Red Sox. Overall, he is 7-6 with a 3.85 ERA in 20 minor league starts. Opponents are batting just .218 against him.
— Brennan Boesch drilled a two-run home run over the bullpen in right field in the second inning for his fourth long ball of the season. Boesch, 31, has crossed home plate in three straight games and is slashing .240/.287/.404 in 27 games with Pawtucket.
— Christian Vazquez also went deep for the PawSox, hitting a line drive over the right field fence in the fourth inning to push Pawtucket’s lead to 3-0. It’s his second Triple-A home run of the year.
“He’s quieted things down with his lower half and he’s shown better management of the strike zone,” Pawtucket manager Kevin Boles said of his catcher. “When he’s right, he’s looking to right center, and I think he’s done a real nice job.”
Vazquez, 25, is 6-for-9 with five RBIs in his last three games. He is batting .278/.365/.400 in 26 minor league games.
— Rusney Castillo went 2-for-4 to record his eighth multi-hit performance in his last 12 games. He is hitting .412 over that span. The 29-year-old outfielder has bumped his minor league batting average up to .259 for the season.
|Sunday Red Sox Farm Report: RHP Joe Kelly has mixed results in rehab appearance with Lowell; CF Joseph Monge collects 4 hits for Salem||07.10.16 at 10:05 am ET|
Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Saturday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (46-44): L, 3-0, and L, 5-4, at Durham (Rays)
— After the PawSox concluded Friday’s suspended game by dropping a 3-0 decision, they dropped a one-run game in the six-inning nightcap as left-hander Roenis Elias gave up five runs in four innings to take the loss. The 27-year-old from Cuba allowed eight hits — including a deep home run to former major leaguer J.P. Arencibia — and four walks with four strikeouts. Elias now is 6-4 with a 4.21 ERA and 1.52 WHIP in 14 games (13 starts) with Pawtucket this season.
— Right-hander Chandler Shepherd pitched a perfect sixth inning. The 23-year-old, making his sixth appearance with the PawSox since his promotion from Portland, has a 2.70 ERA and 0.70 WHIP in 10 innings.
— First baseman Chris Dominguez, who had a double and a triple in three at-bats, had two of his team’s six hits and knocked in three of Pawtucket’s four runs. The 29-year-old is hitting .225/.253/.406 in 42 games this season.
— Second baseman Ryan Court went 1-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored. His hit was a double. Designated hitter Mike Miller was 1-for-2 with a walk and an RBI.
|Red Sox minor league notebook: Can organization sign 1st-round pick Jason Groome before July 15 deadline?||06.30.16 at 10:48 am ET|
1. One of the biggest questions between now and July 15 for the Red Sox may be off the field as that is the deadline they have to sign No. 12 overall pick Jason Groome.
As has been well-documented, the high school left-hander was expected to be the No. 1 overall pick at one point in time, but slid all the way down to No. 12, as there were reported concerns with his character as well as questions of whether or not he could be signed once he got out of the top five since he reportedly was and still is seeking top five money.
The Red Sox took a chance and selected the New Jersey high school product when it was their turn at No. 12 and now have until July 15 to sign him.
Negotiations between the Red Sox and Groome’s agent Jeff Randazzo didn’t really start to occur until the last week or so, as Groome couldn’t sign a deal until he graduated high school, which was on June 22. According to a source, the two sides are working towards a deal, but it would appear as of now they aren’t close to an agreement.
Groome is said to want a deal well above the slotted value of $3.2 million for the No. 12 overall pick. The Red Sox are doing what they can to free up some of their top 10 bonus pool money for Groome, which is $6,997,400, as they signed two college seniors — Ryan Scott and Matt McLean — to bonuses of $10,000 each. They also signed three more players in second rounder CJ Chatham, sixth rounder Steve Nogosek and eighth rounder Alan Marrero to below slot value deals.
They still have to sign third rounder Shaun Anderson and fourth rounder Bobby Dalbec, who each played in the College World Series, and both are expected to sign for at or just below slot value. Then, 10th rounder Santiago Espinal is close to signing for below slot value as well. Finally, fifth rounder Mike Shawaryn reportedly is seeking an over slot deal, but after him all that is left to sign is Groome. When all is set and done, the Red Sox should have at or just above $4 million to offer Groome.
Looking at the top five picks in this year’s draft, the No. 3 and No. 4 picks were both high school pitchers as the Braves took Ian Anderson out of Shenendehowa High School in New York and the Rockies took Riley Pint out of Saint Thomas Aquinas High School in Kansas. They both agreed to below slot value deals of $4 million in Anderson’s case and $4.8 million in Pint’s case.
Somewhere between $4 and $4.5 million seems appropriate to offer Groome and while he does have the option to not sign and enroll at Chipola Junior College before re-entering the draft next year, there is no guarantee he would go in the top three where he would be likely to get more than the $4.5 million he could potentially get now, especially with how good the 2017 draft class is said to be. He also runs the risk of potentially getting injured, or just not putting up the numbers like he’s been doing to this point in his career.
Not signing would certainly be a risky move for Groome, especially if it is over a couple hundred-thousand dollars. The two sides have until July 15 to come to an agreement and it could come down to the final hours as it appears both sides would like to get a deal done, but just at a price they both can agree on.
|Thursday Red Sox Farm Report: Pawtucket’s Henry Ramos extends hit streak to 6 games; Logan Boyd dazzles for Greenville||06.16.16 at 10:49 am ET|
Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system Wednesday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (33-32): L, 10-6, vs. Indianapolis (Pirates)
— Things looked promising for Pawtucket following the first frame after putting three runs to start the game, but things quickly went downhill after surrendering four runs in the second. At that point it was clear it was going to be a battle of the bats, with the Indians finishing the game with 16 hits to the PawSox’ 12.
Bryce Brentz hit his second home run of the season to center to put the PawSox back up 6-5, but they would go out in the bottom half of the inning and surrender three more runs, followed by two more an inning later.
— Starter Sean O’Sullivan had one of his worst outings of the season, allowing a season-high five runs and ten hits over four innings. He’s now 4-2 on the season with a 3.38 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.
— Five Pawtucket hitters had multi-hit games, including Ryan LaMarre, Jantzen Witte, Brentz and Henry Ramos, who each had a pair of hits, while Chris Marerro had three. Ramos is currently on a six-game hitting streak, with four hits in his last two games and is now hitting .348 in Pawtucket. LaMarre’s single in the first inning extended his on-base streak to 18 games.
— After allowing just eight runs over an 11-game stretch, the PawSox have allowed 16 runs in just two games to start the series against Indianapolis.
|Monday Red Sox Farm Report: PawSox RHP Aaron Wilkerson tosses 6 shutout innings; RHP Mitch Atkins shines for Portland||06.13.16 at 9:48 am ET|
Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system Sunday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (33-30): W, 1-0, vs. Louisville (Reds)
— Pawtucket relied on strong pitching to defeat Louisville on Sunday, as Aaron Wilkerson, Robby Scott and Noe Ramirez allowed only four hits in a combined shutout. Wilkerson got the start, throwing six innings while striking out seven and walking only one. He also did not give up any extra-base hits. Sunday’s win wraps up a seven-game homestand in which the pitching staff let up only 10 total runs.
“Our pitching has been terrific and it all starts with the length we’ve gotten out of our starters,” manager Kevin Boles told PawSox.com after the game. “The whole staff has been effective commanding the zone, and I thought our defense also really took care of the baseball this homestand.”
Since being activated from the temporarily inactive list on June 2, Wilkerson, 27, has 16 strikeouts and has allowed only two earned runs in three appearances. On the year, the right-hander is 4-2 with a 1.98 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP in the minors. Opponents are hitting only .195 against him.
— After Wilkerson was pulled, Scott came in and held Louisville hitless in the seventh and eighth innings. He started the ninth, but allowed a single on the first at-bat. Scott, 26, is 3-0 with a 2.52 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP this season. He has allowed just one run in his last four appearances.
— Ramirez came in after Scott allowed a hit in the ninth to earn his second save of the season. The 26-year-old right-hander forced a double play and another ground out to end the game. Ramirez is 1-3 with a 2.40 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP in 10 games with Pawtucket.
— The Pawtucket bats were held to three hits, which proved to be just enough to secure the team’s ninth win in 12 games. Two of those hits came from catcher Ali Solis. His second-inning, two-out single brought home Bryce Brentz and would prove to be the only run the Pawtucket pitching staff needed.
Solis was called up to Pawtucket on June 5 after playing 20 games with the Portland Sea Dogs. The 28-year-old is batting .162/.224/.221 in 22 total minor league games.
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