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Hanley Ramirez won’t be playing 1B in near future 05.24.17 at 5:00 pm ET
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John Farrell

John Farrell

John Farrell stopped by the Dale & Holley show for his weekly appearance on Wednesday afternoon before the Sox took for the second game of six-game homestand. For the full interview, go to the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.

With first baseman Sam Travis set to make his major league debut on Wednesday night against Rangers lefty Martin Perez, Farrell discussed Hanley Ramirez’ potential to play first moving forward.

“If it’s available to us, yeah,” Farrell said when asked whether he wants to see Hanley play first against American League ballclubs. “But I think at the same time, you know, if physically that’s creating some issues for him, what I don’t want to do is jeopardize and miss at-bats in the DH slot.”

Ramirez has only started one game at first all season, and while Farrell indicated two weeks ago on D&H that he hoped to see Hanley play first against left-handed pitching, discomfort has stood in the way.

“There have been times when he got out there and he got injured over in Milwaukee,” Farrell said.

Farrell made the distinction that this is not a matter of choice, but rather one of “physical well-being.” That being said, Farrell said that he would like to play first at some point.

“While he’s been successful at the DH slot, you know, we’re going to take the best of what each player can give us as well.”

As of right now, that seems to be utilizing Mitch Moreland, who is tied for the MLB lead in doubles with 16, while also mixing in some at-bats for Travis.

“Sam Travis was swinging the bat extremely well over past seven-eight games,” Farrell said. “We get him here, we got four consecutive series where we’re going to have one possibly two, left-handed starters in some of those series, and I felt like this was a chance to get his first exposure at the big leagues.”

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Friday Red Sox Farm Report: Sam Travis records 5 hits in PawSox extra innings loss 05.19.17 at 9:59 am ET
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Sam Travis led to offense in the PawSox loss. (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports)

Sam Travis led to offense in the PawSox loss. (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports)

Here is what happened in the Red Sox farm system on Thursday:

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (15-21): L, 11-10 at Scranton W/B

— The PawSox fell in 11 innings after coming back from a 10-5 deficit in the ninth courtesy of a Matt Dominguez grand slam. Sam Travis went 5-for-6 in his fourth straight multi-hit game. Travis hit two doubles with three RBI. Rusney Castillo was 2-for-5 with two doubles and a home run.

— PawSox starter Kyle Kendrick gave up seven runs on nine hits in his three innings. Brandon Workman gave up a home run but struck out five.

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (18-17): L, 4-3 vs. Hartford

— The Sea Dogs gave up a 3-2 lead in the eighth to suffer the loss to Hartford. Portland loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth before Joseph Monge hit into a fielder’s choice to end the game.

— Jalen Beeks gave up two runs, six hits and struck out seven in his 6 2/3 innings. Ty Buttrey got the loss after giving up one earned run, three hits and a walk in his two innings.

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (25-15): W, 10-7 vs. Frederick 

— With a 10-0 lead in going into the fifth, Salem gave up seven runs late in the game, but ultimately kept the lead for the win.

— Michael Chavis hit his eighth home run of the season to put Salem on the board in the first inning. Austin Rei also hit a home run, his second of the year. Tate Matheny added an RBI triple.

— Salem starter Daniel McGrath pitched 3 2/3 shutout innings, giving up six hits and three walks before Jordan Weems took over and caused the real damage. Weems gave up five earned runs, including a home run, and five hits in his 2 1/3 innings. Yankory Pimentel got the win after giving up an unearned run and two hits.

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (26-13): W, 10-3, W, 3-1 vs. Asheville 

— Greenville swept Asheville in the Thursday doubleheader, beginning with a blowout win in the first game.

— The Drive had a total of 12 hits and scored four of their runs in the third inning. Santiago Espinal hit an RBI single and Ryan Scott followed up with an RBI groundout. Roldani Baldwin also hit a two-run homer.

— In Game 2, Daniel Gonzalez threw five innings in which he gave up one run and just two hits with eight strikeouts.

— Offensive highlights included a Lorenzo Cedrola triple and a Scott RBI double. Scott and Chris Madera each had two hits in the game.

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Thursday Red Sox Farm Report: Sam Travis goes 2-for-4 in PawSox loss; Sea Dogs lose despite 4-run first inning 05.11.17 at 9:53 am ET
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Sam Travis continues to swing the bat well. (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports)

Sam Travis continues to swing the bat well. (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports)

Here is what happened in the Red Sox farm system on Wednesday:

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (15-14): L, 5-2 vs. Scranton W/B

— Sam Travis went 2-for-4 with a single, double, walk and RBI. The double was his seventh of the season and he now has at least one hit in 11 of his last 14 games.

— Henry Owens got the start for the PawSox and allowed three walks, six hits and four runs in five innings.

— Robbie Ross Jr. pitched a solid ninth inning, recording three strikeouts.

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (16-12): L, 6-5 vs. Binghamton

— Portland got off to an early lead with four runs in the first inning, but ultimately fell after Binghamton responded with four of their own in the second and one each in the fourth and eighth.

— During the first inning rally, Rafael Devers scored on a wild pitch, Nick Longhi hit an RBI single, while Joseph Monge and Jordan Procyshen each hit a single.

— Sea Dogs starter Jacob Dahlstrand got a no-decision after giving up five runs in 3 1/3 innings. Jake Cosart gave up a run and three walks in one inning to take the loss.

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (21-11): W, 7-2 at Buies Creek 

— After falling behind by a run in the first, Salem answered with five runs in the second to take the big lead and a blowout win. It was Salem’s sixth win in their last seven games.

— In the five-run rally, Trenton Kemp walked and then scored on a dropped toss to the shortstop after Nick Lovullo hit a bouncer to the second baseman. Michael Chavis also walked with the bases loaded to score Bryan Hudson, and Josh Ockimey hit a single to score Lovullo and Chad De La Guerra.

— Salem starter Matt Kent pitched six innings, gave up seven hits, two runs, one walk and struck out three for the win.

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (20-13): L, 3-0 at Lakewood

— Greenville was shut out after failing to answer the three runs Lakewood scored in the third inning. Starter Robby Sexton earned the loss after giving up five hits, three runs one walk and striking out five in five innings.

— Lakewood held Greenville to just two hits, both by Lorenzo Cedrola, one of which was a lead-off single in the ninth.

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Tuesday Red Sox Farm Report: Sam Travis homers for PawSox; Kevin McAvoy tosses 7 shutout innings for Portland 05.09.17 at 9:38 am ET
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Sam Travis homered for the PawSox on Monday. (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports)

Sam Travis homered for the PawSox on Monday. (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports)

Here is what happened in the Red Sox farm system on Monday.

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (14-13): W, 3-0 vs. Scranton W/B

— Hector Velazquez gave the PawSox a solid outing, as the right-hander tossed 6 1/3 shutout innings while scattering three hits, walking two and striking out four. He now has a 1.23 ERA this season.

— Out of the bullpen, Brandon Workman threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings and then Blaine Boyer pitched got the last out in the eighth and the ninth to earn the save.

— Sam Travis was the star at the plate, as he hit his second home run of the season. The first baseman went 2-for-4 in the game and is now hitting .250 on the season. Third baseman Matt Dominguez also homered in the fourth inning.

— Brock Holt served as the designated hitter in a rehab game as he works his way back from vertigo. He went 0-for-4 in the game.

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (15-11): L, 2-0 vs. Binghamton

— Despite the loss, starter Kevin McAvoy was outstanding on the mound. The right-hander tossed seven shutout innings, while scattering two hits, walking one and striking out six.

— Reliever Austin Maddox took the loss as he allowed two runs in the ninth inning.

— At the plate, the Sea Dogs recorded just four hits as a team. Josh Tobias, Mike Olt, Nick Longhi and Joseph Monge all hit safely.

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (19-11): Scheduled off-day

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (20-10): W, 4-3 vs. Augusta

— Starter Darwinzon Hernandez retired the first 13 batters he faced until he allowed an infield single with one out in the fifth inning and things went downhill from there. He finished the night going 5 1/3 innings and allowed three runs on two hits, while walking two and striking out six.

— After Augusta tied the game at three in the sixth, the Drive pulled ahead for good in the bottom half of the inning on a Bobby Dalbec sacrifice fly.

— Left fielder Tyler Hill and first baseman Mitchell Gunsolus each picked up two hits at the plate.

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Red Sox minor league notebook: 2017 Opening Day power rankings 04.06.17 at 12:58 pm ET
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Rafael Devers is hoping to build on the second half he had last season. (Butch Dill/USA Today Sports)

Rafael Devers is hoping to build on the second half he had last season. (Butch Dill/USA Today Sports)

Thursday is Opening Day for the Red Sox’ minor league system, so it is the perfect time to take a look at the top prospects in the organization. Certainly, it’s not as strong as it was a year ago with all the departures in the offseason, most notably Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech.

While the overall system is now in the middle-to-bottom across the league, there are still several talented players to watch.

Here are our minor league prospects power rankings to open the 2017 season.

1. Rafael Devers — The 20-year-old third baseman will open the season in Double-A Portland as he looks to continue his development. It was an up-and-down 2016 season as he struggled early on, but got things to click in the second half. Overall, Devers hit .282 with 11 home runs and 71 RBIs with High-A Salem, which comes after he was named to the Futures Game in 2015. One of the biggest things he was able to do last year was vastly improve his defense. Despite not being very tall, he has a great deal of power. If he can keep his body in shape and continue to develop, the left-handed hitter has the talent to be the Red Sox’ third baseman of the future.

2. Jason Groome — There’s a lot of hype for the Red Sox’ No. 12 overall pick in last year’s draft, as he was considered by some to be the best overall player in the 2016 draft class, but fell to the Red Sox due to signability and makeup concerns. The Red Sox did their homework on the 6-foot-6 lefty and so far there have been no issues. As a high school senior at Barnegat High School in New Jersey, Groome posted a 0.77 ERA in 39 2/3 innings. By coming out of high school there’s a lot for Groome to learn, but he has the potential to be a quality starter in the big leagues. He will open the year with Single-A Greenville.

3. Sam Travis — Travis is coming back from a torn ACL suffered last season, but the organization clearly likes what they see in him. They could have signed a first baseman to a multi-year deal this past offseason, but didn’t likely because they know the first baseman is one step away from the big leagues at Triple-A. In 47 games last year with Pawtucket he batted .272 with six home runs and 29 RBIs. The 23-year-old is very serious and all about winning. He doesn’t have much power, but has a solid all fields approach and could potentially be called up to the majors at some point this season.

4. Bobby Dalbec — Besides Groome, Dalbec may be the best player the Sox drafted in the 2016 draft. A two-way player out of Arizona, the 21-year-old will now strictly play third base after also pitching as a member of the Wildcats. Drafted in the fourth-round, he got off to a great start as a professional. In 34 games with Lowell, he hit .386 with seven home runs. Not pitching will likely allow his hitting to get even better. He will open the season with Single-A Greenville.

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Red Sox make roster moves with Opening Day 1 week away, including optioning C Blake Swihart to Triple-A 03.27.17 at 8:45 am ET
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Blake Swihart was optioned on Monday. (Nick Turchiaro/USA Today Sports)

Blake Swihart was optioned on Monday. (Nick Turchiaro/USA Today Sports)

Opening Day is one week away and the Red Sox are trimming their roster.

On Monday morning, the team optioned catcher Blake Swihart and shortstop Deven Marrero to Triple-A Pawtucket. Also, the Sox sent catcher Dan Butler and first baseman Sam Travis to minor league camp.

Swihart is the biggest name, but it was pretty much assumed he would start the year in Pawtucket given he is the only catcher with options.

Sandy Leon and Christian Vazquez will be the two catchers on the roster.

Travis is a name to watch as he missed the majority of last season with an ACL tear, but the former second-round pick could potentially be added to the big league roster at some point this season. Some view him as the first baseman of the future and was the reason why the organization didn’t sign one to a big deal this offseason.

The Red Sox host the Pirates next Monday in the season opener.

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Monday Red Sox Farm Report: Sam Travis leaves PawSox game with injury; Andrew Benintendi stays hot for Portland 05.30.16 at 10:17 am ET
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Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system Sunday.

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (24-26): L, 8-2, vs. Indianapolis (Indians)

— Pawtucket starter Keith Couch let up a six-run inning, blowing the game wide open. It tied the most runs the PawSox have allowed in a frame all season. Couch, who returned to Pawtucket from Double-A Portland before the game, let up six hits that inning, two of them home runs, to receive his second loss of the season with Pawtucket. Before that inning, the right-hander let up only one run and two hits in the first three frames, totaling a strikeout in the process.

The performance gives Couch a 3-2 record with a 3.83 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP in seven games with both Pawtucket and Portland. The 26-year-old has struck out just 21 batters in 40 innings of work this year, and batters are hitting .273 against him.

— Relieving Couch was Robby Scott, who impressed in 3 2/3 innings pitched. He struck out four and allowed only three hits and an earned run in his appearance. Following him was Anthony Varvaro, who also whiffed four batters in the final 1 2/3 innings.

Throughout the season, both Scott and Varvaro have been reliable bullpen members for Pawtucket. Scott, 26, is 3-0 with a 3.13 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP, while the 31-year-old Varvaro is 2-1 with a 2.95 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP. Varvaro is second on the team in ERA among pitchers who have appeared in at least ten games, and Scott’s 29 strikeouts ranks second among relievers.

— Besides the loss, some more bad news for Pawtucket, as first baseman Sam Travis left the game in the third inning with a leg injury. Travis, who leads Pawtucket in RBIs (29), was chasing down a baserunner to apply the tag when he stumbled and fell to the ground. He stayed down for a few minutes before being helped off the field by trainers.

Pawtucket manager Kevin Boles told the Patriot Ledger after the game that Travis was having “left leg discomfort” and would be undergoing evaluation.

Boston’s No.7 prospect on MLB.com, Travis is having a solid year, batting .272/.332/.434 in 47 games. Drafted by the Red Sox in 2014, the 22-year-old was struggling at the plate as of late, going 1-for-13 in his last four games.

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Sunday Red Sox Farm Report: Pat Light earns save with 101 mph fastball; Yoan Moncada triples, steals 2 more 05.22.16 at 9:40 am ET
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Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Saturday.

Pat Light

Pat Light

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (21-22): W, 7-4, at Buffalo (Blue Jays)

— RHP Pat Light (Boston’s No. 15 prospect at MLB.com) earned a four-out save (his second save in two opportunities this season), hitting 101 mph on the stadium radar gun on his final pitch: a 1-2 count fastball on the outside corner that was a called strike three. Light, 25, has struck out 20 in 15 2/3 innings this year with nine walks in 11 outings. He’s given up a total of six earned runs on the season for a 3.45 ERA, and opposing batters are hitting just .158 against him.

— First baseman Sam Travis (Boston’s No. 7 prospect at MLB.com) hit a two-run double (video here) in the sixth with the bases loaded to break a 3-3 tie, pulling a 1-2 offspeed pitch into the left field corner. Travis, 22, finished 2-for-5 to put his slash line at .285/.339/.444 with five homers, nine doubles, 25 RBIs and 22 runs scored over 40 games played.

Selected by Boston in the second round of the 2014 draft out of Indiana University, Travis was the Red Sox 2015 Minor League Offensive Player of the Year as he slashed .307/.381/.452 split between High-A Salem and Double-A Portland, with nine homers, six triples, 32 doubles and 78 RBIs in 131 games.

— RHP Sean O’Sullivan had a no-decision start with a final line of: 4 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO (59 pitches, 40 strikes). The 28-year-old O’Sullivan allowed three hits in the first but limited the damage to just one run. After zeroes in the second and third, Travis was unable to glove a sinking throw at the first-base bag from a charging third baseman Chris Dominguez on a bunt, and later in the frame Dominguez was charged with a fielding miscue of his own as Buffalo took a 3-2 lead.

Saturday was O’Sullivan’s first appearance back with Pawtucket after getting a pair of starts for Boston on May 10th and 15th in Red Sox victories over Oakland and Houston, respectively. O’Sullivan allowed nine earned runs in those two starts over a combined 10 1/3 innings and was outrighted back to the PawSox after being designated for assignment.

— Lefty Reliever Robby Scott took over for O’Sullivan in the fifth and picked up the win (3-0, 2.13 ERA) with 3 2/3 innings of work allowing just one earned run — a solo homer in the eighth — on three hits. The 26-year-old Scott struck out one and walked none and now has eight whiffs to no walks allowed in his last four appearances. On four occasions this season Scott has pitched three or more innings of relief and allowed one run or less in those outings. Scott has been especially tough on right-handed batters this year, holding them to a .190 batting average.

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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
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Sam Travis

Sam Travis

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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Monday Red Sox Farm Report: Sam Travis hits 2 home runs; Ty Buttrey struggles yet again 05.16.16 at 10:51 am ET
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Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system Sunday.

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (18-19): W, 12-7, vs. Gwinnett (Braves)

— Sam Travis belted two home runs, collecting five RBIs in the process. Travis, 22, made Gwinnett pay right away in the first inning with a three-run shot. He struck again in the sixth, clobbering a two-run homer that almost landed past the Pawtucket bullpen. Including Saturday’s doubleheader, Boston’s No. 7 prospect at MLB.com hit three home runs in six plate appearances.

“Travis made the wind look like it was blowing out to left field today,” manager Kevin Boles said after the game. “He had a great approach.”

After the productive weekend, Travis has a .290 AVG/.805 OBP/.457 SLG stat line. He leads the team in hits (40), runs scored (22), doubles (8) and RBIs (23).

— Despite getting the win, southpaw Henry Owens had another shaky outing. Owens, who continues to get starts in Pawtucket after being demoted from Boston earlier this month, allowed seven earned runs on eight hits in five innings and 99 pitches. He also gave up three home runs.

“When he’s right, he’s hitting the fastball cross-corner to right-handed hitters, and everything else sets up from there,” Boles told the Providence Journal. “But he’s had this pattern now where he’s missing high to his arm side. We’ve got to get it on the other side of the plate.”

On the season, Owens is 3-1 in Pawtucket with a 2.70 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. The 23-year-old also has recorded 33 strikeouts in 30 innings pitched, which leads the team.

— Marco Hernandez had a strong showing at the plate, going 3-for-4 with three runs and an RBI. He also managed to be on base for both of Travis’ home runs. Boston’s No. 13 prospect at MLB.com, the second baseman is batting .333/.827/.441 with seven doubles and 11 runs scored.

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