Red Sox minor lines: Jamie Callahan explodes onto the scene

Who is Jamie Callahan? Last night he was the guy striking out every other batter.

Pawtucket W 7-4

Brock Holt: 3-5, K
Alex Hassan: 2-4, BB
Ryan Lavarnway: 1-4, 2B, BB
Bryce Brentz: 2-5, HR, 2 K
Garin Cecchini: 1-5, 2 K
Dan Butler: 1-4, 2B, BB

Rubby De La Rosa: 5.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
Drake Britton: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

Rubby De La Rosa is off to a very good start in what might be his last season to make his case for remaining a starter. Given his injury history and Boston's bounty of starting pitchers, a bullpen assignment has seemed to be in his future for a while now. But if he can keep this up, the Red Sox will hesitate to pull that trigger.

Speaking of hot starts, Garin Cecchini was unreal in his first few games, but has stumbled over the last few. Just how good was that start? He's gotten just two hits and now walks in his last 13 plate appearances, and he still has an average of .320 and OBP of .390 on the young season.

Portland W 6-4

Mookie Betts: 2-4, 3B, K
Travis Shaw: 0-3, BB, K
Sean Coyle: 2-4, E

Keith Couch: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
Noe Ramirez: 1.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Mookie Betts has likewise cooled down, which is to say that he on occasion does not reach base. For shame, Mookie. For shame!

Salem W 9-8

Madison Younginer: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

I cannot help but wonder: if Madison Younginer's appearance had been bad, would I have decided enough was enough, and simply not bothered with him at all? Would Salem have simply not shown up on this list despite having played a game? But Younginer was good, and he still has the smallest bit of breakout potential. And so we watch on.

Greenville W 7-6 (In 10)

Tzu-Wei Lin: 1-4
Manuel Margot: 0-3, 2 BB, K
Wendell Rijo: 1-4, BB, K

Jamie Callahan: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 11 K

A pitcher with quite a bit more breakout potential is Jamie Callahan, and hoo boy did he ever show why last night. Callahan has gone relatively unnoticed since being drafted in the second round two years ago, making his way through the GCL and Lowell without really turning too many heads. But Callahan was drafted very young, and with his 20th birthday not until August he's still pretty low on the scale for his level. With his live arm, he's an easy breakout candidate to keep your eye on. As though Greenville didn't already have enough of those.

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