Red Sox minor lines: Manuel Margot keeps on slugging

Manuel Margot was not a prospect known for his power. But he might end up that way given how 2014 has started.

Pawtucket L 4-7

Brock Holt: 4-5, 2B, HR, SB
Alex Hassan: 1-5, 2 K
Ryan Lavarnway: 0-3, BB, K
Bryce Brentz: 0-2, 2 BB, K
Garin Cecchini: 2-4
Christian Vazquez: 1-4

Rich Hill: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Brock Holt is on a mission to prove he should have been given a chance at the major league level. Since his brief call-up he's gone 9-for-16 with a double, a homer, two stolen bases and a walk. The Red Sox aren't going to give up on Ryan Roberts so soon by any stretch of the imagination, but Holt is pushing from below.

Portland W 11-2

Deven Marrero: 3-5, 2B, K
Travis Shaw: 1-5, K
Henry Ramos: 2-4, 2B, K
Blake Swihart: 1-4
Sean Coyle: 1-2, 2 BB, K

The Sea Dogs score 11 runs and Mookie Betts isn't playing?! What kind of cruel torture is this?

At least those present took full advantage. In fact, Portland's top prospects seem to be off to uniformly great starts. Deven Marrero's has started the season with an OPS up over .900, Swihart is at .850, and both Betts and Owens are simply insane. Even Sean Coyle is doing his usual early-season thing, looking like the awfully solid prospect he seemed like in years past.

Salem L 5-7

Justin Haley: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K

Just pretend it was rained out.

Greenville W 13-2

Tzu-Wei Lin: 2-5, 2B
Manuel Margot: 2-4, HR

Pat Light: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K

Now Manuel Margot has tripled his home run total from 2013. With one more he'll match his 2012 total from down in the DSL. As a speed-first player we were expecting stolen bases from him, but if he keeps on rounding them without getting a chance I don't think anyone will complain about the lack of swipes.

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