Red Sox minor lines: Rafael Devers comes stateside (and goes nuts)

Rafael Devers' travel issues are sorted out. Condolences to opposing GCL pitchers.

Pawtucket W 3-2 (In 10)

Will Middlebrooks: 1-2, BB
Travis Shaw: 2-4
Garin Cecchini: 1-5, K
Deven Marrero: 1-4, 2B, BB, K
Alex Hassan: 2-5, 2B, K

Steven Wright: 8 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
Alex Wilson: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

15 hits and three runs? Man, the Red Sox and Paw Sox look more alike by the day. For better or worse.

(Mostly worse)

Salem L 6-7

Justin Haley: 3 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

This actually was a start for Haley--he's not gone back to piggybacking duties--just not a good one. June was actually a deceptively good month, though, so no reason to get worried about one of Boston's more surprising (at least, more surprising in a positive sense) pitching performances just yet.

Greenville L 9-13

Forrestt Allday: 0-4, BB, 3 K
Tzu-Wei Lin: 0-4, BB, K
Manuel Margot: 1-5, 2 K

Jamie Callahan: 4.1 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Callahan, on the other hand, just can't get his feet underneath him. It's been a total mess all year long.

Lowell L 4-7

Danny Mars: 3-4
Sam Travis: 2-4
Nick Longhi: 1-4, 2B, K
Cole Sturgeon: 0-4, K, E

Karsten Whitson: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Danny Mars is the clear standout so far in Lowell, collecting 13 hits in his fist seven games and translating his speed into five extra bases along the way. The sixth-round pick has a few more strikeouts than you'd like to see out of a guy with his offensive profile, but it's easy for a number like that to be inflated early due to the small sample size.

Of course, the same is very true of hits, so...

GCL Red Sox W 13-3

Josh Ockimey: 2-4, 2B, BB
Victor Acosta: 0-4, K
Rafael Devers: 4-4, 2B, 3B, BB

The jump from the DSL to a U.S.-based team is often underrated. While it's true that usually we're talking rookie-level to rookie-level, there's a lot to be said for the simple impact of being in an unfamiliar environment. Maybe that's the sort of difficulty that doesn't shine through right away, maybe Devers had plenty of time to prepare while waiting for his travel papers, or maybe he's just not the sort of person to let this bother him. Whatever the case, it's pretty rare for a player to introduce himself quite so emphatically as Devers did here.

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