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Red Sox minor lines: The rise of Mookie Betts

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Mookie Betts is making a name for himself in May.

Pawtucket L 3-6

Box Score

Bryce Brentz: 1-4, K, E
Jeremy Hazelbaker: 1-4, K, SB
Jose Iglesias: 0-3
Brock Holt: 1-3, K

Franklin Morales: 4 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 2 HR
Andrew Bailey: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Bad rehab outings for both Morales and Iglesias. Probably not worth getting worked up over, though. Rehab starts have a way of being pretty unrepresentative..

Portland W 10-7

Box Score

Xander Bogaerts: 3-5, 2B, 2 K, SB
Travis Shaw: 0-4, K
Michael Almanzar: 0-5, 2 K

Anthony Ranaudo: 4 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K

Xander breaks out of a 2-for-19 slump with a big night. Ranaudo's night is not quite so impressive. Curiously, every single time he has walked more than one batter this year, he's walked three, and struck out five.

Salem W 3-2

Box Score

Sean Coyle: 0-2, 2 BB, K
Deven Marrero: 2-5, 2 2B
Garin Cecchini: 2-4, BB, K
Keury De La Cruz: 1-4, 2 K
Brandon Jacobs: 0-3, BB, 3 K
Blake Swihart: 1-4, K
Henry Ramos: 1-4, HR, K

Marrero has had a bit of a rough time since returning from injury. Hopefully this signals a return to his early-season form.

Greenville L 8-10

Box Score

Mookie Betts: 2-4, HR, BB, SB
Cody Koback: 1-4, BB

Cody Kukuk: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 0 K

So, hope in Greenville? Perhaps. Even as the team's entire pitching staff has sunk to new depths this week, Mookie Betts has been giving people a reason to pay attention. A pint-sized middle infielder, Betts was a fifth round pick in 2011 who failed to make a good first impression and struggled mightily through April. So far in May, however, Betts is hitting a ridiculous .382/.514/.745. He's got 34 walks to just 16 strikeouts, and nine stolen bases in ten attempts to boot. With the team as dismal as it is right now, he's certainly worth keeping an eye on. His name is also just fantastic.