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Red Sox minor lines: Mookie Betts is insane

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Small players are hitting for big power in Salem.

Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

8/23

Pawtucket L 1-4

Box Score

Brock Holt: 1-4, K
Ryan Lavarnway: 0-4, 2 K
Jeremy Hazelbaker: 2-4, 2B

Portland L 1-3

Box Score

Deven Marrero: 1-5, K
Garin Cecchini: 1-3, BB
Michael Almanzar: 0-3, 2 BB

Matt Barnes: 4 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, E

It looked a little bit ago like Matt Barnes was going to get on a roll, but he hasn't really been able to fully maintain it. 2013 will go down as, if not a disaster, than something of a disappointment from at least this portion of the Three Bs.

Salem W 18-5

Box Score

Sean Coyle: 1-6, HR, 4 K
Henry Ramos: 1-5, 2B, BB
Keury De La Cruz: 3-5, 2B, HR, BB
Blake Swihart: 3-6, E
Mookie Betts: 5-6, 2 2B, 2 HR

Good God, Mookie Betts! He's Pedroia sized, hitting for power, hitting for average, doing it all after a promotion into a very hitting-light league. It's nice to hear Keith Law acknowledge he's legit, but damn, I don't even think we needed confirmation--this would be a mighty impressive imitation of quality from a fluke.

Greenville L 3-4

Box Score

Kendrick Perkins: 0-3, BB, 2 K
Jose Vinicio: 0-4, 2 K, E

Lowell L 0-6

Box Score

Forrestt Allday: 1-4
Williams Jerez: 0-3, 2 K

GCL Red Sox W 2-0

Jordon Austin: 1-4, K
Bryce Brentz: 0-3, K

8/24

Pawtucket W 5-4 (In 10)

Box Score

Jackie Bradley Jr.: 1-6, K
Brock Holt: 1-6, 2B, K
Ryan Lavarnway: 2-5
Jeremy Hazelbaker: 1-5, K, SB, E

Rubby De La Rosa: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K

Jackie Bradley Jr. is in the midst of one of his weird slumps where he hits in eight-of-nine games but never really pads on in any given one.

Portland W 4-2

Box Score

Deven Marrero: 1-3, BB, K
Garin Cecchini: 1-4, BB
Michael Almanzar: 0-4, BB
Christian Vazquez: 2-3, 2B, BB, SB
Travis Shaw: 0-4, 2 K

Keith Couch: 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

The difference between a weird Garin Cecchini slump and a weird Jackie Bradley slump is that, while Garin Cecchini won't hit in quite as many games, he'll still maintain an OBP over .400 during what appears to be a downturn.

Salem W 4-2 (In 12)

Box Score

Sean Coyle: 2-4, 2B, HR, 2 BB, 2 K
Keury De La Cruz: 0-6, 2 K
Mookie Betts: 0-4, BB
Cody Koback: 0-3, BB
Henry Ramos: 0-1

Brian Johnson: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

With all his strikeouts and injuries and long slumps, Sean Coyle makes you want to give up on him over and over again. Except that he still has 13 homers in 184 at bats in Salem this year. How do you ignore that?

Greenville W 8-1

Box Score

Kendrick Perkins: 1-4, BB, 2 K

Lowell L 4-7

Box Score

Manuel Margot: 2-5, 2 K

Teddy Stankiewicz: 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

GCL Red Sox W 4-3

Box Score

Jordon Austin: 0-5, 3 K

Myles Smith: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

Now with four professional outings under his belt, Myles Smith has still allowed just one baserunner.

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