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Red Sox minor lines: Finding room for Sean Coyle

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The Red Sox need to find something to do with Sean Coyle before the Rule-5 draft. Right now, that something should probably be "putting him on the roster."

Pawtucket L 1-6

Mookie Betts: 2-3, 2B, 3B, BB, K
Shane Victorino: 0-2, K
Will Middlebrooks: 0-2
Garin Cecchini: 1-2, K
Travis Shaw: 0-4, 2 K
Christian Vazquez: 0-3, K
Alex Hassan: 0-3, 2 K

Allen Webster: 6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR
Alex Wilson: 1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Mookie Betts' promotion to Pawtucket has been plagued with cancelled games to the point where it can be a little hard to keep up with how things have actually gone for him in Triple-A. So far, though, if he hasn't been as unbelievably dominant in Pawtucket as he was in Portland, he's still kind of killing it. .292/.404/.479 in around 60 plate appearances is a good way to kick off any stint. Strikeouts are up some, walks are down some, and as a result so are all the rate stats, but Mookie looks awfully good for a 21-year-old playing one step from the majors.

Portland L 7-8

Deven Marrero: 3-5, 3B
Blake Swihart: 2-5, HR
Sean Coyle: 2-4, HR, BB, K
Keury De La Cruz: 0-4, 2 K

Keith Couch: 3.1 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 0 K

Sean Coyle refuses to be written off as a hopeless injury case. Even if he weren't hitting .353/.408/.568 in 139 at bats now, his six homers and nine stolen bases as a middle infielder would be enough to make him hugely interesting.

The question is: what do the Red Sox do with him? Coyle is Rule-5 eligible at the end of the season, and if a team like the Astros isn't willing to use up a 25-man roster spot on a 22-year-old middle infielder who's just destroying Double-A, they're doing it wrong. With Coyle's trade value presumably pretty low for the type of performance he's put in, courtesy of all those aforementioned injuries, Coyle seems like a guy they really have to find room for on the 40-man if they don't want to just throw away value.

Lowell L 3-4

Nick Longhi: 1-4, 2B, K

DSL Red Sox W 5-0

Luis Alexander Basabe: 2-4, 3B, BB
Luis Alejandro Basabe: 2-3, SB
Rafael Devers: 2-4, 2B, BB, POCS

God help us, the second Basabe brother has debuted. Alexander is the outfielder who's been playing all along, Alejandro the speedy middle infielder with less power. Now repeat that 100 times and maybe, just maybe we'll all be able to keep track of this over the years to come.

Can you imagine a world where they bat 1-2 for the Red Sox? It's the longest of shots, but it'd be pretty amazing.