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Red Sox minor lines: Whiplash and wear

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It wasn't exactly a banner couple of days for Boston's farm system, but where the upper minors provided some positives, there was little redemption to be found in the lower levels.

Pawtucket L 1-4

Mookie Betts: 1-5, K
Alex Hassan: 1-4
Travis Shaw: 2-4, K
Blake Swihart: 1-4, K
Deven Marrero: 0-4, 2 K

Henry Owens: 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
Heath Hembree: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

Pawtucket L 4-9

Mookie Betts: 0-4, BB, K
Alex Hassan: 3-5, HR
Bryce Brentz: 1-4, HR, K
Travis Shaw: 1-4, BB, K
Garin Cecchini: 1-4, BB, 2 K
Blake Swihart: 2-4, BB, 2 K

Homers have really not been a problem for Henry Owens until this game. In fact, he had allowed only six in 120 innings of work in Portland. To put that in context, a 0.45 HR/9  would rank eighth amongst qualified MLB starters, just ahead of Chris Sale. Given that, we might want to call the homers a bit of a fluke and instead focus in on Owens' 21 strikeouts in his first 18 innings up in Pawtucket.

Portland W 5-1

Keury De La Cruz: 2-3, HR, BB
Michael Almanzar: 0-3

Eduardo Rodrigeuz: 6 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
Noe Ramirez: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Portland W 1-0 (In 10)

Keury De La Cruz: 3-4, 2B
Michael Almanzar: 1-4, 2 K

How far can Eduardo Rodriguez take this change of scenery thing? There's not much time left in the minor league season, but if he has another few games like this, he might actually leave what looked like a disappointing season as another solid entry in the record books.

The same goes for Keury De La Cruz, though his innate plate discipline problems remain.

Salem W 3-2 (In 11)

Carlos Asuaje: 2-5
Manuel Margot: 0-4, 2 K

Salem W 17-9

Carlos Asuaje: 2-5, 2B, BB, K, E
Manuel Margot: 3-5, HR

As goes Manuel Margot, so go the Salem Sox? Probably more to do with the pitcher on the mound...

Greenville L 4-16

Cole Sturgeon: 2-4, HR, BB
Tzu-Wei Lin: 2-4, 2B, BB, E
Wendell Rijo: 1-3, 2B, 2 BB
Sam Travis: 2-5

Trey Ball: 2 IP, 5 H, 9 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 1 K, 2 HR

Greenville L 3-9

Cole Sturgeon: 1-4
Tzu-Wei Lin: 3-4, POCS
Wendell Rijo: 1-4
Sam Travis: 1-4, 2B

Jamie Callahan: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 7 BB, 3 K

We've seen some truly putrid pitching from the lower levels of the farm system this season, but Trey Ball went from showing signs of figuring it out to this disaster so fast he'll probably wind up on the disabled list with whiplash. Jamie Callahan's seven walks are really just the comic icing on this awful cake.

Lowell W 5-0

Danny Mars: 0-4, K

Kevin McAvoy: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Lowell L 1-6

Danny Mars: 0-3

GCL Red Sox L 1-2 (In 7)

Luis Alexander Basabe: 1-3, K
Rafael Devers: 0-3

Jake Cosart: 2.2 IP, 0 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 3 K

GCL Red Sox L 10-11

Josh Ockimey: 1-4, K
Luis Alexander Basabe: 0-2, 2 BB, 2 K, CS
Michael Chavis: 2-4, 2B, K
Trenton Kemp: 0-2

Rafael Devers has slowed way down in recent weeks. Given the timing of this slump, coming well after he got off to a hot start in the GCL, I'm guessing it's less to do with seeing better pitchers in the new league and more to do with the wear and tear that comes from suddenly playing everyday, and doing so in a new environment to boot. If this is all we get from Devers this year, though, it's still one very exciting start to a career.