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Red Sox minor lines: Positive trends for Cecchini and Ball

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Garin Cecchini and Trey Ball are putting together positive ends to negative seasons.

Pawtucket L 6-10 (In 12)

Jackie Bradley Jr.: 1-6, K
Alex Hassan: 0-4, 2 BB, 2 K
Bryce Brentz: 2-5, HR, BB, K
Travis Shaw: 1-6, 3 K
Garin Cecchini: 3-5, 2B, BB, K
Deven Marrero: 1-5, BB, K

Anthony Ranaudo: 6.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 2 HR

That's sixteen straight games on base for Garin Cecchini. He's not going to be able to completely salvage his 2014 campaign by any means--even this excellent month has just barely boosted his OPS over .700--but he's given himself a platform to launch from in 2015.

That's kind of what the Sox were hoping to do with Jackie Bradley. So far, though, that's not been happening.

Portland W 5-0

Sean Coyle: 2-3, 2 BB
Keury De La Cruz: 1-5, K

Sean Coyle's fire has been lost since June, culminating in yet another DL stint in August. Hopefully he'll be able to recapture some in these last couple weeks.

Salem W 7-4

Carlos Asuaje: 3-3, 2 BB
Manuel Margot: 0-2, BB, K

Asuaje has given the Red Sox plenty of reason to believe he could handle an aggressive promotion to Portland to start 2015. He's got a 10-game hitting streak, and has reached base safely in 23 of his last 26 games. The surprising power has even carried over nicely to Salem. It's time to give the 11th round pick from 2013 a chance to catch up with an age curve he's been behind from the get-go.

Greenville W 8-5

Danny Mars: 1-5
Tzu-Wei Lin: 2-5, 2B, K
Wendell Rijo: 2-4, 2 2B, BB, K
Sam Travis: 2-5, HR, 2 K

Trey Ball: 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

It used to be that Trey Ball would put up an occasional encouraging start and surround it with disasters. That trend has been flipped around in these last couple months. He's still far from a finished product, but the Red Sox are starting to see results from their work on their first-round project pick.