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Red Sox minor lines: Keury De La Cruz vs. history

Players like Keury De La Cruz don't tend to make it big. But he's lasted longer than others that have come before him.

Pawtucket W 2-1

Jackie Bradley Jr.: 1-4, K
Alex Hassan: 0-4
Bryce Brentz: 1-3, BB, K
Garin Cecchini: 0-2, BB
Deven Marrero: 1-3

Brandon Workman: 6.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Brandon Workman excels in the minors, but we've seen him do that more than enough in the past. What he's yet to prove is that he can do that over the course of a full season.

Portland W 3-2

Sean Coyle: 1-4, K
Keury De La Cruz: 2-4, 2B

Noe Ramirez: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Keury De La Cruz reminds me a lot of Oscar Tejeda from a few years back. Tejeda came in with slightly higher expectations thanks to his large (at the time) signing bonus, but quickly fell to the same level of obscurity as Keury with disappointing performances. Ultimately, both broke out with big seasons marked by power, but with a serious red flag to be found in their plate discipline.

Keury's big season was better than Tejeda's, and his follow-up season not quite as disappointing. Where Tejeda never really made it back to productivity, however, Keury's half-season with Portland has seen some positives, with a .356/.424/.586 August the headliner. The major red flag still remains, however, with 52 strikeouts and 14 walks in 246 at bats. Keury has managed to outrun history so far, but to make it to the majors, he's going to have to prove he's an exception to the rule.

Salem L 4-6

Carlos Asuaje: 0-4, BB, 2 K, A
Manuel Margot: 0-1

Margot gets in a pinch-hitting appearance just a few days after his injury. Not ready for nine innings yet, I suppose, but good that things are not so bad as they originally seemed.

Greenville W 6-1

Cole Sturgeon: 1-5
Tzu-Wei Lin: 1-3, 2 BB, 2 K
Wendell Rijo: 0-4, BB
Sam Travis: 1-3, 3B, BB
Danny Mars: 1-4, K

Teddy Stankiewicz: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

Teddy Stankiewicz' ERA is 80 points down in just a month and a half. While the prospects aren't exactly killing it in the majors, more than a few of those struggling in 2014 have really turned it around as the season comes to a close.

GCL Red Sox W 7-4

Rafael Devers: 1-3, 3B, 2 BB
Michael Chavis: 1-4, 2 K
Luis Alexander Basabe: 1-4, 2B, 3 K
Josh Ockimey: 0-4, BB, K
Trenton Kemp: 3-5, K

Michael Kopech: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K

The GCL wastes no time with their playoffs. The Red Sox are through a one-game semifinals and off to face the Yankees in a best-of-three championship.