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Red Sox minor lines: Brian Johnson goes Jekyll and Hyde

There was a lot of good stuff from Brian Johnson on Sunday. And a fair few runs.

Pawtucket L 4-5

Allen Craig: 2-4
Bryce Brentz: 1-4, K
Travis Shaw: 2-4, 2B
Deven Marrero: 1-4, 3 K

Brian Johnson: 7 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 1 HR

Wish I could say this was one of those games where Brian Johnson does everything right and gets punished by some weird weak hits, but the Louisville Bats seem to have made plenty of good contact...when they weren't striking out.

Portland L 2-3

Carlos Asuaje: 1-4, K
Keury De La Cruz: 0-3, BB, 2 K

In all honesty, I don't really know what I'm waiting for from Keury at this point. There's little enough reason to believe he's a real prospect. He had that one big year, and since then hasn't shown any real ability to reach base or the impressive power of 2012.

Salem W 2-0

Sam Travis: 1-4, K

Trey Ball: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K

If you're looking for progress from Trey Ball, if you project his current numbers out to his 2014 inining total...

2014: 4.68 ERA, 39 BB, 68 K

2015: 4.75 ERA, 40 BB, 63 K

Yeah, he's doing it at the next level up. So that's better. It would also lead to Ball being in Triple-A at age 22. But he'd be in Triple-A at age 22 without a single good season to his name. Maybe that good season comes when he repeats a level and catches up to the expected age. But maybe the promotion schedule is just...too aggressive.

Greenville L 2-3

Rafael Devers: 1-4
Javier Guerra: 0-4, 2 K
Michael Chavis: 1-3, 2B, 2 K

And while we're busy getting on the case of guys who are punching above their level age-wise (or at least attempting to), Rafael Devers has gone without a homer since his big two-bomb game, and it's been nearly as many games without after as it was before. Sure, he's still hitting .328/.363/.474, but we want long balls!