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Red Sox minor lines: Power missing and maybe found

Allen Craig's homer highlights the one aspect of his game that's been a little underwhelming in Triple-A, while Sam Travis' shows there might be more to him than expected.

Pawtucket L 5-7

Jackie Bradley Jr.: 1-5, 2B, K
Travis Shaw: 2-5, 2B
Allen Craig: 1-4, HR, BB, 2 K
Deven Marrero: 1-4, K

Noe Ramirez: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Allen Craig has pretty much been in control down in Pawtucket, but the power he had in days of yore hasn't really shown up. There's plenty of folks who want to see how he would do back up in the majors with consistent playing time--myself included--but if his performance in Triple-A has been a lot more like the Allen Craig of old, it's still not exactly what you'd expect from an All-Star playing in the minors.

Portland L 1-3

Carlos Asuaje: 1-3, BB

Salem W 7-0

Manuel Margot: 1-5
Sam Travis: 2-4, HR, BB
Wendell Rijo: 1-4, BB, 2 K

For Sam Travis, the power situation is kind of the other way around. There was relatively little expected from him in that department out of the gate, with some expectation he'd add a little more pop, but not all that much for a first baseman down the line. That's his fifth homer of the year, though, to go with 14 doubles and three triples. Maybe he's just reaching his power potential a little earlier than expected, or maybe there's a little more to him than expected. The Sox have certainly developed first baseman in the past who have produced surprising power as time has gone on (Youkilis, Rizzo).

Greenville L 2-4

Nick Longhi: 0-4, K
Yoan Moncaa: 1-4, 2 K
Javier Guerra: 0-4, 2 K
Michael Chavis: 0-3
Rafael Devers: 1-1, HR

Well, yesterday I predicted Devers would pick up four hits after going on an 0-for-10 slide. No such luck, as he was only given the one pinch-hit at bat. But when that one at bat leaves the complaints.