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Red Sox minor lines: The strange season of Trey Ball

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Trey Ball is looking suddenly successful on the surface. But it's the sort of success that seems awfully hard to sustain.

Portland L 2-7

Carlos Asuaje: 1-4
Sam Travis: 3-4

Alright, so Sam Travis' July is no less red-hot. It's just more concentrated.

Salem L 1-3

Wendell Rijo: 1-4, 2 K

Trey Ball: 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 HR

Trey Ball's season is almost certainly going to look weird come the year's end. He's got a 49:36 K:BB to go with his 3.68 ERA which, as you probably know, is not the sort of number that peripherals like that tend to produce. The hope is that this is some sort of foundation to build on. The concern is that seasons full of questionable pitching do not tend to be. But it's more hope than last year provided...assuming it keeps up this way.

Lowell L 3-8

Luis Alexander Basabe: 0-1, 4 BB
Tate Matheny: 1-3, 2 BB
Austin Rei: 0-2, BB, K
Victor Acosta: 2-5
Tucker Tubbs: 0-4
Mitchell Gunsolus: 0-4, BB, K

Jake Cosart: 2.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 K

Basabe has not exactly been a highly disciplined hitter thus far this season, making a four-walk night all that much stranger.

GCL Red Sox W 8-3

Jagger Rusconi: 0-5, 2 K
Yoan Aybar: 2-3, 2B, BB, SB

Anderson Espinoza: 4 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K

Anderson Espinoza allows his first GCL runs of the season and doubles his run total across all levels. In other words, it's been a good year thus far.