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Red Sox minor lines: Uncanny power in Single-A

Many of the most interesting players down in Greenville are not without their problems. But if nothing else, the Drive can certainly hit the ball a long way.

Pawtucket L 4-8

Rusney Castillo: 2-4, BB
Allen Craig: 1-3, BB, K, E
Travis Shaw: 1-3, BB, K, E
Garin Cecchini: 0-3, BB, K

Steven Wright: 5 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR
Noe Ramirez: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Not the greatest of starts for Steven Wright. Also not the worst given the errors behind him. But the Red Sox could use that safety net right now given that two of their five starters are Rick Porcello and Justin Masterson.

Portland L 0-2

Shane Victorino: 1-4, K
Carlos Asuaje: 1-4
Sam Travis: 1-3, POCS
Manuel Margot: 0-4, 3 K

A sudden spate of strikeouts for Manuel Margot, who hadn't had even a single K since June 24.

Salem L 7-8

Wendell Rijo: 2-5, 2 2B, 2 K

Ty Buttrey: 5 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 2 K

And make it three straight two-hit games for Wendell Rijo, who could certainly use the hot streak. Can't say the same for Ty Buttrey, obviously. In fact, even in his worst games this season, Buttrey hadn't offered up so much as five runs this year before now, and had only surrendered four in one.

Greenville L 3-4 (In 10)

Yoan Moncada: 1-4, BB, 2 K
Rafael Devers: 2-5, HR, K
Nick Longhi: 1-5, K
Javier Guerra: 2-5, 2B

I won't pretend that Rafael Devers' six homers are an unusual feat even down in the Low-A South Atlantic League. Indeed, there's actually some 27 other players who have him matched in that figure.

The difference is that he's the only one of them who comes in at 18 years old. In fact, all but a handfull of those players are at least 20, with some significantly older. Of the few who come in even as low as 19, two are his teammates in Michael Chavis and Javier Guerra. Greenville has some uncanny power.

Lowell L 2-5

Luis Alexander Basabe: 2-4
Victor Acosta: 1-4, K, SB
Josh Ockimey: 0-4, 2 K
Mitchell Gunsolus: 1-3, BB, 2 K

Since starting the season 0-for-8, Luis Alexander Basabe has been making the New York - Penn League look easy. Granted, he's not one of the guys who's seeing this level of competition for the first time. He's been competing professionally since 2013 now thanks to coming up through the DSL, and in his time in the GCL last year, however short, he would very likely have run into some fresh college draftees. Still, he's of an age with those players fresh out of high school who have a tendency to struggle in Lowell, and he's doing anything but.

GCL Red Sox W 3-1

Yoan Aybar: 1-4, K, A