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Red Sox minor lines: Andrew Benintendi knows no slump

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Andrew Benintendi couldn't buy a hit for a while there, so he walked. Now he's just doing both.

Pawtucket L 0-3

Jackie Bradley Jr.: 0-4, K
Daniel Nava: 0-3, K, E
Rusney Castillo: 1-4
Travis Shaw: 1-3, K
Allen Craig: 1-3, K
Marco Hernandez: 0-3, K

Edwin Escobar: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HR

Portland W 2-0

Manuel Margot: 0-4
Carlos Asuaje: 0-4, K
Sam Travis: 2-4, 2B

Williams Jerez: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Margot is the guy getting all the hype in the rankings, but Sam Travis is the one having more post-promotion success. With nine hits in his last five games, he's boosted his average all the way from .258 to .302. His power numbers are noticeably down from his time in Salem, and that's never going to be his best attribute, but it should come around some both with time and age.

Salem L 0-4

Wendell Rijo: 0-3, BB

Greenville L 4-5

Yoan Moncada: 1-5, 2 K
Rafael Devers: 2-5, HR
Nick Longhi: 1-3, 2 BB, K
Javier Guerra: 0-5

Not dealing with any power problems: Rafael Devers, who's pushing double digit homers as an 18-year-old in Greenville. Doesn't sound like a lot, but he and Javier Guerra are actually the only guys in the South Atlantic League top-10 in homers who aren't at least 20, with most coming in at 22 to 23.


Lowell L 3-4

Luis Alexander Basabe: 1-5, K, SB
Andrew Benintendi: 1-2, HR, 2 BB
Victor Acosta: 1-4, K
Josh Ockimey: 0-4, K

Jake Cosart: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Andrew Benintendi seems to be all the way back from his slump after these past three games. A slump, mind you, that has dragged his season line all the way down to... .250/.429/.472.

Granted, top college player in short season ball. He should be doing well. But meeting expectations counts for plenty when the expectations were so high to begin with. The Red Sox have had a rash of their first picks having slow starts. It's nice to see Benintendi showing no signs of joining that group.