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Red Sox minor lines: Espinoza's dominance continues

He's not Boston's most valuable pitching prospect--those honors go to Henry Owens or Brian Johnson--but even all the way down in the GCL, Anderson Espinoza might be the most exciting arm in the farm system.

Pawtucket L 3-4 (In 12)

Deven Marrero: 1-5
Allen Craig: 2-5, 2B
Garin Cecchini: 0-5, K

Edwin Escobar: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
Pat Light: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 0 K
Heath Hembree: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 K

23 free passes in 26 innings for Pat Light. His strikeouts are still through the roof, but that walk rate has gone from unfortunate to untenable since his promotion.

Portland L 3-4 (In 7)

Manuel Margot: 1-3, BB
Carlos Asuaje: 0-3
Sam Travis: 1-3

Portland W 6-4 (In 7)

Manuel Margot: 0-3, K
Carlos Asuaje: 0-3
Sam Travis: 0-2, BB

Relatively quiet days in Portland. It feels like Carlos Asuaje is fading completely from the scene he briefly emerged on. But...his OBP is still respectable, at least.

Salem W 5-4

Kevin McAvoy: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 0 K

What is this? The day of all walks and no strikeouts? C'mon, guys, gimme something to work with, here.

Greenville L 2-3

Michael Chavis: 2-4, K
Rafael Devers: 0-2, 2 BB
Javier Guerra: 0-4, K

Michael Chavis' season is still pretty damn depressing as a whole, but at least August is looking better. At .282/.333/.487, this is not only his first month with a .800 OPS (so far), but also his first with an OBP over .300.

Lowell L 4-6

Luis Alexander Basabe: 0-5, 3 K
Andrew Benintendi: 1-4, BB, K
Tucker Tubbs: 0-4, K
Kyri Washington: 0-4, K
Tate Matheny: 0-4, K
Austin Rei: 2-4, 2B, K

Is Austin Rei waking up? It'd be nice to see something out of the third-round pick before season's end.

GCL Red Sox W 6-3

Anderson Espinoza: 4 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K

Ah, Espinoza to the rescue. One thing these lines don't show: hitters can't even put the ball in the air against him. He's got a 3.68 GO/AO ratio to go with his K/9 over nine and ERA under one. He's only 17, but he's almost certain to make the GCL-to-Greenville jump next year, and when he does, it wouldn't be surprising to see him force his way to Salem once he shows he can hold up in longer outings. Bri