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Red Sox minor lines: Rick Porcello rehabs, Andrew Benintendi moves up

Porcello is back to work on the mound, and Benintendi is headed to Greenville.

Pawtucket W 5-2

Deven Marrero: 1-4, K
Allen Craig: 1-4, K
Marco Hernandez: 0-4, 2 K

Heath Hembree: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Pawtucket L 5-6

Deven Marrero: 1-5, K
Allen Craig: 3-4, 2B
Marco Hernandez: 1-4, 3B, K

Pawtucket W 7-1

Deven Marrero: 1-3, 2 BB
Allen Craig: 2-3, 2B, BB
Marco Hernandez: 1-4, HR, 2 K

Allen Craig still has a .376 OBP down in Pawtucket, but he's probably just been leapfrogged by Travis Shaw on the depth charts even ignoring luxury tax implications thanks to Shaw's surprising performance in the majors. Dreary days for the star of years gone by.

Portland W 6-4

Manuel Margot: 1-4, 2 K, SB
Sam Travis: 2-4, 2B, HR, K
Carlos Asuaje: 3-4, HR

Portland L 1-4

Manuel Margot: 1-4, 2B, K
Sam Travis: 1-4
Carlos Asuaje: 1-4, 2 K

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

Sam Travis went nuts in July, hitting .345/.407/.464, but it was a slightly fragile success with all the implications of a BABIP approaching .400. In August, that triple slash has fallen to .280/.368/.440, but now with no reason to believe it's artificially high. Travis is just solidly good. High contact rates, strong discipline, and just enough power to get by. Hopefully he adds some more of that later down the line, but even if not, Travis has the makings of a tough out.

Salem L 3-7

Trey Ball: 5 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 0 K

As does anyone facing Trey Ball...

Greenville W 8-5

Yoan Moncada: 1-3, BB, 2 K, 2 SB
Michael Chavis: 2-4, 2 HR, K
Rafael Devers: 1-4, 2B, 2 K
Nick Longhi: 1-3, BB, K
Javier Guerra: 1-4, K

Greenville L 2-6

Yoan Moncada: 0-4, 2 K
Michael Chavis: 1-4
Javier Guerra: 0-3, BB, K, 2 E

There's certainly been some positives from Michael Chavis of late, and if his season as a whole has been quite disappointing, it's encouraging that his power is so advanced so early on in his career. Fourteen homers in his first full season out of high school is pretty damn impressive. If he could only fix his strikeout issue...

But until he does, a 30% strikeout rate is a 30% strikeout rate, and usually something of a deal breaker. Guys like Chris Davis and Jack Cust can and could get away with that. But they're the exceptions to the rule, and if Chavis' power is encouraging, it's going to have to come a long way to get to their level.

Lowell W 5-3

Luis Alexander Basabe: 1-3, 2 BB
Andrew Benintendi: 2-5, 2B
Victor Acosta: 0-3
Josh Ockimey: 2-4
Tate Matheny: 0-4, 2 K, SB, A

Rick Porcello: 3.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Lowell L 0-2 (In 7)

Luis Alexander Basabe: 0-1, 2 BB
Andrew Benintendi: 0-3
Tucker Tubbs: 0-2, BB, K
Mitchell Gunsolus: 0-3, K
Austin Rei: 0-3, 2 K

Hopefully Rick Porcello has taken the time off to recollect, and perhaps worked with Sox staff to figure out something about why he suddenly became one of baseball's worst pitchers. We won't really know anything until he's back in the majors, though, and I can't pretend to be looking forward to that moment of truth.

These, by the way, are the last lines of Andrew Benintendi at Lowell. The first round pick is off to Greenville for the last two weeks per SoxProspects, which should hopefully satisfy some of the more restless folks around these parts.

GCL Red Sox W 3-0

Yoan Aybar: 1-3, 3B

Logan Allen: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K

That's now a complete game shutout's worth of innings in the books for Logan Allen since he allowed a run in his first outing. It's also 13 strikeouts to one walk. He's easily the most exciting guy without a picture on his prof--wait.

Never mind. But still! Good on Allen!