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Red Sox minor lines: The best from the best

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It was a quiet night in the minors for all but the best prospects, who had some pretty big games.

Pawtucket L 2-6

Deven Marrero: 1-4
Marco Hernandez: 1-4, K
Allen Craig: 0-4, K
Garin Cecchini: 0-3, K

Noe Ramirez: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K

The best are not in Pawtucket. Not anymore. No sir.

Portland W 2-1

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

But Manuel Margot qualifies, and Sam Travis is getting there. Solid performances all-around in Portland.

Salem L 2-3

Daniel McGrath: 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Salem also lacks the best. No offense to the likes of Stankiewicz and Buttrey, solid prospects that they are.

Greenville L 1-5

Yoan Moncada: 3-4, 2B, HR, 2 SB
Michael Chavis: 0-4, 2 K
Nick Longhi: 0-4, 2 K

Here we go. Yoan Moncada is one nasty man. Nastier than this level, certainly. I'm honestly surprised they didn't decide to challenge him after he went nuts in July. Now that he's hitting .378/.451/.644 in August it's basically confirmed his early-season issues were just a matter of rust.  Oh, and 37 stolen bases in 40 attempts over just 66 games. He might not move on to Salem this season. He also might belong in Portland.

GCL Red Sox W 5-2

Yoan Aybar: 0-4

Anderson Espinoza: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K

Speaking of guys who could use a multi-level jump, Anderson Espinoza is remarkably unchallenged in the GCL. And I know I've said this before, or at least come awfully close to it, but Espinoza's fastball really might just cut through the South Atlantic League. We've seen that happen before, and if it generally happens with more experienced players, Espinoza doesn't pitch like most 17-year-olds.