Portland L 2-7
Manuel Margot: 3-5
Carlos Asuaje: 1-4
I find it a bit too easy to forget that, if Margot isn't exactly killing it of late in Portland, he's still played fewer than 50 games in Double-A since his mid-season promotion. There's a lot to be said for simply looking competent after making what is arguably the hardest jump in the minor leagues at just 20 years old.
Salem L 0-8
Trey Ball: 4 IP, 8 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
And now Trey Ball's season looks like a Trey Ball season both in terms of peripherals and results. I suppose it was only a matter of time. At this point, the Red Sox really have to be looking to have him repeat a level, just so that he has some chance at actual success. It's not like he's particularly young at this point, either. He's actually a few months older than Margot, and if Daniel McGrath isn't exactly having a banner season at Salem, he's outperforming Ball, who is nearly the exact same age as him, separated by less than two weeks.
It's certainly fair to ask when--and if--we're going to see some glimmer of the promise that he's supposed to have.
Greenville L 4-9
Yoan Moncada: 1-4, BB, SB
Rafael Devers: 1-4, K
Andrew Benintendi: 1-3, BB, K, E
Nick Longhi: 2-4, BB, K
Javier Guerra: 1-4, K, E
40 stolen bases for Yoan Moncada, who played his first minor league game in the middle of May.
Lowell L 3-4 (In 11)
Tate Matheny: 0-4, K
Luis Alexander Basabe: 1-4, BB, A
Victor Acosta: 0-4, E
Tucker Tubbs: 0-5, K
Kyri Washington: 1-3, 2B, BB
There are few real Lowell highlights since the departure of Andrew Benintendi. Basabe is still fine, but sliding some, and Ockimey's appearances have been sparse of late for whatever reason. After them, there's just not much to go on, with most of Boston's draft picks slow to get going.
GCL Red Sox W 4-3
Logan Allen: 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K
Not all the post-Benintendi picks are slow to start, however. In the scheme of things, this is actually one of Logan Allen's most disappointing games. He's up to 16 innings of 10-hit, 2-run baseball now, with a 20:1 K:BB. It seems odd at this point that he started in the GCL rather than Lowell, but that might be about easing him into professional life as much as anything else, since he's Florida born and bred.