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Red Sox minor lines: The fast track for Andrew Benintendi?

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Andrew Benintendi just got to Greenville, but the smart money says he won't linger there for too long.

Pawtucket L 0-7

Deven Marrero: 1-4
Marco Hernandez: 1-4
Garin Cecchini: 0-3

Portland L 5-7 (In 15)

Sam Travis: 2-7, HR
Carlos Asuaje: 1-5, 2B

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

Travis is still shy of double digits in homers this late in the season, on a pace that would leave him with 11 or 12 given a full MLB-sized year. This is not entirely unexpected, mind. The knock on Travis is that he doesn't really look like your typical first baseman in that department, and he's done what's necessary to keep up his offensive numbers in spite of that. Still, it'd be nice to see some improvement in that department as he grows, if only to get up into the 15-to-20 range.

Greenville L 3-4

Michael Chavis: 1-5, 2B, K
Rafael Devers: 2-5
Andrew Benintendi: 2-5, 2B
Nick Longhi: 1-3, BB
Javier Guerra: 1-3, BB, K

Three straight multi-hit games for Benintendi now, who is hitting better in Greenville than he did in Lowell. At this point Salem seems like the easy call for him to start 2016. That's not exactly unusual for Red Sox first rounders out of college. Both Deven Marrero and Kolbrin Vitek made that jump, and Matt Barnes still found his way there in a hurry even though he started his first full season in Greenville. But unlike some of those other names, Benintendi seems more than ready to make the jump, and might well be on to Portland soon after if he's really as far ahead of the Greenville competition as he seems. After all, lots of these guys will be making the jump with him to start 2016.

Lowell L 5-10 (In 11)

Victor Acosta: 0-5
Tucker Tubbs: 2-5, K
Tate Matheny: 0-5, 3 K
Kyri Washington: 0-4, BB, 3 K

GCL Red Sox W 4-1

Yoan Aybar: 0-1

Anderson Espinoza: 4.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K

I was hoping I could call this the worst start of Espinoza's season, just because that would be fun and silly, but alas, there was that two-run outing with three walks to two strikeouts that has to rank lower. This zero earned run effort can only go down as one of his worst.