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Red Sox minor lines: A productive year ends

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Another minor league season ends. This one more productive for the Red Sox than most.

Pawtucket W 10-2

Marco Hernandez: 4-5, 2B, HR
Garin Cecchini: 1-4, BB

Matt Barnes: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Pawtucket almost feels like a weak point in the system this season, but really it's entirely the opposite. No, it's not impressive anymore. But that's because Blake Swihart, Brian Johnson, and Henry Owens were all called into action. And that's to say nothing of the fact that Pawtucket is where JBJ found his groove again. No, it doesn't look like there's much help to be had for 2016, but only because all the Triple-A guys are hanging out in Boston already.

Portland W 10-4

Manuel Margot: 2-5, 2 2B, K, A
Carlos Asuaje: 2-4, HR, BB

Portland...well, Manuel Margot started strong before going on a prolonged fade, but he at the very least finished strong. Carlos Asuaje has...lingered you could say, but is kind of teetering on the edge at this point after finally facing an age-appropriate challenge. Surprisingly enough, the real golden boy ended up being Sam Travis once he made the jump.

Salem W 4-2

Kevin McAvoy: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
Luis Ysla: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Salem died out quickly when Margot and Travis were called up, with only the middling pitching prospect of the day to rely on. Sadly, this is where the dreams of the 2013 draft went to, if not die, then at least fade, with the first-round pick in Ball once again failing to inspire any confidence, and Teddy Stankiewicz not quite meeting even the solid side of his solid-but-unspectacular reputation.

Greenville L 2-4

Yoan Moncada: 1-4, K
Michael Chavis: 1-4
Rafael Devers: 2-4, 2 2B, E
Andrew Benintendi: 0-3, BB
Javier Guerra: 1-4

A subdued finish for what was definitely the team of the year. Devers managed to bookend mediocre middle months with a white-hot start and finish. Yoan Moncada of course emerged as the prospect the Red Sox hoped he'd be after shaking off the early rust. And for those weeks with Andrew Benintendi, the Drive were truly ridiculously stacked, to the point where fine prospects like Longhi and one of the year's few breakouts in Guerra were overshadowed.

The one big disappointment comes in Michael Chavis, whose mediocre performance as a first-round pick stands in sharp contrast to his teammate Benintendi. Chavis managed only one month with an OBP of .300, and failed to produce a .700 OPS over the course of the season, striking out a remarkable 144 times in 435 ABs.  The one bright side: 16 homers from a young middle infielder, but those power numbers will go away fast when pitchers realize they don't need to give him anything to hit.

Lowell L 7-9

Mitchell Gunsolus: 0-3, 2 K
Josh Ockimey: 0-4
Victor Acosta: 0-2
Tucker Tubbs: 1-3, BB
Tate Matheny: 1-2, 2B

The leaders of the next wave have either already moved on from Lowell or, in the case of Anderson Espinoza, skipped it entirely, but there were some interesting performances from young bats who could make up the second tier of said wave, and for those newly drafted players who didn't live up to expectations (Rei, Matheny for instance), early struggles in Lowell are hardly unexpected, even if guys like Benintendi make it look so easy.