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Red Sox minor lines: Rafael Devers is due

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Rafael Devers isn't off to the sort of hot start teammates Andrew Benintendi and Yoan Moncada can lay claim to. But it's through no fault of his own.

Pawtucket W 13-1

Deven Marrero: 2-6, 2B, 3 K
Sam Travis: 2-5, HR, BB, 2 K

Edwin Escobar: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

The bad: Sam Travis is striking out kind of a lot. 9 times in 33 plate appearances thus far.

The good: He's still hitting to an .800 OPS in the early going despite an awfully aggressive push to Pawtucket following just half a season in Double-A Portland. Travis is being pushed hard by the Red Sox, and he's still managing to hold his own.

Portland W 8-5

Kevin McAvoy: 5.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
Luis Ysla: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Salem W 6-5

Yoan Moncada: 1-4, 3B, BB, K
Mauricio Dubon: 1-2, 2 BB, SB, E
Andrew Benintendi: 1-5
Nick Longhi: 0-4, 3 K
Rafael Devers: 0-4

Travis Lakins: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

Rafael Devers has put the ball in play 22 times this season, but only had it drop for a hit four times. That's not likely to last, nor is the resulting .696 OPS which, if you think about it, is actually kind of impressive all things considered. He's drawn five walks and all but one of his hits on the season is for extra bases. If he keeps doing that sort of thing, and a couple more ground balls find holes, Devers is gonna find himself right up there with Benintendi (.344/.382/.656) and Moncada (.320/.452/.480) where he belongs soon enough.

Greenville L 1-4

Michael Chavis: 1-4, K
Josh Ockimey: 1-4
Luis Alexander Basabe: 2-4, 2B
Austin Rei: 1-3, BB
Kyri Washington: 0-4, K

Last year, this group of five players struck out a combined 357 times over 1048 at bats. It makes it pretty easy to figure out what to focus on when following the team this year. Thus far, they've got 31 in 128. It's not a terrific number, and could swing back the other way easily enough, but at the very least it's improvement. Of course, taking the group as a unit is also not the best way to look at it, and Ockimey in this case is pulling the number in the wrong direction, with everyone else looking slightly better.