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Red Sox minor lines: Sam Travis breaks through

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Sam Travis didn't get off to the hottest start this season, but with a huge weekend, he might be ready to catch fire.

Pawtucket Game 1 L 2-3 (In 7) (5/14)

Deven Marrero: 1-4, 2B
Marco Hernandez: 0-3, K, E
Sam Travis: 0-3, K
Blake Swihart: 1-2, BB

Eduardo Rodriguez: 5.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2 HR
Noe Ramirez: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Pawtucket Game 2 W 8-6 (In 7) (5/14)

Rusney Castillo: 3-4, 2B
Blake Swihart: 1-3, BB, K, CS
Sam Travis: 2-4, HR

Brian Johnson: 5 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 5 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Pawtucket W 12-7 (5/15)

Rusney Castillo: 1-5, BB, K
Marco Hernandez: 3-4, BB, K
Sam Travis: 2-3, 2 HR, 2 BB
Blake Swihart: 3-4, 2B, BB, E
Deven Marrero: 0-3, BB

Henry Owens: 5 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 3 HR
Roman Mendez: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
Pat Light: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

A lot to get through here.

Let's start with the good, I guess. Sam Travis is king here. His season had been...decent to this point given a reasonably aggressive promotion, but it was also underwhelming coming off such a strong spring performance. Now, in the span of two games, he's bumped his OPS up by a full 95 points, which is damn impressive this deep into the season. He doesn't need to keep doing this, God knows, but if he just keeps trending upward even slightly, he'll re-emerge in discussions for the post-Ortiz roster.

Also good--or, at least, suddenly reasonable--is Rusney Castillo, who holds a line of .319/.347/.426 in May. At this point, the trust just clearly isn't there within the organization, but as Brock Holt continues to drop off, Castillo might actually play his way into a call-up, presumably replacing one of the bench bats and returning Holt to a utility role as the Sox roll the dice.

Moving onto the mediocre, Eduardo Rodriguez still isn't quite where he wants to be given those homers. The velocity is almost all the way back, though, and it sounds like we're in for just one more start at Pawtucket which, given the alternatives for those last rotation spots, can't come quickly enough.

And the bad: everyone who's naturally in Pawtucket's rotation (ie: not by way of rehab assignment). It's so bad at this point that it feels like the organization has to take a look at the coaching staff down there. These aren't just pitchers who aren't living up to expectations. These are pitchers imploding on a weekly basis. There has to be some reason that none of Johnson, Owens, and Elias even look like organizational arms at this point.

Portland W 13-2 (In 7) (5/14)

Teddy Stankiewicz: 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Portland L 1-8 (5/15)

Ty Buttrey: 1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 0 K
Williams Jerez: 1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR
Luis Ysla: 3 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Don't worry, Portland, the cavalry is finally on the way!

Salem W 8-7 (In 10) (5/14)

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

Salem W 10-9 (5/15)

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

How do you finally get promoted to Portland? Start drawing intentional walks ahead of the guy who's perfect at the plate on the day with an average over .300, that's how. Once other teams are looking at Nick Longhi and thinking "screw it, let's pitch to him," it became clear that keeping Benintendi in Salem wasn't just sub-optimal, but perhaps actually detrimental. Yoan Moncada will presumably follow close behind, and might well head to Portland with 30 stolen bases already to his name.

Greenville L 0-5 (5/14)

Josh Ockimey: 0-3, BB, 2 K
Kyri Washington: 0-4

Greenville W 11-10 (5/15)

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

Marc Brakeman: 4 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Austin Rei still ha a .351 OBP in the midst of what looks like a disappointing season at the plate. Between that and his glove, fans shouldn't count him out just yet, even if he is old for the level. Marc Brakeman, too, has some decent peripherals to go with overall poor results. The big power bats have been drawing the attention at Greenville, but there's some interesting players in the shadows, too.