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Red Sox minor lines: Andrew Benintendi bounces back

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Benintendi did not remain hitless in the Eastern League for long.

Pawtucket W 5-4 (In 14)

Rusney Castillo: 3-7, K
Blake Swihart: 1-5, BB, K
Deven Marrero: 0-4, 2 BB, 3 K

Pat Light: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

Brock Holt has been abysmal since game three, hitting .228/.308/.293 in his 108 plate appearances since. Rusney Castillo hasn't exactly killed the ball in the meantime, but he's at least been heating up as compared to cooling down, with a .316/.350/.404 line in May. Don't be surprised if the Red Sox mix things up in left field before too long.

Portland W 5-3

Andrew Benintendi: 2-3, 2B, BB, K

A nice follow-up from Benintendi after an 0-for-4 start to his career. For most prospects, Double-A represents a serious concern as they start to face guys with well-developed repertoires on a consistent basis for the first time. But frankly, it doesn't feel like there's much concern with Benintendi given that pitch recognition has generally been viewed as one of his (many) strengths. One game does not mean he's ready for Triple-A, but unlike with most guys, we do kind of come into this assuming immediate success, with any significant struggles coming as a surprise.

Greenville W 4-2

Josh Ockimey: 0-4, 2 K
Austin Rei: 0-1, 2 BB

Roniel Raudes: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
Jake Cosart: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

Austin Rei has a .356 OBP as part of a .621 OPS, but I kind of wonder if this isn't the kind that vanishes once pitchers start throwing strikes. The fact is he really hasn't shown any ability to punish those pitchers that can find the zone, and has struck out plenty to boot, is not the most auspicious of signs for a 22-year-old in Greenville. As a good defensive catcher, this isn't career life-or-death, but it's the difference between a real breakout candidate and a future bench guy.