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Red Sox minor lines: Rafael Devers steps forward, moves back

Rafael Devers has had a more productive May for the wrong reasons.

Pawtucket L 5-7

Rusney Castillo: 0-5
Blake Swihart: 0-3, BB, K

Castillo not exactly helping those calling for his promotion to the majors. But at the end of the day it's a lot less about how Castillo's hitting, and more about what the Red Sox have to lose by rolling the dice. pretty much nothing.

Salem W 7-6 (In 10)

Yoan Moncada: 1-3, 2 BB, K
Mauricio Dubon: 2-4, 2B, BB, SB
Rafael Devers: 0-6, 3 K
Nick Longhi: 1-5, K

Travis Lakins: 3.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Devers' BABIP is still awfully low, but even as his numbers have popped up slightly in May (.267/.333/.383 on the month), the approach leading to it has been heading in the opposite direction. One hopes that he hasn't let the slump--seemingly out of his control--get to him and change how he fundamentally does things.

Greenville L 0-6

Joseph Monge: 1-3, BB, K, CS
Josh Ockimey: 1-3, BB
Austin Rei: 1-4, K
Luis Alexander Basabe: 0-4, 3 K

Anderson Espinoza: 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

The word on Joseph Monge had been a good deal of athleticism supporting a glove that would at least see him to a major league bench some day, but not much in the way of skills at the plate that would make him anything more. That he's still striking out a good bit suggests that maybe this hasn't changed as much as his line of .333/.393/.458 would suggest, but he's at least worth a follow at this point.