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Red Sox minor lines: The other Basabe brother

Luis Alexander is the one who got the attention of scouts. Luis Alejandro is the one who's gotten the attention of South Atlantic League pitchers.

Pawtucket L 6-10

Deven Marrero: 0-4

Kyle Martin: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR
Anthony Varvaro: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

The Pawtucket bullpen is having some serious struggles of late. If the Sox were reluctant to give them opportunities before, one wonders if there's any chance of them making it up now.

Portland L 2-7

Andrew Benintendi: 0-4, K

Alright, how do I make this fit the narrative?

False sense of security! Good idea, Benintendi. Good idea. Get them feeling complacent ahead of the reunion of the dynamic duo!

Greenville W 4-1

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

Alright, it's gotten kind of silly at this point to not follow the other Basabe brother given that he's so completely outpaced Luis Alexander this year. While Alexander scouts better, Alejandro is the one hitting .310/.413/.460 in Single-A as a 19-year-old right now. And really, the OBP has been there throughout his career. He's just had major problems actually getting hits anytime he wasn't drawing walks. No power, relatively little contact.

Thus far this year, though, Alejandro has actually picked up a few homers and a decent number of extra-base hits, and is striking out in only about 20% of his plate appearances--not an exceptionally low number, but still down from where he's sat throughout his career. Alexander is going to be the more highly-regarded guy until his struggles last long enough to convince the Sox that he's just not going to put it together, but if Alejandro can keep getting on base, it won't matter much where he ranks in relation to his brother.