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Red Sox minor lines: Waiting on Groome

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After spending a full month wondering if he'd even sign, Red Sox fans are still waiting to see their first pick in action.

Pawtucket W 3-1

Rusney Castillo: 2-4
Marco Hernandez: 1-4, 2 K
Brennan Boesch: 1-4, HR
Christian Vazquez: 1-3, HR

Henry Owens: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 7 K
Roman Mendez: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR
Heath Hembree: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Henry Owens' 15 walks in 29.1 innings since the All-Star break is actually a drop in BB/9 from the first half. He's making it work in the minors even with his inability to find the zone, but after what we saw in the majors, it's hard to really get too excited for his scoreless outings so long as the process leading to them remains largely unchanged.

Portland L 5-6

Mauricio Dubon: 2-5, 2B

Teddy Stankiewicz: 4.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 2 HR
Luis Ysla: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

Quite the letdown from Stankiewicz coming on the tail of his complete game one-hit gem.

Salem L 4-7

Joseph Monge: 0-4, K
Rafael Devers: 1-4, 2B, K

Yankory Pimentel: 2.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Greenville L 2-3 (8/8)

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

Greenville W 2-1 (8/9)

Michael Chavis: 1-4
Kyri Washington: 0-3, BB
Austin Rei: 1-4, K

Stephen Nogosek: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Pretty much all the bats in Greenville have fallen off significantly from their early heights. With Joseph Monge having escaped successfully to Salem and the other Basabe brother having been traded, the only one still sitting with an OPS over .800 is Josh Ockimey, and his OPS in the second half is barely north of .600. Luis Alexander Basabe is pretty much the only one headed in the right direction.

Lowell L 1-4 (8/8)

Matt McLean: 0-3, BB, K
C.J. Chatham: 0-4, 3 K
Ryan Scott: 1-4, 3 K
Bobby Dalbec: 1-4, K
Yoan Aybar: 1-4, 2 K, E

Lowell W 8-6 (8/9)

Matt McLean: 2-3, BB
C.J. Chatham: 2-4, 2B, BB
Ryan Scott: 1-4, K
Bobby Dalbec: 1-3, 2B, BB
Yoan Aybar: 0-4, 2 K

Matthew Gorst: 2.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Lowell's got no shortage of interesting names in wake of the drat, but if we're being completely honest, everyone's mostly waiting on Jason Groome. Not that we'll get much of him if he does show up. The Sox are expecting a few starts at most out of him in Lowell this year, and given how these things tend to work, those starts will likely comprise only a handful of innings. So while Groome might pitch in a Spinners uniform before the year is out, his real ETA in the minors is more like 2017.