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Red Sox minor lines: Yoan Moncada moves to third base

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The transition has begun in earnest.

Pawtucket W 4-0

Rusney Castillo: 1-2, 3B, K
Marco Hernandez: 0-4, K
Christian Vazquez: 1-4, 2 K

Justin Haley: 8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
Joe Kelly: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Haley is on an unreal roll right now with 21 straight scoreless innings over his last three starts. I'd be interested to know if there's been some unexpected improvement on his secondary pitches to produce this, but even if not, there's every indication he's gotten his fastball under control, and 95 with location and the ability to show a number of different looks is enough to get more than a few outs. If he's actually got that, there may even just be a solid one-pitch reliever in him.

Portland L 2-18

Yoan Moncada: 1-2, 2B, 2 BB, K
Mauricio Dubon: 1-4, K

Yoan Moncada, as the headline would suggest, started this game at third base. The shift from second to third comes in around the median in difficulty as far as position changes go, but given how top-heavy that list is, well below the mean. Give him time to learn the basics in a low-stakes environment, make damn sure he knows just how much closer the dugout it, and he should be ready to either let Shaw play first or let the Red Sox get more inventive in the offseason as needed.

The interesting question is just how soon he gets the call. It wouldn't be surprising to see the Sox give themselves the option to bring him to the postseason should they get there with a late-August call-up. In that case, he'd probably only get the occasional chance to prove himself in September. But with Travis Shaw barely staying afloat at a league-average 100 OPS+ right now, those opportunities may be more common than one would expect.

Salem W 7-6

Joseph Monge: 2-5, 2B, K
Rafael Devers: 2-4, SB
Nick Longhi: 1-4, 2B, K

Nick Longhi continues to plug along, reaching base, but not doing a whole lot else. He's a guy with power that's just not showing up in-game. If it does, it'll be time to start paying him a lot more attention.

Greenville L 0-4

Luis Alexander Basabe: 0-4
Josh Ockimey: 1-2, 2 BB
Michael Chavis: 1-4, 3B, 2 K
Kyri Washington: 0-4, 3 K

Roniel Raudes: 4 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
Marc Brakeman: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

Man, if Ockimey continues to develop physically and the power progresses with age, there are going to be so many Adam Dunn comps...

Lowell L 0-2

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

Lowell is very much a team of extremes, but there's more than a 100 point difference between third and fourth place in terms of OPS, with Dalbec the only one of the rookies on the right side of that line. Maybe there's something to Tyler Hill, but as a 19th-round pick repeating the level (admittedly, after a season where he played only 43 games), there's just a bit too much reason for doubt.