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Red Sox minor lines: Mauricio Dubon sets up for 2017

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There are limits to just how much a prospect can improve their standing in any given season. Mauricio Dubon has likely reached that limit in 2016, leaving him set up to prove himself in the year to come.

Pawtucket L 4-7 (8/19)

Rusney Castillo: 2-5, 3 K
Marco Hernandez: 1-5, 2 K
Brennan Boesch: 3-4, 2B, K

Pawtucket L 0-4 (8/20)

Rusney Castillo: 0-4
Marco Hernandez: 1-4, 3 K
Christian Vazquez: 0-3, K
Brennan Boesch: 0-3, K

Kyle Martin: 3 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K

See, look at Kyle Martin, striking out batters, not giving up runs. Isn't that worth a try in Boston?

Portland W 3-0 (8/19)

Mauricio Dubon: 1-4, HR

Luis Ysla: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K

Portland W 10-8 (8/20)

Yoan Moncada: 0-5, BB, 4 K, E
Mauricio Dubon: 4-5, K, E

Mauricio Dubon's OPS nudges up against .900 in Portland, which is insane given that it's the hardest jump to make. I still can't stress enough that he is not Mookie Betts, but I also still can't shake the memory of Mookie Betts going from a fringe prospect notable primarily for his on-base abilities to one of the farm system's biggest names. Dubon has very much put himself in the same situation Betts was in headed into 2014. At the moment, he might still just be a one-year wonder. But with a strong start to 2017, Dubon would largely validate this apparenty breakout performance much as Betts did.

(And we'll just ignore those strikeouts from Yoan Moncada. Rust, man. Rust.)

Salem Game 1 W 4-2 (In 7)

Joseph Monge: 1-4, HR
Rafael Devers: 1-3, K
Nick Longhi: 2-3, 2B, K

Yankory Pimentel: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Salem Game 2 W 3-2 (In 7)

Joseph Monge: 0-4, 2 K
Rafael Devers: 2-4, 3B
Nick Longhi: 0-4, 2 K

Trey Ball: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Trey Ball has allowed only eight earned runs in his last 23 innings. I won't pretend it's time to get interested again given the uninspiring 17:11 K:BB, but even that figure is an improvement over his usual.

Greenville L 0-2 (8/19)

Josh Ockimey: 0-4, K
Kyri Washington: 0-4, 3 K

Austin Glorius: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, E

Greenville W 6-4 (8/20)

Luis Alexander Basabe: 0-4, 3 K
Michael Chavis: 1-4, 2B, K
Kyri Washington: 2-4, CS
Austin Rei: 1-3, BB, 2 K

Stephen Nogosek: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

Basabe has fallen off noticeably in the latter parts of August, and now has a sub-.300 OBP on the month.

Lowell W 11-3 (8/19)

C.J. Chatham: 2-5
Ryan Scott: 3-5, 2B
Bobby Dalbec: 4-5, HR
Yoan Aybar: 2-3, 2B

Lowell W 4-1 (8/20)

Matt McLean: 3-4, K, CS
C.J. Chatham: 0-2, BB, K
Bobby Dalbec: 2-4, 2B, CS

Matthew Gorst: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K

Can't stop Bobby Dalbec! Except, perhaps, on the basepaths, as demonstrated here. 12-for-21 over his last five games and showing no real signs of slowing down.