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Red Sox minor lines: CJ Chatham making a good second impression

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Boston's second round pick got off to a slow start in the lower minors. But whether due to adjustments or health or simple luck, CJ Chatham seems to be coming around nicely.

Pawtucket L 2-7

Brian Johnson: 4 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 3 HR
Robby Scott: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

Under most circumstances, a player like Brian Johnson might well be expected to join the Red Sox in September. But given the fact that he missed time for wonders if they won't

Portland L 2-4 (In 15)

Yoan Moncada: 1-4, 2 BB, 2 K, CS
Ryan Hanigan: 0-3, BB, K
Mauricio Dubon: 0-6, K

Teddy Stankiewicz: 5 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

Unfortunate timing for Dubon to go completely cold for a game. Not only does he end with more fruitless at bats, but with a long night to endure. Oh well, 0-for-6 and still hitting .342 in Portland.

Salem Game 1 L 4-6 (In 7)

Joseph Monge: 0-4
Rafael Devers: 1-4, K, E
Nick Longhi: 0-4, 3 K
Michael Chavis: 0-3, K

Salem Game 2 W 3-1 (In 7)

Joseph Monge: 1-3, K
Rafael Devers: 3-3
Michael Chavis: 0-3, K

Yoan Moncada, first half of 2015: .200/.287/.289

Yoan Moncada, second half of 2015: .310/.415/.500

Rafael Devers, first half of 2016: .233/.300/.335

Rafael Devers, second half of 2016: .335/.375/.566

The Sox' star prospects seem to like to leave it late.

Greenville W 8-4

Luis Alexander Basabe: 2-5
Josh Ockimey: 0-2, 2 BB, K
Kyri Washington: 1-3, 2B, BB
Austin Rei: 2-4

Lowell W 5-1

Matt McLean: 0-2, 2 BB, K
CJ Chatham: 1-3, HR, 2 BB
Bobby Dalbec: 1-5, 2B, K
Yoan Aybar: 0-3, BB, 2 K

Michael Shawaryn: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

It's starting to look like that thumb really was something of a problem for Chatham early on. He went 0-for-16 to start his career in the GCL, and as late as August 17 had an OPS under .500 in Lowell. His line on the season still isn't a beauty, but it's been heading in the right direction at quite the pace as the year has worn on. Maybe it's just variance, maybe it was adjusting to the professional schedule, but the thumb seems as likely an explanation as any other, if not more so.

GCL Red Sox W 4-1

Jason Groome: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K

Groome gives up his first run, but it comes as the result on an infield single, a stolen base, and then a double-steal of home, so...not really outweighing those eight strikeouts in his first four innings of professional baseball.