Pawtucket (Game 1) L 1-3 (F/7)
Rusney Castillo: 1-3, 1 R
Blake Swihart: 1-3
Sam Travis: 0-3, 2 K
Bryce Brentz: 1-3, 1 RBI
Henry Owens: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K
Kyle Martin: 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 0 K
Pawtucket (Game 2) L 2-5 (F/7)
Rusney Castillo: 0-3, 1 R, 1 RBI
Bryce Brentz: 1-3, 1 K
Brandon Workman: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP
It was a tough day for the Pawtucket lineup, as they just couldn’t get anything going in either game. On the pitching side of things, it was a somewhat encouraging day for Owens even if he did give up a few hits. As we all know, the biggest concern with him is the control, and two walks in five innings is most certainly an improvement. It’s also nice to see a strong outing from Workman, who could prove to be a valuable bullpen contributor at some point later in the season.
Portland W 11-10
Aneury Tavarez: 3-5, 2 R, 1 K
Nick Longhi: 1-5, 1 R, 1 RBI
Danny Mars: 3-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 3 R, 1 SB
Trey Ball: 5.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HBP
Jake Cosart: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP
Jamie Callahan: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R,0 BB, 3 K
This lineup becomes a lot less impressive when Rafael Devers gets a day off, even if they did manage to score 11 runs. Good to see Mars have such a big game, and I’m excited about his potential to break out as a legitimate future major leaguer this season. Meanwhile, Trey Ball still doesn’t look great (although he had a good stretch in the middle of this outing) and Cosart reminded us he’s still an unfinished product. Callahan built off his strong spring in major-league camp, at least.
Salem L 9-3
Josh Tobias: 0-4, 1 BB, 1 E
Josh Ockimey: 1-4, 2 K
Austin Rei: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 E
Roniel Raudes: 4 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 2 WP
Raudes is one of the most fascinating players in the entire system, as he’s incredibly advanced for his age but doesn’t really have the big-time stuff you typically see in well-regarded pitching prospects his age. It’s a concern that he won’t have the same success as he starts to face more advanced batters further up the ladder, and that turned out to be the case in his first start at High-A with two of the six hits he allowed being home runs. Obviously, it’s far too early to make any sweeping judgements, but it was a discouraging start to the year for Raudes.
Greenville W 14-11
Tyler Hill: 0-5, 1 R, 1 K
Bobby Dalbec: 3-4, 2 2B, 3 R, 2 RBI, 1 HBP
Roldani Baldwin: 2-5, 2 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K
Yoan Aybar: 1-4, 1 3B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Lorenzo Cedrola: 1-5, 1 2B, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
The Drive saved the system from getting swept on Sunday, although their pitching staff did their best to save it. Dalbec led the offense, and he’s looking really good in the first few games of the minor-league season. It was something of a surprise to see him in Greenville rather than Salem to begin the year, but letting him build some confidence while trying to shorten his swing a bit isn’t the worst idea. Particularly encouraging in this one is that he finished the day without striking out. More of that, and he’ll be getting a little bit more national recognition.