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Red Sox Minor Lines: Rafael Devers just keeps hitting

Kyle Kendrick struggles, Rafael Devers and Tate Matheny don’t.

Pawtucket L 0-6

Rusney Castillo: 0-3, 1 K

Sam Travis: 0-3, 2 K

Bryce Brentz: 1-3, 1 E

Deven Marrero: 0-3

Kyle Kendrick: 7 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 0 BB, 7 K

Pawtucket L 6-7

Sam Travis: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Bryce Brentz: 1-4

Deven Marrero: 0-3, 1 K

Kyle Martin: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 0 K

Edgar Olmos: 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 0 K

It was a double-header in Pawtucket, but because of a finger injury Blake Swihart sat out both games. He shouldn’t have to miss many more games, though. Among those who did play, it was somewhat discouraging to see another rough start for Kendrick after his hot spring. The good news for this one is that his peripherals were good, but he still gave up plenty of hard contact. It was also discouraging to see the bullpen implode at the end of the second game, particularly when they are both potential big leaguers. Travis’ first homer of the year was the only real positive from the two games in Pawtucket.

Portland W 4-2

Aneury Tavarez: 1-3, 1 RBI

Nick Longhi: 0-4, 1 K

Rafael Devers: 2-4, 1 K, 1 CS

Danny Mars: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K

Jake Cosart: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K

Jamie Callahan: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Devers continues to show no adjustment period against Eastern League pitching, hitting .364 right out of the gate in what is supposed to be the most difficult jump in the minor leagues. He does have just one home run, but his Isolated Power is just shy of .200 and the weather is still on the cold side. The power should only improve with the weather. He also hasn’t drawn a walk, which isn’t ideal but his aggressive style isn’t holding him back just yet.

Salem W 11-4

Josh Tobias: 3-6, 2 2B, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB

Josh Ockimey: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K

Tate Matheny: 3-5, 1 2B, 1 3B, 3 R, 1 K, 1 SB

Gerson Bautista: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Huge day for the big bats in Salem’s lineup, with Matheny in particular standing out. The former fourth round pick hit the disabled list after the first game of the season for the High-A club, but he’s come back for the last two and finally broke out in the one, finishing a homer away from the cycle. The Red Sox could really use a breakout from one of their young outfielders this year, Matheny’s early-season performance — particularly in this game — appears promising.

Greenville L 4-5

Santiago Espinal: 1-3, 2 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Bobby Dalbec: 0-1, 1 K

Tyler Hill: 0-4, 2 K

Lorenzo Cedrola: 2-4, 1 R, 1 K, 1 E

Don’t be worried about the single at bat for Dalbec, as the third baseman had a day off on Saturday and just came in to pinch hit. As we can see, the offense takes a major step back when their best prospect isn’t in the lineup. Hill, who has been on fire to start the year, having a horrible game doesn’t help matters, either. Cedrola, just 19, has a hit in his last six games and is one of the most exciting under-the-radar players in the entire system.