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Red Sox Minor Lines: Sam Travis can’t stop won’t stop

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Sam Travis is dominating Triple-A pitching.

Pawtucket L 10-11 (F/11)

Rusney Castillo: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 R, 1 RBI

Sam Travis: 5-6, 2 2B, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 K

Steve Selsky: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 R

Kyle Kendrick: 3 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 0 BB, 3 K

Brandon Workman: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K

Jamie Callahan: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 0 K

Kyle Martin: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Travis officially cannot be stopped right now. He battled injury in April and was generally unimpressive — not bad, just not impressive — in the first month of the year. In May, however, he is tearing the cover off the ball and destroying International League pitching. He now has multiple hits in his last four games. With the Red Sox down a position player and with an empty 40-man roster spot, don’t be surprised if Travis is up in the big leagues very soon.

Portland L 3-4

Danny Mars: 3-5, 1 2B, 1 R

Josh Tobias: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 K

Rafael Devers: 2-4, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K

Nick Longhi: 1-5, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E

Jalen Beeks: 6.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 7 K

Ty Buttrey: 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Austin Maddox: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Beeks continues to impress down in Double-A, despite his scoreless inning streak ending early on in Thursday’s game. He did leave a few fastballs down the middle of the plate, but his offspeed stuff was impressive all day long. I’m not sure how long they’ll keep him down in Portland, because he now has 20 starts at the level and hardly seems to be challenged any more. He could have been even better in this game with better defense behind him. Meanwhile, ya know, another easy two-hit, one-walk game for Devers. Ho hum.

Salem W 10-7

Tate Matheny: 1-4, 1 3B, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 K

Michael Chavis: 1-5, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K

Josh Ockimey: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 E

Trenton Kemp: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 2 K

Austin Rei: 3-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI

Really nice to see Rei have this kind of game with the bat after struggling so much over the last couple of weeks. This is a big season for the catcher who probably has the best chance of being a big-league backstop among all Red Sox prospects (Swihart not included). He certainly needs to become much more consistent if he ever wants to become one, but Rei showed a little consistency early in the year before going ice cold. Hopefully this is the start of another run.

Greenville G1 W 10-3

Tyler Hill: 1-4, 1 K

Roldani Baldwin: 3-4, 1 3B, 1 HR, 1 R, 4 RBI

Yoan Aybar: 0-3, 2 K

Mike Shawaryn: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 5 K

Greenville G2 W 3-1

Tyler Hill: 0-3

Lorenzo Cedrola: 1-2, 1 3B, 1 BB

Baldwin is starting to stand out as another catcher who is ready to move up prospect lists. As I’ve said before, I can’t speak to his defense too much, and particularly at this position that is an important quality for one’s value. With the bat, and particularly the power, he is starting to impress. After this three-hit game — off top prospect Riley Pint, too — he is hitting .265/.305/.571 on the year.