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Red Sox Minor Lines: Rafael Devers is slumping

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Rafael Devers is in a slump and Pablo Sandoval is working his way back.

Pawtucket W 6-2

Pablo Sandoval: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K

Steve Selsky: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 3 RBI, 2 K

Hector Velazquez: 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 7 K

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

Chandler Shepherd: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

It hasn’t been the most productive of rehab assignments for Sandoval, who is not hitting just .143/.217/.238 in Pawtucket. Despite that, the Red Sox are still considering bringing the third baseman back up to the majors soon. It’s just another reminder that performance isn’t always the most important indicator for rehab assignments. It’s simply about being able to play. Meanwhile, a nice start for Velazquez. Unfortunately for him, after Johnson’s start on Friday Velazquez will have to settle for number two on the minor-league depth chart.

Portland L 1-13

Danny Mars: 0-4, 3 K

Tzu-Wei Lin: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 R

Rafael Devers: 1-4, 3 K

Nick Longhi: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 RBI, 2 K

Ty Buttrey: 2.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 6 K

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

It’s been a rough week for Devers, who has just three hits in his last seven days, bringing his batting average from .336 at the start of this stretch to .291 now. His last two days have been particularly worrisome, with five strikeouts in those couple of games. Devers is obviously too good to worry about a slump like this, but it doesn’t make it any more fun to watch.

Salem L 4-5

Tate Matheny: 0-3, 1 K

Michael Chavis: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K

Josh Ockimey: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Trenton Kemp: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K

Austin Rei: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K

Shaun Anderson: 5 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 4 K

Big day for the middle of Salem’s lineup, which isn’t nearly on the same level as it was last year but is still pretty exciting. Chavis is obviously the headliner and now has 12 home runs with a 1.157 OPS. All three of him, Ockimey and Kemp are currently hitting over .300 and Ockimey has the lowest OPS of the trio at .928. I don’t think a promotion is imminent for anyone in this group, although Chavis continues to play well enough that he just might force the issue.

Greenville L 0-1

Lorenzo Cedrola: 1-4

Tyler Scott: 1-4

Roldani Baldwin: 0-3, 1 K, 1 E

With Bobby Dalbec and C.J. Chatham on the disabled list and Yoan Aybar playing poorly enough to get himself sent to extended spring training, this is certainly a boring lineup. There is some upside with all three of the names above, but there are going to be plenty of days like this in Greenville until their lineup is back to full health.