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Red Sox Minor Lines: Jalen Beeks is thriving in Double-A

Jalen Beeks and Mike Shawaryn shine.

Pawtucket W 3-1

Rusney Castillo: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 SB

Steve Selsky: 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 R, 1 SB, 1 E

Blake Swihart: 1-4, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 PB

Kyle Martin: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

Jamie Callahan: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

I wonder how much longer it’ll be until we start to see some of the more unproven Pawtucket relievers get a chance in the majors. I would opine that Brandon Workman deserves another chance first, but if that doesn’t go well I may give Martin the next one. He’s already on the 40-man roster, for one, and he’s been quite good since the middle of April after a rough start to the year. Callahan is probably a little farther away just by virtue of not being on the 40-man, but he’s only really had one bad appearance since coming up to Pawtucket and eventually he’ll force the issue.

Portland W 4-2 (F/11)

Danny Mars: 0-5, 2 K

Tzu-Wei Lin: 0-3, 1 K

Josh Tobias: 0-2, 2 K

Rafael Devers: 1-5

Nick Longhi: 1-4, 1 R, 1 K

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

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

Speaking of forcing the issue, how much longer will it be until the Red Sox have to find some way to make room for Beeks in the Pawtucket rotation. This was actually a bigger step in the right direction than the line would indicate, and the line is quite good. The lefty was coming off his worst start of the year, but rather than letting it spiral out of control he came out and pitched a gem. There’s still a question about whether or not he can stick in a major-league rotation, but he’s already proven he can stick in a Double-A rotation. It’s time for the next step. It’s a good thing Beeks pitched this well to help overshadow what was a bad day for all the notable hitters in Portland’s lineup.

Greenville G1 L 7-10 (F/9)

Lorenzo Cedrola: 1-5, 1 SB

Tyler Hill: 3-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 R, 2 RBI

Roldani Baldwin: 2-5, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 R, 1 K

Mike Shawaryn: 6 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 9 K

Greenville G2 W 5-2

Lorenzo Cedrola: 2-3, 1 RBI, 1 CS

Tyler Hill: 1-1, 1 2B, 2 BB, 1 R, 1 CS

Out of all the pitchers the Red Sox took in last year’s draft, Shawaryn might be the most exciting not named Jason Groome. Sure, he didn’t get the promotion Shaun Anderson received, and he’s had some more trouble with command, but the stuff looks legit. After this latest nine-strikeout game, the former University of Maryland ace is up to 78 strikeouts in 53 13 innings of work. At the plate, the Drive could really use a return from C.J. Chatham and/or Bobby Dalbec to liven things up, but Hill and Cedrola are holding things down fairly consistently for now and Baldwin has his moments too.