Pawtucket W 7-3
Rusney Castillo: 1-4, 1 BB, 2 R
Ryan Court: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 R, 3 RBI, 2 K
Sam Travis: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB
Bryce Brentz: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 SB
Blake Swihart: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K
Jalen Beeks: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K
Austin Maddox: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K
Noe Ramirez: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
Beeks’ first start in Pawtucket was fine, particularly given that it was his first attempt at a new level, but it was nothing to write home about. This start, on the other hand, was really impressive. This has been a big year for Beeks’ development, and there are more reasons than ever to believe he can stick in the rotation. Don’t be surprised if he enters the conversation for major-league rotation depth later in the year, or at the very least becomes a possible left-handed reliever down the stretch.
Portland W 7-5
Tzu-Wei Lin: 1-5, 1 SB
Rafael Devers: 1-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K
Nick Longhi: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 R, 2 RBI
Josh Tobias: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 R, 3 RBI
Danny Mars: 0-2, 1 BB
Teddy Stankiewicz: 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 8 K
Big day in Portland as they used a balance of performances to put seven runs up on the board. Tobias had the best day of the interesting prospects, and he’s been really solid since being promoted to Portland despite not getting the most consistent playing time in June. The home run was his first since the promotion. Longhi, meanwhile, had been struggling of late but is starting to turn it on recently. His homer was of the walk off variety. Also want to give a quick shoutout to Stankiewicz, who I’m still not sure is a major leaguer, but he showed his most impressive stuff all year on Friday night.
Salem W 6-2
Tate Matheny: 0-4, 1 BB, 1 R, 3 K, 2 SB
Michael Chavis: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
Josh Ockimey: 0-2, 2 BB, 1 R
Trenton Kemp: 2-3, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 RBI
Austin Rei: 0-4, 1 K
Roniel Raudes: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 4 K
This has been a relatively disappointing season for Raudes, who has put up some lackluster numbers. Of course, it’s always important to remember the righty is only 19 years old pitching in High-A, and there is plenty of time for development. Well, he missed his last few starts with an undisclosed injury, but he came back on Friday and used the deceptive delivery and strong command to his advantage. This is the Raudes we were hoping to see all year, and hopefully it will come out more often in the summer.
Greenville W 5-0
Tyler Hill: 1-4, 1 R, 2 K
Roldani Baldwin: 2-4, 1 R, 1 K
Kyle Hart: 6.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K
Hart is someone who I, admittedly, haven’t paid any attention to this year. Last year’s 19th round selection has been mighty impressive in Low-A, though. The lefty has now made five starts (plus one relief appearance) and has a 1.86 ERA with 31 strikeouts and just eight walks in 29 innings of work. It’s worth noting he’s on the older side at 24 years old, but I’ll take whatever I can get from the Greenville roster for the time being.
Alexander Martinez: 2-3, 1 BB, 1 RBI, 1 CS
It’s extremely early in the season, but Martinez is standing out so far in the DSL. He was at the level last year as well with poor results, but if he keeps hitting well don’t be surprised if he’s brought stateside at some point relatively soon.