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Red Sox Minor Lines: A big day for Rafael Devers

Rafael Devers goes deep while Henry Owens can’t go an inning.

Pawtucket L 4-6

Ryan Court: 1-5, 2 K

Steve Selsky: 0-3, 1 K

Bryce Brentz: 0-4, 1 K

Blake Swihart: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K

Henry Owens: 0.2 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 2 BB, 1 K

Austin Maddox: 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K

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

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

Another rough outing for Henry Owens, which is starting to become a theme. I know I’ve said it multiple times this year, but the lefty is still young enough for there to be some hope. With that being said, every outing like this is starting to strip away my faith. On a more positive note, it was a really nice day for the bullpen. The Red Sox need someone from this group of potential middle relievers to step up, and Martin in particular is standing out as a guy who may be ready for his shot in the majors at some point soon.

Portland L 4-7

Danny Mars: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 R, 2 K

Rafael Devers: 3-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI

Nick Longhi: 1-4, 1 K

Josh Tobias: 0-3, 2 K

Teddy Stankiewicz: 5 IP, 11 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

So, this Rafael Devers kid might be okay. The Red Sox top prospect had his third consecutive multi-hit game on Friday and went deep in the process. We’re still going to be waiting a little while until we get to see him at the highest level, but Devers has done nothing this year to dissuade us from the possibility that he is a budding superstar at the plate.

Salem W 6-3

Michael Chavis: 0-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Josh Ockimey: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K

Trenton Kemp: 1-3, 2 RBI, 1 K

Ockimey is now up to 16 games for his hit streak and continues to look great at the plate. Obviously, this is an encouraging sign, but the real test for the first baseman will be in the second half. If you recall, he had a big first half in 2016 as well but faded in the second half of his first full season. If he can keep up this kind of pace for a full season we could see Ockimey work his way up the organizational rankings before next year.

Greenville W 4-2

Lorenzo Cedrola: 1-3, 1 K

Tyler Hill: 3-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB

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

Stephen Nogosek: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Coming into the season, Hill was a nice test of the scout vs. performance measure for prospects. Generally speaking, scouts weren’t all that excited about the outfielder despite his monster performance in Lowell last year. So far in 2017 he is hitting .278/.368/.432 and is killing it on the basepaths as well. Point for performance, I suppose. Nogosek also continues to impress out of the bullpen and it seems a promotion should be coming soon.