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Red Sox Minor Lines: C.J. Chatham is trying to work his way back

The lower levels had the day to themselves.

Lowell W 5-2

Yoan Aybar: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB

Juan Barriento: 3-5, 1 R, 1 K, 1 CS

Michael Osinski: 3-4, 2 2B, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 SB

Lukas Young: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K

I wonder how much longer the Red Sox will keep Aybar in Lowell. If you recall, the athletic outfielder began the year in Greenville before heading back to the complex after struggling in full-season ball. He’s been playing fairly well for Lowell since their season began, and it’s possible they’ll want to give him another chance in Greenville to see if he can succeed there with a little more seasoning. On the other hand, he’s not dominating at Lowell — he’s hitting .273/.294/.455 — so they could just wait until next year to give the now-20-year-old another chance in full-season ball.

GCL Red Sox L 2-3

Tyler Esplin: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 K

Cole Brannen: 0-4, 1 K

C.J. Chatham: 0-3

Chatham is desperately trying to salvage something out of this season in which he has only played in three games to date. The shortstop prospect was a little disappointing in his first professional season in 2016, so this was a relatively important year before he got hurt. It’s hard to hold an injury too much against him, but at the same time at some point it’s important to actually see what he can do on the field. Meanwhile, seventh-round pick Tyler Esplin went deep for the first time in his professional career and is now up to a 1.014 OPS in his first six games.

DSL Red Sox W 9-5 (F/11)

Freiberg Marin: 2-5, 1 BB, 2 R, 2 RBI

Keibert Petit: 3-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Geraldo Perez: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB 4 K

Marin is having a solid season down in the Dominican after missing all of 2016 due to injury. He doesn’t hit for any power whatsoever — the infielder has just two doubles, no triples and no home runs in 25 games — but he gets plenty of singles and walks. He’s up to a .346 OBP for the season.