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Red Sox Minor Lines: Tanner Houck debuts

The first round pick makes his first appearance.

Pawtucket W 9-8

Aneury Tavarez: 2-4, 1 BB, 1 K

Tzu-Wei Lin: 0-5, 2 K

Bryce Brentz: 0-4, 1 BB, 1 R, 3 K

Steve Selsky: 0-5, 2 K

Rafael Devers: 1-3, 1 BB, 2 R, 2 K

Ben Taylor: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K

Noe Ramirez: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Lin is back in the minors after a surprisingly productive run in the majors, and didn’t have the greatest of Triple-A debuts. We’ll let that slide, though. Devers, meanwhile, looks pretty good in what could be considered a down game. That’s a great sign for his future.

Portland L 3-4

Danny Mars: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB

Michael Chavis: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB

Josh Tobias: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 RBI, 1 SB

Teddy Stankiewicz: 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 4 K

Chavis is so impressive. He had been struggling just a little bit in Double-A, but even amidst the struggles he’s able to show his bat is too good to be slowed down on a consistent basis. I’m going to be able to see him in person for the first time on Thursday (please don’t sit him, SeaDogs) and I cannot wait.

Salem L 5-8

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

Austin Rei: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 E

Tate Matheny: 1-3, 1 RBI

Shaun Anderson: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K

Hard to get on Anderson too much for this outing, as he allowed only six baserunners that didn’t reach on an error and had great control of the strike zone. This tends to happens sometimes in the minors, but it should happen left as the righty moves up the ladder.

Greenville W 3-1

Lorenzo Cedrola: 0-1

Tyler Hill: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI

Roldani Baldwin: 1-4

Bobby Dalbec: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 CS

Lowell G1 W 2-0

Yoan Aybar: 0-3, 1 K

Brett Netzer: 0-3, 2 K

Roenis Elias: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Lowell G2 L 2-7

Brett Netzer: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI

Yoan Aybar: 0-2, 2 K

Tanner Houck: 1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 2 K

A couple of notable starters in Lowell for Monday’s doubleheader. Most notable is Houck, as the first rounder made his professional debut. The results weren’t great, but first-year pitchers struggle often. As long as he’s healthy this year is a success. The real test for pitchers is the second year. In the first game we saw the return of Roenis Elias. Remember him? In an ideal world he can work his way back and be a surprising left-handed weapon out of the bullpen down the stretch. Not likely, but not impossible.

GCL Red Sox W 12-3

Tyler Esplin: 1-3, 2 R

C.J. Chatham: 2-2, 1 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI

Cole Brannen: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 RBI

Angel Padron: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 7 K

Chatham is starting to turn it on in his rehab assignment, and he may be able to rejoin the Greenville lineup soon enough. He’s never really gotten a chance to get going as a pro, so hopefully he can go on a solid run to finish this year and build some positive momentum heading into 2018.

DSL Red Sox W 6-1

Freiberg Marin: 1-3, 1 2B

Ivan Houellemont: 2-3, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 R