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Red Sox Minor Lines: Getting excited about Tanner Houck

The first round pick pitches well.

Pawtucket L 3-4

Tzu-Wei Lin: 1-5, 1 RBI, 1 CS, 1 E

Sam Travis: 0-4, 1 BB, 1 K

Deven Marrero: 1-4

Justin Haley: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 6 K

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

Chandler Shepherd: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K

Another really impressive start, and at this point he certainly deserves a promotion to the majors for September. Unfortunately for him, there are a few Pawtucket players who probably deserve a promotion that are not on the 40-man. It’s not clear how they’ll open up 40-man spots for Haley, Carson Smith, Bryce Brentz and Jalen Beeks. Ben Taylor’s spot seemed to be possibly available as he’s been hurt and it was plausible they could place him on the 60-day disabled list. Instead, he’s back and his first appearance went well. In the end, some players are going to be disappointed and Haley could be one of them.

Portland G1 W 2-1

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

Michael Chavis: 0-3, 1 K

Josh Tobias: 0-2

Josh Ockimey: 0-2, 1 K

Teddy Stankiewicz: 6.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K

Portland G2 L 1-2

Danny Mars: 0-2, 1 BB, 1 R

Josh Tobias: 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 K

Michael Chavis: 0-3

Josh Ockimey: 1-3

Jake Cosart: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

It’s been a rough stretch for Chavis, who does not have a hit in his last four games and he has seven strikeouts in that time. There’s not too much to worry about here, as it’s a long season and it can take its toll on a young player at this point on the calendar. Basically nothing he can do the rest of the way will cancel out what he did all year long.

Salem L 1-3

Tate Matheny: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 K

Matheny isn’t a great prospect, but he’s all we’ve got down in Salem on the position player side of things. One thing I can say about Matheny is that he’s been very streaky all year, and he’s in the midst of one of his hot streaks. He now has three consecutive multi-hit games and has four in his last six.

Greenville W 3-1

Brett Netzer: 2-4, 1 BB, 1 R, 2 K, 1 SB, 1 CS

Bobby Dalbec: 1-5, 1 R, 3 K

Tyler Hill: 2-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K, 2 SB, 1 CS

We’re up to 41 stolen bases on the year for Hill who also raised his batting average up to .372. The jury is still out on how long he can carry this for, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re a little more aggressive with the athletic outfielder in 2018 if he gets off to a hot start in Salem.

Lowell W 4-1 (F/10)

Michael Osinski: 1-5, 1 BB, 1 RBI, 1 K

Yoan Aybar: 1-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K

Tanner Houck: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K

Houck, the Red Sox most recent first round pick, put together his second best outing of the year on Friday, allowing just one double in the start. I’m starting to get real excited about seeing what he’ll do in full-season ball next spring.


DSL Red Sox W 7-4

Freiberg Marin: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K

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

Ivan Houellemont: 4-5, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI