Pawtucket L 0-2
Rusney Castillo, CF: 1-3, 1 BB, 2 K
Ramon Flores, LF: 0-2, 2 BB, 1 K
Sam Travis, DH: 0-3, 1 BB, 3 K
Aneury Tavarez, RF: 1-4, 1 SB
Chad De La Guerra, 3B: 0-3, 1 K
William Cuevas: 5.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 6 K (93 pitches)
Brandon Workman: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (13 pitches)
It was a really rough day for the PawSox offense as they managed just a pair of singles on the day. De La Guerra is starting to stick out as a struggling player in that lineup. He’s certainly never been a top prospect, but there was some excitement for him after a strong 2017 and a good showing in the Arizona Fall League, and he got the Triple-A assignment over Esteban Quiroz. De La Guerra is now hitting .125/.155/.214 and you have to wonder how long this will keep up before he gets sent back down to Portland to try and get things back on track.
Salem L 3-5
Tyler Hill: DH: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI
Roldani Baldwin, C: 2-5, 2 RBI, 2 K, 1 SB
Bobby Dalbec, 3B: 0-5, 3 K, 1 E
Jerry Downs, 1B: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 CS
Kyri Washington, LF: 3-4, 1 2B
Jordan Weems: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K (40 pitches)
Hill has quietly gotten off to a good start at the plate for Salem this season, at least for the type of player he is. The outfielder is never going to hit for power, so he needs to get on base and then make an impact with his legs when he does. That’s exactly what he’s doing with a .418 on-base percentage to start the season with a perfect 5-5 in stolen base attempts. Hill is not going to gain national recognition — he’s not that kind of guy — but he keeps performing as he moves up the ladder and eventually you have to give in to the idea that he can be a major-league contributor in a part-time role. That’s far from a sure thing, obviously, but the package is intriguing.
Greenville W 2-0
Lorenzo Cedrola, CF: 1-3, 2 CS
Pedro Castellanos, 1B: 0-3, 2 K
C.J. Chatham, DH: 1-3, 1 3B, 1 R
Ricardo Cubillan, SS: 2-3, 1 CS
Kutter Crawford: 5 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 K (90 pitches)
My main man Kutter has been out of his mind to start this season and he continued that run on Sunday with five more shutout innings. He now has a 2.25 ERA through his first five starts and has 36 strikeouts and just six walks over 24 innings. That’s really good! The stuff reportedly isn’t all that impressive and he gets by more on pitchability than anything else. I don’t much care how he does it if these results hold up. There’s a tough rotation to crack ahead of him in Salem, but if he keeps pitching like this they’ll need to give him another test at some point.
Player of the Day: This has to go to Kutter Crawford, who has probably been one of the two most impressive players in the system to start the year along with Jalen Beeks. There’s really not much more to say about Crawford besides that he is quickly becoming one of my favorite prospects in the system. I’d be lying if I said that wasn’t largely because of his name, but whatever works, right?