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Red Sox Minor Lines: Minor League Opening Day!

The minor-league season opened up for three levels on Thursday

Portland L 0-6

Danny Mars: 0-4, 1 K

Esteban Quiroz: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 K

Tate Matheny: 2-4, 1 K

Austin Rei: 0-4, 2 K

Teddy Stankiewicz: 4 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 4 BB, 3 K

Trey Ball: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K

Not an ideal start for the Red Sox Double-A club, which is probably going to have quite a few rough ones this year. The offense looked real rough with a lot of strikeouts and Quiroz smacking the only extra-base hit of the day, and Stankiewicz had an awful start to this game when he allowed two homers in the first inning including one to Tim Tebow. He did settle in after that, for what it’s worth. Ball was probably the standout here, though, and he had a good first impression out of the bullpen. It will be interesting to see what he can do in this new role.

Salem W 4-3

Brett Netzer: 3-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Bobby Dalbec: 0-4, 3 K

Kyri Washington: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 CS

Roniel Raudes: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

Daniel Gonzalez: 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 10 K

Raudes was probably the most intriguing starter to go in the system today, but holy shit we have to start with Gonzalez. I talked a little bit about the swingman this winter and how he could be interesting, but this is way beyond even my expectations. Ten strikeouts in four innings will almost certainly be the best outing of his season, but this is how to start a year. Raudes was....fine, though the command early on was rough. Netzer was impressive and he’s a forgotten man in this system who could make a name for himself early on, and Dalbec showed that contact is still an issue for him.

Greenville W 8-1

Kervin Suarez: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K

Cole Brannen: 0-5, 1 R, 3 K

C.J. Chatham: 2-4, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI

Pedro Castellanos: 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI

Jhonathan Diaz: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K

Diaz isn’t a name that gets a ton of hype, but he’s in the lower tiers of interesting prospects in this system and had a hell of a start to the year. He’s repeating this level, so he’s looking for a strong start to get promoted early. On offense, it was an encouraging start to the year for Chatham and Castellanos, and a not-so-encouraging start for Brannen. Suarez probably won’t be someone we mention here much, but he had a great game so we’ll give him a shoutout for Opening Day.

Today’s Standout: I’m going to add a new small feature to this daily recap and pick a player of the day to try and #EmbraceDebate. I’m picking Daniel Gonzalez, because striking out 10 of 15 batters in a game is pretty wild in my humble opinion.