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Red Sox Minor Lines: All short-season action

And it was good

Lowell W 5-3

Jarren Duran, 2B: 0-3, 2 BB, 1 K

Cole Brannen, CF: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB

Kole Cottam, DH: 0-4, 2 K

Xavier LeGrant, 1B: 2-3, 1 BB, 2 R

Tyler Esplin, RF: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 BB, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 K

Tyler Dearden, LF: 2-4, 1 3B, 2 K

Alberto Franco: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K (20 pitches)

More than anything in Lowell, I and a lot of others are waiting for Durbin Feltman’s first outing. In the meantime, there is still some excitement. Brannen and Esplin, two players who were already in the organization to start this season, are showing what they can do. The former is getting on base (.353 OBP to start the NYPL season) and stealing bases (one stolen base per game). The latter is hitting dingers.

GCL Red Sox W 11-3

Juan Hernandez, CF: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI, 1 K

Ricardo Cubillan, SS: 0-1, 3 BB, 1 R

Keibert Petit, 1B: 2-5, 1 3B, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K

Carlos Pulido, C: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 2 E

Chad Hardy, RF: 3-5, 2 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI

Yoan Aybar: 2 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K

The GCL season kicked off on Monday, and it went well for the Red Sox. I included Aybar here just because it’s interesting, and probably won’t make him an everyday inclusion. If you aren’t familiar, he is a former outfield prospect who didn’t work out and they quickly decided to move him to the mound. Meanwhile, none of the 2018 draftees appeared in this game, instead making way for a lot of players who came over from the Dominican Summer League.

DSL 1 W 5-2

Ceddanne Rafaela, 3B: 1-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB

Jose Mejias, DH: 3-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 1 RBI

Jose Navas, C: 2-3, 1 R

DSL 2 W 20-6

Nelfy Abreu, CF: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 R, 6 RBI, 1 K

Angel Maita, RF: 3-7, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB

Antoni Flores, SS: 0-4, 1 K

Danny Diaz, 3B: 1-5, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 R, 2 K

Kleiber Rodriguez, 1B: 2-4, 2 BB, 2 R, 1 RBI

Oscar Rangel, DH: 2-5, 1 BB, 3 RBI, 3 R

Andres Gari, C: 3-5, 3 R, 2 RBI, 1 K

Ronaldo Pulgar, 2B: 2-5, 1 BB, 1 R

Gabriel Perez, LF: 2-5, 1 BB, 5 R, 1 RBI

Well then. Have a day DSL 2 lineup. The wildest part of that output is that the big names — Abreu, Flores and Diaz — didn’t do that much. Well, at least the latter two didn’t. Abreu continues to impress at the top of this lineup. Over in the DSL 1 lineup, it’s Rafaela that is impressing. The 17-year-old is now hitting .308/.345/.481 in his first taste of pro ball and is on a stolen base pace that would put him at 58 over 162 games. Pretty good!

Player of the Day: There was a lot of good offense on Monday in the lower levels of the system, but only one player hit two home runs. That is Chad Hardy at the GCL. The outfielder was a 33rd round pick in the 2016 draft out of junior college and just recently celebrated his 21st birthday. He did’t have a very impressive 2016 then missed essentially all of 2017 after testing positive for PEDs. This is likely his last chance in the organization, but he got off to a strong start.