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Red Sox Minor Lines: Triston Casas makes his debut

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And Tyler Esplin dominates

Pawtucket W 5-4

Tzu-Wei Lin, SS: 2-4, 2 RBI

Rusney Castillo, CF: 1-4

Adam Lind, 1B: 1-3, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 K

Sam Travis, DH: 1-4, 1 K

Ivan De Jesus, 3B: 0-1, 3 BB, 2 R

William Cuevas: 7 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 4 K (92 pitches)

Williams Jerez: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K (22 pitches)

I’m probably going to write this in full-article form at some point soon, but Lin is hitting really well lately and it’s probably time he gets a chance at the majors. They need some sort of spark on that bench and he represents the best chance of that. Not that he’s the answer they need for the rest of the year or anything.

Portland W 7-2

Jeremy Rivera, SS: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E

Danny Mars, RF: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 SB

Josh Ockimey, 1B: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 R, 2 RBI, 3 K

Johnny Bladel, LF: 1-2, 2 BB, 2 R, 1 K, 2 SB

Nick Lovullo, 2B: 3-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 2 RBI

Jhon Nunez, DH: 1-2, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 R, 2 RBI

Well this was a fun game for the SeaDogs. Rivera had been out for a little while after the birth of his child and he was inserted right back at the top of the lineup. Ockimey did strike out three times, but he cancelled that out by going yard, which he does from time to time. He’s obviously the most exciting part of this lineup, and the middle of this group could become real intriguing in a couple weeks when Michael Chavis makes his return.

Salem W 5-3

Santiago Espinal, SS: 1-4, 1 R, 1 SB

Brett Netzer, 2B: 3-4, 1 3B, 1 RBI

C.J. Chatham, DH: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 R

Roldani Baldwin, C: 0-4

Bobby Dalbec, 3B: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 R, 2 K

Jerry Downs, 1B: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 K

Darwinzon Hernandez: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 6 K (96 pitches)

Jake Cosart: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K (31 pitches)

Hernandez has had a disappointing year in what many were hoping his breakout, but he still has a half-season to turn things around. He got off to a good start here, keeping his control in check and striking out a batter per inning. If the lefty can build on this it would obviously be massive for the farm system.

Greenville L 2-6

Lorenzo Cedrola, RF: 1-5, 2 K, 1 E

Ryan Fitzgerald, SS: 2-5, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K

Michael Osinski, 1B: 2-4, 1 K

Pedro Castellanos, DH: 3-4, 1 K

Castellanos has been getting plenty of hits of lately and his batting average is up to .272. after getting down to .248 just a few days ago. The power just hasn’t been there. As a 1B/DH-only player, he’ll obviously need to improve in that area of the game.

Lowell W 11-4

Jarren Duran, 2B: 1-6, 2 R, 1 K, 1 SB

Cole Brannen, CF: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB

Kole Cottam, C: 1-5, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K

Garrett Benge, DH: 2-4, 1 BB, 3 R, 1 RBI

Devlin Granberg, 1B: 2-4, 1 2B, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Tyler Esplin, RF: 3-5, 1 HR, 1 2B, 1 R, 5 RBI, 1 K

Xavier LeGrant, 3B: 2-3, 1 K

Have a day, Spinners. Esplin is clearly the standout here, and he’s arguably the most intriguing bat in this lineup depending on your thoughts of Brannen at this point. He’s certainly the most intriguing power bat, and he showed that off in a big way here.

GCL L 0-2

Triston Casas, DH: 0-3, 2 K

Nicholas Northcut, 3B: 0-3, 1 K, 1 E

Jose Gonzalez: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2

It was not a great game for the GCL squad on Friday, but there were a couple of notable debuts from two of the highest-ranked players from Boston’s class. We’ll hope for better things out of Casas and Northcut, of course, but just having them on the field is good enough for today.

DSL 1 L 2-3

Jesus Maita, RF: 2-3, 1 BB, 1 RBI, 2 CS

Denny Diaz, SS: 2-4, 1 K

Brandon Rincones, 2B: 2-4, 1 R

DSL 2 L 4-5

Nelfy Abreu, 2B: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 SB

Angel Maita, RF: 2-5

Danny Diaz, 3B: 0-5, 1 K, 1 CS

Angel Gonzalez, CF: 2-2, 1 BB, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 SB

Luis Hernandez, SS: 2-4, 1 SB

I was unaware that Abreu was also a second baseman, so that’s pretty neat. He seems to be a very interesting player, and having that kind of versatility only adds to the intrigue.

Player of the Day: This has to go to Tyler Esplin. As I said above, there’s an argument for him being the most exciting prospect in Lowell, and even if he’s not he’s part of the sudden lower-minors infusion of power. It’s obviously not always going to be this good, but Esplin has the potential to change games by himself fairly regularly.