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Red Sox Minor Lines: Josh Ockimey, Bobby Dalbec and Danny Diaz go deep

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It was a good day on the farm.

Pawtucket W 8-1

Tzu-Wei Lin: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI

Cole Sturgeon, RF: 0-3, 2 BB, 3 K

Rusney Castillo, CF: 2-4, 1 BB, 1 R

Adam Lind, DH: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI

Aneury Tavarez, LF: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 BB, 2 R, 3 RBI

Dan Butler, C: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 K

William Cuevas: 5.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 4 K (105 pitches)

Williams Jerez: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K (32 pitches)

Robby Scott: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K (22 pitches)

It was an impressive all-around day at the plate for the PawSox, with Tavarez in particular standing out. It’s been an up-and-down year for the outfielder as he was hoping to separate himself as outfield depth in the organization. He hasn’t quite done that, but he’s in the conversation with Sturgeon as an emergency option, though the most likely scenario is neither gets any major-league time this year.

Portland W 5-1

Jeremy Rivera, 2B: 0-4

Chad De La Guerra, SS: 0-4, 2 K

Josh Ockimey, DH: 2-3, 1 HR, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 RBI

Tate Matheny, CF: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K

Luke Tendler, LF: 2-2, 2 2B, 1 R, 3 RBI

Kyle Hart: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 K (93 pitches)

Guys like Jalen Beeks, Kutter Crawford and Mike Shawaryn have gotten most of the buzz in the system this year, but Ockimey is having a big season and more importantly he is showing in-game power for the first time in his career. It remains to be seen if he can keep it up over a full season, of course, but he’s now hitting .274/.385/.490 on the year with eight homers in 45 games. That’s a 29-homer pace over a full season, for what that’s worth. Ockimey doesn’t have star potential, but he’s showing that he could be a legitimate major leaguer, and perhaps sooner rather than later.

Salem W 9-4

Santiago Espinal, SS: 3-5, 1 2B, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 E

Brett Netzer, 2B: 2-4

C.J. Chatham, DH: 1-5, 1 3B, 1 R, 2 K

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

Tyler Hill, RF: 0-2, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 SB

Jake Thompson: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 5 K (95 pitches)

We just talked about Ockimey heating up, but Dalbec has arguably been even more impressive of late. We’ve talked about it a bunch lately, but it’s worth mentioning again that he’s making a lot more contact over the last few weeks. If that keeps up, he’s going to skyrocket up organizational lists at midseason and particularly this winter if it continues through the summer. Meanwhile, Thompson has looked much better after his shaky start to his full-season career.

Greenville W 2-0

Lorenzo Cedrola, RF: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 2 SB

Jhonathan Diaz: 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K (86 pitches)

We haven’t talked a whole lot about Diaz this season, but he’s been really good in a sneaky-good Drive rotation that’s included huge years from Crawford and Denyi Reyes. Diaz’ 3.79 ERA doesn’t look great, but he is striking out more than a batter per inning and he has a K/BB ratio over 3.0. That’s pretty good for the 21-year-old.

DSL 1 L 5-9

Gilberto Jimenez, CF: 2-5, 1 RBI, 1 SB, 1 CS, 1 E

Leonel Jimenez, 2B: 2-4, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K

Ceddanne Rafaela, SS: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Erick Flores, C: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI

Lewis Baez, RF: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E

DSL 2 W 10-2

Nelfy Abreu, CF: 1-5, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 E

Angel Maita, RF: 2-5, 1 2B, 2 R, 2 K

Antoni Flores, SS: 2-5, 1 R, 2 RBI

Danny Diaz, DH: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 CS

Kleiber Rodriguez, 1B 2-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K

Diaz is the number one Dominican prospect to watch, and in the fourth game of the DSL season he smashed his second homer of the year. Not too shabby!

Player of the Day: There were a bunch of big games here and Ockimey might deserve it but I’m going to lean towards Jhonathan Diaz. If we could give out an award for the best positional group of the year it would go to Greenville’s rotation, but we can’t so we’ll settle for giving this one to Diaz.