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Red Sox Minor Lines: Another big day for Michael Chavis

And lots of wins for the Red Sox affiliates.

Pawtucket W 3-2

Tzu-Wei Lin, SS: 4-5, 2 2B, 1 R

Tony Renda, 2B: 3-5, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB

Rusney Castillo, CF: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 RBI

Brandon Phillips, DH: 1-4, 1 2B

Sam Travis, LF: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI

Josh Ockimey, 1B: 0-4, 2 K

Kyle Wren, RF: 2-4

Josh Smith: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K (85 pitches)

Bobby Poyner: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 K (26 pitches)

It was a big day for Lin on Friday, and that’s a good sign for a player who had been battling some rib injuries in recent days. The Red Sox are getting healthy so Lin’s presence on the depth chart isn’t of vital importance right now, but having him available over the likes of Renda or Phillips is a bigger upgrade than many would give credit for. Lin is a steady presence in the field with decent upside at the plate. If an infielder goes down again, they’ll want Lin available.

Portland W 10-9

Johnny Bladel, LF: 2-4, 1 BB, 3 R, 1 K

Michael Chavis, 3B: 3-4, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 K

Bobby Dalbec, DH: 1-4, 2 RBI, 3 K

Jordan Betts, 1B: 2-5, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 K

Austin Rei, C: 2-5, 1 HR, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 K, 1 E

Dalbec merely had a single and two RBI — what a bum! — but Chavis stays red-hot at the plate. The third baseman wants everyone to remember who is really the most well-regarded position player prospect in the system, and he now has four straight multi-hit games. Over that span he is 12-18 with a double and two homers. That’s a good sign for someone who should be challenging for a major-league spot at some point next year.

Salem W 11-2

Brett Netzer, 2B: 0-5, 1 RBI, 1 K

C.J. Chatham, SS; 2-3, 1 R

Jagger Rusconi, LF: 3-4, 2 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI, 1 SB

Kevin McAvoy: 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 4 K (93 pitches)

This was a big day for the Salem offense, though a lot of that had to do with some poor defense on the other side. I want to focus a bit on Netzer today, though. The second baseman has had an up-and-down season, and has struggled a bit in August after a hot end to his July. The 22-year-old has been perfectly fine in High-A, but the 2017 third round pick also hasn’t made himself stand out and will probably need to learn some versatility in the field to make up for some shortcomings in the field.

Greenville W 10-5

Kervin Suarez, CF: 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 3 K, 1 SB

Jarren Duran, RF: 0-5

Ryan Fitzgerald, SS: 2-4, 1 BB, 2 R

Tanner Nishioka, 3B: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

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

Jordan Wren, LF: 3-4, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 RBI

Frankie Rios, 2B: 1-3, 2 BB, 2 R

Samuel Miranda, C: 2-4, 4 RBI, 1 K

Durin O’Linger: 5 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 7 K (78 pitches)

Wren is not really someone who has much of a prospect profile and was viewed by many (rightfully so) as a nepotism draft pick who signed an underslot deal last summer. The outfielder hasn’t played a ton this year and has been good but not great when he’s played, but he’s also been on a hot streak the last few days. Over the last three days he is 7-12 with two homers and a triple.

Lowell W 2-0

Grant Williams, 2B: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 CS/PO

Korby Batesole, SS: 2-4, 1 2B, 2 K, 1 E

Tyler Dearden, LF: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 R, 2 K

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

Tyler Esplin, CF: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K

Lane Milligan, C: 3-4, 2 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Thad Ward: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K (55 pitches)

It’s always hard to know what to do with pitchers in their first professional season after being drafted, as adjusting to a professional workload is a tall task. The sample size is never great for these guys and the adjustment period generally seems to be larger for pitchers than hitters. That said, Ward is pitching very well after being selected in the fifth round this summer. The UCF product has a 1.82 ERA over 24 23 innings and eight starts to start his career.

GCL W 6-5

Juan Carlos Abreu, LF: 3-4, 1 BB, 2 R

Esteban Quiroz, DH: 2-3, 1 3B, 1 R, 3 RBI

Nicholas Northcut, PH/DH: 0-2, 1 K

Keibert Petit, 1B: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 K

Caleb Ramsey, CF: 2-4, 1 R

A wild Esteban Quiroz appeared! If you recall, the infielder was signed out of Mexico prior to this season, and there was some hope he could impress enough to be a major-league factor in 2018. Unfortunately, his season was derailed by injury and Friday was his first game since April 23. The ship has sailed on him contributing this year, but hopefully next year can be different.

DSL 1 L 2-4

Gilberto Jimenez, CF: 2-4, 1 R

Wilker Vargas, 2B: 2-4, 1 K

Fabian Andrade, LF: 2-3, 1 BB, 1 R

DSL 2 L 2-3

Nelfy Abreu, CF: 1-4, 1 E

Kleiber Rodriguez, 1B: 2-4, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K

Player of the Day: There were plenty of good performances from Red Sox prospects on Friday, but I’m giving this to Jagger Rusconi. Really, there isn’t a ton of positivity with Rusconi, who was a fifth round pick in 2015 but has battled injuries and never really shown much on the field. I wouldn’t expect that to change now, but he had a big day on Friday at least.