Pawtucket L 3-8
Tzu-Wei Lin, CF: 3-5, 1 3B, 2 RBI
Tony Renda, 2B: 0-4, 2 K
Rusney Castillo, DH: 2-4, 1 RBI
Sam Travis, LF: 0-4, 1 K
Josh Ockimey, 1B: 1-4, 1 K
Cole Sturgeon, RF: 1-2, 2 BB, 2 R, 1 K
William Cuevas: 5 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 BB, 3 K (86 pitches)
Bobby Poyner: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K (30 pitches)
There was a bit of a scary moment here as Cuevas left this game in the sixth inning after being struck in the leg with a line drive. Fortunately, the righty wasn’t too badly hurt. Cuevas is not a high-impact player, but the Red Sox are going to look as many pitchers as possible down the stretch, meaning just about everyone on the 40-man roster will be fair game in September. Cuevas is near the top of that list in terms of innings-eaters.
Portland W 6-5
Jeremy Rivera, SS: 2-5, 1 2B, 2 R, 1 K
Michael Chavis, 1B: 1-3
Bobby Dalbec, 3B: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 E
Deiner Lopez, LF: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 K, 1 CS
Dedgar Jimenez: 5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 6 K (92 pitches)
Nothing super interesting in this Portland win, though Jimenez going five no-hit innings is something. Of course, he paired that with extreme inefficiency and four walks, so it could have been better. Still, he’ll take it all things considered. I’m also interested that Chavis at first and Dalbec at third seems to be the preferred defensive alignment. I’m not particularly surprised, and Chavis will still get some time at the hot corner, but it’s clear they believe Chavis’ future is at first base if it’s going to come in this organization.
Salem L 0-4
Brett Netzer, 2B: 0-4, 2 K, 1 E
C.J. Chatham, SS: 0-3, 1 K, 1 E
Michael Osinski, DH: 0-1, 2 BB, 1 CS
Durbin Feltman: 1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K (17 pitches)
This is certainly not the line we are used to seeing from Feltman, but panic not. All three hits off the righty were singles, and while it’s impossible to tell from the box score how hard they were hit I’m going to guessthey at least all weren’t crushed. He also continued to pound the zone, throwing 15 strikes in 17 pitches. He’ll be fine, is what I’m saying.
Greenville W 9-6
Jarren Duran, RF: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K, 2 SB, 1 CS
Marino Campana, DH: 3-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K
Pedro Castellanos, 1B: 3-4, 1 BB, 2 R
Everlouis Lozada, 2B: 2-3, 2 R, 1 RBI
Angel Padron: 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K (83 pitches)
Zach Schellenger: 1.1 IP, 1 H 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (16 pitches)
I have a few very quick-hit thoughts here. Keep on runnin’ Duran. I’m so excited to be able to watch him in Portland eventually. Fast players are the best. Castellanos continuing his big second half is an underrated storyline and adds to the underrated lower levels in this system. Can I claim Schellenger as My Guy? Has anyone made that claim yet?
Lowell L 2-5
Grant Williams, 2B: 2-3, 1 BB, 1 RBI, 2 E
Tyler Esplin, CF: 0-4, 2 K
Tyler Dearden, RF: 2-4
Jonathan Ortega, DH: 2-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 SB
Logan Browning: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K (44 pitches)
It’s somewhat quietly been a disappointing year for Esplin, who was a relatively high-profile draftee out of high school in 2017. He was picked in the seventh round, but was signed for an above-slot value. The bat hasn’t really come around, however, and while there have been flashes of power he has managed just a .625 OPS in Lowell. Next season will be big for him, though certainly not a dealbreaker.
GCL W 4-2
Juan Carlos Abreu, LF: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 R
Elih Marrero, C: 2-5, 1 R
Brandon Howlett, 3B: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 BB, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 K
Nicholas Northcut, DH: 1-4, 2 RBI
Yasel Santana: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 7 K
Both Howlett and Santana have been quiet standouts on the complex this summer. The former was a toolsy late-round high school pick who is showing big power. His homer on Wednesday was his fifth in 34 games, and it brought his ISO up to .234. He also has a .406 OBP. Santana, meanwhile, is in his first year Stateside and has a 2.21 ERA over 40 2⁄3 innings with 39 strikeouts and nine walks.
DSL 1 L 2-3
Gilberto Jimenez, CF: 1-3, 1 3B, 2 BB, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB
Fabian Andrade, LF: 3-5
Kelvin Sanchez: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K
DSL 2 W 9-5
Nelfy Abreu, CF: 4-6, 1 2B, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
Luis Hernandez, SS: 2-5, 1 BB, 2 R
Kleiber Rodriguez, 1B: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 R, 3 RBI
Jorge Rodriguez: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 6 K
It’s been a bit of a disappointing summer for Abreu, who signed for $450,000 last summer, though we also have to mention he’s only 17. There is still plenty of potential here, and he showed some of that in this game. Power probably won’t be a big part of his game, but he can make solid contact and use his speed for extra bases at his best, all while playing strong defense in center field.
Player of the Day: There really aren’t any great options here. I should probably give it to Jimenez for five no-hit innings, but the four walks are kind of cramping my style. I’m going to give it to Brandon Howlett instead. I’m really intrigued by this kid and am interested to see how aggressive they’ll be in 2019.