Pawtucket W 8-2
Tzu-Wei Lin, SS: 0-5, 2 K
Tony Renda, DH: 1-5, 1 R, 3 K
Rusney Castillo, CF: 3-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
Brandon Phillips, 3B: 3-4, 2 R, 1 RBI
Sam Travis, LF: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K
Josh Ockimey, 1B: 0-2, 2 BB, 1 R, 1 K, 1 E
Ivan De Jesus, 2B: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 5 RBI, 1 K
Brandon Workman: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (12 pitches)
Brandon Phillips has been turning it on after taking a bit to shake the rust off in the minors. This was his third game with at least three hits in the month of August, and since July 28 he’s seen his batting average rise from .172 to .301. There’s probably not a great chance for him to play a big role with the team barring some sort of injury, but at this point I’m expecting him to get the call in September.
Portland W 3-2
Chad De La Guerra, 2B: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
Michael Chavis, 3B: 1-2, 2 BB, 1 R
Bobby Dalbec, DH: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K
Luke Tendler, RF: 1-2, 2 BB, 1 RBI, 1 K
Danny Mars, CF: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 K, 2 SB
Mars was never someone who was on the prospect radar in a big way for the Red Sox, but over his minor-league career he had shown an ability to at least hit for a high average and get on base. That, combined with solid defense and speed gave him a shot to be a bench outfielder type. The 24-year-old is having a disappointing year in Triple-A, though, hitting just .255 with a .327 OBP. He’s had a couple good games of late, and hopefully he can get some momentum heading into the end of the year and get back on track for 2019.
Salem W 7-2
Tyler Hill, CF: 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 CS
Brett Netzer, 2B: 2-5, 2 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
C.J. Chatham, SS: 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
Josh Tobias, 3B: 2-4, 1 R
Denyi Reyes: 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 6 K (83 pitches)
Reyes just continues to cruise through this 2018 season and yet is still failing to get much buzz. The latest phenomenal start from the 21-year-old knocks his season-long ERA back down under 2.00 and he’s up to 137 strikeouts and just 15 walks over 141 1⁄3 innings. His control has been immaculate and his efficiency wildly impressive, and I’m really curious how aggressive they’ll be with him next year. The starting pitching is probably a bit too crowded to push him too quickly, but I’m interested to see if he can get away with his strike-throwing tendencies at the higher levels. If he can, he could be a legitimate force.
Greenville W 4-2
Jarren Duran, RF: 1-4, 1 K
Pedro Castellanos, 1B: 2-4, 1 RBI, 2 K
Zach Sterry, DH: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K
Enmanuel De Jesus: 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 10 K (97 pitches)
Speaking of pitchers who have impressed this year without getting too much buzz, De Jesus certainly qualifies. Now, his 4.08 ERA for the year will not impress, but that is hurt by his time in Salem in the first half, which was all of three outings. In fact, it really comes down to one terrible outing in High-A. With Greenville, though, he is striking out a batter per inning with about four strikeouts to every walk and a 3.39 ERA. He’s not as intriguing as Reyes, but he’s at least someone to keep in mind.
Lowell L 1-13
Tyler Esplin, CF: 0-3, 1 BB
Tyler Dearden, RF: 1-4, 1 K
Devlin Granberg, 1B: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 K
Korby Batesole, 3B: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 3B
Not a whole lot going on on the positive side for Lowell on Friday, who dug themselves into an early hole and never seemed able to recover from it.
GCL W 3-2
Juan Carlos Abreu, LF: 2-4, 1 R
Esteban Quiroz, DH: 1-4, 1 RBI
Brandon Howlett, 3B: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
Jecorrah Arnold, SS: 2-4, 1 R, 1 K
Austin Maddox: 1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
Mark Montgomery: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Down on the complex we had couple of pitchers making late-season rehab appearances. Maddox is certainly the more intriguing of the two, and he was a guy many were hoping would make an impact this year. It’s taken him a while to get back, however, and at this point I’d assume it’s too late for him to come up in 2018. Still, he is someone to consider when thinking about the 2019 bullpen. Montgomery was a minor-league signing earlier this summer and figures to serve as 2019 depth as well but is trying to show a little to the organization before that point comes.
DSL 1 L 3-5
Gilberto Jimenez, DH: 2-4, 2 R
Leonel Jimenez, 3B: 3-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 CS
Fabian Andrade, CF: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Carlos Sanchez, 1B: 1-2, 1 BB, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 CS
DSL 2 W 10-8
Nelfy Abreu, CF: 2-4, 1 BB, 1 RBI
Luis Hernandez, 2-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI
Kleiber Rodriguez, C: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 SB
Gregori Custodio, 1B: 2-3, 2 BB, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB
It was a nice day for the DSL 2 lineup, including Kleiber Rodriguez. He’s had a quietly nice year playing mostly first base, getting his line up to .316/.385/.410. He was signed back in 2016 and had a really rough go of it that summer before missing all of next year. He’s come back strong in 2018, though, and at only 19 he should get a chance to progress up the ladder next year.
Player of the Day: This has to go to Enmanuel De Jesus, who gets the edge ever so slightly over Denyi Reyes. Striking out ten batters will do that.