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Red Sox Minor Lines: Darwinzon Hernandez shines for Salem

The lefty has a big return from the DL.

Pawtucket W 5-3

Tzu-Wei Lin, SS: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K

Tony Renda, LF: 1-5, 2 K

Rusney Castillo, CF: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB

Brandon Phillips, 2B: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 2 K

Sam Travis, DH: 2-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 K

Jantzen Witte, 1B: 2-4, 1 R

Cole Sturgeon, RF: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K

Robby Scott: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K (32 pitches)

Travis Lakins: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (10 pitches)

The Red Sox don’t have a lot of top prospects on the cusp of making the majors. Mike Shawaryn, Josh Ockimey, Michael Chavis and Bobby Dalbec should be in the conversation at various points next year, but for 2018 it’s Lakins as the most exciting potential call-up. Middle relief may not be super exciting, but Lakins could very well make a big impact. After this latest outing, Lakins has allowed one run in 7 13 innings with nine strikeouts and three walks at Triple-A.

Portland L 1-8

Chad De La Guerra, 2B: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 K

Michael Chavis, 3B: 1-4

Bobby Dalbec, DH: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K

Jordan Betts, 1B: 2-3, 1 R, 1 K, 1 E

It’s been a tough year for De La Guerra, who was expected to serve as major-league depth in 2018. He had an awful start to his season, was demoted to Portland, and took some time to get going there. He’s been hitting much better of late, though, with a hit in 13 of his last 16 games. He now has a solid .804 OPS at Double-A and should get a chance in 2019 to prove this down year was the fluke.

Salem W 5-0

Tyler Hill, RF: 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 PO

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

C.J. Chatham, SS: 0-4, 1 K, 1 E

Josh Tobias, 3B: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 R

Victor Acosta, LF: 2-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI

Darwinzon Hernandez: 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 9 K (84 pitches)

Daniel Gonalez: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K (48 pitches)

Have a night, Darwinzon Hernandez. The young lefty had just spent a short stint on the disabled list, but he picked up right where he left off as he continues a strong run to finish this 2018 season. Now, since the start of July, Hernandez has pitched to a 1.29 ERA over 42 innings with 60 strikeouts and 20 walks. The control can still get a bit shaky at times, but his strikeout stuff is back in a big way and he’s been nearly impossible to square up. This is what we were hoping for when we saw Hernandez as perhaps the biggest breakout possibility in the system.

Greenville W 4-1

Jarren Duran, RF: 4-4, 1 2B, 2 R, 1 SB

Pedro Castellanos, DH: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 RBI

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

Jhonathan Diaz: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K (96 pitches)

Have yourself a day, Jarren Duran. The 2018 draft pitch had hit a bit of a snag after his hot start to his Low-A career, at least relative to how scorching hot he was immediately after being drafted. This got his average back up over .400, though, and his OPS in Greenville up over .900. He is a lot of fun. Also, Jhonathan Diaz now has his strikeout rate up to exactly one per inning.

Lowell W 11-3

Korby Batesole, SS: 2-4, 1 BB, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 SB

Tyler Dearden, DH: 2-5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Devlin Granberg, 1B: 2-5, 2 2B, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K

Tyler Esplin, CF: 1-5, 1 R, 1 RBI

Alberto Schmidt, C: 2-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 K

Jonathan Ortega, PH/3B: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 R, 2 SB

If you’re looking for an MVP at each level, it’s not too difficult to figure out who wins that award for the Spinners. Granberg has been great for Lowell after being selected in the sixth round of this year’s draft. After yet another multi-hit, multi-extra-base-hit game the corner player has hit .312/.398/.453 on the year. He probably deserves a promotion to Greenville, but there appears to be more room. He’ll get his chance to move up the ladder next year.

GCL G1 L 0-2

Esteban Quiroz, 2B: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K

Nicholas Northcut, 3B: 1-4, 2 K

Connor Berry: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

GCL G2 SUSP

Berry was not a high-profile draftee this summer, being selected out of the University of Oklahoma in the 31st round. This was not an above-slot signee and, if we’re being honest, he should pitch well in the GCL. Still, he has thrown five scoreless innings with eight strikeouts and two walks. That’s pretty good!

Player of the Day: It has to be Darwinzon Hernandez. He is one of the most important players in the system right now, and that he and Tanner Houck are trending in the right directions is a huge development.