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Red Sox Minor Lines: Eduardo Rodriguez dominates his rehab

And some exciting pitching at the GCL

Portland W 4-3

Jeremy Rivera, SS: 2-3, 1 2B, 2 BB, 1 R, 2 RBI

Michael Chavis, 1B: 1-4, 1 K

Bobby Dalbec, 3B: 0-3, 1 K, 1 E

Danny Mars, RF: 1-2, 2 BB, 1 SB

Eduardo Rodriguez: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K (63 pitches)

Dedgar Jimenez: 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 4 K (95 pitches)

Well, hello there Eduardo Rodriguez. The Red Sox lefty is a nice wildcard for the Red Sox as they look ahead to their playoff rotation and their rotation down the stretch. The plan was always for him to throw only four innings, so don’t worry about the lack of depth in this start. After the dominant performance he said he felt good and wasn’t tired, implying he could have kept going if they wanted him to. The plan right now is for him to make one more rehab start, probably lasting at least five innings, before activation. So, Rodriguez should have about a month at the major-league level to tune up for October.

Greenville L 2-11

Jarren Duran, RF: 1-4, 1 K

Zach Sterry, DH: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K

Everlouis Lozada, 2B: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K

It’s been a tough few days for the Drive, as their offense is falling off of late. Duran isn’t really in a noteworthy slump, at least. He does have only one hit over the last two days, but he had seven hits in the two days before that and is still hitting .389/.413/.472 with Greenville and .361/.399/.524 overall. That’ll do.

Lowell L 1-7

Lane Milligan, CF: 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 K

Devlin Granberg, DH: 0-3, 1 K

Milligan somewhat quietly had himself a solid run through the GCL after being drafted in the 17th round in this summer’s draft, though as a college draftee that’s not always reason to get too excited. He was promoted to Lowell after just twenty games on the complex, and he’s slowed down considerably. It’s not a huge surprise, but with a couple of hits on Monday and some mild improvement of late he could be starting to figure things out after a slow start with the Spinners.

GCL W 2-0

Juan Carlos Abreu, LF: 2-5, 1 3B, 1 R, 1 K

Esteban Quiroz, 2B: 0-1, 1 BB, 2 RBI

Brandon Howlett, 3B: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K

Jecorrah Arnold, SS: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 K

Nicholast Northcut, DH: 1-4, 1 2B, 3 K

Juan Hernandez, CF: 2-4, 1 R

Austin Maddox: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Mark Montgomery: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Brayan Bello: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K

Ryan Fernandez: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K

This was a pretty jam-packed day as far as the GCL goes. The Red Sox got a couple more appearances from rehabbers in Maddox and Montgomery, neither of whom are expected to help much in the majors this year. However, Maddox is a bit forgotten in terms of putting together the 2019 bullpen. Bello, meanwhile, made his Stateside debut on Monday and looked every bit as good as he did in the DSL while doing it. Expect the 19-year-old to begin next season in Lowell, with an outside shot at getting a chance in Greenville before the Spinners season begins.

DSL 1 L 3-7

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

Erick Flores, DH: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 R

Emerson Ortiz: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K

DSL 2 L 1-3

Nelfy Abreu, CF: 1-4, 1 K, 1 SB

Kleiber Rodriguez, 3B: 0-2, 2 BB

Gregori Custodio, 2B: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 RBI, 1 K

Gabriel Quintero, RF: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 K

This was a pretty impressive outing for Ortiz, and he now has a 2.54 ERA on the season. However, it’s still not something to get too excited about as he’s a 21-year-old in the DSL and his 40/15 K/BB in 71 innings doesn’t really scream dominance.

Player of the Day: It feels weird giving this to a major leaguer like Rodriguez, so I’ll give it to Jeremy Rivera. The shortstop has been inconsistent at best at the plate, particularly after a hot start to the year, and that obviously lowers his ceiling by a significant margin. However, there’s still some chance at a major-league bench role in his future because he is smooth at shortstop. I wouldn’t bet on it, but teams could always use some defense up the middle.