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Red Sox Minor Lines: C.J. Chatham and Tanner Nishioka get four hits apiece

And Jhonathan Diaz turns in another strong performance

Pawtucket L 1-5

Tzu-Wei Lin, SS: 2-5, 3 K

Tony Renda, 2B: 1-5

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

Rusney Castillo, CF: 2-4

Sam Travis, 1B: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K

Josh Ockimey, DH: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K

Kyle Wren, LF: 2-4, 1 K, 1 SB

Robby Scott: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K (1 pitch)

Not too long ago I wrote about Bobby Poyner and how he deserves another shot to make an impact on this Red Sox team in a bullpen lacking a true left-handed reliever. (Drew Pomeranz is more of a long man than a true reliever, if that makes sense.) Scott is right there with Poyner. This was clearly not an exerting effort, throwing just one pitch, but he’s been on a strong run lately, and really all year. He’s allowed an earned run in just one of his last nine appearances and on the year his ERA is down to 1.96with 61 strikeouts in 46 innings. Obviously, those numbers don’t really translate to the majors, but he’s pitched well enough to get a real look in September.

Portland W 6-0

Jeremy Rivera, SS: 3-5, 2 R, 1 RBI

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

Bobby Dalbec, 3B: 0-5, 1 K

Luke Tendler, DH: 2-5, 1 HR, 1 R, 3 RBI, 2 K

Danny Mars, RF: 2-3, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 SB

Deiner Lopez, LF: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI

Matthew Kent: 7 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K (94 pitches)

Dalbec and Chavis have, for obvious reasons, gotten the most ink in this space for the SeaDogs. Today, though, I want to talk about Rivera. I will say off the bat that I don’t really think his bat will play all that well in the majors, and he is hitting just .254/.296/.322 in Portland. So the bat isn’t really playing all that well in Double-A. However, he does seem to have some more potential at the plate than what’s suggested by that batting line, and I do like his swing a little bit. It’s his defense that really makes him mildly intriguing, though, and if he can hit even a little he can find a role on a major-league bench as a defensive specialist up the middle. He’s fun to watch in the field.

Salem L 0-3

Brett Netzer, 2B: 0-4, 2 K

C.J. Chatham, SS: 4-4, 2 2B

Denyi Reyes: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 3 K (81 pitches)

Mark Montgomery: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (10 pitches)

It’s been a big season for Chatham, just for the simple fact that he’s mostly been able to stay on the field. The 2016 first round pick battled injuries for his first year and a half as a professional, and we hadn’t really gotten to see the potential. In his first full season, he is showing that he can hit for average with a .313 mark. The issue is that he only has a .078 Isolated Power. Now, Salem is a hard park for hitting homers, so it’s hard to say exactly how much of a factor that plays. If he can stick at shortstop (and all indications are that he can) then he should hit enough for some major-league consideration, but tapping into some more power is likely the difference between being part-time or full-time.

Greenville W 6-0

Jarren Duran, RF: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 K

Ryan Fitzgerald, SS: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Pedro Castellanos, 1B: 1-5, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 CS

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

Jhonathan Diaz: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K (88 pitches)

Well this is a fun day. Diaz had another strong showing on the mound, bringing his ERA with Greenville down to 3.26. We also got Duran’s first home run in A-Ball after hitting two in Lowell, though he already has more doubles in 19 games with Greenville than he did in 37 games with Lowell. Nishioka is obviously the standout, though, but I’m sure we’ll talk about him a little later.

Lowell L 3-7

Grant Williams, 2B: 2-3, 1 2B, 2 BB, 1 R, 2 RBI

Tyler Dearden, LF: 2-2, 1 2B, 1 RBI

Tyler Esplin, RF: 0-4, 1 K, 1 SB

Williams was a 10th round senior sign in this past summer’s draft, and for the most part he hasn’t really done much in his first taste of professional ball. Even after this game his OPS is below .700. However, to his credit he does have three straight multi-hit games and eight in the month of August, so he’s closing out the year on a strong note.

DSL 1 W 5-3

Jose Navas, C: 2-4, 1 K

Jeison Pena: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K

Pena is a 20-year-old in his second go around the DSL, so there’s not too much to be gleamed from any performance, but he’s had a solid year as a swingman on the DSL 1 squad. After this outing his ERA is down to 2.64, and while he is only striking out about six per nine, he’s also only walking about 1.5.

Player of the Day: Obviously, this will go to Tanner Nishioka. This is not the first time he’s won this in 2018, and he’s had an impressive year at the plate. The scouting reports still aren’t all that great, and he is a 23-year-old who was drafted as a senior in 2017, but the performance is nothing to sneeze at. In 76 games he’s hitting .322/.398/.500, and he’s someone to at least keep an eye on as he moves up the ladder.