Pawtucket W 8-3
Tzu-Wei Lin, SS: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 K
Tony Renda, LF: 3-5, 2 R, 2 SB
Brandon Phillips, DH: 1-4, 1 2B, 2 R, 1 K
Michael Chavis, 3B: 3-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 K
Josh Ockimey, 1B: 2-3, 1 HR, 1 BB, 2 R, 3 RBI
Ivan De Jesus, 2B: 2-4, 2 RBI, 2 E
Chandler Shepherd: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K (97 pitches)
Robby Scott: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K (21 pitches)
Chavis and Ockimey stay hot, with the former doing so as he starts his Triple-A career. Chavis now has eight hits — five for extra base — in three games with Pawtucket. As for Ockimey, he’s been up for 19 games and has an .836 OPS after hitting his fifth homer with Pawtucket. There’s been some question about how the team deals with these two, Rafael Devers and Bobby Dalbec. The easy (and correct) answer is that it’s too early to be talking about this group, but in terms of long-term value I think the rankings pretty clearly go Devers, Chavis, Dalbec, Ockimey. There are large gaps after each of the first two spots as well.
Portland W 10-3
Chad De La Guerra, 2B: 2-5, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 K
Bobby Dalbec, 3B: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 K
Luke Tendler, LF: 3-5, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI
Chris Maders, CF: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI
Speaking of Dalbec, he hit another dinger on Sunday. The third baseman is the best defensive player of the foursome mentioned above, but he’s also the most raw at the plate while being the oldest of the group. Still, that’s not to say there’s no upside because there is a ton. This was Dalbec’s sixth homer in 22 games since being promoted to Portland an his OPS is up to .922.
Salem L 3-8
Brett Netzer, 2B: 2-4, 2 2B, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
C.J. Chatham, SS: 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 E
Michael Osinski, 3B: 2-4, 2 K
Jake Thompson: 3.2 IP, 11 H, 8 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 K (76 pitches)
This has not been the season Thompson was hoping for after being selected in the fourth round of last summer’s draft. The right has shown some intriguing flashes this year, but for the most part he has struggled. Obviously, with five unearned runs it’s safe to assume the defense played a role here, but Thompson also allowed eleven hits, including a home run and four doubles. His ERA on the year is now up to 4.98 and the peripherals don’t add much more confidence. One bad year generally shouldn’t lead to major changes, but I’m not sure they can keep Thompson in the rotation after this season.
Greenville W 5-0
Jarren Duran, RF: 2-3, 2 2B, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 CS
Pedro Castellanos, 1B: 1-4, 1 2B
Angel Padron: 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K (86 pitches)
This was a great start for Padron, who has spent most of the year coming out as a multi-inning reliever before joining the rotation following promotions to some of the Drive’s starters. His overall numbers aren’t super impressive, but over his last four outings he’s allowed six earned runs, but five were from one start. Beyond that he’s had three outstanding outings in his last four. It’s probably nothing, but it’s worth noting.
Lowell L 3-11
Devlin Granberg, 1B/LF: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 K
Trey Ganns, PH/1B: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K
Thad Ward: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 6 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 K (33 pitches)
This was a tough day for Ward, who was selected in the fifth round out of UCF in this past summer’s draft. He’s been mostly good in his professional debut, though the team clearly isn’t pushing him. The righty has generally thrown three or four innings in his outings this year. He’s now allowed six runs in two of his last three outings (obviously four were unearned in this one), but I would chalk that up to him pitching deeper into the summer than he’s probably used to, at least when considering the professional travel/practice schedule. Ward still has a bit of intrigue heading into next year.
GCL L 2-3 (F/11)
Juan Carlos Abreu, LF: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 CS
Nick Decker, CF: 0-3, 2 K
Brandon Howlett, 3B: 0-4, 1 BB, 2 K
Nicholas Northcut, DH: 0-4, 3 K
Brayan Bello: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K
We have a Decker sighting! The team’s second-round pick has some major upside and seeing his professional debut was going to be a highlight of the summer, but the 18-year-old has missed most of the year with a broken wrist. He’s back now, though, but don’t expect to really see much to get excited about until 2019.
Player of the Day: There were a few good games in the system and a lot of dingers at the upper levels, but this goes to a pitcher. Angel Padron was great in his seven innings of work. Like I said above there’s probably not much to be excited about, but he’s 20 and starting in full-season ball so keep an eye out, at least.