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Red Sox Minor Lines: Bobby Dalbec smacks two dingers in Portland

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He’s transition pretty well.

Pawtucket L 3-6

Rusney Castillo, CF: 1-4, 1 R

Brandon Phillips, DH: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 K

Sam Travis, LF: 1-4, 1 R, 2 K

Josh Ockimey, 1B: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 3 RBI, 2 K

Justin Haley: 6 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 7 K (98 pitches)

Travis Lakins: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K (17 pitches)

Marcus Walden: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 1 K (33 pitches)

Robby Scott: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K (7 pitches)

I think Ockimey is making the transition to Triple-A just fine, you guys. Oftentimes, it seems to me that we are too quick to dismiss this jump in levels. High-A to Double-A gets all the pub, but here guys are going from facing theoretical major leaguers to pitchers who have actually been there. It’s an entirely different kind of pitcher and is a necessary jump on the ladder. Ockimey has only been there three games, and his four strikeouts aren’t ideal, but this was his second dinger and that makes up for the other issues.

Portland W 7-3

Johnny Bladel, LF: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 R, 2 K, 1 SB

Jeremy Rivera, SS: 2-5 1 2B, 1 R

Bobby Dalbec, 3B: 2-3, 2 HR, 2 BB, 2 R, 3 RBI, 1 K

Luke Tendler, DH: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI

Teddy Stankiewicz: 7 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 6 K (102 pitches)

So, uh, Bobby Dalbec, huh? Ockimey is off to a great start in Triple-A, and Dalbec is off to an even better start as his replacement in Portland. He continues his eye-opening year with two homers on Sunday, one of which went 451 feet! His power is absurd, and for him it’s all about keeping the strikeouts in check. We’ll see if he can do that to close out the year, but there’s no reason not to be excited about the third baseman right now.

Salem W 7-5

Tyler Hill, RF: 3-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB

Brett Netzer, 2B: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 CS

C.J. Chatham, SS: 1-4, 1 RBI

Josh Tobias, 3B: 3-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI

Michael Osinski, DH: 2-5, 2 K

Jake Romanski, C: 2-5, 1 R, 1 K

Denyi Reyes: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K (95 pitches)

The promotions weren’t just on the hitting side, as Reyes has been having an incredibly strong and underrated season for Greenville. Sunday marked his first start at High-A, and he did more of the same. The strikeouts were a tiny bit down and he was a little hittable, but overall this was a strong debut. Additionally, Tobias is too old to be excited about at High-A, but he made a helluva statement at least.

Greenville W 9-2

Kervin Suarez, CF: 1-4, 1 BB, 2 R, 2 K

Jarren Duran, RF: 5-5, 1 K, 1 CS

Ryan Fitzgerald, SS: 3-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Zach Sterry, DH: 2-5, 1 2B, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

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

Pedro Castellanos, 1B: 2-5, 1 2B

Everlouis Lozada, 2B: 3-5, 2 K

Enmanuel De Jesus: 6 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 5 K (92 pitches)

Austin Glorius: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K (18 pitches)

It was a day of multiple home runs, apparently. Nishioka has been good at Greenville all year and with this latest outburst he’s hitting .319/.396/.507. Of course, he’s also 23 years old so he’s not exactly young for the level. Still, all he can do is perform at the level he’s placed in, and that’s what he’s doing. Also, 5-5 for Duran. Ho hum.

Lowell L 0-4

Grant Williams, SS: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB

Tyler Dearden, DH: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K

Trey Ganns, 1B: 2-3, 1 BB

I got nothing.

Player of the Day: So many options! Amid all of the great performances, Bobby Dalbec’s two homer performance still stands out. If he can get on a hot streak to finish up the Double-A season, look for him to join that top tier of Red Sox prospects with a chance to rise even more in 2019.