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Red Sox Minor Lines: Kutter Crawford makes his High-A debut

And Pedro Castellanos had a huge day for Greenville.

Pawtucket L 5-6

Rusney Castillo, DH: 3-5, 1 R, 1 RBI

Brandon Phillips, 2B: 4-5, 3 2B, 1 K

Sam Travis, LF: 0-5, 1 RBI, 1 K

Josh Ockimey, 1B: 1-5, 2 K, 1 E

Jantzen Witte, 3B: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI

Chandler Shepherd: 6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 9 K (97 piches)

Travis Lakins: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K (29 pitches)

Robby Scott: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K (23 pitches)

The line doesn’t look great for Lakins, and it really isn’t, but he was dominant in his first inning of work. He struck out the side in the seventh inning on a total of 11 pitches before coming back out and largely getting hurt by his teammates. The runs were all unearned, and two of them were inherited runs that Scott allowed to score. The point here is that it is not a reason to be worried. We should still see him in September. The same probably goes for Shepherd, who needed a good start this time out.

Portland L 1-18

Chad De La Guerra, 2B: 2-5, 1 K, 2 E

Michael Chavis, 1B: 3-5, 1 2B, 1 K

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

Tate Matheny, CF: 1-3, 2 K

Danny Mars, RF: 0-2, 2 BB, 1 K

This was an awful game for the SeaDogs, and there’s really no way to sugarcoat it. I’m going to do it anyway, though, because Chavis is starting to get hot at the plate. He’s now eight for his last eleven and has gotten on base multiple times in six of his last seven games.

Salem L 2-6

Brett Netzer, 2B: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 2 K

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

Jerry Downs, DH: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Josh Tobias, 3B: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 E

Kutter Crawford: 6 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 7 K (85 pitches)

Crawford was very deserving of this promotion, and of all the promotions in the system of late his may be the most interesting to watch. Crawford doesn’t have the pedigree, but his performance in Greenville was great. Well, his first taste of High-A was...okay. It got off to a shaky start and he gave up plenty of hits, but six of the eight hits were singles and he also didn’t walk a batter while striking out seven. Could be worse.

Greenville W 7-1

Jarren Duran, RF: 1-5, 1 K

Pedro Castellanos, 1B: 4-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI

Jordan Wren, LF: 3-4, 1 3B, 1 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, 1 K

Samuel Miranda, C: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Eduardo Bazardo: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 4 K (81 pitches)

Rio Gomez: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (27 pitches)

There’s a lot to talk about here. Castellanos was great, and I have a feeling I’ll be talking about him a bit later. Wren also had a big game, though isn’t super interesting as a prospect. On the pitching side, we had a couple more debuts. Bazardo dominated in Lowell to start the year and Gomez was just named a NYPL All-Star before this promotion. The Red Sox are still lacking high-level prospects, but the low-level pitching emerging in the organization is becoming more and more underrated.

Lowell W 3-1

Tyler Dearden, LF: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 3 K

Devlin Granberg, 1B: 2-2, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 SB, 1 E

Tyler Esplin, RF: 0-4, 2 K

Lane Milligan, CF: 2-3, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 CS

Taylor Ahearn: 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K (63 pitches)

Dearden just continues to show off his power stroke at Lowell and is emerging as the clear top Tyler on the roster, which I would have bet against. After his latest home run, his slash-line is up to .296/.361/.465. That’ll do.

GCL W 10-2

Juan Hernandez, CF: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 K

Elih Marrero, C: 1-3, 2 BB, 3 R, 1 PB

Brandon Howlett, 3B: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 R, 5 RBI, 1 K

Keibert Petit, 1B: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 K

Alex Scherff: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Yusniel Padron-Artilles: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K

Well, hello there Alex Scherff. The 2017 draftee was one of the more exciting young pitchers in the system heading into the year, but he struggled mightily through his first 12 starts and hasn’t pitched since June 12. This is certainly a lost year for the 20-year-old, but if he can find a way to gain a little momentum heading into 2019 that could be a big boost for the farm.

DSL 1 L 2-3

Gilberto Jimenez, CF: 2-5, 1 3B, 2 R, 1 SB, 1 E

Wilker Vargas, 2B: 2-5, 1 RBI 1 K

Lewis Baez, DH: 2-5, 1 K

Fabian Andrade, LF: 1-3, 2 BB

Luis Mota, 3B: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 CS, 2 E

DSL 2 G1 W 3-2

Nelfy Abreu, CF: 2-3, 2 R, 1 RBI

Ronaldo Pulgar, 3B: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K

Oscar Rangel, C: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 RBI, 1 CS/PO

Gabriel Perez, RF: 2-4, 1 3B, 1 R

Jorge Rodriguez: 9 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 7 K

DSL 2 G2 W 5-4

Oscar Rangel, C: 1-2, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K

Kleiber Rodriguez, C: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI

Brayan Bello: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 10 K

Quite the day of pitching for DSL 2 on Wednesday. Bello wasn’t perfect, but he was likely hurt by a young defense. With this latest start, he now has a 1.54 ERA through 58 13 with 57 strikeouts and 10 walks. As for Rodriguez, well, he tossed a complete game and that is almost unheard of at these rookie levels.

Player of the Day: This has to go to Pedro Castellanos, who has spent most of the year on the disappointing side. However, he’s been much better of late. Back on June 17, the first baseman was hitting just .248/.285/.308. Now, that line is up to .300/.332/.387, and he’s getting back on track and looking more like the guy who broke out in 2017.