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Red Sox Minor Lines: Rafael Devers goes deep

Pawtucket W 3-0

Rafael Devers: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K

Brandon Phillips, 2B: 0-4, 1 E

Johs Ockimey, 1B: 0-4, 1 K

Michael Chavis, DH: 0-4, 4 K

Travis Lakins: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (25 pitches)

Marcus Walden: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (8 pitches)

Overall it’s been a big year for Chavis as he’s re-established his prospect status upon returning from a PED suspension. The last few days have been miserable though. He’s 0-4 with four strikeouts in each of the last two games and going back one more he’s 0 for his last 12 with nine strikeouts. Elsewhere, Devers going deep is nice to see with the third baseman on the cusp of being called back up and needing to play well to get playing time.

Portland L 6-7 (F/11)

Jeremy Rivera, SS: 2-6, 2 R, 3 K, 1 SB

Esteban Quiroz, 2B: 0-5, 3 K

Bobby Dalbec, 3B: 2-4, 1 3B, 1 R, 3 RBI, 2 K

Austin Rei, C: 3-5

Danny Mars, RF/LF: 2-5, 1 RBI

Dalbec had been struggling similarly to Chavis in this game, so it’s nice to see him break out of that in the final series of the year. Obviously no single performance at this point will change much about anyone’s season, but ending on a high note is always better than the alternative.

Salem G1 L 3-9

Brett Netzer, 2B: 0-4

C.J. Chatham, SS: 1-3, 1 K

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

Jagger Rusconi, RF: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 R

Salem G2 W 4-3

Tyler Hill, CF: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI

Brett Netzer, 2B: 1-3

Netzer was never a super high-profile prospect after being selected in the third round last summer, but he has shown flashes at times this year to show he can be a solid second baseman in the future. Overall, though, it’s been a rough year for the 22-year-old. Slumping to end the year, he’s now posting a .683 OPS on the year with an Isolated Power under .100.

Greenville W 9-7

Kervin Suarez, CF: 2-3, 1 HR, 1 BB, 2 R, 3 RBI, 1 SB

Jarren Duran, RF: 2-5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB

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

Pedro Castellanos, DH: 3-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI

Jordan Wren, LF: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI

Another day, another homer for Nishioka who seems to put up big games every other day now. Suarez and Duran are also on a hot streak at the top of the lineup and they can put pressure on teams to start every game. Suarez has 25 stolen bases on the year while Duran has 23.

Lowell W 8-3

Cole Brannen, CF: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 R

Nicholas Northcut, 3B: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E

Xavier LeGrant, DH: 3-5, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 K

Elih Marrero, C: 4-5, 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 R, 2 RBI

Brannen’s season is still a massive disappointment any way you slice it, but he is at least getting on base a bit now with a pair of trips to the bases in each of the last two games. Still, he’s striking out a ton and his hit today was his first since coming back from injury on August 22. Not great!

Player of the Day: Elih Marrero gets this one. An eighth round pick this year, the catcher has hit fairly well with a .785 OPS between the GCL and Lowell. The Red Sox don’t have much catching depth in the minors, so any potential at this position is welcome.