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Red Sox Minor Lines: A big day on the farm

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They only got three games in on Tuesday, but the results were phenomenal

Pawtucket W 6-4

Gorkys Hernández, CF: 0-4, 1 RBI, 2 K

Rusney Castillo, DH: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 3 RBI

Sam Travis, LF: 1-4

Josh Ockimey, 1B: 1-2, 1 2B, 1 BB

Nick Lovullo, 2B: 3-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB

Mike Shawaryn: 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 7 K (84 pitches)

Bobby Poyner: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K (20 pitches)

Well hello there Mike Shawaryn. The righty is off to a good start to the year in the highest level of the minor leagues with an impressive showing in his second outing. He’s now tossed 11 13 innings over his first two starts of 2019 and has pitched to a 3.18 ERA with 14 strikeouts and just two walks. Although he’s a bit overshadowed by some of the other higher upside arms in the system, don’t sleep on Shawaryn as a major-league arm, and one who could help as soon as this season. On offense, the big swing came from Castillo, whose three-run shot put the game out of reach.

Portland PPD

Salem W 14-1

Jarren Duran: 4-5, 1 2B, 1 BB, 3 R, 1 RBI

Ryan Fitzgerald, SS: 3-6, 3 2B, 2 R, 5 RBI

Pedro Castellanos, 1B; 2-6, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K, 2 E

Tanner Nishioka, 2B: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 K

Isaias Lucena, C: 2-5, 2 2B, 1 BB, 3 R

Victor Acosta, LF: 3-3, 2 BB, 3 R, 2 RBI

Kutter Crawford: 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 5 K (81 pitches)

Joan Crawford (yikes) Martinez: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K (58 pitches)

Holy crap. This was an absolute explosion for Salem in Lynchburg with six guys finishing the day with multiple hits. Duran led the way with four, but it was Fitzgerald who really stood out here with a trio of two-base hits and five runs batted in. The pitching was equally as impressive, too, even if it wasn’t the longest of outings. Crawford was one of the system’s biggest breakouts in 2018 and continues to look solid (albeit inefficient) to start 2019. Martinez is another name to watch. He had some buzz heading into 2018 before disappointing, but he now has nine strikeouts and just one walk over his first four innings of work this year.

Greenville G1 W 2-1

Cole Brannen, CF: 2-3

Triston Casas, DH: 0-2, 1 BB, 1 K

Brandon Howlett, 0-3, 2 K

Brayan Bello: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K (63 pitches)

Yoan Aybar: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Remember the name Brayan Bello. Each of the last couple of years has seen at least one breakout from Greenville’s rotation with guys like Bryan Mata, Darwinzon Hernandez, Denyi Reyes and Kutter Crawford. Bello has a chance to be the guy this year. The 19-year-old spent almost all of last year in the Dominican Summer League, but he’s taking the big leap up to full-season ball this year and didn’t look at all fazed by the adjustment. Last year, his first as a professional, he finished with a 1.60 ERA in 67 13 innings with 74 strikeouts and ten walks.

Greenville G2 PPD

Player of the Day: There were a lot of impressive performances today, but I think I’m going to give this one to Ryan Fitzgerald. Six total bases with three doubles on top of knocking in five runs and scoring three more? That’s a solid day at the plate. Fitzgerald isn’t the biggest name in the Red Sox farm system and was signed out of Indy Ball last May. The infielder was solid in his first year with the organization and to start this year he’s hitting .429/.455/.714. There’s probably not much here long-term, but keep an eye out just in case because on the off-chance there is this is the most fun type of story you can follow in the minors.