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Red Sox Minor Lines: Michael Chavis goes deep

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And both he and Triston Casas play third.

Pawtucket W 7-2

Tzu-Wei Lin, SS: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 2 K

Rusney Castillo, CF: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 3 RBI

Michael Chavis, 3B 3-4, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Bryce Brentz, DH: 0-3, 1 RBI, 2 K

Josh Ockimey, 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K

Gorkys Hernández, RF: 1-4, 1 R, 2 K

Cole Sturgeon, LF: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Sandy León, C: 1-4, 1 K

Josh Smith: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 10 K (75 pitches)

Josh Taylor: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K (15 pitches)

Jenrry Mejia: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (17 pitches)

This was a big day all around for Pawtucket, who was actually tied at one halfway through before scoring four in the fifth and controlling the day from there. Chavis had been struggling heading into this game but seemed to find his way out of his funk with a pair of extra-base hits including a home run. Jenrry Mejia also continues to look impressive in the late innings for Pawtucket as he tries to vie for a spot in the majors. The eye-opening line here, however, was Smith. The righty made a few appearances in major-league camp this spring, but he’s not considered a real big-league prospect. A few more outings like this may open some more eyes, though.

Portland G1 L 2-3

Aneury Tavárez, RF: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Brett Netzer, 2B: 2-5, 1 K

C.J. Chatham, SS: 2-5, 1 RBI, 1 K

Bobby Dalbec, 3B: 1-3, 2 BB, 1 K

Durbin Feltman: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (17 pitches)

Portland G2 L 0-1

C.J. Chatham, DH: 0-3, 1 K

Bobby Dalbec, 3B: 0-2, 1 BB

Kyle Hart: 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 9 K (87 pitches)

Simply getting on the field was a hell of an even for the Sea Dogs, who were playing in their first game action in about week due to poor weather up in Maine. Unfortunately, things didn’t go their way here. The first game was actually started on Friday before rain suspended action. They did have some good showings in this game, with Feltman in particular looking impressive in relief. In the second game there was absolutely no offense, but Hart had his second great outing of 2019. Through his first two starts the lefty now has allowed five runs in 12 innings with 20 strikeouts and just one walk. That’ll do!

Salem G1 L 2-8

Jarren Duran, CF: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K

Ryan Fitzgerald, SS: 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 E

Pedro Castellanos, 1B: 0-3, 1 BB

Jerry Downs, DH: 2-3

Salem G2 W 8-7

Jarren Duran, CF: 0-4, 1 K

Ryan Fitzgerald, SS: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E

Pedro Castellanos, DH: 0-2

Garrett Benge, 3B: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 R

Eduard Bazardo: 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K (51 pitches)

It was a tale of two games for Salem, who struggled to get anything going in the first game before coming out for the second and using their lineup to edge their way to the victory. Fitzgerald did get on base three times between the two games, which is solid enough, while Duran did so only twice. Castellanos, meanwhile, is struggling early this year with a .176/.222/.206 line. The first baseman/DH is a frustrating player who has had a tendency his entire career to put on shows for scouts in batting practice but never carry it over into game action. At this point he’s running out of chances to keep scouts interested.

Greenville W 6-5

Tyler Esplin, RF: 0-3, 2 BB, 1 R, 2 K

Devlin Granbeg, 1B: 2-5, 2 K

Jordan Wren, LF: 2-5, 2 K

Triston Casas, 3B: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K

Korby Batesole, 2B: 2-4, 1 2B, 2 R

Oddanier Mosqueda: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K (43 pitches)

This was one that Greenville was winning the whole time and they built their lead on the back of a five-run fourth highlighted by a pair of doubles from Casas and Juan Carlos Abreu. The former did have a couple more strikeouts as he has been struggling with contact throughout his first professional season. Also of note is that he played this base in this one. Don’t expect a ton of that moving forward, as he’s almost certainly a first baseman long-term.

Player of the Day: There were a few notable games on the farm on Saturday, most of which came in the upper levels. I’m going to go with perhaps the least notable name here, though, in Josh Smith. As I mentioned above, he is not really a prospect in the sense of him having a projected role in the majors. He is, in fact, 31 years old and has pitched at the highest level for both the Reds and A’s. He could be an emergency swingman option for Boston if things go horribly, but he’d have to jump over a decent number of names to get that opportunity.