Portland L 5-6 (F/10)
C.J. Chatham, SS: 3-5, 2 2B, 1 R, 1 K
Bobby Dalbec, 1B: 1-5, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 E
Jhon Nunez, C: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI
Denyi Reyes: 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K (82 pitches)
Durbin Feltman: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K (27 pitches)
It was a tough one up in Portland, though it wasn’t without its positives. C.J. Chatham had a big day at the plate as he looks to thrive in the upper minors following a start to his career that was hurt first by injury then by the big park in Salem. On the mound, Denyi Reyes got off to a mildly shaky start with the run allowed but finished off extremely strong and at one point retired 11 of 13 batters. The righty is looking to prove the scouts wrong yet again in 2019. On the other side, it was another mulit-strikeout game for Dalbec, who interestingly was playing first base. I’m not really sure the use in getting him time there given that he is more the capable of sticking at third, but more versatility is never a bad thing. Feltman, meanwhile, made his upper-minors debut and he blew a save as he struggled with command. He’ll be better, but this serves as a reminder that no one is automatic.
Greenville W 3-2
Cole Brannen, CF: 0-4
Dustin Pedroia, 2B: 1-2
Triston Casas, 1B: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K
Brandon Howlett, 3B: 0-4, 1 R, 1 K
Tyler Esplin, RF: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 K
Thad Ward: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 6 K (80 pitches)
Yoan Aybar: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 1 K (26 pitches)
Pedroia was able to play in back-to-back games down in Greenville but he didn’t play the entire night. That wasn’t a setback or anything, though. He did pick up another hit in the process, making him 3-5 with a double and a walk in these two rehab games. He’ll play once more in Greenville before his next move is made. Elsewhere, Casas came through with an extra-base hit, Esplin had the best day at the plate in a quiet day down in Low-A, Aybar struggled with command but Ward was solid. Last year’s fifth round pick doesn’t have a huge ceiling and doesn’t get much publicity, but he has a chance to move relatively quickly and get to High-A by midseason if he continues to look comfortable against A-level opponents.
Player of the Day: It was a less crowded day thanks to some weather for Pawtucket and Salem, and the competition for this one wasn’t all that enticing. I think you could easily make an argument for Chatham, but I’m going to give this to teammate Denyi Reyes. The righty was dominant to end that outing in Portland and deserves some credit there. He, of course, was added to the 40-man this past winter so he could be pushed a bit if he continues to succeed.