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Red Sox Minor Lines: Cameron Cannon makes his debut

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The first round pick plays shortstop for his first game.

Salem W 3-1

Pedro Castellanos, 1B: 0-4

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

Marcus Wilson, RF: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 K

Daniel Gonzalez: 6.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K (96 pitches)

Zach Schellenger: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K (31 pitches)

This was a bit of a strange game for Salem, who only had five baserunners on the night compared to nine for Wilmington, but Wilson’s home run was the difference here. The outfielder isn’t quite as hot as he was earlier in the year, but he’s still tearing up High-A to the tune of a 1.025 OPS. Gonzalez, meanwhile, is very quietly rolling for Salem of late. Over his last four starts he’s allowed a combined four runs over 26 13 innings with 22 strikeouts and five walks. His ERA was up to 4.82 on June 20, but it’s now down to 3.92.

Greenville L 0-1

Cole Brannen, CF: 0-4, 2 K

Tyler Esplin, RF: 0-3, 1 K

Triston Casas, 3B: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K

Brandon Howlett, DH: 1-3, 1 K

Chase Shugart: 5 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 3 K (89 pitches)

Greenville’s offense has been a bit inconsistent of late, and they really struggled in this game with only three singles plus two walks on the day. That robbed Shugart, who had a good day on the mound even if it wasn’t quite as strong as the one run may suggest. The righty now has a 1.76 ERA since coming back from his suspension. Meanwhile, Howlett was back in the lineup for his first game since July 3.

Lowell L 6-8

Alex Erro, 3B: 3-5

Gilberto Jimenez, CF: 2-5, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Jaxx Groshans, C: 0-2, 1 K

Stephen Scott, DH: 3-5, 1 R

Antoni Flores, SS: 2-5, 1 K

Nick Decker, RF: 0-1, 3 BB, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K

Wil Dalton, LF: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 R, 3 RBI, 2 K, 1 E

This was a tough game for the Spinners, whose offense did show up and had a big night but the pitching couldn’t give them the necessary support to win the game. The big story here is Jimenez hitting his first homer of the year. He did so right at the start of the game, following up a leadoff hit from Erro with the two-run shot in the first. Power isn’t a huge part of his game, but he has enough to do some damage like this time to time. In addition to his homer, Scott was in Lowell for his professional debut and the former Vanderbilt standout had a nice three-hit game.

GCL L 4-5

Cameron Cannon, SS: 0-2, 2 K

Danny Diaz, 3B: 0-4, 1 K

Dominic D’Alessandro, 1B: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 K

Breiner Licona, C: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K

Eddie Jimenez: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K

Speaking of professional debuts, Wednesday marked the first game as a pro for Boston’s first round pick in Cannon. It’s interesting that he played shortstop, though no evaluators really believe that’s where he’s going to stick. Expect him to get more time at second and third base in the GCL, particularly with Matthew Lugo getting time at shortstop there as well. The performance at the plate wasn’t very good for Cannon, but obviously we don’t care too much about two at bats.

DSL 1 W 4-0

Alex Zapete, 3B: 3-5, 1 R, 1 K

Eduardo Lopez, CF: 1-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI

Erick Flores, C: 2-2, 1 2B, 2 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI

Brandon Rincones, 2B: 3-4, 1 K, 1 CS

Nixson Munoz: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Isaias Ozoria: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K

DSL 2 L 2-10

Bryan Gonzalez, DH: 1-4, 1 RBI, 2 K

Jose Navas, C: 2-2, 1 2B, 1 RBI