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Red Sox Minor Lines: Bobby Dalbec makes his Triple-A debut

And Logan Browning makes his High-A debut

Apologies for the late edition today. I got called into work right as I was about to start working on it this morning.

Pawtucket L 4-7

Tzu-Wei Lin, DH: 1-4, 1 R, 1 K

Chris Owings, 2B: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 K

Rusney Castillo, RF: 1-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI

Chad De La Guerra, SS: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 CS, 1 E

Bobby Dalbec, 3B: 2-4

Josh Ockimey, 1B: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 3 K, 1 E

Bobby Poyner: 3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K (42 pitches)

Mike Shawaryn: 2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K (54 pitches)

Tanner Houck: 2 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K (24 pitches)

The biggest story of this loss from the PawSox is actually from the guy with the least interesting line above. That would be Dalbec, who made his Triple-A debut on Saturday. One of the top prospects in the organization, Dalbec has made real strides with his strikeout rate this year and, despite a low average that stands out, had a very good year in Portland. Now he’s up in Pawtucket with the major-league (read: juiced) balls. He’s gonna hit a billion home runs over the final month of the year.

Portland W 4-1

Jarren Duran, CF: 0-4, 2 K, 2 SB

Marcus Wilson, RF: 1-4, 2 K

C.J. Chatham, SS: 0-4, 1 K

Joey Curletta, 1B: 1-4, 1 R, 2 K

Michael Osinski, DH: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K

Denyi Reyes: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K (98 pitches)

Eduard Bazardo: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K (32 pitches)

We’ll start with the bad, which is that Duran saw his hit streak snapped at 12 games on Saturday. He still managed to swipe a couple of bags, though, because he’s Jarren Duran. On the mound, though, I think I’m starting to join the Denyi Reyes bandwagon. The population, by my estimation, is right around one. I think he may be the type of pitcher that can be underrated in prospect rankings. The ceiling is not high and the stuff is not impressive, but by all accounts the kid has good command and knows how to pitch. That’s super cliche, I realize, but it’s the type of profile that can certainly play in the back of a rotation at the highest level. There’s very little chance for stardom or even very good-dom, but Reyes can carve out a major-league career with the right breaks. Since May 24 Reyes has gone at least six innings in every start and has a 2.71 ERA in that span.

Salem W 9-4

Ryan Fitzgerald, SS: 1-4, 1 R, 1 K, 1 E

Pedro Castellanos, 1B: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI

Keith Curcio, CF: 2-4, 1 R

Victor Acosta, DH: 2-4, 1 R, 3 RBI

Charlie Madden, C: 1-2, 1 HR, 2 BB, 2 R, 3 RBI

Nick Lovullo, 2B: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 CS

Logan Browning: 2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K (41 pitches)

Dalbec wasn’t the only player making his debut at a new level on Saturday, with Browning getting his first relief appearance at High-A. If you’ve been following along all year you’ve probably noticed my semi-infatuation with the lefty. Scouts don’t seem very high on the 23-year-old and I’ve admittedly never seen him nor heard all that much chatter about him. However, all he’s done it put up numbers as a pro. He did get hit around in this one, though all four hits were singles so it’s hard to know how much was luck and how much was just him not making pitches. At the plate, Castellanos hit another homer. Heading into his game on July 17, the first baseman had just one homer all year. He has five since them, with four coming in his last six games.

Greenville L 2-7

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

Triston Casas, DH: 0-4, 1 K

Devlin Granberg, 1B: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K

Kole Cottam, C: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K

Jonathan Ortega, 3B: 2-4, 2 K

Not a whole lot going on in this one for the Drive. It should be mentioned that Casas is in the midst of a mini-slump, at least in the power department. Since July 18, a span of 12 games, the top prospect in the organization has just one extra-base hit. That was a double on July 28. Nothing to worry about, but it will be interesting to see how long he stays in this slump and how emphatically, if at all, he busts out.

Lowell L 4-9

Gilberto Jimenez, CF: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 K

Jaxx Groshans, DH: 0-4, 1 K

Joe Davis, 1B; 2-4, 1 2B, 1 R

Nick Decker, RF: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 3 K, 1 E

Nicholas Northcut, 3B: 1-4, 1 RBI

Antoni Flores, SS: 0-3

Jenrry Mejia: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (11 pitches)

This was a tough one for the Spinners, but Jimenez continues to do his thing. The young outfielder is still very raw and learning pinch switch hitting, but he’s been all over NYPL pitching this year. With this latest homer, his second of the year, he is now up to a .353/.388/.456 line on the year.


DSL 1 L 3-4

Brainer Bonaci, SS: 2-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI

Imanol Contreras, LF: 2-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K

DSL 2 L 3-8

Moises Barajas, LF: 2-3, 2 BB, 1 R, 1 K

Bryan Gonzalez, RF: 1-5, 1 RBI, 2 K

Luis Mota, 3B: 2-5, 1 K