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Red Sox Minor Lines: A Duran Day so nice he homered twice

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A big day for the exciting outfield prospect.

Worcester W 8-5

Jarren Duran, CF: 2-5, 2 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 K

Jeter Downs, SS: 1-5, 3 K

Connor Wong, C: 1-2, 1 2B

Yairo Muñoz, 3B: 1-4, 1 K

Marcus Wilson, LF: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Jack López, 2B: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 SB

Josh Ockimey, 1B: 1-2, 1 HR, 1 BB, 2 R, 3 RBI, 1 K

Marcus Walden (W): 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K (11 pitches)

Brandon Workman (H): 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K (29 pitches)

Tuesday was the first game ever played at Polar Park in Worcester, and if it was any indication there are going to be balls hit out of that park on a regular basis. The two sides combined for six home runs, with two of them coming off the bat of Duran. The outfield prospect who is perhaps the prospect with the most fan anticipation right now has had some issues putting balls in play early on this year, already with 11 strikeouts in seven games. But it doesn’t matter when he’s hitting the all like this, and he’s at a .962 OPS on the year. It doesn’t sound like they’re in any major rush to bring him up, but he’s showing that he can make an impact at the plate whenever they’re ready.

Portland L 4-8

Jeisson Rosario, CF: 2-5, 1 R, 3 K, 1 E

Pedro Castellanos, LF: 1-3, 1 HR, 2 BB, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 K

Triston Casas, 1B: 1-4, 1 BB

Ryan Fitzgerald, SS: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB, 2 E

Frank German (SP;L): 3.1 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K (66 pitches)

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

This was a pretty ugly game for Portland as they head out on the road this week to play the Yard Goats in Hartford. As a team the Sea Dogs made five errors and never really gave their pitching a chance with that kind of defense. As a positive, though, Castellanos hit his first homer of the year. He is one of my favorite sleepers in the system as he has always shown power in batting practice but it had never shown up in games prior to the final six weeks or so of 2019. This is his chance to prove that was no fluke and he can be a useful bench bat in the majors. He’s on the board, at least.

Greenville L 1-6

Cameron Cannon, 2B: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 R

Christian Koss, SS: 1-4, 2 K

Tyler Esplin, RF: 1-3, 1 RBI

Brandon Howlett, DH: 0-4, 2 K

Jay Groome (SP; L): 2.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 4 K (62 pitches)

It’s been a tough start to the year for Greenville, and it got a little tougher in their home debut with Groome on the mound. This is a big year for the lefty, as injuries have never really let him get in a rhythm at the professional level. The first two starts have been rough, and the second one ended prematurely with another injury concern. The good news is this isn’t an arm injury or anything like that. Instead, he was struck with a line drive back to the mound, but it doesn’t appear to be too serious. Alex Speier indicated the southpaw was day-to-day. But even beyond the injury, Groome is pitching poorly to start this season with an 18.69 ERA over two starts.

Salem L 1-10

Gilberto Jimenez, CF: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 BB

Nick Yorke, 2B: 1-4, 1 K

Joe Davis, 1B: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Nick Northcut, 3B: 0-3, 1 HBP, 1 K

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

Matthew Lugo, SS: 0-3, 1 K

Jeremy Wu-Yelland (SP; L): 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K (56 pitches)

As with Greenville, it has been a tough start to the year for Salem as well, and that has been the case on both sides of the ball. We’ll focus on a positive here today, though, and that’s with Wu-Yelland. The lowest bonus handed out by the Red Sox last year went to the lefty, but he’s showing some real skill early on in this season. Through two starts he’s allowed just two runs (and only one of them earned) over 5 13 innings with 10 strikeouts and four walks. His future is almost certainly in the bullpen, but he’s showing early on that he has the stuff to compete in that role as a pro.


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