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Red Sox On Deck Podcast: Reviewing the First Week of MiLB

On this episode of the show Shelly and Bob discuss Minor League Baseball’s opening week.

Polar Park Inaugural Game Worcester Red Sox v. Syracuse Mets Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images

We are back for Episode 11 of the Red Sox On Deck Podcast, your go-to source for everything prospects on the Over the Monster Podcast Network. On this episode, we thank Keaton for his efforts last week while welcoming our usual esteemed co-host Shelly Verougstraete back to the show.

We start with some news and notes, as Brandon Workman is back on a minor-league deal and pitching in Worcester. We thank Philadelphia for the haul we got for Brandon, but will he be a contributor on his second go-around? Both Tanner Houck and Connor Seabold are dealing with arm injuries. Houck has a sore flexor muscle and Seabold was dealing with some elbow pain. We hope the starting pitching depth hasn’t disappeared suddenly. Danny Santana has moved his rehab along from Greenville to Worcester. Alex Cora’s quotes this week didn’t give us the vibe that he’s too close to a Boston appearance. Will Santana or Jarren Duran make it to Boston first? Bob wonders why we can’t call up both and scrap this 14-pitcher stuff.

A scouting director outside of the “top four” in the upcoming July MLB Draft told the MLB Pipeline pod that they hope Kumar Rocker and Jack Leiter are taken before their pick happens so that they aren’t “forced to make that decision.” What do we make of these quotes, and might the Red Sox be thinking something similar?

Through seven games, the Woo Sox are 3-4. After three games of scuffling, Jarren Duran is red-hot and Jeter Downs is on the upswing as well. Raynel Espinal is back from Tommy John surgery and has made two mediocre starts, trending towards a depth arm for the rotation. It’s good to see the 28-year-old back and healthy.

The Portland Sea Dogs are 5-2. We discuss the solid starts from Durbin Feltman and Jeisson Rosario, Shelly mentions a bomb that Triston Casas has already hit on Wednesday night (and he hit a second shortly after!). Some pop-up names Johan Mieses and Jack López have been scorching over the first week. Should they be on our radar? Finally, Jay Groome adds injury to insult dealing with an obscene amount of baserunners and now a foot injury after being hit with a line drive on Tuesday night.

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