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Red Sox Minor Lines: Duran and Casas both go deep

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And Chris Murphy shines on the mound for Greenville.

Worcester W 7-4

Jarren Duran, CF: 2-3, 1 HR, 1 BB, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 CS, 1 PO

Jeter Downs, 2B: 0-3, 1 BB, 3 K

Chris Hermann, C: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 2 RBI

Yairo Muñoz, 3B: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 R

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

Stephen Gonsalves (SP): 4 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 BB, 4 K (85 pitches)

Caleb Simpson (H): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (15 pitches)

Marcus Walden (H): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (7 pitches)

Kaleb Ort (S): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (19 pitches)

After scuffling out of the gate for a few games, Duran has seemingly hit his stride and then some since getting into Worcester for this homestand. This makes it three homers in as many days, and his OPS on the year is up to 1.086. But today I also want to point out Kaleb Ort, who may be worth a little more attention than we’ve paid. The righty was a minor-league Rule 5 pick from the Yankees and got a fair amount of run in spring training where he looked solid. He’s continued that into this season largely serving as the closer. He has tossed five scoreless innings this year with nine strikeouts, no walks and three hits. He’s a sleeper in this Worcester bullpen, if for no other reason than based on his usage.

Portland W 6-5

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

Pedro Castellanos, LF: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HBP, 1 R, 2 K

Triston Casas, 1B: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 3 RBI, 2 K

Ronaldo Hernández, C: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI

Grant Williams, 2B: 2-4, 1 CS

Thad Ward (SP): 4 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 7 K (60 pitches)

Three days ago Duran hit two homers. Two days ago Casas hit two homers. Yesterday, they each hit one as two of the most exciting prospects in the system start to heat up at the plate. Also leaving the yard was Hernández, which was his first homer of the year. The catching prospect has done a good job of racking up hits, but the power hasn’t quite been there until right now. That’s the biggest part of his game offensively, though, so the fact that he has shown good contact all year is a positive even if his OPS is more fine than good. Looking at the mound as well, Ward was solid but he’s not going very deep into games early on.

Greenville W 8-2

Cameron Cannon, SS: 3-5, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 R, 1 RBI

Nick Sogard, 2B: 3-5, 1 2B, 1 R, 2 K

Tyler Esplin, CF: 1-5, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB

Brandon Howlett, 3B: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 HBP, 2 R, 1 E

Kole Cottam, DH: 2-3, 1 HBP, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Michael Osinski, 1B: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 R, 4 RBI, 2 K

Chris Murphy (SP; W): 5.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 7 K (83 pitches)

Jacob Wallace: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 4 K (37 pitches)

Cannon was a minor sleeper for me coming into the year. I don’t think there’s a huge ceiling here, but I think he has a better shot at a major-league future than many give him credit for. He cam out of college with good numbers and scouts liking his hit tool, but his first taste for the pros was underwhelming in 2019 and then he became a bit forgotten last summer without minor-league ball. He’s off to a good start this year though, hitting at the top of this Greenville lineup and batting .290 with a .984 OPS after smacking his second homer of the year. Murphy deserves a shoutout as well. He’s also from the 2019 draft class, though he did perform well in that first summer and is carrying it over to the early portion of this season.

Salem W 10-2

Gilberto Jimenez, CF: 3-4, 1 HBP, 2 R, 3 RBI

Nick Yorke, 2B: 0-4, 1 BB

Nick Decker, LF: 0-3, 2BB, 1 R

Stephen Scott, 1B: 1-5, 1 2B, 1 R, 3 RBI

Nick Northcut, 3B: 0-3, 2 BB, 1 R, 1 K, 1 E

Matthew Lugo, SS: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K

Ceddanne Rafaela, CF: 0-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB

Bradley Blalock (SP): 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (40 pitches)

Jorge Rodriguez (W): 4 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K (65 pitches)

Jimenez is obviously the top prospect down in Salem, and he’s somewhat quietly been really good to start the year. He hasn’t really had any great games so far, but he’s been good in just about all of them en route to a .351 average and an .847 OPS. Meanwhile, Rodriguez had a nice bounce back on the mound. The lefty is another potential sleeper in this system, but his first start of the year was terrible. Sometimes that’s not the worst thing in the world for a prospect because you want to see how they come back from poor performances or stretches. For Rodriguez, he came back strong. There were still a bunch of hits, but six of the seven were singles and he was able to limit damage on the scoreboard.

Player of the Day: Cameron Cannon

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