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It was all about the performances on the mound in this one

Worcester W 2-1 (F/10)

Jarren Duran, CF: 0-4, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 SB

Danny Santana, 2B: 1-3, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB

Yairo Muñoz, 3B: 0-5, 3 K, 1 E

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

Kyle Hart (SP): 6 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 6 K (103 pitches)

John Schreiber (BS): 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K (20 pitches)

Brandon Workman: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (14 pitches)

Eduard Bazardo: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (23 pitches)

Seth Blair (W): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K (14 pitches)

Most of the attention in this outfield, and really on this entire roster, is given to Duran, but Wilson is quietly getting off to a hot start this year. The home run in this game gave Worcester an early lead which they would hold until the seventh, and it was his third homer of the season. His batting average is still low at .241, but he’s hitting for big power and drawing walks, getting the OPS all the way up to .974. We wrote before the season how important the early portion of this year was for Wilson, who is kind of stuck in a limbo in the organization. He’s working hard to pull himself out of it, though, and if he keeps this up he’ll surely get his chance in the majors at some point this year since he’s already on the 40-man. Also, shoutout to Hart’s six no-hit innings, albeit with some control issues along the way.

Portland L 4-5

Jeisson Rosario, CF: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 RBI, 3 K

Pedro Castellanos, LF: 2-5, 1 RBI

Triston Casas, 1B: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K

Ronaldo Hernández, C: 0-4, 1 K

Jhonny Pereda, DH: 2-4, 1 R

Grant Williams, 2B: 4-4, 2 R, 1 SB

Kutter Crawford (SP): 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 7 K (48 pitches)

They are clearly easing his workload since he’s coming off Tommy John, but Crawford is certainly making the most of his chances in Portland this year. He’s now got a 1.13 ERA over eight innings with 12 strikeouts and no walks. I said after his last start that I suspected he’d head to the bullpen at some point, but instead it looks like he's making the case to be more stretched out as the season goes on, not less. Williams also deserves a shoutout here. He projects as just organizational depth, but he’s had a nice year, now hitting .429 after the four-single day.

Greenville W 5-1

Cameron Cannon, 2B: 2-5, 2 2B, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K

Christian Koss, SS: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K

Kole Cottam, C: 2-3, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 R, 3 RBI

Nick Sogard, 3B: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Brayan Bello (SP;W): 5.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 10 K (89 pitches)

Alex Scherff (H): 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K (33 pitches)

Brendan Cellucci: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (11 pitches)

If you’ve been reading these minor-league features for the last few years you may know that Bello has been one of my favorites after his wild 2019 that say a long run of success bookended by two shorter runs of, well, not success. The talent is clearly there, but it’s about consistency. Some dominance now and then is always nice, too, and that’s what we got here. The righty is now at a 1.59 ERA across 11 13 innings this year, and after this 10-strikeout day he is striking out more than a batter per inning on the season to go with just three walks. This was his fifth game as a pro with at least 10 strikeouts. We should also give a shoutout to Cottam, who is off to a blistering start at the plate and is a sleeper to develop into a bat-first backup if all goes well.

Salem W 4-0

Nick Yorke, 2B: 0-4, 1 R, 1 K

Nick Northcut, 3B: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 K

Joe Davis, 1B: 3-4, 1 R, 1 RBI

Matthew Lugo, SS: 0-3, 1 K

Ceddanne Rafaela, CF: 0-3, 1 RBI

Shane Drohan (SP; W): 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K (67 pitches)

Devon Roedahl: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K (24 pitches)

Jacinto Arredondo: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K (35 pitches)

This was a good day for pitching up and down the organization, and we finish it off with another one of my favorite sleepers in the system with Drohan. Just drafted last year, he just recently started concentrating on baseball full-time recently, making him a bit more raw with more projection than your typical college draftee. He’s looking strong through two starts, allowing just one run over eight innings on four hits and four walks with 11 strikeouts. He’s definitely a name to watch, and someone who could move up to Greenville in late summer if he keeps pitching well at Salem.


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