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Red Sox Minor Lines: Christian Arroyo starts to work his way back

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Worcester L 4-6

Jarren Duran, RF: 0-4, 1 BB, 2 K

Christian Arroyo, DH: 0-3, 1 K

Jeter Downs, 2B: 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K

Marcus Wilson, LF: 1-4, 1 R, 1 SB

Jonathan Araúz, SS: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Ryan Weber (SP): 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 6 K (92 pitches)

Colten Brewer (H): 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K (19 pitches)

Marcus Walden (L; BS): 1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 1 K (25 pitches)

The big story for this game was that Arroyo was back on the field, starting a rehab assignment as he comes back from a bruised hand he suffered from being hit by a pitch. It wasn’t a great game, but just getting back out there is the biggest thing. What was less encouraging was the work from the bullpen. Walden in particular has been for most of this season, but this was a bad outing in which he ultimately coughed up the lead. Given the state of the Red Sox pitching depth at the moment, they better hope this was just a one-off performance.

Portland L 4-12

Jeisson Rosario, CF: 0-4, 1 BB, 1 K

Pedro Castellanos, LF: 0-4, 1 K

Triston Casas, 1B: 2-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 E

Joey Meneses, RF: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 HBP, 1 R, 1 RBI

Ryan Fitzgerald, SS: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

AJ Politi (SP; L): 1.2 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 2 K (59 pitches)

Joan Martinez: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 2 K (32 pitches)

Durbin Feltman: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 3 K (41 pitches)

Speaking of poor pitching, it was a brutal night for the Sea Dogs staff, and for Politi in particular. He had been getting some hype over the last few months heading into camp, and he looked really good in 2019 after converting from the bullpen to the rotation. This year, though, the results aren’t looking as positive and it’s fair to wonder whether a change back will be necessary. It’s not something they should do yet, as his last start was good and the one before that was okay, but he now has two rough outings, one decent one and one good one. With a fastball/slider combination being the bulk of his repertoire, a change may happen one way or the other, and if this kind of season — he’s got a 6.46 ERA with seven walks in 15 13 innings — keeps up it could be before the season ends.

Greenville L 6-7

Cameron Cannon, 2B: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 E

Tyler Esplin, RF: 1-3, 1 2B, 2 BB, 2 R, 2 RBI

Brandon Howlett, 3B: 0-4, 1 BB, 4 K, 2 E

Tyler Dearden, LF: 3-5, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 2 K

Elih Marrero, C: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 E

Chase Shugart (SP; L): 3.1 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 5 K (64 pitches)

Alex Scherff: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K (29 pitches)

This was another rough game, but we’ll focus on a positive here and look at Dearden, who had the biggest game at the plate for the Greenville lineup. A former 29th round pick out of high school who got an above-slot bonus, he had a little bit of hype coming into the organization, and he boosted that a little with good performances in short-season leagues on the complex and in Lowell. His 2019 was his full-season debut, but he had a really tough time getting going and mostly fell off the radar. He’s coming back a bit this year, though, hitting .300/.429/.625. There’s some pop in the bat, and while a major-league future is probably still unlikely, it’s worth keeping in mind if he keeps swinging like this.

Salem L 1-2

Ceddanne Rafaela, SS: 1-4, 1 K, 1 E

Nick Decker, RF: 0-3

Gilberto Jimenez, CF: 1-1, 1 2B, 1 R

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

Aldo Ramirez (SP; L): 4 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K (63 pitches)

This was a bit of a tough-luck loss for Ramirez, who has been having a solid, if unspectacular, season thus far. The righty was one of the biggest sleepers in the system with a chance to really jump into the top part of the Red Sox system, but he’s been more fine than good so far. The big thing with Ramirez is that he’s still not going very deep into games. He’s tossed four innings in each of his last three starts, and even in 2019 he had one start where he threw more than five frames. It does make sense, of course, to ease guys back into action this year, as many of them didn't even spend last summer working out with professional coaches, never mind pitch in professional games. All in all, Ramirez has been fine, pitching to a 4.15 ERA with 11 strikeouts and four walks in 13 innings of work. Also, Jimenez did not start this game but came in to pinch hit late and kept his hitting streak alive at 12 games with a double in his lone at bat.


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