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Red Sox Minor Lines: Gilberto Jimenez hits his first homer of 2021

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And Triston Casas hits one as well.

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Worcester W 4-0

Jarren Duran, CF: 0-5, 1 K

Christian Arroyo, 2B: 1-5, 1 2B, 1 R, 3 K

Jeter Downs, SS: 2-3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB

Yairo Muñoz, 1B: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 R

Jonathan Araúz, 3B: 0-2, 2 BB, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB

Jett Bandy, C: 2-3, 1 BB, 2 RBI, 1 K

Daniel Gossett (SP; W): 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K (100 pitches)

John Schreiber (H): 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (13 pitches)

Brandon Brennan (H): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (11 pitches)

Brandon Workman: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K (7 pitches)

This was a tremendous way to finish out the week for the Worcester pitching staff, which was in full control for this entire game. Gossett is suddenly at or near the top of the rotation depth chart as far as players not currently on the major-league roster, so it was good to see him come out with a good start in this spot. We’ll have more on the pitching depth a bit later this week, but things are thin right now with some 40-man questions to boot. Those won’t go away no matter how these guys pitch, but the performance issues can at least be put to bed in the interim after solid outings from four guys with at least a chance to get a call this year. For Workman in particular, probably the guy out of this group with the biggest chance to make it up to the majors sooner than later, he’s now pitched four scoreless innings since his relatively tough debut with Worcester, striking out three and walking two.

Portland W 7-2

Jeisson Rosario, CF: 0-3, 2 BB, 1 R, 1 K

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

Triston Casas, 1B: 2-5, 1 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 K

Joey Meneses, RF: 2-5, 1 HR, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 K

Ronaldo Hernández, C: 1-5

Ronaldi Baldwin, 3B: 2-3

Josh Winckowski (SP): 5.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 4 K (94 pitches)

Adam Lau (W): 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (23 pitches)

Winckowski was one of the two players whose names we got in the Andrew Benintendi trade, and mammoth home run on Sunday notwithstanding, things haven’t gone well for Franchy Cordero, the other one. But for Winckowski, it’s been a good start to the year, even if this particularly start was more fine than good. He’s now tossed 20 innings over four starts, and he sits with a 1.80 ERA with 17 strikeouts and nine walks. This outing saw a lot of hits, but for the most part he’s been able to keep the hits at a minimum and the two earned runs he allowed on Sunday was a season-high for him. Given the lack of pitching depth discussed above, he could be making himself attractive for later in the year if he keeps throwing well, though we’re a long way off from that consideration. I also wanted to give a quick shoutout to Baldwin, who didn’t have a monster game here but is hitting well this year with a .911 OPS while adjusting to some new positions besides catcher.

Greenville L 12-13

Cameron Cannon, DH: 1-4, 3 RBI, 1 K

Christian Koss, SS: 0-5, 2 K

Tyler Esplin, RF: 2-5, 2 2B, 1 R, 2 K

Tyreque Reed, 1B: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 BB, 3 R, 2 RBI

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

Tyler Dearden, LF: 1-2, 1 HR, 3 BB, 2 R, 4 RBI, 1 K

Cole Brannen, CF: 2-4, 1 3B, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 K

Brendan Cellucci (BS; L): 1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

It’s Tyler Dearden’s world, and we’re all just living in it. We’ve talked about the Red Sox outfield prospect for a few days already this week, but it’s hard to stop because he just keeps hitting. WIth another home run on Sunday, plus three free passes because no one wants to pitch to him right now, he is up to five homers on the year with a 1.226 OPS and he now has three homers in his last four games and a six-game hit streak. It’s getting out of control.

Salem W 14-8

Gilberto Jimenez, CF: 1-6, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 K

Matthew Lugo, SS: 2-6, 1 R, 2 K, 1 E

Nick Northcut, 3B: 2-5, 1 HR, 1 BB, 3 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E

Jaxx Groshans, DH: 2-5, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI

Nick Yorke, 2B: 1-5, 1 BB, 2 R

Stephen Scott, C: 2-4, 2 2B, 1 HBP, 1 R, 1 RBI

Wil Dalton, LF: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 R, 5 RBI

Ryan Zeferjahn (SP): 3 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K (67 pitches)

Huge day at the plate for this Salem lineup, with a special shoutout for Jimenez. He obviously only had the one hit, but the top prospect on this roster did get his first homer of the season, and all in all it’s been a strong start to the year with a .352 average and an .882 OPS. This has been an interesting lineup with a few surprise starts in this season, including Dalton (.930 OPS), Scott (.889 OPS) and Groshans (.897 OPS). Those starts are masking tough starts from Lugo (.525 OPS) and Yorke (.478 OPS).


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