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Red Sox Minor Lines: A tough day throughout the organization

And Nick Yorke’s struggles continue.

Worcester L 5-6 (F/10)

Jonathan Araúz, 2B: 0-4, 1 RBI, 1 K

Michael Chavis, 1B: 1-5, 1 R, 4 K

Jeter Downs, SS: 0-4, 1 HBP, 3 K, 1 PO

Yairo Muñoz, 3B: 1-3, 1 3B, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Marcus Wilson, LF: 1-4, 1 RBI, 2 K

César Puello, RF: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 K8

Stephen Gonsalves (SP): 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 8 K (90 pitches)

Caleb Simpson: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K (18 pitches)

Colten Brewer: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K (20 pitches)

Kaleb Ort: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K (46 pitches)

Marcus Walden (BS; L): 0.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K (19 pitches)

Today was the first day in a two-week stretch where Worcester will be without Jarren Duran, who joins Team USA for training camp before a qualifying tournament next week. Without him, they pushed in extras but couldn’t quite finish it out. They did get a solid day’s work from their bullpen, though, including Kaleb Ort, who has been getting a little hype of late. He was a minor-league Rule 5 pick from the Yankees, and as we discussed before he was a guy to keep an eye on coming into the season just based on how much they used him in spring training action. He’s continued to pitch well in the season, serving as the closer. Ort is yet to allow a run over nine innings, striking out 12 and walking just three.

Portland L 5-8

Jeisson Rosario, CF: 2-4, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K

Pedro Castellanos, LF: 1-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI

Johan Mieses, RF: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 R, 2 RBI

Roldani Baldwin, C: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 K, 1 PB

Ryan Fitzgerald, SS: 3-4, 2 2B, 1 HBP, 1 R, 1 RBI

Travis Nishioka, 3B: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 HBP, 1 R, 1 K

Durbin Feltman: 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 1 K (22 pitches)

When we talk about what we missed with the lack of a minor-league season in 2020, following top prospects is surely high on the list, but for me I think it’s guys like Fitzgerald I missed the most. He was undrafted and signed out of Indy ball by the Red Sox in 2018, and all he’s done since is hit. He’s always been a bit old for the level, and he’s in his age-27 season right now, but he just keeps hitting while playing good defense. After this two-double game on Tuesday, the infielder is hitting .292/.352/.523 on the year. He’s likely just an organizational player, but even the outside shot at a utility role is a huge accomplishment for someone with his pedigree. On a more negative note, Feltman is continuing to struggle, allowing runs in all but one of his seven outings this year, though his 18:3 K:BB looks good.

Greenville L 5-6

Cameron Cannon, 2B: 2-5, 1 HR, 1 R, 4 RBI

Christian Koss, SS: 0-4, 1 K, 1 E

Tyler Esplin, RF: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 R

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

Tyler Dearden, LF: 0-2, 2 BB, 1 R, 2 K

Chris Murphy (SP): 5 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K (76 pitches)

Alex Scherff: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K (32 pitches)

Jacob Wallace (L): 0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 K (17 pitches)

Well, the good news is Cannon continues to make noise at the top of his lineup and is looking like someone who may be able to carve out a major-league role someday after all. Granted, we are still a ways off of that and he has more to prove, but he needed a big start to this season and got just that. There’s also Scherff, who is thriving in this relief role early in the year. The bad news is Wallace continues to struggle in this Greenville bullpen, with his ERA now up above 11.00. Murphy is also trending in the wrong direction, allowing five runs in each of his last two starts, albeit with two of them being unearned this time around.

Salem L 3-5

Gilberto Jimenez, RF: 0-4, 1 K

Matthew Lugo, SS: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 SB

Nick Northcut, 3B: 1-4, 1 R

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

Wil Dalton, LF: 2-4, 2 RBI, 1 K

Ceddanne Rafaela, CF: 0-4, 1 SB

Bradley Blalock (SP): 3 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K (55 pitches)

Jorge Rodriguez (L): 4 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 3 K (67 pitches)

This has not been the start any of us were envisioning for Yorke when the season began. Last year’s first round pick came into the season with some high expectations after getting pushed to the Alternate Site late last summer and holding his own in major-league spring training games this spring. All of that made it easy to remember he is a high school draftee playing full-season ball the year after being drafted. That’s a huge jump, and the struggles at the plate are at least explainable. After this one-hit effort his line is .200/.264/.215 on the season, with that lack of extra-base pop — he has just one double and no triples or homers on the season — standing out the most. But I’m also concerned about the defense. Yorke had shoulder surgery in high school which forced him to second base in the first place, and he’s having trouble with throwing here as well. His error in this game was not a throwing error, to be fair, but it was his eighth error of the season and most of them have been throwing. I think he’ll figure things out at the plate. Defensively, I’m not as confident.

Player of the Day: Ryan Fitzgerald

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