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Red Sox Minor Lines: Strong starts at every level

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The farm went undefeated behind great starting pitching on Thursday.

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Worcester W 9-2

Jonathan Araúz, 3B: 2-4, 1 2B, 2 BB, 2 R

Michael Chavis, 1B: 2-5, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Yairo Muñoz, SS: 0-6, 1 R, 2 RBI

Franchy Cordero, LF: 1-5, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 K, 1 E

Marcus Wilson, DH: 2-3, 1 2B, 2 BB, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 SB

Ryan Weber (SP; W): 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 7 K (93 pitches)

Austin Brice (H): 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (12 pitches)

Marcus Walden: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K (24 pitches)

Kevin McCarthy: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (15 pitches)

Ryan Weber is not a super popular name in Boston, less because of him specifically and more because he, in a way, represents the sort of lack of depth this team possessed on the pitching side last year. And so understandably, people will not be thrilled to see him back in the rotation at any point this year. It’s possible they won’t have a choice, though. Weber is one of only a handful of realistic depth options right now, and he’s pitching well enough to at least entertain the though. He’s now tossed 24 13 innings this year, pitching to a 2.96 ERA and most surprisingly striking out over a batter per inning. It’s Triple-A and I’m not super confident he can carry it over to the majors, but he’s certainly making his case.

Portland W 4-2

Jeisson Rosario, CF: 2-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI

Pedro Castellanos, LF: 0-5

Ronaldo Hernández, C: 2-4, 2 2B, 1 R, 2 K

Ryan Fitzgerald, 3B: 2-4, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 CS

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

Andrew Politi (SP; W): 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 7 K (71 pitches)

Zack Kelly (H): 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K (13 pitches)

With Casas off the Portland roster for the next week or so playing for Team USA, there is a chance for some of the other prospects here to start making some noise without a shadow over them. One of those guys is Hernández, who has not really been having a strong season so far. He’s struggled to hit the ball with much authority, but hopefully this two-double game can be the momentum boost they need. His defense was the biggest concern coming into the season, and it’s hard to comment on that based on the box score, but at the very least we want to see his offense start to bloom. We should also give a shoutout to Politi, who had a fantastic start and, like Hernández, will hopefully be able to continue that momentum and get on a hot streak after a tough start to the year.

Greenville W 9-2

Cameron Cannon, SS: 0-5, 1 R, 1 SB

Christian Koss, 2B: 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 2 SB

Tyler Esplin, CF: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K

Tyreque Reed, 1B: 2-5, 2 RBI, 2 K

Brandon Howlett, 3B: 1-5, 1 2B, 1 R

Tyler Dearden, LF: 2-5, 2 R, 1 K

Devlin Granberg, RF: 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI

Chase Shugart (SP): 4 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K (68 pitches)

Brendan Cellucci: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K (29 pitches)

This was supposed to be arguably the least exciting offense in the entire system, but they’ve been able to put high run totals on a nearly nightly basis of late despite a perceived lack of talent. Different players have stepped up at different times, with Cannon, Dearden and Reed often leading the way. Reed in particular has been impressive, not only showing off his power but also some real patience. Between the walks and keeping his swing and miss in check to some extent, the minor-league Rule 5 selection from last winter boasts a .431 OBP.

Salem W 4-1

Ceddanne Rafaela, CF: 1-2, 2 BB, 1 R

Matthew Lugo, SS: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 CS

Joe Davis, DH: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI

Nick Northcut, 3B: 0-4, 2 K

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

Aldo Ramirez (SP): 4 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K (66 pitches)

It’s been an interesting year for Ramirez, who is perhaps the pitcher in the lower levels of the system with the best chance to surprise people and establish himself as one of the better starting pitching prospects in the organization by the end of the season. He’s still not going deep into games as he’s tossed just four innings in each of the last four starts, but the results are there. After a tough Opening Day outing in which he allowed two runs and only pitched one inning due to the game being suspended by weather, he’s allowed two or fewer earned runs over those last four starts, striking out 14 in 16 innings with just four walks. He’s not going to be overpowering, but he has good command and is utilizing that so far in Salem.

Player of the Day: Andrew Politi

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