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Red Sox Minor Lines: Jay Groome deals for Greenville

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But it was still a tough day overall for the farm.

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Portland L 2-10

Jeisson Rosario, CF: 1-4, 2 K

Pedro Castellanos, LF: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 R

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

Frank German (SP; L): 4.2 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 2 K (76 pitches)

Durbin Feltman: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K (15 pitches)

This was a tough game all around for Portland, but German’s struggles as the starter really stand out here. It should be noted that he wasn’t terrible through the first four innings, having allowed just one run before Hartford went off for seven runs in the fifth. But at the same time, that plays into some of the concern with German, who many see as a future reliever. The righty came to Boston along with Adam Ottavino, but it’s been a struggle in his first year with the organization. He’s averaging just over three innings per start (17 innings in five starts) and has an 8.47 ERA to go with 10 unearned runs on top of that. He’s also walking more batters (12) than he is striking out (nine). They’ll give him more time than this to work out his kinks, but as someone who saw him as a reliever even before the games started, I’d consider making the move sooner than later. In more positive news, that was homer number 10 for Mieses.

Greenville L 3-4 (F/10)

Cameron Cannon, 2B: 1-4, 1 HBP, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Christian Koss, SS: 1-5, 1 K

Tyler Esplin, RF: 1-3, 2 BB, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 SB

Brandon Howlett, 3B: 0-5, 3 K

Tyler Dearden, LF: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 RBI, 2 K

Jay Groome (SP): 5 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 4 K (63 pitches)

Jacob Wallace (L): 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K (30 pitches)

Well this was a quiet day for the offense, with nobody recording more than a single hit, but there was a big positive with Jay Groome’s best start in years. There is still work to be done in consistency and length and even strikeouts, but this was a great start for the lefty, full stop. It’s obviously been such a long road for Groome, who has just never had a chance to simply go out there and pitch for a full season without pause. Hopefully that’s happening this year. He’s taken some time to get going, but that makes sense for a guy who hasn’t been able to pitch much at all this season. His last time out was good as well, at least for the first few innings before things fell off the rails a bit. This is a huge season for Groome for reasons we’ve talked about a lot in the last few months, and he’ll look to use this start as a jumping off point to string together dominant starts at High-A.

Salem L 9-10

Ceddanne Rafaela, CF: 2-4, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 SB

Matthew Lugo, SS: 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Jaxx Groshans, DH: 1-2, 3 BB, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB

Joe Davis, 1B: 3-4, 2 2B, 1 BB, 3 R, 1 RBI

Nick Northcut, 3-3, 1 2B, 2 BB, 2 RBI

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

Jeremy Wu-Yelland (SP): 3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 5 K (52 pitches)

Salem almost completed a huge comeback in this game, scoring five runs in the bottom of the ninth and having the bases loaded with one out, but they couldn’t get that final run across to tie the game. They did get a couple of nice performances, though, with Northcut leading the way. It’s been an up-and-down year for the former 11th round pick. Northcut signed an overslot deal back in 2018, but he’s struggled to make contact to the point where his power hasn’t played up. He’s still striking out this year, but he’s cut his rate down a bit and the power is coming through more. With this three-hit game — a season-high for him — he’s up to a solid .810 OPS on the year. He’s still in his age-22 season, so there is plenty of intrigue left in this profile.

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