clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Red Sox Minor Lines: A tough season debut for Jay Groome

And a big set for games for Nick Northcut

Worcester L 2-5

Jarren Duran, CF: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 CS

Jeter Downs, SS: 0-3, 1 BB

Michael Chavis, 1B: 0-4, 2 K

Yairo Muñoz, 3B: 0-4, 2 K

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

Jonathan Araúz, 2B: 0-4

Chris Hermann, C: 1-2, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

John Schreiber: 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 0 K

Marcus Walden: 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 2 K

It hasn’t been the start to the franchise Worcester was hoping for with two straight losses, and the offense in particular has been a little rough. Neither Duran nor Downs, the two best players on this roster, have a hit through two games. It’s obviously not a concern after just two games, but it is a bit of a downer. Hermann did get the distinction of being the first player in franchise history to homer, and Wilson joined him in the ninth when the game was already out of hand. Wilson is certainly a player to watch, as his hit tool has caused his stock to drop in recent years but the power and athleticism make him a player who shouldn’t be forgotten.

Portland PPD

Greenville L 2-9

Christian Koss, SS: 0-4, 2 K

Danny Santana, 2B: 1-3

Cameron Cannon, 2B: 0-1

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

Brandon Howlett, 3B: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI, 3 K

Jay Groome: 2 IP, 5 R, 6 H, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP

Jacob Wallace: 1 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP

After being rained out on Tuesday, Wednesday served as Opening Day for the Drive, and I think they’d like another redo. Groome in particular would like to do this one over, as he had a brutal start to what is a really important season for him. The lefty still has big-time talent and is on the 40-man now, but he has yet to really pitch for any consistent amount of time as a pro. He’s looking to change that this year, but the performance needs to be there too. One bad start isn’t anything to get worked up over, but he’s going to be heavily scrutinized this year and that means bad starts being overanalyzed and overemphasized.

Salem G1 L 4-7

Gilberto Jimenez, CF: 1-4, 1 HBP, 1 R, 1 K

Nick Yorke, 2B: 1-5, 1 K, 1 SB, 2 E

Nick Decker, RF: 2-3, 1 HR, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Nick Northcut, DH: 2-3, 1 HR, 1 HBP, 1 R, 3 RBI

Matthew Lugo, SS: 1-4, 1 K

Ceddanne Rafaela, 3B: 1-4, 1 SB

Aldo Ramirez: 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 K

Aaron Perry: 2.1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 3 BB, 5 K

Salem G2 W 6-1

Gilberto Jimenez, CF: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 E

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

Nick Decker, RF: 0-4, 1 R, 2 K

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

Alex Erro, C: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 R, 3 RBI, 2 K, 1 PB

Matthew Lugo, SS: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E

Jeremy Wu-Yelland: 2.1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 3 BB, 5 K

Jordan DiValerio (W): 2.2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 4 K

Brandon Walter: 2 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 BB, 5 K

As with Greenville, weather got in the way for Salem’s Opening Day, though they were able to get a little bit of the first game in before suspending the action. That is why Ramirez only threw one inning. As for the rest of the action, there was a good amount of power on display with two homers in each contest. Northcut had the distinction of hitting the first for the system this year, as his homer came on Tuesday. Wu-Yelland was particularly interesting in the second game, which was dominated by pitching overall. A 2020 draftee who is likely headed for the bullpen at some point, the line was good but there were some oddities. Specifically, he walked three in only 2 13 innings, but also threw a wild pitch, hit two batters, and balked twice. So, we really got the full gamut. Offensively, Northcut stood out across the two games. He had a disappointing full-season debut back in 2019, but he’s looking to prove he’s still an exciting young power hitter.

Player of the Day: Nick Northcut