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Red Sox Minor Lines: Tough starts to the year down in Worcester

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And a nice day at the plate for Devlin Granberg.

Worcester L 1-10

Jarren Duran, CF: 0-4, 3 K

Jeter Downs, 2B: 0-3, 1 HBP, 2 K, 2 E

Connor Wong, C: 1-4, 2 K

Jonathan Araúz, SS: 2-4, 1 R, 1 K

Marcus Wilson, DH: 1-4, 2 K

Eduard Bazardo: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K

This has been a rough start to the season for Worcester, and it’s been particularly rough for some of their best players. Both Duran and Downs have yet to record a hit in these first three games. The former is 0-11 with a walk and six strikeouts while the latter is 0-10 with a walk, a HBP and four strikeouts. The two errors from Downs today just put a cherry on top of what has been a tough start. Obviously it’s only three games, but these are two guys who could potentially help out at some point this year, so we’d like to see them get going sooner than later. The same goes for Bazardo, who has already been up in the majors for a day this year. He seemingly struggled with command in this one.

Portland G1 W 9-6

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

Pedro Castellanos, LF: 2-3, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Triston Casas, 1B: 1-4, 2 R

Joey Meneses, RF: 2-3, 1 R, 2 RBI

Ronaldo Hernández, C: 1-4, 1 R, 2 K

Frank German: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 1 E

Portland G2 W 4-3

Jack López, CF: 2-3, 2 2B, 2 R

Triston Casas, 1B: 0-3, 3 K

Pedro Castellanos, LF: 0-3, 1 RBI, 1 K

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

Josh Winckowski (SP): 3.1 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 4 K

Matthew Kent (W): 3.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K

It was a good day in Portland with the Sea Dogs taking both ends of their doubleheader on Thursday, though with no help from their defense. As a team they made five errors between the two games. The were able to make up for it with offense in the first game, with Castellanos helping lead the way as he gets off to a strong start, before the pitching came through in the back end. Winckowski, who came over as part of the Andrew Benintendi trade, was hurt a bit by the bad defense as well as some control issues, but he seemingly avoided hard contact at least. German, meanwhile, was part of the Adam Ottavino deal and he couldn’t even make it out of the first inning, making for a tough debut with the organization.

Greenville G1 L 5-7

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

Danny Santana, SS: 3-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 E

Brandon Howlett, 3B: 1-3, 2 K

Devlin Granberg, 1B: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 R, 3 RBI

Brian Van Belle (SP): 4 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 6 K

Alex Scherff (L; BS): 1 IP, 1 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 2 K

Greenville G2 L 0-14

Christian Koss, SS: 0-3

Cameron Cannon, 2B: 1-3, 1 K

Brandon Howlett, DH: 0-1, 2 BB

Devlin Granberg, 1B: 1-3, 2 K, 1 E

This was a rough doubleheader for Greenville, particularly that second game where they only trailed by as much as four for the first half of the game before things really got away from them down the stretch. In the first game, though, they got a nice performance from Santana, who is of course a major-league veteran working his way back from injury to hopefully get up to the majors again at some point soon. They also had a nice day from Granberg, who is a bit old for the level in his age-25 season, but he’s done little besides hit in his professional career. He’s likely not more than an organizational piece, but I’d also expect him to be up in Portland at some point this year.

Salem L 4-8

Gilberto Jimenez, CF: 0-5, 1 R, 1 K

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

Nick Decker, RF: 0-2, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 SB

Matthew Lugo, SS: 0-3, 1 RBI, 1 E

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

Ryan Zeferjahn: 2.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Nick Yorke is one of the prospects who will be most closely followed this season by Red Sox fans. He was a surprise first rounder last summer and the organization has shown tons of confidence in him since taking him in that draft. It’s been an interesting start for him as he has gotten some hits, including two today, but also struggled in the field. The defense is part of his game that we’ve largely ignored in favor of the offense, but he had shoulder issues in high school that moved him from shortstop to second base. Early on this season he has four errors in three games, three of which have been throwing errors. That will be something to monitor as this season goes along.

Player of the Day: Devlin Granberg