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Red Sox Minor Lines: A homer-filled day on the farm

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With Marcus Wilson and Dominic D’Alessandro leading the way.

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Worcester W 10-3

Marcus Wilson, LF/CF: 3-3, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 BB, 3 R, 2 RBI

Yairo Muñoz, 3B: 1-3, 1 R, 1 SB

Franchy Cordero, 1B/LF: 1-5, 2 RBI, 2 K, 1 CS

Johan Mieses, RF: 2-5, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K

Jeter Downs, SS: 1-5, 1 R, 1 K

Connor Wong, C: 1-5, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 K

Daniel Gossett (SP; W): 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K (82 pitches)

Kyle Hart: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (15 pitches)

Brandon Brennan: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K (24 pitches)

Phillips Valdez: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K (22 pitches)

Kaleb Ort: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K (24 pitches)

This was a big day for the Worcester offense, even with Jarren Duran being a late scratch due to some back issues. Those don’t seem too serious, but obviously we’ll be keeping an eye on his status moving forward. Wilson took his place atop the lineup, and he did his best Duran impression. We’ve talked about it before but Wilson seems like a prime trade candidate as a second or third piece at the deadline this year. He’s having a great year with a .933 OPS and there is real upside with his skillset, but there just isn’t a logical path to the majors here, especially in an outfield that also includes Duran and Cordero. But he’s doing everything he can to prove he deserves a shot, whether it be here or elsewhere.

Portland PPD

Polar Park Inaugural Game Worcester Red Sox v. Syracuse Mets Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images

Greenville L 5-6

Christian Koss, SS: 0-4

Nick Sogard, 2B: 0-4, 2 K

Tyler Dearden, LF: 1-4

Tyreque Reed, 1B: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K

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

Kole Cottam, C: 2-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI

Dominic D’Alessandro, DH: 2-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, 1 K

Grant Gambrell (SP; L): 5 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 2 BB, 5 K (86 pitches)

Jacob Wallace: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K (37 pitches)

D’Alessandro did his best to drag this Greenville team to a win on Saturday, smashing two homers including one that traveled 472 feet, but he came up just short. He is having a nice year at the plate, though. A 22nd rounder from 2019, he missed almost the entire first month of the season and has played a little sporadically since then, but he’s up to a solid .802 OPS. D’Alessandro has solid power, but his issue right now is that the Red Sox are a little tied up at first base throughout the system, leaving him little room for solid playing time. On the mound, Gambrell continues his rollercoaster ride of performances since joining the Red Sox organization in the Andrew Benintendi trade, struggling to keep Aberdeen off the bases.

Salem G1 W 9-3

Gilberto Jimenez, CF: 1-4, 1 R, 2 K

Matthew Lugo, SS: 1-3, 1 R, 1 K

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

Nick Decker, RF: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 R, 4 RBI, 1 K

Ceddanne Rafaela, 3B: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 R

Jake MacKenzie, 2B: 2-3, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 E

Jorge Rodriguez (SP; W): 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K (68 pitches)

Salem G2 W 11-2

Gilberto Jimenez, RF: 3-5, 1 HR, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 K, 2 SB

Matthew Lugo, SS: 0-4, 1 BB, 1 RBI, 1 E

Ceddanne Rafaela, 3B/DH: 1-5, 1 HR, 3 R, 2 RBI, 1 SB

Nick Decker, CF: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 SB

Nicholas Northcut, DH/3B: 1-2, 1 HR, 2 BB, 2 R, 2 RBI

Jack MacKenzie, 2B: 1-3, 1 BB, 2 R

Shane Drohan (SP): 3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 2 K (33 pitches)

Devon Roedahl: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (26 pitches)

This was total domination through all 14 innings of the doubleheader for Salem, scoring 20 runs across the two games. And it was nice to see Jimenez getting in the mix there, especially in the second game. It hasn’t been a bad season for the outfield prospect, but maybe similar to Triston Casas (with lower highs and higher lows, perhaps), Jimenez just has seemingly not gotten going as much as we’d hoped. He has a .717 OPS on the year, which is fine but nothing to write home about. Perhaps this doubleheader will put him on track for a big second half. Also in the outfield, Decker rejoins the A-Ball squad after missing more than a month, going down in late May. He got a few rehab games under his belt on the complex and had a nice first day back with Salem.

FCL W 6-1

Brainer Bonaci, SS: 0-5, 1 K

Antoni Flores, 2B: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 K

Blaze Jordan, 3B: 2-4, 1 K, 1 E

Darel Belen, 1B: 0-4, 1 K, 1 E

Bryan Gonzalez, LF: 0-4, 2 K

Danny Diaz, DH: 0-1, 3 BB, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB

Freddy Valdez, RF: 1-3, 1 3B, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 K

Yorberto Mejicano, C: 2-2, 1 HR, 1 R, 3 RBI

Miguel Ugueto, CF: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI

Felix Cepeda (SP): 3.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 3 K

Gabriel Jackson (H): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Bryan Lucas (H): 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K

Some of the bigger names in this FCL lineup are still looking for their first big day at the plate, but it’s nice to see a second win in a row for this team after five straight losses to open the season. Valdez is one of the biggest names who is hitting, having come over in the Benintendi trade and now putting up a 1.021 OPS very early in the year, with this already his second tripel. Mejicano and Ugueto, meanwhile, led the way today. They’re both low-dollar international signings from recent years who project as organizational depth.


Player of the Day: Marcus Wilson

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