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Red Sox Minor Lines: Jeter Downs doubles at the Futures Game

While Brayan Bello struggles out of the gate before settling down.

Futures Game L 3-8

Jeter Downs, 2B: 1-2, 1 2B, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K

Brayan Bello: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K (11 pitches)

The Red Sox got both of their prospects into the Futures Game, with mixed results. For Downs, he did have the one strikeout in there but he also had a hard-hit double hit off Brewers prospect Ethan Small. It was the only extra-base hit for the American League side all day. Meanwhile, Bello came on to pitch with one out in the third, and the first pitch he threw was ripped by Cardinals prospect Nolan Gorman for a double. He then threw a wild pitch before settling down and getting the final two outs of the inning.

Worcester L 1-5

Jarren Duran, CF: 1-2, 1 BB, 1 R, 2 SB

Marcus Wilson, RF: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K

Franchy Cordero, DH: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K

Jonathan Araúz, 3B: 0-3, 1 E

Stephen Gonsalves (SP; L): 3.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 4 K (79 pitches)

John Schreiber: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 4 K (48 pitches)

Marcus Walden: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (15 pitches)

Jose Adames: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K (23 pitches)

This was a pretty uneventful day for Worcester, who just couldn’t get much of anything going at the plate. We did get a nice reminder that Duran is still fast after adding all this power — he’s now up to 12 steals on the year — but that was about the end of the positives. For Gonsalves, he’s been very up and down this year. At one point it looked like there was a possible path to him getting to the majors this year, but that seems very unlikely now. Still, there have been flashes this year and teams are paying attention to what guys like him are doing right now. He just needs to find more consistency before he gets a chance in the majors.

2021 Sirius XM Futures Game
Jeter Downs at the Futures Game
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Portland W 7-5

Jeisson Rosario, CF: 0-2, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Pedro Castellanos, LF: 1-4

Triston Casas, 1B: 1-3, 1 BB, 2 RBI, 1 E

Hudson Potts, 3B: 0-4

Ronaldo Hernández, C: 0-2

Ryan Fitzgerald, SS: 2-2, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 BB, 3 R, 2 RBI

Devlin Granberg, RF: 0-2, 2 BB, 1 R

Tanner Nishioka, 2B: 2-2, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 E

Josh Winckowski (SP): 0.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 1 K (31 pitches)

Denyi Reyes: 4 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 8 K (67 pitches)

Durbin Feltman (W): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K (5 pitches)

This was a big-time comeback for Portland, who got four runs in the seventh to take the lead, which they would ultimately hold. For Winckowski, this was just a disaster of a start, who couldn’t even make it out of the first inning. This has been a good season so far for the righty, so if this proves to be a one-off this can be put in the rearview. There’s not much you can take from a start like this except to hope that it doesn’t snowball and/or affect confidence moving forward. More positively, Fitzgerald has been on fire lately. He has multiple hits in five of his last seven games, and has already smashed three homers in July, matching his total from June and surpassing his May count. On the season, Fitzgerald is up to an .866 OPS with good defense at shortstop.

Greenville W 8-2

Christian Koss, SS: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 K

Cameron Cannon, 2B: 3-5

Tyreque Reed, 1B: 1-5, 3 K

Tyler Dearden, LF: 1-3, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 K

Jaxx Groshans, C: 1-4, 1 R

Wil Dalton, RF: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 3 R, 1 RBI

Ricardo Cubillan, 3B: 2-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K

Chase Shugart (SP; W): 5 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 4 K (81 pitches)

Dalton is not really a guy we have talked about a lot, as he had been struggling for a lot of this season. The team’s eight round pick back in 2019, he struggled in Lowell the summer after being drafted, and on June 23 he was hitting just .091/.231/.091, with the lack of power in particular being striking. He’s turned things around in a big way since then, with his line up to .187/.271/.347. That’s still, obviously, not a great line, but it’s a marked improvement over a relatively short period of time. Shugart, meanwhile, has been better this year than his 5.47 ERA indicates. He had one outing in June in which he allowed nine runs, and another in May in which he allowed six earned, and those have really put his numbers out of whack. You can’t just eliminate the worst starts to evaluate players, but sometimes it’s helpful to break down how these numbers come to be.

Salem W 10-0

Gilberto Jimenez, CF: 3-6, 2 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 K, 1 SB

Matthew Lugo, SS: 3-6, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 2 SB, 1 E

Joe Davis, 1B: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 RBI

Nick Decker, DH: 2-5, 3 K

Ceddanne Rafaela, CF: 1-5, 1 RBI

Alex Erro, 2B: 4-5, 3 R

Nicholas Northcut, 3B: 3-4, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K

Luke Bandy, LF: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 BB, 2 R, 3 RBI, 1 K

Jeremy Wu-Yelland (SP): 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K (57 pitches)

Ryan Fernandez (W): 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K (31 pitches)

This was an absolute beatdown in every sense of the word for Salem. They didn’t just plate 10 runs on the day in a shutout, but the pitching allowed just one hit on the day. Fernandez has been somewhat quietly effective this year after a little bit of a strange start. Pitching in a multi-inning relief role, he’s pitched to a 0.44 ERA over 20 13 innings, striking out 24 and walking four. Wu-Yelland, meanwhile, made his first appearance in about 10 days and bounced back nicely from a rough start his last time out. The lefty has been impressive this year, and while the control still needs to be worked on, he looks like a real talent after getting the lowest bonus from the team’s 2020 draft class.

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