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Red Sox Minor Lines: Big day for the bats on both DSL squads

And Winkelman Gonzalez had another strong start on the complex.

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FCL W 5-2

Brainer Bonaci, SS: 1-2, 1 2B, 2 BB, 1 R

Eduardo Vaughan, CF: 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI

Blaze Jordan, 3B: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K

Bryan Gonzalez, DH: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K, 2 SB

Miguel Ugueto, LF: 2-3, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB

Wilkelman Gonzalez (SP; W): 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 9 K

Joey Stock (H): 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Merfy Andrew (SV): 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

Gonzalez is quickly becoming one of the more interesting pitchers in the lower levels for the Red Sox, albeit a little inconsistent. After getting a $250,000 bonus out of Venezuela, he started opening day for the DSL squad in 2019 before coming stateside and doing the same in the FCL this year. Not all of his starts have been great, but his last two have been impressive. Over those two outings he’s racked up 18 strikeouts without a walk over 10 innings of work, allowing only the two runs from this one. He’s a long way away and only 19 years old, but there’s some interesting stuff here to monitor as he moves up the ladder over the next few years. Offensively, Bonaci is recovering from a slow start, and while he’s still hitting below the Mendoza line he’s hitting extra-base hits and drawing plenty of walks to make the overall slash line look all right.

DSL Red W 9-5

Allan Castro, RF: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 3B 1 BB, 2 R

Enderso Lira, C: 1-5, 1 3B, 1 R, 2 RBI

Axel James, LF: 3-4, 1 2B, 2 3B, 1 BB, 3 R, 1 RBI

Kelvin Diaz, CF: 3-4, 1 BB, 3 R, 2 RBI, 2 SB

Jose Ramirez (SP): 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K

DSL Blue W 16-2

Juan Chacon, RF: 1-2, 3 BB, 3 R, 1 RBI

Jhostynxon Garcia, CF: 2-5, 1 HR, 2 R, 5 RBI, 1 K

Johnfrank Salazar, SS: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 2 RBI

Alex Zapete, DH: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 K

Alexis Hernandez, 1B: 1-2, 2 BB, 3 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB

Yizreel Burnet (SP): 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K

I think we have to start with James here, as it’s not every day you see a guy grab two triples plus a double on the day, and he threw in a walk for good measure. Getting a modest $60,000 bonus back in 2018, he actually played pretty well in the DSL in 2019, but there was no room for him on the FCL roster so he’s back in the DSL. After this game his OPS is up over 1.000, and this is one of the side effects of having fewer lower-level teams. Guys like James get held back a bit longer, and you never know what happens from there. We should also shout out Chacon, who got a big bonus a couple years ago and already has six walks in five games, as well as Burnet, who showed off big-time stuff in this outing.

Player of the Day: Axel James

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