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Red Sox Minor Lines: Pitchers starting anew up the ladder

Three levels saw recently-promoted arms making their debuts at these respective levels.

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Worcester W 7-2

Jarren Duran, CF: 2-5, 1 RBI

Yairo Muñoz, 1B: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 RBI, 1 SB

Franchy Cordero, LF: 1-5, 1 2B, 4 K

Jeter Downs, SS: 2-5, 1 R, 1 SB

Marcus Wilson, RF: 2-2, 1 2B, 3 BB, 1 R

Chad De La Guerra, 3B: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB

Stephen Gonsalves (SP): 2.2 IP, 0 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 1 K (53 pitches)

Marcus Walden (W): 2.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K (35 pitches)

Caleb Simpson: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K (22 pitches)

This one was delayed by rain, which is why Gonsalves was pulled from the game despite not having allowed a hit, although it doesn’t appear he was exactly dominating anyway. It actually may have been best for Worcester in fact, as the bullpen led by Walden and Simpson finished off the rest of the night without allowing a run. Looking over at the offense, it was really a group effort, though Wilson certainly stands out. He got on base five times in this game, and he’s up to an .892 OPS on the season. A lot of attention has been paid to Cordero and Duran in this outfield, and for good reason, but Wilson is having a very impressive season in his own right, and is already on the 40-man.

Portland W 4-3

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

Pedro Castellanos, LF: 2-4

Triston Casas, 1B: 1-4, 1 RBI

Joey Meneses, RF: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Hudson Potts, 3B: 1-4, 1 R, 1 K

Ronaldo Hernández, C: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 R

Ryan Fitzgerald, SS: 2-3, 2 2B, 2 RBI

Josh Winckowski (SP; W): 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 3 K (96 pitches)

Joan Martinez (H): 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K (6 pitches)

Alex Scherff (H): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (11 pitches)

Zack Kelly (SV): 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K (17 pitches)

This was a day of pitchers making their debuts at new levels across the system, and it was Scherff taking that spot in Portland. The former fifth-round pick has converted to relief on a full-time basis this season, and he was excellent for the first couple of months of the season down in Salem. Over 22 23 innings down at Low-A, he pitched to a 2.78 ERA with 37 strikeouts and 11 walks. When he was drafted as a starter, there was real potential seen in his stuff, but the workload of a rotation just wasn’t working for him. The relief role should suit him better in that sense, at least, and his first test at Double-A was a huge success. We should also shoutout Winckowski getting it done without his best stuff, at least if the box score is any indication, and also to Fitzgerald, who is on a little bit of a hot streak for Portland.

Greenville W 6-5

Christian Koss, SS: 2-3, 1 2B, 2 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI

Cameron Cannon, 2B: 2-4, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB

Tyreque Reed, DH: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB

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

Tyler Dearden, LF: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Brandon Walter (SP): 3.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 6 K (76 pitches)

Yusniel Padron-Artilles: 3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K (55 pitches)

Jacob Wallace (BS; W): 1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 1 K (25 pitches)

In Greenville, Walter got to provide the role of starting at a new level. The lefty had been spending most of his season in the Salem bullpen, but after two big-time starts he got himself a promotion to High-A. The former 26th round pick has shown off some really exciting stuff for the Red Sox, and even in this start he was able to miss plenty of bats. They’ll be looking for more efficiency moving forward, but this was not a bad first step at the level. Later in the game, it was another disappointing day in what has been a disappointing season for Wallace. To end on a positive note, though, Howlett continues to swing as hot a bat as anyone in the system.

Salem W 4-2

Nick Yorke, 2B: 3-5, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Matthew Lugo, SS: 1-5, 1 2B, 1 R

Gilberto Jimenez, RF: 2-4

Stephen Scott, C: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Joe Davis, DH: 1-2, 1 BB, 1 RBI

Ceddanne Rafaela, CF: 0-4, 1 R, 2 SB

Alex Erro, 1B: 2-4, 1 K, 1 SB

Nicholas Northcut, 3B: 0-4, 1 K, 2 E

Chih-Jung Liu (SP; W): 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K (57 pitches)

Liu took the role of pitcher making his debut at a new level for Salem, having made just one appearance on the complex before being pushed up to full-season ball. Signed out of Taiwan in 2019, Liu is just now getting a chance to pitch in affiliated ball for the first time, and the early returns have been phenomenal. We’re only talking about two starts, but he’s allowed two runs over 10 innings of work, striking out eight to go with just one walk. Presumably he will get more than this one start in Salem, but these first two as a pro have gone about as well as one could hope. And over on the offense, Yorke had himself a big day at the plate. The 2020 first rounder is turning this season into something that seemed impossible just a few weeks ago, bumping that OPS all the way up to .795. It was as low as .440 back on May 30, for context.


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