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Red Sox Minor Lines: Devlin Granberg continues to rake

And the FCL squad picked up their first win.

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Worcester PPD

Portland W 8-3

Jeisson Rosario, CF: 0-3, 2 RBI

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

Joey Meneses, 1B: 2-4, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K

Hudson Potts, 3B: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K

Ronaldo Hernández, DH: 1-4, 1 R, 2 K

Ryan Fitzgerald, SS: 2-4, 1 2B, 2 R

Devlin Granberg, RF: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 3 R, 3 RBI, 1 SB

Andrew Politi (SP; W): 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 6 K (51 pitches)

Alex Scherff: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (17 pitches)

It has been an incredible season for Granberg, who does not provide much in terms of scouting report love but does produce a lot at the plate wherever he happens to be placed. This assignment in Portland is a recent one, having not even played 20 games at Double-A year. But the stiffer competition does not appear to have slowed him down. The 25-year-old has a .904 OPS in 14 games with Portland after coming just a single short of the cycle in this game with a steal of home just for a cherry on top, and over the entire season including his time in Greenville he has a 1.007 OPS. He also had an interesting conversation with FanGraphs just yesterday about hitting. The performance here was so good that it overshadowed that of Politi, who has been struggling this year but can hopefully use this one as a springboard for a big second half.

Greenville W 1-0

Christian Koss, SS: 1-4, 1 K

Cameron Cannon, 2B: 2-4, 1 2B

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

Brandon Howlett, DH: 1-3, 1 K

Jaxx Groshans, C: 0-3

Wil Dalton, LF: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI

Brian Van Belle (SP; W): 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K (88 pitches)

There’s not a whole lot to say about this game, which was largely uneventful and the two players who made the big impacts are not huge prospects in the system. Dalton was an eighth-round pick back in 2019, but he struggled to get much of anything going in his first taste of pro ball in Lowell that summer and he’s struggling again this year to the tune of a .512 OPS. He’s likely just an organizational player. As for Van Belle, he’s an undrafted free agent from last year’s class, and while he’s been inconsistent with a 4.99 ERA he’s had a few of these nice outings this year. He’s also striking out more than a batter per inning on the year, and over his last three starts he’s racked up 20 strikeouts in 14 13 innings to go with just four walks. He’s likely a reliever long-term.

Salem PPD

FCL W 6-4

Eduardo Vaughan, CF: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 R

Eddinson Paulino, SS: 2-4, 1 BB, 1 RBI

Blaze Jordan, 3B: 0-5, 1 K

Darel Belen, RF: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 CS

Danny Diaz, 1B: 0-3, 1 BB

Karson Simas, 2B: 3-4, 1 2B, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB

Henry Nunez (SP): 4.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 6 K

Cole Milam: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 4 K

Jose Larez (W): 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K

The FCL squad is off the schneid, picking up their first win of the season in game number six. The star of this one was Simas, who was a 25th round pick back in 2019. The infielder struggled in his first taste of the complex in that summer after being drafted, playing in only 11 games and never really getting a chance to get going. It was also a nice day at the top of the lineup from Vaughan. The Red Sox have had a string of good outfielders signing out of Latin America over recent years with him, Eduardo Lopez and Miguel Bleis, but Vaughan does get lost in the shuffle sometimes. His tools aren’t quite as loud as Bleis’s and he’s not as advanced as Lopez, but he has the potential to be a regular in the majors. He’s just a long, long way from making it actually happen.

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