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Red Sox Minor Lines: Wilkelman Gonzalez and Blaze Jordan are leading the way in the FCL

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Both should finish their years in Salem at this pace

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FCL W 2-1

Brainer Bonaci, SS: 2-4, 1 RBI, 2 K

Tyler McDonough, 2B: 0-3, 2 K, 1 E

Blaze Jordan, 3B: 2-3, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB

Bryan Gonzalez, DH: 0-3, 2 K

Eduardo Vaughan, CF: 0-3

Freddy Valdez, RF: 0-3, 1 K

Wilkelman Gonzalez (SP; W): 5 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K

This win from the FCL squad featured a pair of big performances from a couple of players who may not be too long for the complex. We’ll start on the mound, where Gonzalez is just absolutely ripping through FCL lineups. After a couple of rough outings to start his season, he’s allowed just three earned runs over his last four starts for a 1.35 ERA over 20 innings, striking out 28 while walking only three. Obviously all of those walks came from this outing, which is not great, but he also only allowed the single hit. With Aldo Ramirez being traded, there’s an argument to be made that Gonzalez is the most intriguing lower-level pitching prospect in the system.

Meanwhile, at the plate, Blaze Jordan is also tearing things up. The team’s third round pick in 2020, he also got off to a slow start but has reversed that in a hurry. He’s had multiple hits in his last seven starts, with this homer being his third in that stretch. After his line fell down to .217/.250/.261 early in his season, he’s up to .362/.408/.667 after this game.

DSL Red W 6-2

Miguel Bleis, CF: 2-4, 1 R

Allan Castro, DH: 1-2, 1 3B, 2 R, 1 RBI

Enderso Lira, C: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

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

Luis Ravelo, SS: 1-4, 1 K

Starlin Santos (SP): 3.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K

Jesus Rosillo: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

DSL Blue L 2-14

Juan Chacon, RF: 1-3, 1 R, 1 K

Jean Carlos Reyes (SP; L): 4 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 2 K

Very different kinds of games here for the two DSL squads, who actually both happened to be facing off against Dodgers affiliates. We won’t have to much focus on that game by the Blue team, though. Over for the Red, there was some solid pitching, as well as big games from Bleis and Castro. The latter is having a big year, with his OPS up to 1.073 for the season. He was signed back in 2019 but is just making his pro debut now. Bleis, meanwhile, was the team’s top signing from the last international signing period, and this was only his fourth game after a late start to his season. Hopefully this multi-hit day will help him find his footing and get into a bit of a hot streak.


Player of the Day: Wilkelman Gonzalez

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