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Red Sox Minor Lines: Nick Yorke and Jay Groome lead the way in Greenville

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While Niko Kavadas hit his first homer with Salem.

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Worcester L 5-9

Delino DeShields, LF: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 SB

Connor Wong, C: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 R, 3 RBI, 2 K

Joey Meneses, RF: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Josh Ockimey, 1B: 2-5, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K

Álex Claudio (SP): 2.2 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 3 K (50 pitches)

Durbin Feltman: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K (41 pitches)

Eduard Bazardo (L; BS): 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K (25 pitches)

Brandon Brennan: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K (2 pitches)

The bullpen game didn’t work out too well for Worcester on Sunday, with three pitchers giving up multiple runs in the loss. On the more positive side, though, Feltman was very good and he’s quietly been dealing since being promoted to Triple-A. It’s now been 15 innings over 10 appearances, and he’s allowed four runs (2.40 ERA) on 15 strikeouts and four walks. It hasn’t gone as quickly as some would have expected after he was drafted, but Feltman is starting to work his way into the depth conversation for next season. At the plate, Wong continues to mash in August. This month he’s now hitting .372/.386/.651.

Portland L 5-8

Jeisson Rosario, RF: 0-5, 2 K

Danny Santana, 1B: 3-5, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K, 2 SB

Triston Casas, DH: 1-4, 1 BB, 2 K

Ronaldo Hernández, C: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K

Hudson Potts, 3B: 0-4, 1 BB, 2 K

Roldani Baldwin, LF: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K

Cameron Cannon, SS: 0-4, 2 K

Tanner Nishioka, 2B: 3-4, 2 HR, 3 R, 2 RBI, 1 E

Andrew Politi (SP; L): 1.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 2 K (43 pitches)

Ryan Brasier: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K (11 pitches)

Frank German: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (16 pitches)

Jake Thompson: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K (30 pitches)

Things just never came together for Politi this year, who entered the season with a little bit of hype and did show some flashes in the first couple of months. But it’s ultimately been a struggle, and he’s up to a 6.78 ERA on the season. More positively, Santana and Brasier had strong rehab showings, and both should be up sooner than later. Santana could be up for this week’s series in Tampa, while Brasier should at least be up by the time rosters expand in September. And then there’s Nishioka, who is probably just an organizational player but has been able to produce throughout his time in the organization since being drafted as a senior sign in 2017. He’s spent all of this season at Double-A and has a .738 OPS.

Greenville W 8-3

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

Christian Koss, SS: 3-5, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 R, 1 RBI

Tyler Dearden, DH: 2-5, 1 RBI, 3 K

Brandon Howlett, 3B: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 4 K

Joe Davis, 1B: 2-3, 1 HR, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 RBI

Stephen Scott, C: 2-3, 1 2B, 2 BB

Wil Dalton, LF: 2-4, 2 2B, 1 R

Jay Groome (SP; W): 6 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 8 K (86 pitches)

Brendan Cellucci (H): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (10 pitches)

Jacob Wallace: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (15 pitches)

There was a whole lot of good in this one, including from a couple of the most intriguing prospects in this system. Yorke just continues to be one of the hottest hitters on planet Earth, smacking three extra-base hits in the game. I figured he’d continue getting on base after being promoted to High-A, but the power has been a very pleasant surprise. It’s only been this week, but he has three doubles and two homers in five games. Meanwhile, Groome had a very nice bounce back. The lefty allowed seven earned runs in his previous outing, so it was nice to see a quality start here, and one with some strikeouts. It’s still been an uneven year for the former first rounder, but flashes like this game have been frequent enough of late that it’s still hard to forget the hype.

Salem W 10-2 (F/7)

Ceddanne Rafaela, DH: 2-4, 1 R, 1 K

Gilberto Jimenez, LF: 1-4, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB

Nick Decker, RF: 1-2, 2 BB, 3 R, 1 RBI

Niko Kavadas, 1B: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 BB, 2 R, 4 RBI, 1 K

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

Tyler McDonough, CF: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 R

Matthew Lugo, SS: 2-3, 1 BB, 1 RBI

Wilkelman Gonzalez (SP): 4.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K (81 pitches)

Two players new to this team helped lead the way in this blowout win, with Kavadas having a big day at the plate and Gonzalez on the mound. The latter was one of the more intriguing draft picks from the Red Sox this year, and this was his first homer in Salem. Gonzalez, meanwhile, was seeing his stock rise rapidly down in the FCL and it earned him a late-season promotion to A-ball. The righty didn’t exactly dominate, but he was able to keep runs off the board and get his full-season ball career off to a strong start.


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