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Red Sox Minor Lines: Nick Yorke, Power Hitter

And Wilkelman Gonzalez keeps shoving.

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Worcester G1 L 6-8

Connor Wong, C: 1-4, 1 K, 1 SB

Joey Meneses, DH: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 R, 3 RBI, 2 K

Franchy Cordero, LF: 2-3, 1 HR, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Josh Ockimey, 1B: 1-4,1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K

Jeter Downs, SS: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 K

Tate Matheny, CF: 2-2, 1 BB, 1 R

Kyle Hart (SP; L): 4 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 1 BB, 2 K (64 pitches)

Colten Brewer: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K (36 pitches)

Brendan Brennan: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K (12 pitches)

Worcester G2 W 5-4

Taylor Motter, DH: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 K

Franchy Cordero, LF: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E

Jhonny Pereda, C: 2-3, 1 BB

Jeter Downs, SS: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K

Jeremy Rivera, 2B: 3-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI

Matthew Kent (SP): 3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 2 K (39 pitches)

John Schreiber: 3 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K (56 pitches)

Austin Brice (W; BS): 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 2 K (19 pitches)

Not a whole lot new to say about most of these rosters at this point, and with the Worcester roster continuing to get called to Boston amid the big-league squad’s COVID outbreak, there’s even less. Cordero did have another big game, though, but as we’ve said countless times by now, it doesn’t really matter much at this point. Until we see him do anything in majors most of us will have to see it at that level before we can really expect much of anything.

Portland W 7-5

Pedro Castellanos, RF: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 2 K

Devlin Granberg, CF/LF: 1-4, 1 R

Triston Casas, 1B: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 2 K, 1 E

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

Hudson Potts, 3B: 1-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K

Ryan Fitzgerald, SS: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI

Cameron Cannon, DH: 2-4, 1 R, 2 K

Tyreque Reed, LF: 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Brayan Bello (SP; W): 5 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 0 BB, 6 K (75 pitches)

Zach Schellenger (H): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (18 pitches)

Rio Gomez (H): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (10 pitches)

Frank German (SV): 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (13 pitches)

This was an interesting game for the Sea Dogs, who trailed 5-1 early on before mounting the comeback, thanks in part to four scoreless innings from the bullpen. Gomez in particular had an impressive day in relief, coming on with the bases full and nobody out and escaping without a run coming across. Bello, meanwhile, is falling off a bit in this second half. The season is still good as a whole, and the strikeout and walk numbers are still looking good for the most part, but he’s just giving up too many baserunners. His combined walk and hit total has been at least seven in each of his last seven outings. At the plate, Hernández continues to have a big second half and the catching situation next season should be interesting between him and Wong, not to mention what they end up doing with Christian Vázquez.

Greenville W 7-4

Nick Yorke, 2B: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 K

Christian Koss, SS: 2-5, 2 K

Tyler Dearden, LF: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 K

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

Joe Davis, 1B: 2-5, 1 2B, 3 K

Stephen Scott, C: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K

Yusniel Padron-Artiles (SP): 3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 5 K (68 pitches)

Casey Cobb: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K (51 pitches)

Ho hum, another homer for Yorke, whose power over the last month or so just continues to be far ahead of expectations from most, and certainly from me. We also got homers from Howlett and Scott in this game, the former has been a bit of a rollercoaster this year while the latter is among the seemingly many low-ceiling breakouts we’ve seen in the system this year. And then on the mound, Cobb continues to be someone perhaps we at overlooking too often in this space. Serving mostly as a piggy back kind of reliever, the 2020 undrafted free agent has a 2.07 ERA between Salem and Greenville, covering 69 23 innings, and he’s racked up 79 strikeouts while walking 16.

Salem W 17-2

Ceddanne Rafaela, LF: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 K

Tyler McDonough, CF: 2-6, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Nick Decker, DH: 1-6, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Tyler Miller, 3B: 4-6, 2 2B, 1 HR, 4 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB

Matthew Lugo, 2B: 4-4, 2 2B, 1 BB, 3 R, 2 RBI

Nicholas Northcut, 1B: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 BB, 3 R, 5 RBI, 1 K

Brainer Bonaci, SS: 2-5, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 RBI

Wilkelman Gonzalez (SP): 4 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K (76 pitches)

Gonzalez is something else, and he really seems to me to be the kind of guy who is going to get a whole lot of hype over the winter and entering next spring. As his breakout has been going on there has been much more focus on the big-league team, so it’s seemingly fallen under the radar. But I think when we get into the winter and more people have time to look back and reflect on the late summer on the farm, Gonzalez’s name will be brought up a whole lot. He’s now made three starts with Salem, pitching to a 0.66 ERA with 13 strikeouts and five walks over 13 23 innings. Including his time on the complex his ERA is 2.77 with more than a strikeout per inning. As for the offense, there are a whole lot of names to shout out but Miller with three extra base hits is certainly one, as is Lugo, who got on base five times and is looking so much better over this last month of the year.

FCL G1 L 1-4

Marcelo Mayer, SS: 0-3

Eduardo Vaughan, LF: 0-3, 1 K

Phillip Sikes, CF: 1-3, 2 K

Freddy Valdez, RF: 1-3

Ryan Zeferjahn (SP): 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K

FCL G2 W 2-1 (F/8)

Brainer Bonaci, 2B: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 2 SB

Marcelo Mayer, SS: 2-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI

Phillip Sikes, CF: 0-3, 2 K

Juan Daniel Encarnacion (SP): 4.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 6 K

That second game was the conclusion of one that had already begun, in case you’re wondering how Bonaci played for two different affiliates on the same day. Encarnacion, meanwhile, has somewhat quietly had a nice year on the complex, bringing his ERA down to 3.02 on the year, striking out 48 and walking 11. He’s someone to watch as a deep sleeper for next year when he should be making his full-season debut at age 21. And speaking of next year, I’m very curious to see what they do with Zeferjahn. While he’s shown flashes as a starter, he’s had trouble staying healthy and they seem to be handling him cautiously on this rehab, not rushing him back to full-season ball. His stuff has seemingly always profiled better in relief, and I do wonder if they make that switch next year.

DSL Red L 2-11

Miguel Bleis, CF: 0-3, 2 K

Enderso Lira, C: 1-1, 2 BB

Frank Astacio, 1B; 3-3, 1 2B, 1 R

Francis Hernandez (SP; L): 4 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

DSL Blue W 11-2

Juan Chacon, RF: 1-3, 2 R, 1 SB

Jhostynxon Garcia, CF: 2-2, 1 HR, 1 BB, 2 R, 2 RBI

Johnfrank Salazar, SS: 2-3, 1 R, 2 RBI

Jedixson Paez: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K

This was another inter-organizational matchup, with the Blue squad continuing their domination over the Red team. This was their sixth straight win against them, and the season series now moves to 7-2 in favor of Blue. They play three more times before the season series wraps up. As for the individual players, Garcia upped his OPS on the year to .943, while Astacio on the other side is up to .873.

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