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Red Sox Minor Lines: Brandon Walter’s standout season continues to the end

And Hudson Potts leads the way for Portland.

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Worcester L 3-4

Christian Arroyo, 2B: 0-3

Franchy Cordero, RF: 1-2, 1 BB, 1 R

Connor Wong, C: 0-4, 1 K

Jeter Downs, SS: 0-4, 3 K

Kutter Crawford (SP): 5.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 7 K (84 pitches)

Zack Kelly: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K (31 pitches)

Durbin Feltman (L): 1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K (19 pitches)

Not a whole lot to report from this game, though it certainly is nice seeing Arroyo back in there. It wasn’t a great rehab appearance, but the fact that he is moving his way back toward big-league action is a good thing, even with José Iglesias swinging a surprisingly hot bat. On the mound, Crawford gave up a few too many hits, but all in all this was a strong outing from him. Feltman, meanwhile, had a little bit of a tougher time, though he’s been pitching well enough of late that it’s not much of a concern unless or until it snowballs.

Portland W 14-3

Pedro Castellanos, RF: 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI

Devlin Granberg, LF: 3-6, 2 R

Triston Casas, 1B: 0-5, 1 BB, 1 R, 2 K

Ronaldo Hernández, C: 3-5, 1 3B, 1 R, 4 RBI, 1 K

Hudson Potts, 3B: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 BB, 2 R, 3 RBI

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

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

Jeisson Rosario, CF: 1-4, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 K

Tyreque Reed, DH: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 R, 4 RBI, 1 K

Brayan Bello (SP; W): 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 6 K (86 pitches)

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

This was total domination for Portland, with big games on both sides. For the pitching, Bello had another solid day, though we are seeing some more inconsistency with his command lately even in the good starts. Don’t get me wrong, this is still more positive than negative and his season as a whole has been one of the most encouraging in the system, but he’s walked at least three in two of his last three. starts, and in the other he allowed seven hits including a home run over five innings. Consistency with baserunners will be the next step forward to hope for in 2022. At the plate, it was a huge day for Potts, who got off to a late start this season and never seemed to find a rhythm. Even after this game his OPS is still at just .670.

Greenville W 4-3 (F/12)

Christian Koss, SS: 0-4, 1 K

Tyler Dearden, LF: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 R

Brandon Howlett, 3B: 0-3, 1 BB, 3 K

Joe Davis, 1B: 0-5, 1 RBI

Jaxx Groshans, DH: 1-5, 1 RBI, 2 K

Wil Dalton, CF: 3-5, 1 2B, 1 R, 2 K, 1 CS

Brandon Walter (SP): 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 8 K (61 pitches)

Brendan Cellucci: 2 IP, 0 H , 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (23 pitches)

Walter continues to be, in my opinion, having the best pitcher season in the system. The lefty and former 26th round pick wasn’t really on anyone’s radar coming into the season, but he continues to just shove every time he takes the mound. This latest start was his second straight with at least eight strikeouts, and over 15 innings in three starts this month he has 20 strikeouts to just three walks. Given that he’s 25 years old, I still would’ve liked to have seen him get a chance at Portland before the season ended, but he can only pitch against the competition he’s faced and he’s passed that test with flying colors.

Salem L 2-6 (F/10)

Tyler McDonough, CF: 0-4, 1 K

Tyler Miller, DH: 0-3, 1 BB

Nick Decker, LF: 1-4, 1 R, 2 K

Ceddanne Rafaela, SS: 1-4, 1 R

Nicholas Northcut, 1B: 1-4, 1 K

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

Antoni Flores, 3B: 1-4, 1 K

Wyatt Olds (SP): 3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K (42 pitches)

Really not a whole lot to say about this one either. Bonaci is starting to adjust a bit to A-ball shortly after being promoted from the complex. He’s got at least two total bases in each of his last four games, and in the month of September — in which all but one game for him has been played in Salem — he’s hitting a solid .275/.326/.400. As for Olds, he’s this year’s seventh rounder who is really a reliever, and he’s pitched to a 2.25 ERA over 12 innings, striking out 21 and walking seven. That control needs some work, but it does appear the stuff plays.


DSL Red W 4-2

Luis Ravelo, SS: 3-4, 1 BB, 1 K

Miguel Bleis, CF: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 RBI, 1 SB

Ahbram Liendo, 2B: 2-4, 1 R, 1 K, 1 E

Frank Astacio, 1B: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 CS

Miguel Rojas, C: 2-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 K

Cesar Ruis (SP): 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Andres Ortuno (W): 3.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K

DSL Blue W 10-5

Juan Chacon, RF: 1-4, 1 BB, 2 R

Jhostynxon Garcia, CF: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 3B, 3 R, 5 RBI

Lyonell James, 3B: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI

Armando Sierra, DH: 2-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K

Barbaro Pinero (SP): 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K

Huge game for Garcia, who has been having a somewhat quietly big season down in the DSL. There was a little bit of a cold stretch there in the dog days, and the DSL season does actually extend pretty well beyond the other leagues, but so far so good. He got a $350,000 bonus, so there were certainly some expectations coming into 2021, which is his professional debut, and he’s responded by hitting .313/.451/.509.

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