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Red Sox Minor Lines: Another monster day for Triston Casas

And a huge Double-A debut for Jay Groome.

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Worcester W 3-0

Chad De La Guerra, 3B: 2-5, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB

Connor Wong, C: 3-5, 2 K, 1 SB

Franchy Cordero, LF: 1-3, 1 RBI

Connor Seabold (SP; W): 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K (90 pitches)

Colten Brewer (H): 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K (39 pitches)

Eduard Bazardo (SV): 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K (18 pitches)

This win was all about the pitching for Worcester, which on this day was led by Seabold. The righty has been all over the place over the last month or so, never really blowing up in the truest sense of the word but alternating between great start and mediocre. This certainly falls in the first category, though the strikeout and walk numbers don’t stand out. That said, limiting hard contact is an important skill as well, and this is the third time in his last six starts that he’s allowed just one hit while pitching at least six innings. Meanwhile, Brewer looked good in his first game back at Triple-A after some rehab appearances at the complex, and Wong continues to swing a hot bat. He his .372/.386/.651 in August, and this was his first game with Worcester in September.

Portland W 7-1

Cameron Cannon, SS: 1-5, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 K

Devlin Granberg, LF: 0-4, 1 R, 1 K

Triston Casas, 1B: 2-3, 2 HR, 2 BB, 2 R, 4 RBI

Ronaldo Hernández, DH: 0-5, 1 K

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

Roladni Baldwin, 2B: 0-2, 2 BB, 1 R, 1 K

Jeisson Rosario, RF: 1-4, 1 R, 2 K

Kole Cottam, C: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K

Jay Groome (SP; W): 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 10 K (83 pitches)

This was a huge day for two of the biggest names in the entire system with Casas and Groome. The latter was making his debut at Double-A, but you sure wouldn’t know it by looking at the line. The southpaw was phenomenal, not only racking up double digit strikeouts, but doing it without allowing a walk. It was pure domination, and while this season hasn’t been all smooth for the former first rounder, we’ve seen enough flashes from Groome that his 40-man spot shouldn’t be in jeopardy, which in turn means he could be in line for his debut at some point in 2022. As for Casas, he now has an absurd five home runs over his last three games, which has come over a two-day span. Ho hum. His OPS on the year has now shot up to .869.

Greenville W 7-0

Nick Yorke, DH: 1-3, 2 BB, 1 R, 1 SB

Christian Koss, SS: 3-5, 1 R, 1 SB

Stephen Scott, 1B: 1-4, 1 K

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

Tyler Esplin, CF: 3-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 K

Wil Dalton, RF: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 K

Brandon Walter (SP; W): 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K (64 pitches)

Brendan Cellucci (H): 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K (22 pitches)

It was a nice day for the Greenville offense, though the bigger names weren’t a huge part of the outburst. It was Dalton who led the way, a former eighth round pick who has struggled to get going in his professional career. He has a .680 OPS this season. On the mound, Walter didn’t dominate with his strikeouts like he has at other times this year, but it was certainly a strong start. This was a big bounce back from the lefty as well, as he’d allowed eight runs in fewer than five innings his last time out. Walter has been one of the biggest breakouts in the system this summer, but it looks like time will probably run out before he gets to make a start at Double-A. That’ll wait for 2022.

Salem G1 W 14-2

Tyler McDonough, CF: 3-5, 2 R, 2 RBI

Ceddanne Rafaela, LF: 0-4, 1 R, 2 K

Nick Decker, DH: 2-3, 1 HR, 1 BB, 3 R, 3 RBI, 1 K

Matthew Lugo, SS: 2-4, 1 R, 2 RBI

Nicholas Northcut, 1B: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI

Brainer Bonaci, 2B: 1-3, 1 3B, 1 BB, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 E

Alex Erro, C: 3-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 R

Antoni Flores, 3B: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Wyatt Olds (SP): 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K (37 pitches)

Salem G2 W 2-1

Tyler McDonough, 2B: 2-3, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI

Ceddanne Rafaela, CF: 1-4

Nick Decker, LF: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 RBI, 1 K

Matthew Lugo, DH: 0-2, 1 BB, 1 K

Brainer Bonaci, SS: 0-3

Robert Kwiatowski (SP): 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K (44 pitches)

Yasel Santana: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K (37 pitches)

Devon Roedahl (W): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K (15 pitches)

It has been a nice run for Salem of late, and we saw all sides of the roster performing well in this doubleheader. It was a well-rounded effort from the offense, particularly in that first game, but McDonough stood out among the crowd. With five hits total, plus a walk, on the day, the infielder is now up to an .861 OPS in A-ball after having been drafted just this summer. He was the team’s third rounder, and while he’s not seen to have a huge ceiling the base skills are there to the point where he’s probably too advanced for these lower levels. It wouldn’t be totally shocking to see him as high as Portland to start next season depending on who else is fighting for playing time at Double-A and High-A.

FCL G1 W 4-3 (F/8)

Marcelo Mayer, SS: 0-4, 1 R, 1 K

Tyler Miller, DH: 2-4, 1 K, 1 SB

Phillip Sikes, CF: 1-4, 1 RBI, 2 K

Freddy Valdez, RF: 1-4, 1 R, 1 K

Juan Montero, C: 1-2, 1 HR, 2 BB, 1 R, 2 RBI

Juan Daniel Encarnacion (SP): 4.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 5 K

Tyler Uberstine: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K


A few quick notes on a couple of players in this game. Montero led the way at the plate, getting on base three times including a home run in the fourth. He was part of the team’s undrafted free agent class last summer, and he’d been struggling before this game. On the mound, Encarnacion didn’t have a great game, but the strikeout and walk numbers continue to look good. He’s got 44 strikeouts to only eight walks over 38 23 innings this year. Similarly, Uberstine, a 19th rounder from this summer’s draft, has a 1.93 ERA with six strikeouts and a walk over 4 23 innings.

DSL Red L 1-2

Luis Ravelo, SS: 0-3

Miguel Bleis, CF: 0-2, 1 BB

Cesar Ruiz (SP): 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

DSL Blue W 2-1

Juan Chacon, DH: 1-3, 1 HR, 2 R, 1 RBI

Barbaro Pinero (SP): 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K

It was another matchup between the two Red Sox squads in this one, and Blue extended their series record to 6-2. Chacon hit a home run in this one as well, and while he’s been very good at getting on base this season, this was his first homer of the year.

Player of the Day: Triston Casas

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