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Red Sox Farm Report: Tyler Thornburg's struggles continued on Sunday

Amin Touri
June 17, 2019 - 7:00 am

Tyler Thornburg and Steven Wright continued their respective rehab assignments in the first game of Triple-A Pawtucket’s Father’s Day doubleheader, though neither one was overly impressive.

Wright, still serving his 80-game suspension for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance — which runs through June 24 — got the start and gave up two hits, an earned run and two walks in two innings of work. Fifteen of his 28 pitches were strikes. Wright also struck out one Indianapolis Indian (Pirates) before exiting.

Thornburg made his third rehab appearance with the PawSox, giving up a run on a hit and two walks in just two-thirds of an inning. He also had one strikeout. The righty reliever has struggled in his three appearances on his way back from a hip impingement that’s kept him out since May 21.

However, the length of Thornburg’s rehab assignment, now stretching to almost a month, may have more to do with the 7.71 ERA he posted in 18 2/3 innings through the first six weeks of the MLB season. He threw a scoreless inning in his first outing for Pawtucket on June 9, but had some significant command problems in his 1 2/3-inning appearance on June 12 to go along with Sunday’s struggles.

Thornburg has a 5.40 ERA in 3.1 total innings in the minors, which is a bit troubling considering he’s now flashed an ERA north of five at three different levels of the Red Sox organization over the last two seasons.


Dalbec continues to impress in Portland

The Red Sox’ top prospect according to Baseball America, Bobby Dalbec had another solid day for the Portland Sea Dogs on Sunday, going a combined 2-for-5 in a doubleheader against the Akron RubberDucks (Indians). Dalbec’s double in the first game brought home two runs and he drew three walks between both contests.


Top pick Cannon signs

Boston’s top pick in the 2019 draft, University of Arizona infielder Cameron Cannon, inked his first professional contract on Saturday with a $1.3 million signing bonus, well under the slot value of $1.7 million recommended at pick 43.

Cannon, a polished hitter with a good glove and a strong arm, is expected to report to Class A Short Season Lowell. But with an already well-developed bat, he’s expected to move quickly through the ranks. A full report on Cannon can be found here.

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