Garin Cecchini

Friday Red Sox Farm Report: Garin Cecchini hits 2 HRs; Matt Barnes fans all 5 batters he faces; Pat Light proves human

Ken Laird
June 19, 2015 - 4:32 am
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A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Thursday: TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (32-35): L, 15-5, at Charlotte (White Sox) -- Garin Cecchini (Boston'€™s No. 7 prospect at MLB.com) broke out with two home runs and his first four-hit game of the season, going 4-for-5 with three runs scored as he hit out of the six-hole in the PawSox lineup. Both long balls came on 3-2 counts as the leadoff batter of an inning, with Cecchini'€™s blast in the second frame an opposite-field shot over the left-center wall, and his fourth-inning dinger pulled over the right-field fence on a pitch that was down and in. Cecchini, 24, also had a line-drive single up the middle on a 3-1 pitch in the eighth, as well as a broken-bat bloop single in the ninth. It has been a very tough season for Cecchini, as the four hits brought his batting average just over the .200 line for the first time since May 22. Cecchini went 36 games between home runs and between RBIs from April 13 through June 6, although he did miss eight games in April with left shoulder inflammation. On the year Cecchini has five homers and 10 RBIs in 51 games played. In 2014 over 114 games in Triple-A Cecchini hit .263 with a .341 on-base percentage to go with seven homers and 57 RBIs. -- Shortstop Deven Marrero (Boston'€™s No. 9 prospect at MLB.com) also had a multi-hit night, going 3-for-5 with a double. Marrero now has three multi-hit games in his last five, on an 8-for-21 (.380) stretch with two doubles to bring his average up to .249. -- Recently demoted bullpen RHP Matt Barnes (Boston'€™s No. 8 prospect at MLB.com) was electric in his relief work, striking out all five batters he faced. That'€™s now seven strikeouts over Barnes' two appearances in 2 2/3 innings with Pawtucket, with just one hit allowed. On Thursday Barnes' fastball sat at 94-95 mph on the BB&T Stadium radar gun, with his sharp curveball at 82-84 giving batters trouble, and a change-up showing arm-side fade at 86-88. -- Other than Barnes, PawSox pitching was hit hard by Charlotte as the Knights piled up 15 hits and completed a three-game sweep. Damaged in the carnage were relievers Dalier Hinojosa (3 1/3 IP, 3 ER), Edwin Escobar (1 IP, 5 ER), and Pat Light (1 1/3 IP, 2 ER), who gave up his first Triple-A runs after three perfect appearances since his promotion from Double-A Portland. Escobar (Boston'€™s No. 17 prospect at MLB.com) allowed five earned runs on four hits and two walks in an inning plus, making just his third appearance of the season as he came off of the DL on June 9 (left elbow inflammation). The 23-year-old lefty did not retire a batter in the sixth as he walked the leadoff man and was then greeted with consecutive doubles and a three-run home run from Charlotte catcher George Kottaras to make it a 13-2 game. Light (Boston'€™s No. 26 prospect at MLB.com) made his first multi-inning appearance for the PawSox, getting the final out of the seventh before running into trouble in the eighth. The right-hander allowed three singles and walked a batter, leading to the two marks against, just the third time in Light'€™s last 21 appearances that he'€™s allowed a run. Light threw 22 pitches, with only 12 for strikes, and his normally high-90s fastball peaked at just 94 mph on the radar gun. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (25-41): L, 7-1, vs. Binghamton (Mets) -- Right fielder Aneury Tavarez hit his first Double-A home run and also doubled on a 2-for-4 night out of the nine-hole in the Portland lineup. The homer by Tavarez, a 5-foot-9 lefty hitter, was crushed over the right-center wall to lead off the seventh inning. Tavarez led High-A Salem in 2014 with 11 home runs, hitting two more in 39 games this year before his promotion to Portland on May 24. Tavarez, 23, had cooled off with the Sea Dogs after three multi-hit games in his first six starts, but now has back-to-back mutli-hit contests. -- Left fielder Jonathan Roof was 3-for-4 with a double, and is on an 8-for-16 tear over his last five games. Over his last 23 games, Roof is 23-for-78 (.294) with six hits for extra bases. Roof was an eighth-round draft choice of Texas in 2010 and was picked up by Boston in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 draft in December 2013. -- Portland starter William Cuevas (6-4, 3.61 ERA) took the loss as he was roughed up for a season-high six runs, five of them earned, as he didn't make it out of the fifth inning. Five of the eight hits Cuevas surrendered were for extra bases, including a two-run homer in the fourth inning. -- The Portland bullpen again delivered quality work, with RHP Simon Mercedes (Boston'€™s No. 28 prospect at MLB.com) allowing one unearned run over 2 2/3 innings and Madison Younginer finishing with two scoreless frames. The 6-foot-4 Mercedes struck out the side in a 1-2-3 seventh inning, giving him 13 strikeouts over his last 13 1/3 innings pitched. The 6-foot-4 Younginer has five straight scoreless outings, a 9 2/3-inning stretch, with 11 strikeouts to just one walk. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (36-30): W, 8-2, at Winston-Salem (White Sox) -- Starter Ty Buttrey (Boston'€™s No. 27 prospect at MLB.com) improved to 5-0 over an impressive seven innings (tied for a career long), with his line: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO. Buttrey, a 6-foot-6 righty, has picked up the victory in five of his seven starts since his promotion from Greenville on May 3, giving up just nine earned runs in 42 innings (1.93 ERA). Buttrey was a fourth-round draft choice of Boston in 2012 out of Providence High School in North Carolina. -- Every batter in the Salem lineup reached base, led by Manuel Margot (Boston'€™s No. 5 prospect at MLB.com) and his 2-for-4 night that included a double, a walk and two runs scored. Margot, 20, has brought his slash line to .280/.322/.405 with a 5-for-11 streak over his last three games to go with four runs scored. Margot has 31 runs on the season, two behind team leader Sam Travis. -- Shortstop Tzu-Wei Lin knocked in two runs and was 2-for-5, bringing his season average up to .282. Lin, a 21-year-old lefty bat from Taiwan, is hitting .310 (18-for-58) in June with four extra-base hits and 11 RBIs. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (36-31): W, 4-3, at Greensboro (Marlins) -- Eight Greenville batters reached base as the Drive produced two two-run innings for the victory. Shortstop Javier Guerra (double) and DH Michael Chavis (single) drove in runs in the second inning, with center fielder Joseph Monge (single) and right fielder Derek Miller (single) delivering in the seventh frame. Guerra and Chavis also scored runs. -- Chavis (Boston'€™s No. 10 prospect at MLB.com) was 2-for-4, and has hits in 11 of his last 15 games as well as RBIs in three of his last four contests. A first-round draft pick by Boston in 2014, Chavis has hit for some power, with six homers, but over 50 games has hit just .213 with 68 strikeouts, fourth most in the South Atlantic League and just three fewer than the league basement in that category. -- Starter Michael Kopech (Boston'€™s No. 12 prospect at MLB.com) didn't get the win but allowed just two runs, one earned, as he pitched into the fifth inning for his longest (distance) outing since May. He threw 68 pitches, 46 for strikes, striking out four and walking two. Kopech, a 6-foot-3 righty and another Boston first-round draft pick of 2014, kept his record at 2-5 on the year with a 2.98 ERA in 12 starts. He has struck out 51 batters in 45 1/3 innings, and has not allowed more than three earned runs in any start this year. -- Top prospect Yoan Moncada had the night off. SHORT SEASON LOWELL SPINNERS (0-0): W, 6-5 (6-inning exhibition), vs. Nashua Silver Knights -- Center fielder Luis Alexander Basabe gave Lowell a walkoff victory in the exhibition opener. Lowell opens its season Friday night, starting a three-game series in Vermont. The Spinners'€™ regular-season home slate at LeLacheur Park begins next Thursday. -- In the exhibition game Thursday, Lowell'€™s starting lineup was: 1 - Luis Alexander Basabe, CF 2 - Bryan Hudson, RF 3 - Josh Ockimey, 1B 4 - Zach Kapstein LF 5 - Alex McKeon DH 6 - Hector Lorenzana 2B 7 - Jhon Nunez C 8 - Victor Acosta 3B 9 - Jeremy Rivera SS -- Five Red Sox 2015 draft picks who signed this week are included on Lowell'€™s Opening Day roster: RHP Ben Taylor (Round 7), 1B Tucker Tubbs (Round 9), 3B Mitchell Gunsolus (Round 10), LHP Matt Kent (Round 13), and 2B Chad De La Guerra (Round 17). DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE RED SOX 2 (12-5): W, 25-5, at DSL Tigers 2 -- Anderson Espinoza allowed four runs, but just one earned, over four innings while allowing seven hits and striking out seven with no walks in his fourth start of the year. The 17-year-old, a 6-foot righty out of Venezuela, was ranked as one of the top pitchers in the international class of 2014 when Boston signed him to a $1.8 million deal. So far in 15 innings, Espinoza has struck out 21 and allowed just two earned runs.