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Friday Red Sox Farm Report: Henry Owens, Shane Victorino look sharp; Sam Travis, Manuel Margot give Double-A jolt; Yoan Moncada breaks out with offense

Ken Laird
June 26, 2015 - 5:55 am
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A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Thursday: TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (36-38): L, 6-5, vs. Rochester (Twins) -- It was a busy day for transactions involving the PawSox, with center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr., shortstop Deven Marrero and RHP Jonathan Aro getting called up to Boston and starter Joe Kelly being optioned to Pawtucket, in addition to infielder Jeff Bianchi being outrighted to the PawSox. RHP Steven Wright also reported to Pawtucket and was activated, as was infielder Jemile Weeks off of the DL. Kelly is scheduled to start Sunday June 28 for the PawSox, a 1:05 p.m. start against Gwinnett. -- The rehab assignments of outfielder Shane Victorino (calf) and catcher Ryan Hanigan (hand) continued, with Victorino going 2-for-3 with a run scored, and Hanigan going 0-for-2 with a walk. Each played six innings, with Hanigan getting behind the plate on defense for the second time this week in addition to getting a game as the DH. Victorino ripped a double down the left-field line in the third off Twins RHP Ervin Santana (eligible to return from major league suspension July 5), and Victorino appeared to run the bases and navigate the field without an issue. Victorino made three routine putouts in right field. -- Pawtucket greeted Santana rudely, with leadoff hitter Rusney Castillo taking the first pitch from the right hander over the right-center wall for this third Triple-A homer on the season. Castillo, who played center field, was 2-for-5 on the night with two runs scored plus his seventh stolen base. Castillo is 4-for-10 over his first two games with the PawSox since his demotion from Boston. -- DH Carlos Peguero also homered off of Santana, a mammoth two-run shot that cleared the McCoy Stadium right-field seats and advertising signs and landed in the parking lot. Peguero turned on an inside fastball for the blast, giving him four homers in his last seven games for Pawtucket. The 28-year-old Dominican went 3-for-5 and now has a slash line of .394/.432/.818 in eight games in Triple-A. -- LHP Henry Owens (Boston'€™s No. 2 prospect at MLB.com) got the start for the PawSox, producing a quality line of 6 2/3 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO (103 pitches, 66 strikes). It was Owens'€™ longest outing of the season, as well as his highest pitch count. Owens, 22, did not allow a hit during the first three innings, giving up just a walk, before getting touched up for two runs in the fourth on four singles. He escaped further damage by inducing a double play to end the frame. Owens then allowed a leadoff home run in the fifth before retiring the final eight batters he faced. Owens has kept his walk numbers down over the past three starts, giving up just four free passes in 19 innings while striking out 14 in that span. -- First baseman Allen Craig returned to action after a few days off, going 2-for-3 with a strikeout while batting fifth in the order. On the year for the PawSox, Craig has a line of .295/.430/.410 over 34 games with three homers. -- RHP Dalier Hinojosa took the loss, giving up a three-run homer in the eighth in a 3-3 game. After recording the first two outs of the frame, Hinojosa allowed back-to-back singles before Rochester cleanup man Reynaldo Rodriguez (who played in the Sox organization from 2010-12) crushed a 1-0 pitch over the left-field bullpens. It was the first home run Hinojosa has allowed all season. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (27-46): L, 6-4, at New Hampshire (Blue Jays) -- Newly called-up players Sam Travis, Jake Romanski and reliever Williams Jerez made their Double-A debuts with Portland on Thursday. Travis played first base and hit fifth in the order, with Romanski catching and in the eight-hole. -- Travis (Boston'€™s No. 14 prospect at MLB.com) recorded his first Double-A hit as he pulled a double into the left-center gap on the first pitch he saw to lead off the fourth, racing home to score one pitch later on a Manny Margot double to right-center. Travis, a 2014 second-round draft pick out of Indiana University, finished the night 1-for-4. The 21-year-old was a Carolina League All-Star with Salem in the first half, producing a .313/.378/.467 slash line over 66 games this season. His 77 hits were a league best. -- Margot (Boston'€™s No. 5 prospect at MLB.com) was 2-for-4, including the RBI double and a run scored, giving him hits in three of his four games with Portland this week since joining the team. Margot also stole his first two bases in Double-A, including swiping third as part of a double-steal in the fourth inning to set up a Marco Hernandez two-run single. -- It was the fifth straight two-hit game for Hernandez, as he'€™s gone 10-for-23 (.434) over that span. Hernandez, a 22-year-old shortstop, has a seven-game hit streak and has raised his average to .317, good for a four-way tie for second in the Eastern League batting race. Hernandez is hitting .337 in June with 12 extra-base hits in 22 games. -- LHP Jerez pitched two scoreless innings of relief in his Double-A debut, allowing just a single while striking out two. The 23-year-old native of Brooklyn, New York, has moved quickly through the Boston system this year, spending just three weeks in High-A Salem (12 1/3 innings, one earned run allowed) after opening the year with Single-A Greenville (39 1/3 innings, 9 ER, 43 SO, 10 BB). A 2011 second-round draft pick, the 6-foot-4 Jerez was converted from an outfielder to a pitcher after the 2013 season. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (39-32): W, 6-3, vs. Frederick (Orioles) -- Salem opened its second half with official news that Travis was promoted to Double-A Portland, joining Margot as recently departed talent. Jordan Betts got the nod Thursday for Salem as Travis'€™ replacement at first base, with Forrestt Allday taking over in center. -- RHP Aaron Wilkerson improved his record to 4-0 with his fourth quality start on the season: 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO. After allowing single runs in the first and third innings, Wilkerson settled in to retire 10 of 11 in a stretch, before giving up two hits in the seventh and giving way to RHP Chandler Shepherd. The 26-year-old Wilkerson has given up just four earned runs in his last 19 IP, with 17 strikeouts to just two walks in that span. -- Shepherd was perfect over his two innings of relief, setting up closer and RHP Austin Maddox for his 10th save on the season. Maddox allowed a walk and struck out one, as the 2012 third-round draft choice now has been scored on just once in his last 10 appearances (12 IP, 3 ER, 2 BB, 14 SO). -- Third baseman Jose Vinicio went 2-for-4 at the top of the order, with a double and two runs scored. The 21-year-old Dominican helped set up a three-run second inning for Salem as he laid down a sacrifice bunt with two runners aboard and reached on a throwing error. Vinicio was 27-for-81 (.333) in May with Salem over 22 games before getting a short-lived promotion to Double-A Portland. In 10 games since returning to High-A, the switch-hitting Vinicio has gone 10-for-34 (.294) with three doubles. -- Right fielder Kevin Heller went 3-for-4 with two singles and an RBI double, and the Amherst College alum now is 9-for-23 (.391) with four RBIs over his last six games to raise his average to .292. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (39-32): W, 4-0, vs. Charleston (Yankees) -- Greenville opened its second half with the announcement that three players, all members of the South Atlantic All-Star team, were promoted to High-A Salem: infielder Mauricio Dubon, outfielder Derek Miller and catcher Jordan Procyshen. Infielder Deiner Lopez, 21, was sent back down to Greenville from Salem after 14 games in which he went 13-for-48 (.271). -- In a new-look Greenville lineup Yoan Moncada (Boston'€™s No. 1 prospect at MLB.com) went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, two runs scored and two stolen bases. Moncada hit right-handed in the first inning and ripped a double down the third-base line, later scoring as new two-hole hitter Michael Chavis (Boston'€™s No. 10 prospect at MLB.com) doubled him home. Hitting left-handed in the seventh, Moncada singled on a chopper over the pitcher, then stole both second and third before scoring on a passed ball. Moncada is 6-for-6 in stolen base attempts. However, it wasn't a perfect day for Moncada as the second baseman committed his 10th error on the season. In the fifth inning, after backhanding a ground ball behind the second base bag, Moncada planted and threw well high over the first baseman'€™s head and into foul territory. -- Better defense came from center fielder Joseph Monge in the seventh inning as he threw out a runner at second base. Monge now has 10 assists on the season, tied for the most in the South Atlantic League. The 20-year-old native of the Bronx was 1-for-3 with a double at the plate but has hit just .211 this season after hitting .288 over 31 games in 2014 with Lowell. -- RHP Jeffry Fernandez (2-5, 5.08 ERA) pitched six innings of shutout ball, allowing just three hits while striking out six and walking none. That'€™s now back-to-back quality starts for Fernandez, a 22-year-old Dominican who missed the 2013 season due to injury before making 12 starts in 2014 (1-4, 4.91 ERA) split between the Gulf Coast League and Lowell. SHORT -SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS (6-1): W, 6-5, at Aberdeen (Orioles) -- Lowell opened up the home slate at LeLacheur Park with a bang, scoring six runs over the first three innings and hanging on for the victory. All the action in a four-run third inning came with two outs: Tate Matheny (Round 4, 2015 draft) with his first professional hit, followed by a walk to Tucker Tubbs (Round 9, 2015), and then consecutive RBI doubles from Josh Ockimey (Round 5, 2014), Mitchell Gunsolus (Round 10, 2015) and Victor Acosta. -- Second baseman Acosta, a 19-year-old Venezuelan, was 2-for-4 to extend his season-opening hit streak to four games as he'€™s gone 8-for-18 (.444) with three doubles to start the campaign. He has an RBI in all four games he'€™s been in the lineup. -- First baseman Ockimey has hits in all five games he'€™s played to start the year, going 7-for-19 (.368) with five of his seven hits going for extra bases. He has six RBIs. -- Left fielder Bryan Hudson had two more hits from the leadoff spot, extending his season-opening hit streak to six games, with 10-for-26 (.385) totals to go with nine runs scored and five RBIs. -- RHP Daniel Gonzalez came on in relief and allowed two earned runs over the final five innings to pick up the victory, scattering four hits to go with a walk and a hit-batsman. The 19-year-old Gonzalez (2-0, 1.80 ERA), a 6-foot-5 Venezuelan, was 9-0 in 2014 with the DSL Red Sox to go with a 2.25 ERA over 15 starts. ROOKIE GULF COAST LEAGUE RED SOX (4-0): W, 5-4, at GCL Rays -- Center fielder Trent Kemp hit a two-run single, giving him a hit in all four games so far, as part of a three-run first inning to get the GCL Sox out to an early 3-0 lead. Kemp also walked and scored in the eighth on catcher Devon Fisher'€™s RBI single. The 19-year-old Kemp was signed as a Round 15 selection in the 2014 draft, given $150,000 to sign away from a commitment to Fresno State. -- The GCL Sox lineup combined for 11 singles in the game, with two hits each from third baseman Roldani Baldwin, right fielder Tyler Hill and left fielder Raiwinson Lameda. Baldwin has hits in all three games he'€™s played this year, while Lameda has reached base in all four games. -- Outfielder Henry Ramos (Boston'€™s No. 18 prospect at MLB.com) continued his rehab assignment (knee), again hitting third in the order as the DH. A 6-foot-2 switch hitter from Puerto Rico, Ramos played just five games this year with Double-A Portland before undergoing surgery in April. In three rehab games so far Ramos is 2-for-7 with two walks.

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