Jackie Bradley Jr.

Friday Red Sox Farm Report: Jackie Bradley homers; Travis Shaw adjusts; Sam Travis an All-Star

Ken Laird
June 12, 2015 - 4:19 am

A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Thursday: TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (30-31): W, 5-3, vs. Toledo (Tigers) -- Center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. drilled his fourth home run of the season to tie the game at 3 in the fifth, pulling a 1-2 pitch over the right-center wall. It was the second time this season Bradley has homered off Toledo right-hander Buck Farmer. Bradley also walked twice. Since returning from a brief Boston stint in late May (after Rusney Castillo'€™s call-up), Bradley has started 16 straight games for the PawSox, hitting 18-for-61 (.295) with three homers and four doubles. His .325 season average is third best in the International League. -- Travis Shaw (Boston'€™s No. 21 prospect at MLB.com) stayed hot, perhaps aided by Toledo center fielder Xavier Avery, as Shaw tripled off the base of the wall on a ball that Avery lost in the Pawtucket twilight in the fifth inning. Shaw is 7-for-16 in his last four games and has raised his average from .217 to .248 over an 11-game span. In an interview with WEEI.com on Tuesday, Shaw admitted he'€™s had a different feeling at the plate lately. "Pretty confident the past three or four weeks," Shaw said. "I've felt a lot more consistent at the plate. I'm coming in with a plan every single day, and I've been able to execute it. I'm trying not to get too anxious. When you're pushing for results you tend to swing at a lot of things. Trying to stay within myself, look for a certain pitch in a certain zone, especially early in the count." Shaw was a third baseman in college at Kent State, but most of hi€™s time in professional baseball has been across the diamond at first base. But this year Shaw has begun to play a lot more at third again, including Thursday'€™s game. "They've thrown me back over there this year," Shaw said of getting third base reps back. "I've gotten more and more comfortable. Maybe not an All-Star caliber, but I think I'm good enough to play it. I prefer first, but I know third will benefit me more, especially at the big league level." -- RHP Pat Light, a converted starter and the closer for Double-A Portland before his promotion on Monday, made his Triple-A debut Thursday and retired the heart of the Toldeo order on nine pitches to earn his first Pawtucket save. Light, a first-round draft pick by Boston in 2012 out of Monmouth University, struck out cleanup hitter Steven Moya on a split-finger fastball falling out of the zone, then got two shallow fly balls outs to end the frame. That'€™s now 18 of 21 appearances on the season for Light without allowing an earned run. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (24-36): W, 5-4, at Richmond (Giants) -- Portland snapped its six-game losing streak in style, erasing an early 4-0 deficit with two runs in the third and three more in the eighth for a 5-4 comeback win. In the third, a two-out single by DH Luiz Martinez plated two and chased Richmond'€™s starter after just 2 2/3 innings. The veteran Martinez struck again in the eighth with a bases-loaded single, this time scoring one, with follow-up RBI from Jonathan Roof (single) and Reed Gragnani (sacrifice fly) to take the lead. -- The Portland bullpen continues to put up zeroes as Robby Scott and Madison Younginer combined for three innings of scoreless relief of starter Mike Augliera (6 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 0 SO). Scott, a 6-foot-3, 25-year-old lefty signed from Yuma of the independent North American League in 2011, struck out two and walked none to earn the victory in his 1 1/3 innings. On the season, split between Triple-A Pawtucket and Double-A Portland, Scott has posted 34 strikeouts to just 10 walks in 35 1/3 innings. Younginer, a 6-foot-4, 24-year-old righty signed as a seventh-round draft pick in 2009 out of high school in South Carolina, also struck out two batters in his 1 2/3 innings as he earned his first save. He has held opponent batters to a .197 average this year. -- Portland'€™s bullpen has allowed just two earned runs in its last 38 2/3 innings, a collective 0.47 ERA over that span. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (30-29): L, 10-4, vs. Lynchburg (Indians) -- Before the game the Carolina League announced its All-Star selections from its eight member teams, and Salem'€™s representative will be 21-year-old first baseman Sam Travis. A second-round draft pick in 2014, Travis had the night off on Thursday but is one of the league'€™s hottest hitters with a .346 average and 25 RBIs in his last 42 contests. Eight of his last 13 games have been multi-hit ones. Travis, a 6-foot righty, struggled early, going 9-for-52 (.173) over the season'€™s first two weeks, before turning it on at the plate. -- On Thursday, Lynchburg battered Salem pitching for 10 extra-base hits, including eight doubles, with four of those extra-base hits coming off of Salem starter Kevin McAvoy. After allowing a long home run in the sixth, McAvoy threw the ensuing pitch behind a Lynchburg batter, resulting in McAvoy'€™s ejection by the home plate umpire. The 6-foot-4, fourth-round draft choice out of Bryant University has had a frustrating run after establishing a 3-3 record and 2.04 ERA in mid-May. In his last four starts McAvoy is 1-3 with a 7.71 ERA. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (33-27): W, 10-0, vs. Augusta (Giants) -- Greenville exploded for a nine-run inning, sending 14 men to the plate, as the Drive stacked RBI at-bats in the sixth from Yoan Moncada, Javier Guerra, Mauricio Dubon, Derek Miller, Rafael Devers and Nick Longhi. Devers (Boston'€™s No. 5 prospect at MLB.com) was 3-for-5 with a double, two RBIs, and two runs scored. The 18-year-old third baseman raised his average to .321. Moncada (Boston'€™s No. 1 prospect at MLB.com) was 1-for-4 with an RBI. The 20-year-old second baseman is out to a 14-for-66 (.212) start at the plate since his arrival May 18. Miller, a center fielder, followed up his walkoff winner on Wednesday night by going 2-for-4 with a walk, an RBI and two runs scored. Miller is batting .289 on the year. -- Starter Jalen Beeks and two relievers, Jamie Callahan and Jake Drehoff, combined for the six-hit shoutout. Beeks, 21, allowed two hits and walked three, while striking out six, earning the victory to improve to 6-2 with a 3.25 ERA. A 12th-round draft choice in 2014, the lefty Beeks has won four of his last five starts.