Sam Travis

Friday Red Sox Farm Report: Sam Travis homers, Yoan Moncada triples

Ken Laird
April 15, 2016 - 3:43 am
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Here's a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Thursday. TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (3-5): W, 13-1, at Lehigh Valley (Phillies) -- First baseman Sam Travis (Boston's No. 7 prospect at MLB.com) smacked a three-run home run over the left-center fence, jumping on a first-pitch fastball in the fourth inning to put Pawtucket up 9-0 and highlighting a 19-hit game for the PawSox. Travis finished 2-for-5 with the three RBIs and two runs scored, and was one of seven Pawtucket batters with multi-hit games. It was the second homer of the year for Travis, 22, and put his 2016 numbers at 8-for-30 (.267) with seven RBIs and four runs scored through his first eight games played. Selected by Boston in the second round of the 2014 draft out of Indiana University, Travis was the Red Sox' 2015 minor league offensive Player of the Year after slashing .307/.381/.452 with nine homers over 131 games split between High-A Salem and Double-A Portland. -- Outfielder/first baseman Allen Craig and reliever Robby Scott were placed on the disabled list prior to the game, leading to the call-up of outfielder Cole Sturgeon and infielder Mike Miller from Double-A Portland. Sturgeon, 24, went 2-for-5 with two runs scored in his Triple-A debut, spraying a double down the left-field line in the eighth. -- Center fielder Ryan LaMarre went 4-for-6 with an RBI and three runs scored, while left fielder Chris Marrero went 4-for-5 with a homer, a double, a walk, an RBI and two runs scored. Combined with Sturgeon, the starting Pawtucket outfield went a collective 10-for-16 with seven runs scored. -- RHP Sean O'Sullivan picked up the victory (1-1, 3.00 ERA) with a final line of: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO (91 pitches, 59 strikes). The 28-year-old O'Sullivan had taken the loss in his first outing of the year on April 9 despite a strong outing with seven innings pitched, three earned runs allowed and eight strikeouts. O'Sullivan had 13 appearances in the majors with Philadelphia last year, going 1-6 with a 6.08 ERA in 13 starts with the Phillies. -- LHP Edwin Escobar pitched two scoreless innings to close out the ballgame, getting six ground ball outs while allowing one double. The 23-year-old Escobar, acquired by Boston in the Jake Peavy trade with San Francisco in 2014, started a game on April 9 in his first outing of the year and allowed four hits over 3 1/3 innings. After battling elbow inflammation at the start of last season, Escobar returned to action with the PawSox in June and made starts in 6 of his final 7 appearances in 2015, going 3-2 with a 3.90 ERA. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (4-4): W, 8-5, vs. Hartford (Rockies) -- Portland opened up Hadlock Field with a bang, racking up 13 hits while jumping out to an 8-0 lead through five innings as five batters had multi-hit games. Right fielder Rainel Rosario led the way going 3-for-4 with two doubles from the cleanup spot, with an RBI and two runs scored. Rosario, 27, drove the first pitch he saw in the first inning to the opposite-field gap in right-center to score left fielder Aneury Tavarez, giving Portland a 1-0 lead. Rosario then led off the fourth with a double down the left-field line, coming around to score on an RBI ground out from catcher Jake Romanski. A 6-foot Dominican native, Rosario was a member of the St. Louis Cardinals organization from 2006 to 2012 before playing in Japan the past two seasons. In 2014 with Hiroshima, Rosario slashed .336/.394/.584 with 14 homers in 69 games before seeing his numbers decline last year to .258/.324/.347 and just two home runs in 42 games. -- Romanski, 25, finished 2-for-4 with four RBIs. He drove in two runs in the first on a looping single to right, one on his ground out in the fourth, and another in the fifth on a single up the middle. The 5-foot-11 Romanski has hits in all five games played this year, starting the season 9-for-20 (.450) with a double and five RBIs. "We had an aggressive approach today," Romanski told the Portland Sun Journal. "We were up there ready to roll from pitch one. I got an opportunity with guys on today and I came through." -- Other Sea Dogs' batters with multi-hit games were: Tavarez (2-for-4, two runs), third baseman Jantzen Wittte (2-for-3, double, walk, two runs, RBI), and second baseman Jose Vinicio (2-for-4, RBI). -- RHP Kevin McAvoy picked up his second win in as many Double-A starts (2-0, 2.53 ERA) with a final line of: 5 2/3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO (85 pitches, 51 strikes). McAvoy, 22, allowed just two base runners through five innings before surrendering a single, walk, and double in the sixth. "I was getting ahead of guys, which really helped out," said McAvoy. "And I got good feel for my changeup later in the game to keep guys off-balance. But just getting ahead and staying aggressive really worked out well. Early in the season, it's cold out still. I was a little fatigued last inning." Selected by Boston in the fourth round of the 2014 draft out of Bryant University, McAvoy went 11-9 in 2015 with a 3.89 ERA over 26 starts with Single-A Salem. -- LHP Luis Ysla (Boston's No. 21 prospect at MLB.com) was removed from the game with two outs in the ninth inning after a visit from the Portland trainer. The 23-year-old Ysla had allowed three earned runs in 1 2/3 innings, giving up a single, triple, and homer in addition to a wild pitch in the eighth. Ysla recorded the first two outs in the ninth and had a 2-1 count on the final batter before feeling something in his arm. "I haven't heard from the trainer yet," manager Carlos Febles said of Ysla after the game. "Hopefully it's nothing serious." HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (4-4): W, 6-5, at Winston-Salem (White Sox) --  Second baseman Yoan Moncada (Boston's No. 1 prospect at MLB.com) hit safely for his fifth straight game, driving in two runs in the sixth inning with a triple to center field that extended Salem's lead to 5-2. The 20-year-old Moncada, hitting from the left side, drove a 3-2 pitch over the head of the center fielder and off the wall to score left fielder Bryan Hudson and catcher David Sopilka. Moncada finished 1-for-4 with a walk on Thursday and on the season is now 8-for-25 (.320) with two triples, five runs scored and six steals. A switch-hitter, Moncada is 7-for-19 (.368) against right-handed pitchers so far this year while just 1-for-6 against lefties. Signed by Boston last March for a $31.5 million bonus out of Cuba, Moncada is coming off a rookie professional season in 2015 where he slashed .310/.415/.500 over his final 56 games, with seven homers, 45 steals and 49 runs scored during that second half. Last year's splits showed Moncada more productive as a right-handed batter, where he hit .310 with six of his eight dingers; last year he he .262 from the left side of the plate. -- Right fielder Danny Mars started Salem's four-run rally in the sixth with a well-placed bunt towards the third baseman, legging it out with his speed for a single. Mars then swiped his second base of the day and later scored on a Sopilka single. The 22-year-old Mars finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored to go with his two steals, and on the season is off to a 10-for-25 (.400) start with a triple, four RBIs, six runs and five stolen bases. Mars was selected by Boston in the sixth round of the 2014 draft out of Chipola College in Florida. -- RHP Travis Lakins (Boston's No. 11 prospect at MLB.com) won his first game as a professional (1-1, 4.15 ERA) as he finished with a final line of: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO (77 pitches, 49 strikes). Lakins, 21, allowed single runs in the fourth and fifth, the later unearned after an error charged to shortstop Mauricio Dubon. In the fourth, Lakins allowed a single, double and a hit-batsman to reach but escaped a first-and-third jam by inducing a weak groundout on his curveball. Selected by Boston in the sixth round of the 2015 draft out of Ohio State University, the 6-foot-1 Lakins has struck out seven and walked four over his first 8 2/3 innings this season in two starts. In 2015 with Ohio State Lakins whiffed 84 batters in 96 innings, going 4-4 in 15 starts with a 3.75 ERA. -- LHP Jake Drehoff struck out all four batters he faced to earn his first professional save, picking up for reliever German Taveras who allowed four hits and three runs in the eighth. Drehoff, 23, has eight strikeouts on the year through just two outings and 4 2/3 innings of work. Selected by Boston in the 12th round of the 2012 draft out the University of Southern Mississippi, the 6-foot-4 Drehoff alternated between starting and relieving last season with Single-A Greenville, going 3-2 with a 2.89 ERA in 24 outings as he struck out 65 batters and walked just 15 over 71 2/3 innings. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (4-4): L, 4-1, vs. Columbia (Mets) -- Center fielder Luis Alexander Basabe (Boston's No. 8 prospect at MLB.com) and his twin brother, second baseman Luis Alejandro Basabe, each had two hits but Greenville managed just one run as they stranded nine men on base and went 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position. "Alex" Basabe had the lone extra base hit for Greenville on Thursday, a double to lead off the second inning. Catcher Austin Rei followed with a single to advance the runner to third, but "Alex" Basabe was thrown out at the plate on an ensuing fielder's choice off the bat of left fielder Kyri Washington. Rei would then score the lone Greenville run later in the inning on a single from DH Roldani Baldwin. The 6-foot, 19-year-old 'Alex' Basabe is hitting 6-for-15 (.400) over his last four games while the 5-foot-10 "Aj" Basabe had his third multi-hit game of the year and is 8-for-20 (.400) to begin the campaign. Both were signed out of Venezuela for identical $450,000 bonuses in August of 2012. -- LHP Logan Boyd allowed two runs in the first after a double, triple and sacrifice fly. Boyd would recover to retire nine of the last 11 batters he faced but took the loss (1-1, 4.50 ERA) with a final line of: 3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO (64 pitches, 39 strikes). The 22-year-old Boyd was selected by Boston in the 19th round of the 2015 draft out of Sam Houston State University. -- RHP Dioscar Romero pitched three shutout innings in relief of Boyd, striking out five of the ten batters faced while allowing just one single. The 6-foot-3 Romero has fanned eight over five innings this season in two relief appearances. A 20-year-old Dominican native, Romero last season went 3-3 with a 3.72 ERA over 14 starts with Short-Season Lowell.