William Cuevas

Friday Red Sox Farm Report: William Cuevas solid in Triple-A debut; Sea Dogs' Sam Travis has 13-game hit streak

Ken Laird
August 07, 2015 - 4:27 am

A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Thursday: TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (44-68): L, 4-0, vs. Syracuse (Nationals) -- RHP William Cuevas made his Triple-A debut, starting and taking the loss despite a solid final line of: 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO (102 pitches, 67 strikes). The 24-year-old Cuevas allowed two solo home runs in the game, in the first and sixth innings, retiring 13 of 14 in a stretch in-between before allowing back-to-back walks to batters in the fifth. Cuevas recovered to strand both runners with a strikeout to end the fifth on his signature changeup. The 6-foot Cuevas was an Eastern League All-Star for Double-A Portland this season, posting an 8-5 record with a 3.40 ERA in 19 starts while holding opponents to a .233 average with only four home runs allowed. Cuevas struck out 91 batters and walked 41 over 95 1/3 innings. -- The PawSox offense was shut out for an International League-leading 16th time in 2015, as eight hits (including three doubles) were not enough to plate a run on a 1-for-8 night with runners in scoring position. Left fielder Garin Cecchini (Boston's No. 14 prospect at MLB.com) went 2-for-4 with a double from the cleanup spot of the order, giving him hits in 10 of his last 12 games as he's raised his average from .216 to .228 over that span. The 24-year-old Cecchini was slashing just .193/.270/.294 through June, but hit .293/.366/.354 through 23 games in July and is hitting .348 (8-for-23) through six games so far in August. Selected by Boston in the fourth round of the 2010 draft, Cecchini spent the majority of 2014 with Pawtucket hitting .263 with seven home runs and 57 RBIs in 114 games before making his major league debut in an 11-game stint late last season. -- First baseman Jeff Bianchi also reached base twice Thursday, going 2-for-4, and Pawtucket got doubles from second baseman Deven Marrero (Boston's No. 10 prospect at MLB.com) and DH Matt Spring, although Bianchi and Spring failed to capitalize on a seventh-inning situation when the PawSox had runners on second and third with no outs, popping out and grounding into a double play, respectively. -- RHP Dayan Diaz pitched two innings of relief and allowed two insurance runs to score for Syracuse in the ninth after walking two and allowing two singles. Diaz, 26, has made 21 relief appearances for the PawSox since his promotion from Portland on May 11, going 2-1 with a 2.14 ERA over 46 1/3 innings, striking out 39 and walking 23. The 5-foot-10 Colombia native has allowed runs in two of his last three outings after a span of 11 straight scoreless appearances. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (41-71): L, 10-1, at Erie (Tigers) -- DH Tim Roberson had his 13-game hit streak come to an end on an 0-for-4 night, while first baseman Sam Travis (Boston's No. 12 prospect at MLB.com) extended his streak to 13 games as he went 1-for-2 with two walks and a stolen base on just a seven-single night for the Portland offense. Travis, 21, has reached safely in 21 straight games for the Sea Dogs and is slashing .311/.385/.432 for Portland through 39 games after slashing .313/.378/.467 in an All-Star first half (66 games) for High-A Salem in the Carolina League. Selected by Boston in the second round of the 2014 draft out of Indiana University, Travis is hitting .352 (18-for-51) over his recent streak with a homer, four doubles and seven RBIs. -- Right fielder Aneury Tavarez had the lone RBI for Portland, on a run-scoring single in the fifth to score catcher Jordan Weems. The 23-year-old Tavares has hit safely in seven of eight games, with a home run and a double over that span. -- Center fielder Manuel Margot (Boston's No. 3 prospect at MLB.com) again did not play, his third game out of six so far this month that Margot has been out of the lineup. Margot, 20, is hitting just .212 (11-for-52) over his last dozen games, with six doubles and two triples. -- RHP Justin Haley took the loss (4-13, 5.46 ERA) with a final line of: 4 1/3 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO (90 pitches, 62 strikes). Haley pitched four scoreless innings before being removed after four straight hits in the fifth. RHP Simon Mercedes relieved Haley, giving up two more hits in the frame and allowing his two inherited runners to score. RHP John Cornely pitched the eighth and gave up a three-run homer, walking two batters ahead of the long ball. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (54-57): W, 3-2, vs. Frederick (Orioles) -- Second baseman Mauricio Dubon (Boston's No. 21 prospect at MLB.com) and shortstop Wendell Rijo (Boston's No. 15 prospect at MLB.com) used aggressive baserunning to plate two runs, with Dubon stealing home in the fifth inning on a double-steal throw to second base (with Rijo swiping second), and with Rijo coming home later in the frame on a hit-and-run groundout to short as Rijo continued home on the throw to first base. The 21-year-old Dubon has back-to-back multi-hit games and is off to a .292 (7-for-24) average in August with three RBIs and four runs scored after slashing just .235/.295/.284 in July over 28 games with Salem. In 58 games to start the year with Single-A Greenville, Dubon hit .301/.354/.428 before his promotion in late June. The 19-year-old Rijo is hitting .480 (12-for-25) over his last six games with a double, four RBIs and two runs to raise his season-long slash line to .259/.317/.375 through 83 games, all with Salem. -- Left fielder Kevin Heller picked up two RBIs but also finished 0-for-3 and saw his hitting streak end at nine games. The 25-year-old Heller is at .315/.435/.452 in 66 games with Salem, racking up eight RBIs and five runs scored over his last 10 games. -- RHP Kevin McAvoy earned the victory (7-9, 4.00 ERA) with a final line of: 5 1/3 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 7 SO. The sinkerballer induced 10 groundouts and no fly outs, giving up just four singles with the seven strikeouts a season high. Since allowing eight earned runs in a start on July 21, the 22-year-old McAvoy has rebounded with just one earned run allowed over his last three outings, a span of 19 innings. "He's getting better and better as the season's gone along," Salem manager Carlos Febles told the Roanoke Times. "He's more consistent in the strike zone. His secondary stuff is getting better. His slider is tight now, and his changeup is a complement to the fastball and slider." The 6-foot-4 McAvoy was selected by Boston in the fourth round of last year's draft out of Bryant University. -- RHP Taylor Grover pitched a scoreless 1 2/3 innings for his fifth hold, and LHP Mike Adams pitched two innings for his sixth save, allowing a solo home run in the ninth. The 6-foot-3 Grover, selected by Boston in the 10th round of the 2013 draft, has made three straight scoreless appearances. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (56-53): Postponed due to rain. Next action doubleheader Friday at Lexington (Astros) SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS (24-22): L, 7-2, vs. Connecticut (Tigers) -- The Spinners took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI ground out from DH Victor Acosta that scored Luis Alexander Basabe (Boston's No. 30 prospect at MLB.com), but the Lowell offense managed just four hits the rest of the way, with six total hits on the night, finishing 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Acosta had a multi-hit game for Lowell, finishing 2-for-4 with a double to put his season-long slash line at .295/.348/.395 through 34 games. The 19-year-old Venezuelan has a six-game hit streak, surging at .423 (11-for-26) with six RBIs and eight runs scored over that span as he's raised his average 33 points. Second baseman Chad De La Guerra also went 2-for-4, and now is 5-for-11 over his last three games. Third baseman Mitchell Gunsolus went 1-for-3 with a walk, while center fielder Andrew Benintendi (Boston's No. 6 prospect at MLB.com) took an 0-for-4 to drop his slash line to .244/.380/.465 through 25 games as a professional. -- RHP Dioscar Romero took the loss (2-3, 5.09 ERA), getting tagged for five runs on eight hits through just two innings. Romero allowed a run in the second on two singles and a wild pitch, and started the third but was pulled after five straight hits to start the frame. The 20-year-old Dominican native started the season with just eight earned runs allowed over his first six starts, a span of 25 1/3 innings, but Romero has allowed 12 earned over his last three starts, with just nine innings pitched. "[That third inning] was ugly," Lowell manager Joe Oliver told the Lowell Sun. "We just couldn't execute pitches. [Romero] had a tough time executing pitches down in the zone. You hate to see a kid go out there, who is starting to feel like he's putting some things together, and have that rough outing. That's why he is down here, and he's going to learn from it and get better." -- LHP Logan Boyd pitched 4 2/3 innings of relief, allowing two earned runs on five hits with four strikeouts and a walk. Boyd also hit a batter and threw a wild pitch. The 21-year-old, selected by Boston in the 19th round of this year's draft out of Sam Houston State University, is 2-0 with a 3.57 ERA over seven appearances, with 19 strikeouts over 17 2/3 innings. "Our bullpen has been our strong point all season long," Oliver said. "Logan Boyd came in and did a good job in relief and he kept the damage down. Our Achilles' heel has been our starting pitching." ROOKIE GULF COAST LEAGUE RED SOX (25-12): W, 7-4, at GCL Rays -- Second baseman Sean Coyle (Boston's No. 17 prospect at MLB.com) continued his rehab assignment and went 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored to the lead the GCL Red Sox offense. The 23-year-old Coyle is 6-for-14 over his past three games with three doubles, four RBIs and four runs scored. A 5-foot-8 righty bat, Coyle had a breakout season last year with Double-A Portland, hitting 16 home runs and batting .295 over 96 games. -- First baseman Jerry Downs went 2-for-3 with a double, two walks and three runs scored to raise his slash line to .278/.442/.458 over 24 games as a professional. Selected by Boston in the 15th round of this year's draft out of NAIA St. Thomas University in Florida, the 6-foot-2 lefty bat Downs picked up his seventh double, sixth multi-hit game, and now has 15 runs scored. -- RHP Gerson Bautista picked up the victory (2-2, 3.06 ERA) with a final line of: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO. The 20-year-old Bautista has made eight starts this season, with opposing batters hitting just .194 against him through 35 1/3 innings pitched. Bautista has struck out 25 and walked 19.