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Monday Red Sox Farm Report: Yoan Moncada, Javier Guerra exploding for Greenville

Ken Laird
July 13, 2015 - 4:26 am
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A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Sunday: Center fielder Manuel Margot (Boston's No. 5 prospect at MLB.com) and third baseman Rafael Devers (Boston's No. 4 prospect at MLB.com) appeared in MLB's Sirius XM Futures Game in Cincinnati on Sunday as members of Team World. Margot started and played five innings, going 0-for-2 with a strikeout and a line out. Devers entered the game in the sixth inning and went 0-for-2 with a strikeout. For full details, check out Ryan Hannable's on-location coverage here. TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (39-52): L, 4-0, vs. Lehigh Valley (Phillies) -- RHP Steven Wright had a three-hit shutout going through six innings but then allowed four runs on six hits, including a three-run homer, in the seventh as the knuckleballer took the loss to fall to 2-5 with a 3.81 ERA. Wright's final line: 7 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO (109 pitches, 68 strikes). It was Wright's fourth straight loss with the PawSox dating back to June 26, during which time the 30-year-old was called up to Boston for a brief stint, his fourth trip to the majors this season. In 11 appearances and four starts with Boston this year Wright is 3-2 with a 4.15 ERA (20 ER/43 1/3 IP). -- Catcher Blake Swihart continued his rehab assignment (sprained foot), catching the game's first seven innings and going 0-for-3 at the plate with two fly outs and a double play ground out. Swihart was charged with one passed ball catching Wright. Swihart is 0-for-6 in two rehab outings so far with the PawSox. -- Right fielder Rusney Castillo had the lone Pawtucket extra base hit, a line-drive two-bagger down the left-field line to open the bottom of the seventh. Jackie Bradley Jr. followed with a walk, but Swihart's twin-killing on a 3-1 pitch, followed by an Allen Craig popout, ended the threat. Castillo is 5-for-13 over his last three games, with Bradley cooling off at 2-for-16 over his last four contests as he heads to the Triple-A All-Star Game in Omaha on Wednesday night. -- Pawtucket reached the break with its 13th loss in its last 14 games, a day after avoiding the longest losing streak in team history. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (32-58): L, 3-0, vs. Binghamton (Mets) -- Shortstop Marco Hernandez doubled to extend his hitting streak to 12 games, finishing 1-for-4 to put his average at .327, which stands atop the Eastern League. Hernandez is 22-for-56 (.392) over the streak with seven multi-hit games and has raised his average 17 points from an already impressive .310 mark on June 30. The 22-year-old Hernandez, acquired as the player to be named later in last year's trade of Felix Doubront to the Cubs, hit .270 last year over a full year in High-A in the Cubs system. -- RHP Luis Diaz managed a quality start, his fourth in his last five outings, but took the loss and dropped to 1-8 on the season. Diaz's final line: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 5 SO (90 pitches, 54 strikes). Diaz, a 6-foot-3 Venezuelan, was coming off his first win in 24 starts dating back to last season, as he snapped a 366-game winless drought with a victory on June 6. -- Portland will wrap up its first half on Monday with a noon start at Hadlock Field, which will be the site for the Double-A Eastern League All-Star Game on Wednesday, July 15 at 7 p.m. Sea Dogs RHP William Cuevas, 8-5 with a 3.40 ERA in 16 outings this year, will start the All-Star Game for the Eastern Division. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (45-42): L, 9-3, at Frederick (Orioles) -- RHP Ty Buttrey (Boston's No. 26 prospect at MLB.com) took the loss (7-3, 3.53 ERA) as he allowed five earned runs, including a three-run home run in the sixth inning, after three scoreless frames to start the game. Buttrey's final line: 5 2/3 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO (92 pitches, 58 strikes). Buttrey also threw three wild pitches. Frederick collected four straight hits off of the 22-year-old Buttrey in the fourth to grab a 2-0 lead, and then added to the total with an unearned run in the fifth (a fielding error by shortstop Tzu-Wei Lin allowed the leadoff runner to reach) and the long ball following two singles in the sixth. It was the first homer given up by Buttrey since his second start of the season in Greenville on April 14. The 6-foot-6 Buttrey, a fourth-round draft pick of Boston in 2012, now has given up five earned runs in two of his last three starts, with his ERA rising almost a full run up from 2.54. -- Infielder Mauricio Dubon (Boston's No. 28 prospect at MLB.com), batting as the DH, led the way for the Salem offense on Sunday with two hits and a stolen base. Dubon has hits in six of his last seven games after starting just 2-for-25 in the first seven games after his promotion from Greenville. -- RHP Brandon Show pitched a scoreless eighth inning and now has worked three scoreless frames for Salem since his recent promotion. Show, a 6-foot-2 22-year-old who was selected in Round 38 of the 2014 draft out of the University of San Diego, has given up just one earned run this season in 16 2/3 combined innings between Lowell, Greenville, and Salem. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (47-41): W, 9-3, at Asheville (Rockies) -- Second baseman Yoan Moncada (Boston's No. 1 prospect at MLB.com) went 3-for-5 with a home run, a double, a stolen base, two RBIs and two runs scored, and he was a part of three double plays in the field. At the plate in the first, Moncada left off with a two-bagger and ran home to score after stealing third, his 15th stolen base of the season, and an ensuing errant throw by the Asheville catcher. Moncada then singled in the fifth and hit his second professional homer in the eighth, a two-run blast. Moncada, a 20-year-old Cuban who was signed this year by Boston for a record $31.5 million signing bonus, now has five multi-hit games in his last eight and is slashing .355/.446/.532 in 16 games since the South Atlantic League All-Star break. Overall, he's at .263/.354/.388 in 41 games played after hitting just .200 in his first 25 games stateside. "The way he's played lately, he's really embraced what we've taught him and he's fallen in line with other players," Greenville manager Darren Fenster told MiLB.com after the game. "Once he got what it's like to do the work before 7 o'clock, he put in some really good work days. Offensively and defensively, he's put himself in position to grow and it's because of what he's done before the gates even open." -- Shortstop Javier Guerra (Boston's No. 14 prospect at MLB.com) hit two home runs, giving the 19-year-old Panamanian 11 long balls on the season. Guerra finished 2-for-4 with a walk and now is hitting .298 through 70 games this year with a .504 slugging percentage. Guerra hit just two total homers over his first two seasons combined between the Dominican Summer League and the Gulf Coast League. "He may be listed at 5-foot-11, 155, but he's much bigger than that," Fenster told MiLB.com. "He's got a fundamentally sound swing and he's got some strength there. And I'll tell you what, until he gets two strikes, he's getting his money's worth with his swing. Until he has to go into battle mode, he'll try to get all of it, and that's why you're seeing some pretty good power numbers." Added Fenster about Guerra's multi-homer day: "The first was a really towering shot, a no-doubter. It was high and well over the wall in right field, which is a short porch here in Asheville. But the second one I liked more because it was a line drive to right-center that also cleared the fence, which is a good 25-30 feet high. After the bomb in his first at-bat, he got right back to a middle-of-the-field approach. That's what we've been working with him on, and he was rewarded with another homer." -- Right fielder Nick Longhi (Boston's No. 21 prospect at MLB.com) had four singles, going 4-for-5 to raise his average to .287 and extend his hitting streak to five games. Longhi is hitting .345 (20-for-58) since the All-Star break with eight runs and five RBIs in his last 16 games. -- RHP Michael Kopech (Boston's No. 11 prospect at MLB.com) earned the victory with a final line of: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 3 SO (83 pitches, 53 strikes). Kopech (4-5, 2.63 ERA) had three double plays turned behind him, including Moncada doubling off a runner at first after a line out with the bases loaded in the third inning. "There was some 'bend but don't break' to his game today," Fenster said to MiLB.com regarding the 19-year-old Kopech. "He needed some of those double plays, but he's got such a live arm that barreling that thing up is tough as it is. With baserunners on, he started getting in the strike zone more, and that was big." Kopech, the 33rd overall selection of the 2014 draft, has allowed just six earned runs combined over his last six starts, a total of 27 1/3 innings (1.97 ERA). SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS (14-9): W, 6-5 in 11 innings, vs. Mahoning Valley (Indians) -- Lowell scored a walkoff victory on a rare catcher's balk call, with Mahoning Valley's backstop leaving the catcher's box before a pitch was thrown (setting up too far outside), plating Jeremy Rivera from third with the decisive run in the 11th inning. Rivera, the Spinners shortstop, had reached on a leadoff walk and advanced to third on a bunt single by left fielder Victor Acosta and a sacrifice by first baseman Tucker Tubbs. -- Lowell scored its eight runs off of a combined eight singles and eight walks, with aid from four Mahoning Valley errors. Nine Spinners reached base throughout the game, with third baseman Mitchell Gunsolus leading the way with two hits including an RBI single in the second to get Lowell on the board. Gunsolus, 22, finished 2-for-5 and now has reached base safely in nine straight games. The 6-foot lefty, selected by Boston out of Gonzaga University in Round 10 of this year's draft, has a .281/.369/.351 slash line in 17 games played so far with the Spinners. -- Tubbs reached base three times, with a single and two walks, scored twice and had his first stolen base as a professional. The 22-year-old Tubbs, now with a .375 on-base percentage through 17 games played, was selected by Boston out of the University of Memphis in the ninth round of this year's draft. -- Center fielder Tate Matheny also stole his first base as a pro, running home to score on the play as the throw to second went into left field and giving Lowell a 5-4 lead in the fifth inning. A fourth-round selection in this year's draft, Matheny finished 1-for-4 and now is 4-for-24 (.167) in his first seven games in the organization, with hits in four of his last five contests. -- LHP Bobby Poyner, selected by Boston in Round 14 of this year's draft out of the University of Florida, came on in the eighth to try to hold the one-run lead but allowed a solo home run and was charged with a blown save. Poyner finished two innings of work, striking out two, bringing his three-game totals with Lowell to five strikeouts in four innings to go with two saves and now a blown marker. ROOKIE GULF COAST LEAGUE RED SOX (13-5): Scheduled off day. Next action Monday at GCL Orioles Check out video of WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ryan Hannable talking Red Sox and prospects from Cincinnati on Sunday.

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