Brian Johnson

Red Sox farm report: Yoan Moncada, Day 2; Brian Johnson shines; Trey Ball loses

Ken Laird
May 20, 2015 - 6:54 am

A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Tuesday: TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (23-17): W, 3-1, at Indianapolis (Pirates) -- Brian Johnson, the Sox' first-round draft pick of 2012 (31st overall), earned the victory to improve to 5-2 with a 2.55 ERA. Johnson'€™s line: 6 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO (92 pitches, 55 strikes). It was the third straight outing for Johnson allowing only one earned run. Indianapolis jumped on him for one in the first inning with a leadoff triple and a follow-up RBI single, but Johnson escaped further damage despite allowing three more singles in the first as well as surrendering a walk and two singles in the second. Johnson settled in to allow just two total hits in innings 3-6. -- Bryce Brentz threw out a runner at home from right field in the second. Brentz was the Sox' first-round draft pick in 2010 (36th overall). The 24-year old Brentz, however, was 0-for-3 in the cleanup spot to drop his average to .244. Brentz has battled injuries the last two seasons and is coming off a 2014 campaign with Pawtucket where he hit .243 with 12 HR in 63 games. -- The PawSox scratched out the win against rehabbing Pirates big-leaguer Charlie Morton despite collecting just two hits. Shortstop Deven Marrero, the 24th pick of the 2012 draft, scored twice on sacrifice flies -- in the fifth inning after Marrero'€™s leadoff triple, and in the seventh after a leadoff walk from Morton, who then gave way to the bullpen. Marrero, an excellent glove with a great arm, has struggled to hit for average throughout the minors but did raise his mark to .263 for the year as hit hit out of the 6-hole in the lineup. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (16-22): W, 14-10, vs. Altoona (Pirates) -- The Sea Dogs racked up a season-high with 14 runs on 17 hits, including 10 for extra bases, in winning their fourth straight overall on Tuesday night at Hadlock Field. Trailing 7-2, the Sea Dogs scored nine consecutive runs to take an 11-7 lead through six innings. The Sea Dogs did much their damage against Angel Sanchez, who had entered with the eighth-best ERA (2.09) in the Eastern League. -- Second baseman Carlos Asuaje had a 3-for-5 night, including a triple and double, with four RBIs to raise his average to .281. Asuaje, a 23-year old Venezuelan native and 11th round draft pick of the Sox in 2013, is following up on a nice 2014 season; Asuaje had a 90 game stint in Low-A Greenville last year where he hit .305 with 11 HR and followed that up with 39 games in High-A Salem hitting .323 with four HR, 14 doubles and two triples in 39 games. -- Oscar Tejeda homered for Portland out of the cleanup spot in the order, his first Double-A dinger of the season. The 25 year old Dominican native and former Sox top prospect is hitting .358 in 26 games in Portland after making the jump from Salem and after being re-signed by the Sox to a minor league deal in February. Tejeda spent 2014 in the Nationals system and did improve his power numbers with 16 HR as he was a Carolina League All-Star as a DH/3B for High-A Potomac. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (20-19): L, 6-1, v. Lynchburg (Indians) -- Trey Ball, the seventh overall pick of the 2013 draft (and the Sox' highest draft pick in 20 years), allowed three runs, although just one earned, in five innings while allowing four hits (1 HR, 3 doubles). Ball, a 6-foot-6 lefty, took the loss to drop his record to 2-4 and his ERA now sits at 5.45. Home runs have been a bit of a problem for Ball, as he has surrendered six in his seven starts. -- Wendell Rijo, a 19 year old old second baseman and Boston'€™s 15th-ranked prospect according to ESPN'€™s Keith Law, was 2-for-4 with two doubles in the loss. Rijo has hits in eight of his last nine games and has raised his average from .220 to .268 since late April. Last year in a 111-game stint in Greenvile, Rijo hit .254 with nine HR, 27 doubles and six triples. -- Tzu-Wei Lin, a 21-year-old shortstop and native of Taiwan, also had two hits for Salem, including a double. The 5-foot-9 lefty batter hit just .229 last year in a full season in Low-A Greenville, but has started 2015 with a .257 average in 31 games. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (22-16): W, 15-5, vs. Lexington (Royals) -- Yoan Moncada picked up his first professional hit on an infield single in the eighth inning. Moncada hit sixth in the batting order and went 1-for-5 with two strikeouts. He also was charged with a throwing error from his second base position in the ninth inning. -- Third baseman Rafael Devers (Boston'€™s fourth-ranked prospect per, sixth at Baseball America), was 1-for-5 with a two-run, bases-loaded single. Devers, hitting in the 3-hole of the order Tuesday, is batting .325 with two HR, 11 doubles and a triple in 31 games this year. The 18-year old Dominican was signed for $1.5 million in 2013 and hit .312 last year in 42-games in the Gulf Coast Rookie League. -- Greenville cleanup hitter and catcher Jordan Procyshen had threes everywhere in the victory as he was 3-for-3 with three RBIs and three runs. The 22-year-old Canadian backstop and lefty stick was a 14th-round draft pick in 2014 out of Northern Kentucky. Procyshen is white-hot at the plate, with 20 hits in his last 14-games, raising his average over .100 points to .284 for the season.