Deven Marrero

Saturday Red Sox Farm Report: Deven Marrero not just a shortstop; Justin Masterson gives up 8 hits in Double-A

Ken Laird
June 06, 2015 - 4:42 am

A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Friday: TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (27-28): Suspended due to rain after second inning, losing 1-0 at Rochester (Twins) -- The game will be resumed on June 29 at 5:05 p.m. during the next Pawtucket trip to Rochester, as the PawSox travel to Syracuse on Saturday for the first of a two-game weekend series. -- Deven Marrero (Boston's No. 10 prospect at, a 2012 first-round draft pick), made his fifth start of the season at second base. Prior to this year Marrero has played exclusively at shortstop, with his first career game playing elsewhere coming on April 25 of this season when he started at third base. Mike Miller, who was called up to Triple-A on May 23 and has started every game so far with Pawtucket, got the nod at shortstop Friday. Earlier this year with Double-A Portland, Miller played 21 games at short, 10 at third and six at second. -- Pawtucket pitcher Zeke Spruill (4.03 ERA, 13 ER, 29 IP), making his first start of the year, allowed one run in the bottom of the first inning on two hits. Later in the inning, with two men on base, center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. made a running, Willie Mays-style, over-the-shoulder basket catch on the warning track to save Spruill of further damage. Acquired by Boston in the offseason in a trade that sent pitching prospect Myles Smith to Arizona, Spruill made 12 appearances in the majors for the Diamondbacks over the last two seasons, including three starts. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (23-32): L, 5-3, vs. Bowie (Orioles) -- In front of a sellout crowd of 7,368 at Hadlock Field, Boston starter Justin Masterson made a rehab start as he attempts to come back from right shoulder tendinitis. Masterson'€™s line: 4 2/3 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO. Masterson threw 80 pitches, 52 for strikes, and did produce eight ground balls to three fly balls on a night when his sinker reportedly ranged from 85-89 mph. -- Masterson had made a previous rehab start with Pawtucket on May 31, going 1 2/3 innings (50 pitches, 30 strikes) and allowing three runs (two earned) on two hits and three walks to go with two strikeouts. Masterson was the second big leaguer to make a rehab appearance in Double-A Portland this year (Shane Victorino) after four such occurrences last year (Felix Doubront, Kelly Johnson, Ryan Lavarnway and Steven Wright). -- Left fielder and clean-up hitter Keury De La Cruz hit his fourth home run of the season to give Portland a 3-1 lead in the first inning. The dinger came on an elevated 81 mph change-up, and De La Cruz sent it well over the right-center wall and into the bullpen. It had been almost a month between homers for De La Cruz, as the 23-year-old Dominican had last went yard on May 6. De La Cruz hit 20 home runs in A-ball in 2012, good for one long ball in every 25 at-bats, but has seen his power numbers decline in each of the last three years to one homer per 59 at-bats in 2013, 37 at-bats last season and 43 at-bats this season. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (27-26): L, 10-6, vs. Potomac (Nationals) -- A 39-minute rain delay did not quench the Potomac thirst for offense Friday, as the P-Nats finished with 19 hits against Salem pitching, including battering Teddy Stankiewicz (Boston'€™s No. 20 prospect at for six earned runs. The 21-year-old Stankiewicz was coming off throwing eight shutout two-hit innings in his last start, but Friday he gave up two home runs, a triple and two doubles among his 12 hits allowed. Stankiewicz fell to 1-6 and saw his ERA rise from 3.52 to 4.10. -- Aaron Wilkerson ('s Salem Player of the Month for May) also felt Potomac'€™s wrath as he had a rare rocky outing, giving up four earned runs on six hits over 2 1/3 innings. Wilkerson'€™s ERA rose from a minuscule 0.71 to 1.95. Wilkerson, 26, was used out of the bullpen for the first time since May 5, as he had made four consecutive starts, giving up just two earned runs combined. -- The Salem offense had some pop of its own, with six runs on nine hits, highlighted by home runs from Tzu-Wei Lin and first baseman Sam Travis (Boston'€™s No. 15 prospect at The homers were just the second of the year for both Lin and Travis, and for both their first in a month. However, Travis has been one of the Carolina League'€™s hottest players over the last six weeks, as he has raised his average from .173 on April 24 to .300 (fourth best in the league) after Friday'€™s 3-for-4 night. Travis is on a 48-for-138 (.347) streak during that time, with four three-hit games in his last six. Travis, a second-round draft pick in 2014 out of Indiana University, now has 31 RBIs on the season (fifth most in the league). -- Left fielder Cole Sturgeon doubled to extend his hitting streak to 11 games, the longest of the season by a Salem player. Sturgeon, a 10th-round draft choice out of Louisville in 2014, also had a separate nine-game streak in late April, and his latest surge has raised his batting average 40 points to .246. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (31-24): L, 4-0, at Savannah (Mets) -- After winning 16 of 21 games during a stretch in late May, Greenville has dropped four games in a row as Friday night the Drive were shut out and managed just three hits. Greenville'€™s best chances came in the third, when Joseph Monge doubled but was stranded, and in the seventh after a leadoff Rafael Devers walk and a Jordan Procyshen single. Mauricio Dubon, Derek Miller, Nick Longhi, Yoan Moncada and Javier Guerra combined to go 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position. -- Greenville starter Jalen Beeks saw his personal three-game winning come to an end, as he allowed four earned runs (his highest total in a game this season) on eight hits in six innings, along with two home runs. Beeks had allowed only two homers all season in his first nine starts combined. A 21-year-old lefty out of the University of Arkansas, Beeks struck out five and walked one. -- Top prospect Yoan Moncada was the designated hitter for the fourth time since making his professional debut in May. Moncada has made 10 starts at second base, while missing six games due to injury and/or manager'€™s decision. After an 0-for-3 Friday, Moncada is hitting 11-for-51 (.216) with a home run, triple and double. Moncada also has committed seven errors in the field.