Carlos Peguero

Sunday Red Sox Farm Report: Andrew Benintendi hits first pro HR; Yoan Moncada starting to hit in Greenville

Ken Laird
July 05, 2015 - 4:16 am
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A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Saturday: TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (38-46): L, 12-4, at Syracuse (Nationals) -- Left fielder Carlos Peguero homered in each of his first two at-bats, his fifth and six long balls on the season for Pawtucket, as the PawSox took a 4-3 lead in the third inning on Peguero'€™s three-run blast. Both shots were pulled over the right-center wall by the lefty Peguero, for whom 11 of his 21 hits in Triple-A this year have gone for extra bases. The 28-year-old Peguero was acquired by Boston from Texas on May 27 in exchange for cash, then designated for assignment on June 4 after just four games with the Red Sox to make way as Boston acquired Alejandro De Aza. Peguero has played in 103 major league games in his career with Seattle, Kansas City, Texas and Boston, hitting .194 with 13 homers. -- Center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. went 2-for-4 to raise his Triple-A average to .324, while also scoring a run. Bradley was erased on a steal attempt in the first on a called third strike to Rusney Castillo, as batter'€™s interference was ruled on the throw to second. Bradley stopped running and was tagged out as he was looking toward the plate in confusion. Castillo took an 0-for-4 with four strikeouts on the evening. -- RHP Pat Light (Boston'€™s No. 26 prospect at MLB.com) struggled in the seventh as he allowed two singles and then walked three straight batters, his last one walking in a run in a 27-pitch outing. The final two walks were four-pitch walks, with several pitches dangerously up and in to the right-handed hitters. After blowing two saves in June, the 24-year-old Light had responded with back-to-back scoreless outings before the rare control problems Saturday. Combined this year between Double-A Portland and Pawtucket, Light had walked 15 batters in 38 innings heading into Saturday'€™s action. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (29-53): L, 5-2, at Binghamton (Mets) -- Third baseman Jantzen Witte went 2-for-4 with an RBI double, but he committed what turned out to be a costly error in the second. With two aboard and one out, a hard grounder to Witte possibly could have been a double-play ball, but Witte did not field it cleanly and the bases were loaded. Two batters later, Gavin Cecchini, the younger brother of Pawtucket'€™s Garin Cecchini, blasted a grand slam to give the B-Mets a 4-1 lead they would not relinquish. -- The four unearned runs were the only ones given up by starting RHP William Cuevas on the night, as he finished with a line of 5 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO (90 pitches, 54 strikes). Cuevas, a 24-year-old Venezuelan, took the loss to fall to 7-5, although he lowered his ERA from 3.75 to 3.51. -- Center fielder Manuel Margot (Boston'€™s No. 5 prospect at MLB.com) reached base twice and scored a run, going 1-for-3 to raise his average to .294. Margot, 20, has a hit in 11 of 13 games played with Portland since his promotion from Single-A Salem in June. Signed for $800,000 out of the Dominican Republic in the 2011 international signing period, Margot is 15-for-51 with four doubles, seven RBIs, six runs and four stolen bases so far with the Sea Dogs. -- Shortstop Marco Hernandez singled in the eighth inning and now has hit successfully in 14 of his last 15 games, eight of those games multi-hit affairs. The 22-year-old Dominican is hitting .312 on the season, fifth best in the Eastern League, over 60 games played this season. Hernandez came to Boston as the player to be named later in the Felix Doubront trade with the Cubs last July. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (41-39): L, 15-0, at Lynchburg (Indians) -- RHP Kevin McAvoy took the loss, dropping his record to 4-7, as Lynchburg scored three runs in the first and single runs in the third and fifth off McAvoy, with four of the five runs allowed earned. In 4 2/3 innings McAvoy allowed six hits, all singles, to go with four walks and five strikeouts. The 6-foot-4 McAvoy, drafted in the fourth-round in 2014, is 4-7 on the season with a 4.28 ERA in 15 starts. -- Lynchburg racked up 20 hits by the end of the game, tagging relievers German Tavares and Chandler Shepherd for six and four runs, respectively, and finishing 13-for-23 with runners in scoring position. -- It was an all-around ugly night for Salem, as the Sox managed just four hits, all singles, and committed three errors. Center fielder Forrest Allday was the only Salem player to reach base twice, going 1-for 2 with a single and a walk to extend his hitting streak to four games. Third baseman Jose Vinicio also had a hit, and over his last nine games is 12-for-31 (.387), raising his average from .268 to .290. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (43-37): L, 3-1, vs. Savannah (Mets) -- Second baseman Yoan Moncada (Boston'€™s No. 1 prospect at MLB.com) paced the Greenville offense as he reached based three times, going 2-for-3 with a walk and a looping opposite-field RBI single to left in the eighth. Moncada, 20, also stole a base, his 10th, and made a fine defensive play in the fourth as he dove to his left to come up with a grounder ticketed for right field. Over his last nine games Moncada has gone 11-for-34 (.324) with seven runs scored to raise his average 34 points to .234. -- Center fielder Bryan Hudson scored Greenville'€™s only run, as he led off the eighth inning by ripping a double down the left-field line and then ran home on Moncada'€™s single. The 20-year-old Hudson, drafted by Boston in Round 15 of the 2013 draft out of high school in Georgia, is 9-for-31 (.290) with three doubles through eight games played since his promotion from short-season Single-A Lowell. -- LHP Dedgar Jimenez started and pitched four scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out four, before being pulled with his pitch count at 78. The 6-foot-3, 240-pound Venezuelan, inked for $175,000 in the 2013 international signing period, is coming off a strong June when he went 2-2 with a 2.73 ERA over five starts, with a 17-4 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 29 2/3 innings. SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS (12-4): W, 6-5, at Tri-City (Astros) -- Center fielder Andrew Benintendi, Boston'€™s first-round draft choice this year, hit his first professional home run and went 2-for-4 in his second game in the Red Sox organization. The two-run homer came in the third inning and gave Lowell a 6-0 lead. The 20-year-old Benintendi, the seventh overall pick out of the University of Arkansas, is off to a 4-for-8 start at the plate and has hit in the three-hole of the Lowell lineup on consecutive days. -- Second baseman Hector Lorenzana also homered for Lowell, a three-run shot in the second inning that was Lorenzana'€™s first in the Red Sox organization. The 23-year-old Lorenzana was taken by Boston in Round 37 of the 2014 draft out of the University of Oklahoma and has played in 52 games in the organization over the last two seasons, getting time at Salem and Greenville in addition to Lowell and the Gulf Coast League. -- LHP Bobby Poyner, selected by Boston in Round 14 in this year'€™s draft, made his professional debut and picked up his first save with a scoreless ninth inning. Poyner allowed a leadoff single, but after a sacrifice bunt he recovered to strike out two batters to end the game. Poyner, 22, played four years of baseball at the University of Florida and struck out 134 batters in 174 innings while walking just 27. ROOKIE GULF COAST LEAGUE RED SOX (10-2): L, 11-1, vs. GCL Twins -- Catcher Devon Fisher reached base three times and had one of only three total hits for the GCL Red Sox in the blowout loss. The 19-year-old Fisher, who was drafted in Round 20 in 2014 and signed for $200,000 away from a commitment from the University of Virginia, has reached safely in five of his six games played this season. Fisher is 5-for-18 (.278) with four walks and four RBIs in his six games. -- Outfielder Danny Mars made his 2015 debut, going 0-for-4 as the DH. Mars, Boston'€™s sixth-round draft pick last year, played 44 games in 2014 with short-season Single-A Lowell before getting promoted to Single-A Greenville for 10 contests last August. The 21-year-old Mars signed for $215,000 last year out of Chipola College in Florida. -- Right fielder Chris Madera made his professional debut, going 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. Madera, 22, was drafted by the Cubs in 2013 but did not sign and played two years for NAIA Faulkner University in Alabama before signing with Boston as an undrafted free agent. Madera hit .398 this season for Faulkner with nine home runs. Check out the weekly WEEI.com Farm Report podcast hosted by Ken Laird and Ryan Hannable.