Sean Coyle

Sunday Red Sox Farm Report: Sean Coyle homers to lead PawSox; Manuel Margot blasts first Double-A HR; Trey Ball, Michael Kopech rising prospects

Ken Laird
June 28, 2015 - 6:05 am
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A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Saturday: TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (37-39): W, 7-3, vs. Gwinnett (Braves) -- Second baseman Sean Coyle (Boston'€™s No. 13 prospect at MLB.com) broke a 3-3 tie in the sixth inning with a three-run home run to left, unloading on a 3-2 pitch. It was the fifth blast of the year for Coyle, 23, who had missed 23 games with time on the DL (left elbow inflammation) from May 15 through June 7. Coyle had struggled at the plate since his return, hitting just 7-for-45 (.156) over 13 games in June before Saturday night'€™s game-changer. Coyle, a third-round selection by Boston in the 2010 draft, was a Double-A Eastern League All-Star in 2014 as he hit .295 with 16 homers in 96 games, while also appearing in the MLB All-Star Futures Game at Target Field in Minnesota. In addition to the homer on Saturday, Coyle also was part of a heads-up play defensively to end the Gwinnett fourth inning. After a single to left with two aboard, Coyle snuck behind an overzealous baserunner and applied the tag before the lead runner could cross the plate. Left fielder Quintin Berry supplied the throw. -- The PawSox made several excellent defensive plays on the night. Right fielder Shane Victorino'€™s calf looked fine as he executed a feet-first slide to grab a sinking liner in the third. One batter later, Berry made a fine running backhand over-the-shoulder catch on the warning track. In the fifth, center fielder Rusney Castillo ended the inning with a charging shoe-top snag of his own. Then in the sixth, Castillo displayed his arm strength as he nailed a runner at the plate trying to score from second on a slow-rolling single up the middle. -- Victorino played seven innings and finished 1-for-4 in his third rehab game with Pawtucket. He is 3-for-9 with a double. -- Castillo was 2-for-3 with a walk, double and two runs scored. Castillo also stole a base, his eighth. It was the Cuban'€™s third multi-hit game out of four since his demotion from Boston. -- RHP Pat Light pitched a perfect ninth to close the game out in a non-save situation. Light, a converted starter and 2012 first-round draft pick, had blown saves in his last two outings but looked smooth on Saturday as his fastball peaked at 97 mph on the McCoy Stadium radar gun. -- Outfielder Carlos Peguero was hit by a pitch on the elbow in the first inning and had to leave the game. Catcher Humberto Quintero was a late scratch due to a lower back injury. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (27-48): L, 8-5, vs. Reading (Phillies) -- Manuel Margot (Boston'€™s No. 5 prospect at MLB.com) hit his first Double-A home run, a three-run blast estimated at 407 feet that went off the Hadlock Field video board just left of center field, giving Portland a 5-4 lead in the sixth inning. The homer came on a 3-2 pitch and was the third long ball of the month for Margot, with his last two in High-A Salem before his promotion. In six games so far with Portland, Margot is 6-for-25 (.240) with two stolen bases. -- Margot was upstaged, however, by Reading'€™s Brian Pointer, who hit three home runs off of three Portland pitchers (Heri Quevedo, Mike McCarthy and Miguel Celestino) on the night and racked up five RBIs. It was the first three-homer game by an opponent against Portland since 1997. -- First baseman Sam Travis (Boston'€™s No. 14 prospect at MLB.com) picked up his first Double-A RBI on a sacrifice fly in the second to score Jantzen Witte, who had doubled. Travis also walked and scored in the sixth. -- Shortstop Marco Hernandez singled in the third to extend his hitting streak to nine games. The 22-year-old Hernandez is hitting .315, good for third place in the Eastern League batting race. Hernandez is hitting .330 in 24 June games with three homers, eight doubles, and a triple to go with 14 RBIs. -- Catcher Ryan Hanigan had his rehab assignment transferred from Pawtucket and continued to work his way back from his hand injury with his fifth game of the week. Hanigan caught the full nine innings, going 0-for-2 with two walks while hitting third in the batting order. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (40-33): L, 3-1, vs. Frederick (Orioles) -- LHP Trey Ball (Boston'€™s No. 11 prospect at MLB.com) gave up a two-run homer in the second and took the loss (6-6, 3.70 ERA) in a game where Salem'€™s offense went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position and gave Ball little run support. Ball, Boston'€™s first-round pick (seventh overall) in the 2013 draft, retired 10 of the last 11 batters he faced before being lifted in the seventh inning in his longest start of the year. Frederick also got an unearned run off of Ball in the first inning on a throwing error from Salem catcher Jordan Procyshen. Ball now has made five June starts, compiling a 3-1 record with a 1.59 ERA and just a .184 batting average against. This season over 75 1/3 innings, Ball has struck out 45 and walked 32, giving up nine home runs. On May 9, Ball'€™s ERA was 6.03 but he'€™s allowed three runs or less in seven of eight starts since. -- Recently promoted and new Salem leadoff man Derek Miller plated Salem'€™s only run in the eighth inning, drawing a leadoff walk and coming around to score. Miller, a 22-year-old left fielder, is 3-for-6 with three walks and four runs scored in his first two games with the Salem Sox. A South-Atlantic League All-Star in the first half with Greenville, Miller has an outstanding combined .394 on-base percentage on the season. -- Shortstop Tzu-Wei Lin had the only multi-hit effort for Salem on Saturday, going 2-for-3 with a walk. Lin also committed his ninth error on the year on a fielding mishap in the ninth inning. -- RHP Taylor Grover pitched 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to give Salem a chance for a comeback. Grover, a 22-year-old and Round 10 selection by Boston in the 2013 draft, struck out one, walked one, and allowed just one hit. Opposing batters are hitting at just a .203 clip against Grover this season over 47 2/3 innings. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (40-32): W, 4-3, (completion of suspended game from Friday) vs. Charleston (Yankees) -- RHP Michael Kopech (Boston'€™s No. 12 prospect at MLB.com) took over on the mound in the top of the third inning for the previous night'€™s suspended game (RHP Reed Reilly pitched two scoreless innings on Friday) with a 2-0 lead, and Kopech picked up the victory with a line of 4 2/3 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 SO (76 pitches, 50 strikes). After striking out the first two hitters of the seventh inning, his fifth inning of work, Kopech (3-5, 2.88) hit a batter and allowed two singles as Charleston scored its first run to make it 4-1. The 19-year-old then was pulled for RHP Ryan Harris, and two more Charleston runs would score, unearned but charged to Kopech, on a wild pitch and ensuing throwing error by catcher Danny Bethea. For Kopech, a 2014 first-round draft choice, it was his ninth game of 13 this year allowing one or zero earned runs, and he has allowed three earned or less in every outing. -- Harris, 22, would recover and finish out the eighth and ninth innings, allowing just two singles while striking out two, to pick up his third save. In 23 innings this season Harris has allowed just three earned runs, striking out 23 and walking six. A University of Florida product, Harris was taken in Round 26 of the 2014 draft. -- Center fielder Bryan Hudson was added to the Greenville roster from short-season Lowell and made his debut, picking up his first Drive hit on a single and finishing 1-for-3 with a walk. -- With Hudson taking center field reps, Joseph Monge moved from center to right field and Nick Longhi switched from his normal outfield post to play first base. Longhi, a Springfield native who moved to Florida and was drafted out of high school in 2013, tripled in the sixth inning and scored, finishing the game 2-for-3 to go with a walk. Longhi is hitting .294 in June. -- Shortstop Javier Guerra (Boston'€™s No. 15 prospect at MLB.com) committed a fielding error in the third, his 14th miscue on the year, as he could not cleanly scoop a high chopper he was charging. However, Guerra made a sparkling play to end the eighth as he extended behind the second-base bag for a grounder and got up to get off a quick and hard throw to first and get the runner by a half-step. A South Atlantic League All-Star, the 19-year-old Guerra also stole a base, drove in two and scored a run. -- Third baseman Rafael Devers (Boston'€™s No. 4 prospect at MLB.com) was named to the 2015 All-Star Futures Game in Cincinnati to be played on July 12 at 3 p.m. Devers has a slash line of .300/.331/.442 in 60 games this season. -- Due to rain on Saturday, Greenville could not fit in a doubleheader, and thus its originally scheduled Saturday game with Charleston will be played as part of a Monday doubleheader at 4:05 p.m. SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS (8-1): W, 4-3, vs. Aberdeen (Orioles) -- Chad De La Guerra doubled twice, giving him five doubles in a seven at-bat span over the past two games, as the second baseman finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored. A 22-year-old lefty batter, De La Guerra was Boston'€™s Round 17 selection in the 2015 draft out of Grand Canyon University, where this past season he hit .344 with 11 homers. -- Right fielder Jordon Austin went 3-for-4 and drove in two runs, as the 2013 sixth-round draft choice now is 9-for-17 (.529) in his first five games of the season. Selected out of Forest High School in Florida, the 20-year-old Austin struggled at the plate in his first two professional seasons with the Gulf Coast League Red Sox, hitting just .163 last season in 31 games and .198 in 2013 over a 40 game sample. -- RHP Jose Almonte picked up the victory (2-0, 2.25 ERA) with his line: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO (84 pitches, 55 strikes). The 20-year-old Almonte hit two batters in a two-run Aberdeen second inning, and hit another in the sixth, but otherwise scattered five singles in the effort. Almonte was signed by Boston for $610,000 as an international free agent in 2012. The Dominican native pitched well in 2014 in the Gulf Coast League, with an ERA of 3.02 in 11 outings. ROOKIE GULF COAST LEAGUE RED SOX (6-0): W, 3-2, at GCL Twins -- Right fielder Tyler Hill got things started in a two-run seventh inning with a single and a stolen base (his second on the year), advancing to third on a Trent Kemp single and then scoring on a wild pitch. Hill, 19, played in only four games in 2014 after being drafted by Boston in Round 19 out of Delaware Military Academy. He is 8-for-23 (.348) to start the 2015 season. -- Center fielder Yoan Aybar (Boston'€™s No. 30 prospect at MLB.com) tripled in the fifth and also scored on a wild pitch. Aybar, a 17-year-old Dominican, has a hit in four straight games on a 5-for-16 streak. Last year over 56 games in the Dominican Summer League, Aybar hit .271. He was signed for $450,000 as an international free agent in 2013. -- LHP Javier Rodriguez started and completed four shutout innings, giving him eight scoreless frames on the season. The 6-foot-2 Mexican finished 2014 with an 8-0 record and a 1.44 ERA over 43 2/3 innings over 10 appearances (three starts). Check out the weekly WEEI Farm Report podcast hosted by Ken Laird and Ryan Hannable.