Henry Owens

Sunday Red Sox Farm Report: Yoan Moncada goes yard; mixed bag for Henry Owens; Manuel Margot returns

Ken Laird
May 31, 2015 - 4:32 am

A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Saturday: TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (26-24): W, 5-4, vs. Louisville (Reds) -- Henry Owens, Boston'€™s No. 4 prospect (MLB.com), had another start allowing three earned runs or less, giving him nine such starts this year out of 10 attempts. The Owens line: 6 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO (94 pitches, 60 strikes). The best news for Owens may have been his ability to keep his walk total down to just the one free pass, as on the season Owens had walked 34 batters entering the game (most in the International League). However, Owens did give up his third home run on the season as he fell behind Eugenio Suarez 3-0 before regretting a 3-1 pitch that resulted in a no-doubter over the left-center wall. On one hand, opposing batters are hitting just .197 against Owens this year, but on the other hand Owens'€™ record is just 2-3 (10 starts, ERA 3.15) and he has pitched more than six innings just once. -- The Pawtucket offense scored five runs on just five hits, two via the home run, including one from Allen Craig. Craig reached base four times as he was 2-for-2 with two walks. His home run may have been wind-aided as it got up into the jet stream, bounced off of the top of the right-center wall and carried over to tie the game in the second inning. Since he was sent down from Boston on May 12, Craig has hit safely in 13 of 15 games with multiple hits in six of those contests. He has an eight-game hitting streak and has a great slash line of .345/.441/.466. -- Red Sox starter Justin Masterson will make a rehab start on Sunday afternoon at McCoy Stadium as the PawSox finish up their homestand. Masterson was placed on Boston'€™s disabled list on May 13 with right shoulder tendinitis. In seven starts with Boston, Masterson was 2-2 with a 6.37 ERA (35 1/3 IP, 25 ER). It will be Masterson'€™s first start for Pawtucket since 2008 when he had just four appearances; most of that season was spent in Boston during Masterson'€™s rookie campaign. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (22-28): L, 8-2, at Trenton (Yankees) -- Two of Portland'€™s five hits came from leadoff man and shortstop Marco Hernandez, who had a double and a single to raise his average to .312. Hernandez, a 22-year-old Dominican acquired in last summer'€™s Felix Doubront trade with Chicago, has hit safely in 14 of his last 16 starts. Hernandez also has six multi-hit games in his last seven, hitting .451 (14-of-31) over this white-hot stretch. Hernandez had three doubles in Friday night'€™s game and doubled again Saturday, as the lefty hitter sprayed a line drive down the left-field line off of tough lefty reliever James Pazos. -- A day after scoring 12 runs on a season-high 18 hits, the Portland offense was silenced by Trenton starter Eric Ruth. Portland's second through sixth hitters (Carlos Asuaje, Jantzen Witte, Oscar Tejeda, Keury De La Cruz, Jonathan Roof) were a combined 0-for-18 on the evening. -- Center fielder Blake Tekotte had a 2-for-2 night with a double batting from the eight-hole. Right fielder Aneury Tavarez had the other Portland hit to go with a walk. In seven games with Portland Tavarez is 8-for-23 (.368) with two doubles. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (25-24): L, 25-24, at Winston-Salem (White Sox) -- Manuel Margot (Boston'€™s No. 6 prospect MLB.com) made his return to the Salem lineup after three weeks on the disabled list with an intercostal (rib muscle) injury. Margot played center field and was 1-for-4, showing his elite speed getting down the line to beat out an infield single. Despite missing 18 games while on the DL, the 20-year-old Dominican is fourth in the Carolina League in stolen bases (11-for-14 in attempts) and triples (3). -- Righty Aaron Wilkerson tied his career high with nine strikeouts as he gave up three runs, just one earned, in six innings of work. After getting some action out of the bullpen in April, Wilkerson now has made four consecutive starts and allowed a combined two earned runs over that stretch. Wilkerson, who was undrafted out of Cumberland University in 2011, pitched his way through independent baseball before being signed by the Red Sox to a minor league deal last summer. Wilkerson has good velocity and his strikeout numbers continue to show up, as he has 51 whiffs in just 41 1/3 innings. -- Sam Travis had a 3-for-4 night, with a double, as the DH. In the first four games of Salem'€™s road trip, Travis is hitting .500 (9-for-18) to raise his average from .260 to to .285. The 21-year-old was a second-round pick by Boston in last year'€™s draft. In 2014, split between Lowell and Greenville, Travis hit .316 over 67 games. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (29-20): W, 11-4, at Lexington (Royals) -- A three-homer night for Greenville was highlighted by the first professional home run for Boston'€™s top prospect (ESPN.com, MLB.com), Yoan Moncada, in his ninth game with the Drive. The switch-hitting Moncada was batting right-handed against lefty starter Foster Griffin (a 2014 first-round pick) in the sixth inning with a man aboard when he turned on an 0-1 pitch and sent it deep over the left-center wall. The two run shot made it a 7-4 game. Then, batting left-handed against a righty pitcher in the eighth inning, Moncada drilled an RBI double off of the right-center field wall to extend Greenville'€™s lead to 8-4. The 20-year-old Cuban is hitting .257 (9-for-35) with a double, triple and home run since making his debut on May 18. -- Greenville'€™s other home runs came from veteran Carlos Mesa and 2014 first-round pick (26th overall) Michael Chavis. A 5-foot-10 19-year-old third baseman, Chavis hit his dinger with an opposite-field line drive over the right field wall to lead off the fourth inning. Chavis, however, also struck out three times and is hitting just .206 after hitting .269 last year in the Gulf Coast League. It was Chavis'€™ second home run this season after just one last year in 39 games played. Chavis has gone down on strikes 53 times this year, third most in the South Atlantic League. -- Lefty starter Jalen Beeks won his fifth in his last six starts with his line: 7 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO. Beeks, 21, is 5-1 with a 3.31 ERA on the season and is fifth in the South Atlantic League with 51 2/3 innings pitched. Beeks was Boston'€™s 12th-round draft choice last year out of the University of Arkansas, where he had a 1.98 ERA over 13 starts during an injury plagued 2014 season (sore elbow).