Sandy Leon

Sunday Red Sox Farm Report: Yoan Moncada records 3 hits (1 home run), while racking up stolen bases

Ken Laird
August 09, 2015 - 7:11 am

A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Saturday: TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (44-70): L, 4-3, vs. Syracuse (Nationals) -- Pawtucket lost their sixth straight, all to Syracuse, and fell to 6-31 in their last 37 games. The PawSox offense has scored just 11 runs over the last six games and snapped a 22 scoreless inning streak with a run in the fourth inning on Saturday. Pawtucket has also gone seven straight games without a triple or home run and has just two home runs in their last 17 games dating back to July 22. -- Catcher Sandy Leon and shortstop Marco Hernandez (Boston'€™s No. 23 prospect at each had multi-hit games on Saturday, accounting for four of Pawtucket'€™s six total hits. Leon drove in a run on a double in the fourth and a single in the eighth, while Hernandez scored twice. Leon, 26, is now hitting .367 (11-for-30) over eight games in Triple-A with five RBIs and four runs scored since he cleared waivers and was outrighted to Pawtucket on July 30. Signed by Washington in the 2007 international signing period out of Venezuela, the switch-hitting Leon was acquired by Boston in March from the Nationals and appeared in 33 major league games this season, hitting .180 with three RBIs. Hernandez, 22, was back at shortstop after appearing in four of his last five games at third base. Through 21 games in Triple-A, Hernandez is slashing .263/.286/.400 with two homers and five doubles to go with 11 RBIs and 13 runs scored. Acquired by Boston last December from Chicago to complete the trade for Felix Doubront, Hernandez had an All-Star first half with Double-A Portland, leading the Eastern League with a .326 average at the time of his promotion. -- RHP Shawn Haviland started making his Pawtucket debut, taking the loss with a final line of: 5 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO (95 pitches, 63 strikes). A Harvard graduate, the 29-year-old Haviland made the start in place of RHP Jess Todd, who was scratched and placed on the seven-day disabled list with right triceps tendinitis. -- The PawSox bullpen pitched four scoreless innings of relief, with two scoreless from RHP Jonathan Aro and one each from LHP Tommy Layne and RHP Ryan Cook. Acquired by Boston on July 31 from Oakland, the 28-year-old Cook has made two scoreless appearances for Pawtucket after pitching in 30 games in relief this year for A'€™s Triple-A affiliate in Nashville where he went 4-1 with eight saves, striking out 26 over 33 1/3 innings. The 6-foot-2 Cook had four games in the majors this season with Oakland and has made 212 career big-league relief appearances, earning an American League All-Star bid in 2012. -- LHP Brian Johnson (Boston'€™s No. 4 prospect at is scheduled to have a follow-up visit with doctors in the next week, according to the Providence Journal, to re-examine elbow soreness that he experienced in a start on August 2, cut short after 60 pitches. Johnson was placed on the seven-day disabled list last Monday. "He'€™s doing treatments, and we'€™ll see when he'€™s going to pick up a baseball again," Pawtucket manager Kevin Boles said. "It'€™s just going to go depending on how he feels and what the medical says." DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (41-73): L, 5-3, at Akron (Indians) -- RHP Jorge Marban took the loss, allowing two runs in the eighth in a 3-3 game, as Marban allowed a double, walk, and run-scoring single before another run came in on a throwing error from catcher Jordan Weems. The 26-year-old Marban has allowed runs in three of his last four outings after a span of 11-straight appearances and 19 of his first 20 in Double-A without allowing an earned run. Marban was signed by Boston in November of 2014 after pitching for two years with Florence of the Independent League. -- RHP Luis Diaz started and produced a final line of: 5 2/3 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO (99 pitches, 60 strikes). A throwing error by second baseman Carlos Asuaje (Boston'€™s No. 24 prospect at allowed a run to score in the second inning and Diaz then allowed two in the fifth after a walk, two hits, and a double steal as Weems'€™ throw to second base short-hopped the bag and skidded into center field. The 6-foot-3 Diaz is 1-9 with a 5.47 ERA through 22 starts this season, with eight earned runs allowed over his last two starts following a span of six straight quality outings in July. -- Left fielder Keury De La Cruz led the Portland offense with a 3-for-3 night, including a double for Portland'€™s lone extra-base hit out of the team'€™s eight total hits on the night. The 23-year-old De La Cruz is slashing .225/.274/.354 through 93 games in Double-A this year, reaching base safely in nine of his last 10 games to raise his batting average 18 points. Signed by Boston during the 2009 international signing period, De La Cruz played 70 games with Portland in 2014, slashing .295/.327/.434 after missing two months with a broken wrist. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (54-59): L, 1-0, at Winston-Salem (White Sox) -- RHP Ty Buttrey took the tough-luck loss (7-6, 3.49 ERA) with a final line of: 6 1/3 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO. The 6-foot-6 Buttrey surrendered his lone run in the first on an RBI-double, but then stranded runners on base in the second, third, and fifth innings before departing after two singles in the seventh. It was the first quality start for the 22-year-old Buttrey since July 7, a five-outing span. Selected by Boston in the fourth round of the 2012 draft out of high school in North Carolina, Buttrey has struck out 60 over 87 2/3 innings with Salem this season, with 32 walks. -- RHP Chandler Shepherd relieved Buttrey, inducing an inning-ending double play in the seventh and added a scoreless eighth, with a single and a walk allowed. The 22-year-old Shepherd is 0-2 with a 4.20 ERA over 20 relief appearances with Salem this season, striking out 35 in 40 1/3 innings with just six walks. The 6-foot-3 Shepherd was selected by Boston in the 13th round of the 2014 draft out of the University of Kentucky. -- The Salem offense managed just three singles and two walks, en route to being shutout for the sixth time in their last 20 games. Salem'€™s second-half record fell to 16-27. Center fielder Cole Sturgeon went 2-for-3, with third baseman Deiner Lopez accounting for the only other Salem hit. Right fielder Kevin Heller went 0-for-2 with a walk, and has reached safely in 15 of his last 16 games. Heller entered the game leading the Carolina League in the second half with a .484 on-base percentage, with his .350 second-half batting average second best in the league. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (59-53): W, 9-5, at Lexington (Royals) -- Second baseman Yoan Moncada (Boston'€™s No. 1 prospect at cracked his sixth home run of the season and finished with a three-hit night, going 3-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Moncada'€™s homer led off the game, a 2-0 pitch that was pulled over the left field fence. The 20-year-old Cuban also singled to center in the fourth and singled and stole two bases in the eighth, his 30th and 31st stolen bases of the season. On the season, the 6-foot-2 Moncada is now slashing .290/.379/.450 with a second-half line of .348/.435/.553 over his last 36 games. Signed by Boston in March with a $31.5 million bonus, the switch-hitting Moncada is hitting .317 against left-handed pitching and .275 against righties, with four of his six homers coming from the right side of the plate. -- The Greenville offense also got home runs from first baseman Nick Longhi (Boston'€™s No. 20 prospect at, a three-run shot in the third inning to give the Drive a 4-1 lead, and from third baseman Michael Chavis (Boston'€™s No. 11 prospect at, a two-run blast in the eighth to expand Greenville'€™s lead to 9-5. It was the sixth homer on the season for Longhi, 19, who is now slashing .283/.337/.407 over 93 games, with a second-half line of .298/.340/.450 over the last 38 games played. It was the second three-run homer of the series for Longhi, as the 6-foot-2 righty bat has seven RBIs and four runs scored against Lexington so far in the first three games of the four-game set. It was the 12th homer of the season for Chavis, 19, who also hit a grand slam in Friday'€™s action. Chavis finished Saturday 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored, and raised his second-half slash line to .240/.282/.422 with six homers in the last 35 games to go with 25 RBIs and 19 runs scored. Selected by Boston in the first round (26th overall) of the 2014 draft out of high school in Georgia, Chavis has reached safely in 7 of his last 8 games, going .282 (11-for-39) over that span with three homers and three doubles. -- LHP Luis Ramos started and earned his first win with Greenville in his second outing, finishing with a line of: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO. The 6-foot-1 Panamanian began the year with Short-Season Lowell, going 1-1 with a 4.89 ERA over eight starts before his promotion on August 3. SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS (25-23): W, 3-2, vs. Connecticut (Tigers) -- Center fielder Luis Alexander Basabe (Boston'€™s No. 30 prospect at delivered a two-run walkoff single on a 3-2 pitch in the bottom of the ninth, scoring third basman Mitchell Gunsolus and catcher Austin Rei as Lowell overcame a 2-1 deficit. "All I was trying to do was put the ball in play and help the team," Basabe told the Lowell Sun through an interpreter. "It was the first walkoff hit I'€™ve ever hit. Thank God." The 18-year-old Basabe also doubled in the game, finishing 2-for-4 for his third multi-hit game in his last four. Signed by Boston during the 2012 international signing period for $450,000, along with his twin brother Luis Alejandro, Basabe is slashing .269/.357/.456 over 43 games, with his slugging percentage good for sixth best in the New York-Penn League. -- Basabe was one of five Lowell players selected to the NYPL All-Star Game, which will be played on August 18. Joining Basabe will be first baseman Josh Ockimey, second baseman Chad De La Guerra, third baseman Victor Acosta, and relief pitcher Edwar Garcia. -- Lowell took a 1-0 lead in the third inning on an RBI-single by shortstop Jeremy Rivera, scoring left fielder Brandon Magee who had reached on a hit-by-pitch and then stolen second base. -- RHP Kevin Steen made his second start with Lowell and finished with a no-decision final line of: 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO (83 pitches, 53 strikes). Selected by Boston in the ninth round of the 2014 draft out of high school in Tennessee, the 19-year-old Steen started this season in the Gulf Coast League and went 3-1 with a 1.82 ERA in six outings, striking out 24 in 24 2/3 innings to just four walks. -- LHP Bobby Poyner earned the win (1-1, 2.25 ERA) despite allowing a home run in the top of the ninth that gave Connecticut a 2-1 lead. Poyner was hit by a line drive on the first out of the inning, but stayed in the game and surrendered the homer to the next batter before finishing out the inning. Selected by Boston in the 14th round of this year'€™s draft out of the University of Florida, Poyner has struck out 12 and walked one in 10 innings as a professional, with three homers allowed. ROOKIE GULF COAST LEAGUE RED SOX (27-13): W, 4-3, vs. GCL Twins and W, 3-0, at GCL Twins -- In Game 1 of a doubleheader (the makeup of a postponed game from August 1), the GCL Red Sox won 4-3 in seven innings behind a two-RBI single in the fifth inning from catcher Tyler Spoon and a run scored by left fielder Chris Madera in the sixth via a balk. Second baseman Andy Perez went 3-for-3 with a walk and a run, raising his slash line to .325/.404/.425 over 12 games as a professional. The 22-year-old Perez was signed by Boston in July as an undrafted free agent out of Duke University. RHP Yankory Pimentel made his first start of the season and pitched four scoreless innings, allowing four hits while striking out five and walking none. The 6-foot-2 Pimentel is 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA this season over 12 outings, striking out 28 in 22 innings to just five walks. -- In Game 2 of the doubleheader, RHP Jalen Williams pitched five shutout innings for the win (3-0, 0.74 ERA), allowing five hits while striking out five and walking two. The 6-foot-4 Williams has spent parts of each of the last two seasons in the Gulf Cost League after being selected by Boston in the 16th round of the 2013 draft out of high school in Louisiana. This year through 24 1/3 innings, Williams has allowed just two earned runs, with 15 strikeouts and 11 walks. RHP Nick Duron pitched two scoreless innings to complete the shutout, allowing two hits while striking out four and walking one. Selected by Boston in the 31st round of this year'€™s draft out of Clark College in Oregon, the 6-foot-4 Duron has struck out 23 in 16 1/3 innings as a professional, allowing just two earned runs while walking three. Perez completed a busy day with a double and run scored in Game 2, while third baseman Roldani Baldwin also doubled, finishing 2-for-4. Sean Coyle (Boston'€™s No. 17 prospect at continued his rehab assignment as the DH and went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run, putting him at 8-for-26 (.308) in his seven rehab games.