Yoan Moncada

Wednesday Red Sox Farm Report: 3 Sox prospects in Keith Law's new Top 25, RHP Joe Gunkel solid for Salem

Ken Laird
May 27, 2015 - 6:22 am
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ESPN.com'€™s Keith Law updated his MLB Top 25 prospect list (with players currently in the majors ineligible), and three members of the Red Sox organization made Law'€™s register. 11 -- Yoan Moncada, 2B (Low-A Greenville Drive). Law writes, '€œHe has barely begun to play, but there'€™s broad consensus that he'€™s going to hit for average and power, although he may ultimately be better defensively at third than second.'€ 14 -- Rafael Devers, 3B (Low-A Greenville Drive). '€œDevers is still not that polished at the player,'€ Law writes, '€œbut he has explosive bat speed and power, and even if he has to go to the outfield because of his size, he'€™s still a potential middle-of-the-order bat.'€ 18 -- Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP (Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox). Law says, '€œRodriguez has two plus pitches in his fastball and changeup, excellent control (albeit not command yet) and dominates lefties even though he doesn'€™t have a wipeout breaking ball.'€ The other American League East prospects to make Law'€™s Top 25 are: 16 -- Aaron Judge, RF, Yankees (Double-A Trenton) 17 -- Daniel Norris, LHP, Blue Jays (Triple-A Buffalo) 21 -- Dylan Bundy, RHP, Orioles (Double-A Bowie) Here'€™s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Tuesday: TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (24-23): L, 4-3, vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees) -- Pawtucket'€™s struggles in May have mirrored those of its parent club as the PawSox lost their fourth straight game and sixth in their last seven. The Pawtucket team batting average in May is just .228, with four runs scored or fewer in 24 of the last 32. An outburst in the seventh inning featuring an RBI double from Luke Montz, as well as two-out RBI singles from Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mike Miller, cut the Scranton lead to one, but Pawtucket could not get the equalizer. -- Travis Shaw, one of the hotter hitters in the PawSox lineup, batted third in the order for the first time in three weeks after compiling 10 hits in his six previous contests and raising his average 34 points to .222. The 25-year-old Shaw, the No. 21 Red Sox prospect at MLB.com, was 0-for-3 with a walk. Shaw made his MLB debut on May 8 against Toronto (0-for-2, BB) before being optioned back to Triple-A on May 9. -- Robbie Ross Jr. was activated and in the Pawtucket lineup after having been optioned from Boston last Saturday. Ross pitched a scoreless ninth inning to keep Pawtucket within a run. After a leadoff walk, Ross stranded the runner with the aid of two strikeouts to end the frame. -- The Pawtucket starting pitching depth took a hit with the early season call-ups of Matt Barnes and Steven Wright to Boston, necessitating Jess Todd'€™s move from the bullpen to the rotation. Todd, getting old for prospect status at age 29, made his fifth start this season (after not having started a game since 2008) and allowed four runs on nine hits in six innings of work. Todd has pitched admirably in his five starts, with a collective 3.90 ERA. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (20-26): W, 8-5, at Binghamton (Mets) -- Joe Gunkel, a 6-foot-5 righty who was promoted from High-A Salem on May 15, won his second game in as many starts for Portland as he went 5 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO (87 pitches, 52 strikes). Gunkel went 1-1 with a 2.05 ERA (5 ER/22 IP) with Salem before his ascension. In 2012 at West Chester (Pa.), Gunkel was the MVP of the NCAA Division 2 College World Series with two shutouts en route to a national title. -- Pat Light, another 6-foot-5 righty pitching for Portland, earned his second Double-A save as he worked 1 1/3 innings and stranded two runners in the bottom of the ninth with a 5-4-3 game-ending double play to preserve the victory. Light, a first-round draft pick (37th overall) of the Red Sox in 2012, has not allowed a run in 13 of 16 outings, and in his last 12 contests he has allowed just one earned run in 13 innings pitched. -- Jantzen Witte pulled within two RBIs of the Eastern League lead with a 2-for-4, three-RBI night. The 25-year old Witte, playing his 33rd game of the year at first base, raised his average to .327 and had his team-best 10th multi-RBI game to go with his sixth three-RBI affair. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (23-22): Scheduled off day. Next action Wednesday at Frederick Keys (Orioles) SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (26-18): Postponed due to rain at Augusta (Giants). They will play a doubleheader Wednesday.

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