Jackie Bradley Jr.

Wednesday Red Sox Farm Report: Jackie Bradley Jr. shines at plate, in field; Marco Hernandez continues to rake in Portland

Ken Laird
June 24, 2015 - 4:33 am
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A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Tuesday: TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (35-37): W, 5-3, vs. Rochester (Twins) -- Jackie Bradley Jr. had another great night for the PawSox, going 3-for-4 with a double, walk, RBI, run scored, stolen base and sensational catch in center field. Racing into the gap in the second inning, Bradley helped limit the Rochester damage to just one run as he leaped for a catch to take away extra bases. In the bottom half of the frame, Bradley doubled home Deven Marrero. In the bottom of the seventh, Bradley singled and scored the winning run as Carlos Peguero drove him in to break a 3-3 tie. Over 50 games with the PawSox this year Bradley's slash line is .325/.403/.475. Bradley, a lefty hitter, is batting .338 against right-handed pitchers, to go with .293 against southpaws. Over the past three contests Bradley is 6-for-11 with three walks, two RBIs and three runs scored. -- Peguero's two-run single in the seventh proved to be the difference. The 28-year-old outfielder has driven in 12 in just six games in Pawtucket, going 9-for-23 (.391) with three homers and two doubles. Peguero did commit his first error with Pawtucket, leading to an unearned run in the second inning. -- Catcher Ryan Hanigan went 2-for-3 with a walk as the DH in his second rehab game for the PawSox. The veteran backstop had been on the disabled list since May 2, undergoing surgery to repair a fractured finger on his right hand. -- RHP Keith Couch (3-7, 4.96 ERA) had a no-hitter through six innings before allowing his first hit, a single, to the leadoff batter in the seventh. Couch was touched up for two earned runs in the frame before giving way to RHP Dalier Hinojosa, who recorded the final out via strikeout and earned the win (3-0). RHP Dayan Diaz pitched two scoreless innings for his second save. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (27-44): W, 7-2, vs. New Hampshire (Blue Jays) -- Portland's offense exploded for three home runs in the first two innings, with Carlos Asuaje and David Chester hitting solo shots in the first, followed by a two-run blast from Marco Hernandez in the second, as the Sea Dogs jumped out to a 4-0 lead and never looked back. It was the third homer over an eight-day span for the 22-year-old Hernandez, as the shortstop improved his June slash numbers to .326/.363/.547 and his season line to .312/.338/.477. "He's been very solid for us all year," manager Billy McMillon told WEEI.com. "Had a few errors in the field for us today, but for the most part he's been a steady player all year." The Hernandez miscues, his 13th and 14th of the season, came on a high throw to first and a dropped catch at second on a double-play attempt. Chester, a 6-foot-5, 270-pound righty out of the University of Pittsburgh, has hit safely in seven of nine games, going 8-for-28 (.286) over that stretch with four homers. Drafted in 2011 in Round 33, Chester led the Big East Conference as a college senior with 16 homers, and now has hit a combined 55 dingers over his five years in the Red Sox organization. "Now things are starting to click for him," McMillon said. "There was no mechanical change [in his swing], he's just starting to drive the ball, which he's capable of doing." Chester has seven homers this season for Portland in 47 games. -- Manuel Margot (Boston's No. 5 prospect at MLB.com) had a hit for the second straight game since making his debut with the Sea Dogs, showing his elite speed by beating out a grounder to third. Margot, a leadoff hitter with High-A Salem this season, has hit out of the six-hole in the lineup for Portland so far. McMillon has been impressed with Margot so far despite only having him on the squad for a few days. "My understanding is that he's a really good defensive outfielder," McMillon said. "Offensively, I think he has an idea of what he's doing at the plate. Hopefully, he'll take what he was doing in Salem and bring it up here. As everybody looks at him they see high upside on this guy. Seems like he's a good kid and as I get to learn more about him I'll be able to form a better opinion based on what I've seen him do in the games. I like what I see defensively, he got a hit [Monday], smoked a ball to the second baseman, so again it looks like he has an idea at the plate." -- RHP William Cuevas pitched well over five innings to earn the win (7-4), allowing two runs on four hits with four strikeouts and two walks. Opposing righties are hitting just .193 against the 24-year-old Venezuelan this year, Cuevas' first season in Double-A. -- Second baseman Reed Gragnani reached base four times, with three walks and two runs scored. In 2014 with Salem, Gragnani hit .300 over 99 games with a .409 on-base percentage. Gragnani has started to heat up since returning from the disabled list (hamstring) June 8, now with hits in five of seven games. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (38-32): Scheduled off day (All-Star break). Next action June 25 vs. Frederick (Orioles) -- The California-Carolina League All-Star Game took place Tuesday in Rancho Cucamonga, California. First baseman Sam Travis was Salem's lone representative and hit fifth in the Carolina League order, going 2-for-4 in his team's 9-2 loss. Travis hit .313 in the first half for Salem with five homers, four triples, 15 doubles, and a league-leading 77 hits. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (38-32): Scheduled off day (All-Star break). Next action June 25 vs. Charleston (Yankees) -- The South Atlantic League All-Star Game took place on Tuesday in Asheville, North Carolina. Greenville had eight players selected, with four in the starting lineup for the South Division: 3B Rafael Devers (hitting third), shortstop Javier Guerra (hitting fifth), catcher Jordan Procyshen (hitting seventh), and left fielder Derek Miller (hitting eighth). The North Division emerged victorious by a score of 7-5. Devers (Boston's No. 4 prospect at MLB.com) doubled, walked, stole a base, and knocked in two runs. Guerra (Boston's No. 15 prospect at MLB.com) was 2-for-2 with two doubles, including one to drive home Devers in the fourth inning. Guerra also was charged with an error in the field. Procyshen walked and was 0-for-1, recording a put-out on a throw to second base. Miller was 0-for-2. Mauricio Dubon (Boston's No. 29 prospect at MLB.com) pinch hit in the fifth and was hit by a pitch, later coming around to score on a Devers' ground out. He stayed in the game at second base and finished 0-for-2. RHP Mario Alcantara pitched a scoreless sixth inning, hitting a batter and allowing a single but escaping the frame on a putout from center field to third base (Devers). Greenville's other two All-Star selections, RHP Michael Kopech and catcher Ben Moore, did not play in the game. Kopech was held out (team decision), and Moore is on the DL (knee). SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS (4-1): L, 6-3, at Hudson Valley (Rays) -- On a rehab assignment (hamstring), second baseman Jemile Weeks drove in all three Lowell runs from the leadoff spot of the order but it wasn't enough to prevent Lowell's first loss of the season. Weeks drove in two runs with a single in the fifth and another on a ground out. Acquired by Boston in last August's trade of Kelly Johnson to Baltimore, Weeks hit just .202 in 33 games with Pawtucket in April and May. -- Tate Matheny, Boston's fourth-round draft pick this year, made his professional debut playing center field and batting third. Matheny was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. -- Mitchell Gunsolus, Josh Ockimey, and Jordan Austin stayed hot at the plate in the loss. Gunsolus, Boston's 10th-round selection in this year's draft, went 2-for-4 on the night and now is 4-for-9 with three walks and two RBIs. Ockimey, Boston's fifth-round pick of the 2014 draft, doubled to extend his hitting streak to four games and his start to 6-for-16 with three doubles and a triple. Austin, Boston's sixth-round pick of the 2013 draft, tripled and now is 6-for-10 with four runs scored and an RBI. ROOKIE GULF COAST LEAGUE RED SOX (2-0): W, 8-0, vs. GCL Rays -- Henry Ramos (Boston's No. 18 prospect at MLB.com) continued his rehab assignment (knee), hitting third in the order for the second straight day as the DH and going 0-for-2 with a walk and a stolen base. Ramos, a 6-foot-2 switch hitting outfielder from Puerto Rico, played just five games this year with Double-A Portland before undergoing surgery in April. Ramos, a fifth-round pick of Boston's in 2010, had a breakout first half in 2014 with Portland hitting .326/.368/.431 in 48 games before suffering a stress fracture of his tibia, ending his season. -- Center fielder Yoan Aybar (Boston's No. 30 prospect at MLB.com) now has two games under his belt in America, starting 1-for-7 over the past two days with an RBI, a run and a caught stealing. The 17-year-old Dominican lefty was signed last year as an international free agent for $450,000, with a reported plus-arm to go with athleticism and upside. - Left fielder Trent Kemp was 1-for-4 with a double, a walk and a run scored after a 2-for-5 first game of 2015 to get out to a .375 starting average. Kemp was signed as a Round 15 selection in the 2014 draft, given $150,000 to sign away from a commitment to Fresno State.

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