Garin Cecchini

Wednesday Red Sox Farm Report: Matt Barnes to start for PawSox; William Cuevas, Aaron Wilkerson promoted

Ken Laird
August 05, 2015 - 5:01 am

A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Tuesday: TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (44-66): L, 3-1, at Syracuse (Nationals) -- Left fielder Garin Cecchini (Boston's No. 14 prospect at reached base four times, going 3-for-3 with a double and the only Pawtucket RBI of the game with a two-out single in the sixth inning that scored catcher Sandy Leon. The 24-year-old Cecchini is hitting just .225 this season through 90 games, but he is coming off a .293 month of July and now has hits in eight of his last 10 games to bring his average to its highest point since April 15. Selected by Boston in the fourth round of the 2010 draft, Cecchini spent the majority of 2014 with Pawtucket, hitting .263 with a team-leading 57 RBIs and an International League-best 29-game streak of reaching safely. -- Third baseman Marco Hernandez went 2-for-4, the only other PawSox batter with multiple hits on a seven-hit night for the offense. The 22-year-old Hernandez is slashing .279/.296/.441 through 18 games in Triple-A with 11 RBIs and 10 runs scored. Acquired by Boston last season as the player to be named later in the trade of Felix Doubront to the Cubs, Hernandez has played third base in four straight games after not playing there in a professional game since 2011. Hernandez has played the majority of this season at shortstop. -- Leon went 1-for-4 with the run scored, hitting third in the batting order for the fourth consecutive game since reporting to Pawtucket. The 26-year-old Leon has hits in all four Triple-A games, starting 5-for-14 with four walks and four runs scored after hitting just .180 this year in the majors with Boston in 33 games played. According to Fangraphs, Leon ranked as the 21st most valuable defensive catcher through 253 MLB innings behind the plate. -- RHP Zeke Spruill took the loss despite a quality start and final line of: 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO (101 pitches, 64 strikes). The 25-year-old Spruill (4-8, 4.54 ERA) allowed two home runs in the game, back-to-back solo shots in the second inning to give Syracuse a 2-0 lead. In the sixth, back-to-back Syracuse triples brought in another run. The 6-foot-5 Spruill was designated for assignment on July 3, and in five appearances since (four starts) Spruill has allowed seven earned runs over 24 innings, an ERA of 2.63. -- RHP Jonathan Aro pitched two scoreless and hitless frames of relief, striking out the side in the eighth while walking one batter. The 6-foot Dominican returned to Pawtucket on Aug. 1 after a second, quick stint in the majors with Boston during which time he did not pitch. Aro allowed a run on three hits in his return to the PawSox last Saturday. -- As reported in the Providence Journal, RHP Matt Barnes will be transitioned back into a starting pitcher and will take the ball for Pawtucket on Wednesday. Selected by Boston in the first round of the 2011 draft (19th overall) out of the University of Connecticut, Barnes, 25, made 24 starts for Double-A Portland in 2013 and 22 starts for Pawtucket last season before making the move to the bullpen. This season Barnes pitched 22 1/3 innings of relief in the majors, allowing 14 earned runs (5.64 ERA) with 22 strikeouts and eight walks. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (40-70): L, 3-0, at Erie (Tigers) -- Tim Roberson, in the lineup Tuesday as the DH, went 1-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 12 games. The 26-year-old is hitting .431 (22-for-51) over that span, raising his slash line to .357/.377/.484 through 32 games this season (Roberson was on the disabled list from May 23 through July 6 with a fractured finger). A 5-foot-10 righty bat, Roberson has hit .529 (18-for-34) so far against left-handed pitching. Signed by Boston as an undrafted free agent out of Florida Gulf Coast University in 2011, Roberson played mostly first base last year split between Single-A Greenville and High-A Salem, hitting a combined .231 with 10 home runs over 111 games. This year Roberson has 17 starts at catcher and 14 as the DH. -- First baseman Sam Travis (Boston's No. 12 propsect at went 1-for-4 with a double to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. The 21-year-old Travis has reached safely in 35 of his 37 starts with the Sea Dogs since his promotion on June 25. Selected by Boston in the second round of the 2014 draft out of Indiana University, Travis has slashed .312/.377/.456 this season combined between High-A Salem and Double-A Portland, with seven home runs, five triples, and 25 doubles. -- RHP Mike McCarthy took the loss (6-5, 3.39 ERA) despite allowing just one earned run and tying his career high for innings pitched, with a final line of: 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO (83 pitches, 56 strikes). McCarthy has started in five of his last six appearances and has allowed just five earned runs in those five starts, a 26 2/3-inning stretch (1.69 ERA) after a stretch of nine straight appearances out of the bullpen. Selected by Boston in the 11th round of the 2011 draft out of Cal State Bakersfield, McCarthy was 10-4 with a 4.82 ERA in 2014 with 12 starts out of 27 appearances. -- RHP William Cuevas was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket. The 24-year-old Eastern League All-Star is 8-5 this year with a 3.40 ERA in 18 starts. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (53-56): L, 8-4, vs. Frederick (Orioles) -- LHP Trey Ball faced the minimum through three innings but was tagged for four runs in the fourth after two walks, two singles, a double and a throwing error by first baseman Mario Martinez. Ball, 21, walked two more in the fifth and another in the sixth, the latter baserunner coming in to score after Ball was removed for a final line of: 5 1/3 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 3 SO. The 6-foot-6 Ball now is 8-9 with a 3.85 ERA this season over 20 starts with Salem, striking out 62 and walking 50 (the third most in the Carolina League) over 107 2/3 innings. Selected by Boston in the first round (seventh overall) of the 2013 draft out of high school in Indiana, Ball was 5-10 with a 4.68 ERA last year in 22 starts with Single-A Greenville. -- Salem's offense had 11 hits, all for singles, led by second baseman Wendell Rijo (Boston's No. 15 prospect at who finished 3-for-4 with a walk, an RBI and a run scored. Rijo, 19, walked to lead off this sixth and would come home on a Martinez RBI knock to left. Then in the seventh, Rijo singled home shortstop Mauricio Dubon (Boston's No. 21 prospect at who had walked and stolen second base. Rijo, a 5-foot-11 righty bat who was signed by Boston for $575,000 during the 2012 international signing period out of the Dominican Republic, has multi-hit games in three of his last four and is slashing .248/.305/.364 over 81 games with Salem this season. -- Right fielder Kevin Heller and catcher Jordan Procyshen also had multi-hit games, each going 2-for-4 with Heller adding a walk and a run scored and Procyshen driving in Martinez with his sixth-inning single. The 25-year-old Heller has an eight-game hit streak and is slashing .318/.436/.460 over 64 games with Salem this season after a fantastic .354/.510/.519 July featuring three homers, four doubles and 17 RBIs. -- RHP Aaron Wilkerson was promoted to Double-A Portland. Wilkerson was 7-2 with a 2.96 ERA for Salem over 17 appearances, 12 of them starts. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (56-52): W, 3-2, at West Virginia (Pirates) -- RHP Ben Taylor pitched five innings of two-run ball, exiting in a 2-2 game and finishing with a no-decision line of: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO. Taylor, 22, allowed a run in the first and one in the second after four singles, with a runner erased on a throw from right fielder Joseph Monge to third baseman Michael Chavis (Boston's No. 11 prospect at The 6-foot-3 Taylor then retired 11 of the final 12 batters he faced. Selected by Boston in the seventh round of this year's draft out of South Alabama, Taylor is 0-1 with a 2.57 ERA through four starts with Greenville with 14 strikeouts over 18 innings of work. -- Chavis and Yoan Moncada (Boston's No. 1 prospect at each finished 1-for-4 with an RBI, with Moncada driving home shortstop Deiner Lopez in the sixth and Chavis doubling in Moncada to tie the game at 2. The 20-year-old Moncada has reached safely in 18 straight games, with six hits in his last three contests and a season-long slash line of .282/.375/.431 through 58 games with Greenville. -- Catcher David Sopilka hit a go-ahead home run in the seventh that proved to be the game-winner, Spoilka's first homer of the season as third as a professional. The 21-year-old Venezuelan has played in just 22 games this year after 27 last year with Short-Season Lowell, with a 2015 slash line of .241/.279/.362. SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS (23-21): W, 5-1, vs. Brooklyn (Mets) -- Lowell scored four unearned runs, thanks to three Brooklyn errors, and got RBIs from second baseman Chad De La Guerra and center fielder Andrew Benintendi (Boston's No. 6 prospect at on the four-hit offensive night. De La Guerra, 22, is slashing .274/.326/.419 through 31 games with two homers, nine doubles and a triple along with 18 RBIs and 15 runs scored. The righty bat was selected by Boston in the 17th round of this year's draft out of Grand Canyon University. Benintendi, 21, was 0-for-3 with a sacrifice fly as his modest four-game hit streak ended, but cut down a runner at the plate in the fifth with a strong throw from center as a runner attempted to tag up from third. The Golden Spikes Award winner this year in college baseball, Benintendi is off to a .244/.390/.487 start in 23 games as a professional after being selected in the first round (seventh overall) by Boston out of the University of Arkansas. -- RHP Jake Cosart started and struck out the side in the first inning, but he was removed after just the one inning due what manager Joe Oliver described to the Lowell Sun as a "precautionary measure." The 21-year-old Cosart is 2-2 with a 5.45 ERA over nine starts this year, and was coming off three consecutive starts allowing two earned runs or less. The 6-foot-2 Cosart was selected by Boston in the third round of the 2014 draft out of Seminole State College. -- Left fielder Luis Alexander Basabe (Boston's No. 30 prospect at reached base three times, going 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored to raise his slash line to .258/.346/.453 through 40 games. The 18-year-old switch-hitting Basabe has six home runs, seven doubles and three triples to go with 13 stolen bases on the season. ROOKIE GULF COAST LEAGUE RED SOX (23-12): W, 10-2, and W, 2-1 in 7 innings, vs. GCL Rays -- In Game 1 of a doubleheader, the GCL Red Sox racked up 14 hits, including doubles from rehabbing second baseman Sean Coyle, first baseman Jerry Downs, right fielder Tyler Hill and left fielder Trent Kemp. Hill was 3-for-4 with two runs, while Downs finished 2-for-3 with two walks, two RBIs and two runs scored. Center fielder Yoan Aybar was 2-for-4 with three RBIs, and third baseman Roldani Baldwin went 1-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored. RHP Pat Goetze picked up the win with four innings of work, striking out four while allowing one run on five hits. A 6-foot-6 reliever, Goetze (3-0, 1.71 ERA) has struck out 14 in 21 innings this year with five walks. He was selected by Boston in the 36th round of the 2013 draft out of high school in North Carolina. -- In Game 2 of a doubleheader, the GCL Red Sox scored two runs in the third on RBIs from second baseman Rafael Oliveras and right fielder Chris Madera and hung on for the win. Shorstop Yomar Valentin and DH Jagger Rusconi each reached base twice with a single and a walk. RHP Yankory Pimentel picked up the victory with three innings of scoreless, one-hit relief to go with six strikeouts. The 21-year-old Pimentel (1-0, 2.00 ERA) has struck out 23 batters over 18 innings out of the bullpen, to just five walks.