Jackie Bradley Jr.

Wednesday Red Sox Farm Report: Yoan Moncada homers again; Michael Chavis heating up for Greenville

Ken Laird
July 15, 2015 - 4:31 am
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A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Tuesday: TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (39-52): Scheduled off day (All-Star break). Next action Thursday at Durham (Rays) -- The Triple-A All-Star Game will take place Wednesday night at Werner Park in Omaha, Nebraska, as the International League squares off against the Pacific Coast League. Jackie Bradley Jr. and manager Kevin Boles will be representing Pawtucket, with LHP Brian Johnson also selected but not participating due to his recent call-up to Boston. "It's nice to be rewarded for your play and have a chance to represent your team," Bradley told the Omaha World-Herald. "At the end of the day I think everyone here is enjoying the moment and trying to have some fun." Bradley had received the most votes in fan balloting during the All-Star selection process before he was promoted to Boston on June 25. He was then re-added to the International League team after being optioned back to Pawtucket on July 3. In 59 games with the PawSox, Bradley is slashing .308/.386/.449 with five homers, 18 doubles and 30 runs scored. The World-Herald pointed out that Bradley is likely the only player to ever play in Omaha'€™s three major baseball venues, having won a College World Series at Rosenblatt Stadium in 2010 while with the University of South Carolina, as well as the first CWS title played at TD Ameritrade Park in 2011 when his team won back-to-back titles. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (32-59): Scheduled off day (All-Star break). Next action Thursday at New Hampshire (Blue Jays) -- The Double-A Eastern League All-Star Game will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday night at Portland'€™s Hadlock Field, as the Sea Dogs are hosting the game for the first time in 10 years. The Home Run Derby will precede the game at 5:15 p.m., with Portland'€™s Jantzen Witte among 10 participants. Portland RHP William Cuevas is scheduled to start for the Eastern Division squad, with LHP Robby Scott, RHP Madison Younginer, second baseman Carlos Asuaje and shortstop Marco Hernandez joining Witte to represent Portland on the roster. "When they told me, I thought they were kidding," Cuevas told the Portland Press Herald about getting the start. "It's awesome." Portland Manager Billy McMillon, along with his hitting coach Dave Joppie and pitching coach Kevin Walker, will be commanding the Eastern Division unit. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (45-43): Scheduled off day. Next action Wednesday at Lynchburg (Indians) SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (48-41): W, 7-6, vs. Augusta (Giants) -- Second baseman Yoan Moncada (Boston'€™s No. 1 prospect at MLB.com) hit his third home run of the season and second in as many games, an opposite-field two-run shot in the second inning that floated down the left-field line and over the Green Monster at Greenville'€™s Fluor Field. Moncada, 20, also singled and scored in the seventh, bringing his average up to .268 less than a month after it bottomed out at .200. Since June 25, the switch-hitting Moncada has nine multi-hit games over 17 played and is hitting 24-for-67 (.358) with nine extra-base hits, nine RBIs and 19 runs scored out of the leadoff spot of the batting order. In the field, Moncada committed his 13th error of the season, this one a throwing error in the first. Moncada had backhanded a high chopper to his right, and after planting and unloading quickly threw a one-hopper to first that eluded Nick Longhi at the bag. -- Rafael Devers (Boston'€™s No. 4 prospect at MLB.com) was back in the lineup after playing in MLB'€™s Futures Game on Sunday and went 2-for-4 as the DH, hitting third in the lineup. Devers, who had been hitting above .300 for most of the season before a mini 0-for-15 slump in early July brought him down to .288, is back up to .297 as he'€™s gone 9-for-23 (.391) over his last five games with a homer, four RBIs and four runs scored. -- Third baseman Michael Chavis (Boston'€™s No. 9 prospect at MLB.com) also had a 2-for-4 evening, connecting on his 17th double as it one-hopped the center-field fence near the 420-foot marker. Boston'€™s first pick and the 26th overall selection of the 2014 draft, Chavis has begun to heat up as over his last eight contests Chavis is hitting 13-for-34 (.382) with two homers and four doubles to go with seven RBIs and six runs scored. -- Left fielder Mike Meyers was 2-for-4 with a double, his a two-RBI knock in the seventh inning that gave him a five-game hitting streak. Meyers would come home to score what proved to be the winning run on an RBI single from shortstop Javier Guerra (Boston'€™s No. 14 prospect at MLB.com). Meyers, 21, hit .321 over 23 games in June and has followed that up in July by hitting .313 over 13 contests. On the year Meyers is slashing a respectable .294/.355/.444 in 68 games played after spending all of 2014 with short-season Lowell. -- LHP Jalen Beeks earned the victory (8-4, 4.09 ERA) as he pitched eight innings in his longest outing as a professional. Beeks'€™ final line: 8 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO (100 pitches, 70 strikes). Beeks, 22, did allow two home runs in what has been a troublesome category for him as he'€™s surrendered five long balls in his last three games, and 12 on the season over 17 starts. Selected in Round 12 of the 2014 draft out of the University of Arkansas, Beeks has worked at least six innings in 10 starts this year and each of his last four. SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS (14-10): Scheduled off day. Next action Wednesday vs. Connecticut (Tigers) ROOKIE GULF COAST LEAGUE RED SOX (15-5): W, 8-3, vs. GCL Orioles -- Second baseman Jagger Rusconi tripled home two runs in a four-run fifth inning and also added an RBI single in the eighth for his second multi-hit game in his last three played. Rusconi, 18, has played eight total games since reporting and is hitting 5-for-16 (.312) with five RBIs and two runs scored over his last four after a 1-for-13 start. The switch-hitting Rusconi signed for full fifth-round slot value $384,000 after having committed to play at the University of Southern California. He was Boston'€™s first high school player selected in the 2015 draft. -- First baseman Jerry Downs had his first multi-hit game as a professional, going 3-for-5 with an RBI double in the first inning and an RBI single in the sixth. Downs, a 21-year-old left-handed batter who was selected by Boston in Round 15 of this year'€™s draft, is hitting 7-for-27 (.259) through nine games played with eight walks and five RBIs. Downs played three years of college baseball at NAIA St. Thomas University, where this year he hit .349 with nine homers and 12 steals in 64 games played. -- RHP Heath Hembree started a rehab assignment and pitched a scoreless first, allowing two singles. The 26-year-old Hembree has had three stints with Boston this year but had primarily pitched with Triple-A Pawtucket, where he'€™s allowed just two earned runs over 18 appearances (21 1/3 innings), striking out 20 and walking just two. Hembree, who was placed on the disabled list on June 15, was acquired by Boston in July of 2014 along with Edwin Escobar in exchange for Jake Peavy. -- RHP Josh Pennington continued to pile up strikeout numbers, whiffing four more batters over four scoreless innings to earn the victory (1-1, 0.82 ERA). Pennington, a 19-year-old who was drafted in Round 29 in 2014 out of high school in New Jersey, has struck out 14 batters over 13 innings, allowing just one earned run while walking four. Pennington signed in 2014 but did not make his professional debut until this June.

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