Red Sox minor league roundup: Below-the-radar prospects get started in Lowell; Kevin Heller, on-base machine

June 14, 2014 - 5:29 am
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A brief look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Friday: TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX: RAINED OUT VS. CHARLOTTE (WHITE SOX) DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS: 6-1 LOSS AT AKRON (INDIANS) (BOX) -- Second baseman Sean Coyle went 2-for-4, his 14th multi-hit game of the year in 36 contests in Portland. That matches the number of multi-hit contests he had in 48 games last year in High-A Salem. For the year, the 22-year-old is hitting .349 with a .401 OBP and .540 slugging mark. He has yet to have a stretch of more than two straight games without a hit. -- Derrik Gibson went 1-for-4, extending his streak of consecutive games reaching base to nine, during which he's hitting .485/.575/.545. -- Left-hander Miguel Pena matched a season-high with 6 1/3 innings, but he was attacked for six runs on 11 hits and two walks while striking out four. Pena, 23, has allowed four or more earned runs in each of his last five starts, elevating his ERA to 6.41 for the year. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX: 6-1 WIN VS. LYNCHBURG (BRAVES) (BOX) -- Outfielder Kevin Heller went 0-for-1 but reached base three times, twice by walk and once by getting plunked. He has a streak of 10 straight games in which he's reached base multiple times, with a .310/.545/.448  line during that stretch. He's reached base at least once in 18 straight contests, with a .263/.475/.456 line during that larger stretch. For the year, the Amherst alum is now hitting .280 with a .432 OBP and .468 slugging mark, with the 24-year-old's OBP ranking second in the Carolina League. -- Right-hander Kyle Martin tossed 2 1/3 innings of shutout relief in which he allowed three hits, walked none and struck out three. The 23-year-old now has a 49-to-5 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 42 innings. -- DH Tim Roberson, 24, had his second straight multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a double and triple. He has a five-game hitting streak during which he's 7-for-18 with four doubles, a triple and a homer. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE: 8-2 WIN, 2-0 WIN AT HAGERSTOWN (NATIONALS) (BOX GAME 1, BOX GAME 2) -- Left-hander Daniel McGrath tossed five solid innings in which he gave up two runs on three hits (two singles and a double) while issuing two walks and punching out four. The 19-year-old with an advanced three-pitch mix is holding lefties and righties to an identical .194 average, suggesting an ability to work with his fastball (typically in the high-80s but with good location), curveball and changeup in a fashion that allows him to be effective against hitters of both handedness. -- Outfielder Manuel Margot went 1-for-3 with a triple, a walk and a steal in the first game, with the triple snapping a stretch of eight games without an extra-base hit and the steal giving him 22 for the year, a mark that ranks second in the South Atlantic League. -- Right-hander Myles Smith had the best start of his young career, firing six shutout innings in which he allowed two hits and one walk while striking out two. The one walk was the fewest of the year for Smith in a start. The 22-year-old has typically struggled with his control this year, having walked 6.7 per nine innings. -- First baseman Jantzen Witte went 3-for-4 with a homer in the first game, with the roundtripper coming against a left-hander. The 24-year-old, a right-handed hitter, is now hitting .397/.461/.683 with two homers and 13 extra-base hits against southpaws. -- Outfielder Zach Kapstein went 3-for-6 with a double in the doubleheader, and he's now hitting .347/.411/.429. -- Outfielder Forrestt Allday, 23, went 5-for-7 with a double and a triple in the two games to push his average to .310 with a .404 OBP and .431 slugging mark. SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS: 7-2 WIN VS. VERMONT (ATHLETICS) (BOX) -- Shortstop Mauricio Dubon went 2-for-4 with a homer and a steal while also serving as the pivot on a pair of double plays. The 19-year-old, drafted in the 26th round in 2013, represents an interesting sleeper prospect with an unusual profile. Dubon is a native of Honduras who moved to the States in high school so that he could pursue baseball. He showed the defensive tools to be drafted as a shortstop, and in his pro debut last year, there were glimpses of an ability to spray line drives in a fashion that suggested some potential, particularly given his position. But in spring training, there were signs of something more, as he started to drive the ball over the heads of outfielders, showing surprising bat speed and pop for his size (he's listed at 6-foot-0 and 160 pounds), a notion that was driven home in intriguing fashion by his 2014 debut for Lowell. -- Right fielder Nick Longhi, an 18-year-old with intriguing power potential, went 3-for-4 with a double and triple. Drafted out of high school at age 17, Longhi is one of the youngest position players in the New York-Penn League. The Sox drafted Longhi in the 30th round of last year's draft but gave him a bonus in line with an early-round pick to sign him away from a scholarship commitment at LSU. DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE RED SOX: 16-7 WIN AT DSL MARINERS (BOX) -- Center fielder Luis Alexander Basabe, 17, went 4-for-6 with a triple while driving in seven runs. He's 8-for-18 with a double and two triples this season with runners in scoring position. He also stole his seventh base in as many attempts. -- Right fielder Yoan Aybar, 16, went 3-for-5 with a pair of strikeouts. He's an athletic, projectable player with a line drive stroke that could ultimately yield some power as he fills out. -- Left-hander Jhonathan Diaz, a 17-year-old who showed the ability to command his projectable, mid-80s fastball when the Red Sox signed him last summer, continued to offer evidence of his control, tossing four shutout innings in which he allowed four hits while striking out five and walking one. The walk was the only one he's issued this year in 14 innings. He has 11 punchouts and a 2.57 ERA. -- Rafael Devers went 0-for-3, snapping his career-opening 11-game hitting streak, but he did walk and drive in a run with a sac fly. The 17-year-old is hitting .413/.508/.761 with three homers and 19 RBI in 12 games.

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