Red Sox minor league roundup (Cliff's Notes version): Feats of Mookie; head-turners in Rookie Ball

July 27, 2014 - 11:43 am
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The briefest of all looks at the action in the Red Sox minor league system on Saturday -- with apologies for the brevity. TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX: 8-5 WIN AT SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE (YANKEES) (BOX) -- Feats of Mookie: Powering up. Mookie Betts went 2-for-5 -- his fourth multi-hit game in six contests -- while launching a three-run homer. He now has a six-game hitting streak in which he's 12-for-28 with a double, triple and homer. -- Shortstop Deven Marrero, who had been in something of a second-half funk (6-for-28), had his second four-hit game of the year, going 4-for-4 with a double and knocking in three. He's hitting .320/.363/.400. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS: 7-0 LOSS AT NEW BRITAIN (TWINS) (BOX) -- Second baseman Sean Coyle went 2-for-4. He's recovered from a horrific 0-for-5 game that featured five strikeouts on July 20 to go 9-for-24 (.375) with a double, homer, three walks and four strikeouts. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX: 4-2 LOSS VS. MYRTLE BEACH (RANGERS) (BOX) -- Right-hander Justin Haley tossed five innings, allowing just three hits, but one was a two-run homer to account for the only runs he permitted in a loss. Haley struck out two and walked none, continuing a year in which the 23-year-old has had tremendous control, averaging 7.2 strikeouts and 2.2 walks per nine innings. -- Left-hander Corey Littrell allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits (including a homer), walked two and punched out six whle working as a piggyback starter. In seven second-half appearances, the 22-year-old has 7.2 strikeouts and 2.7 walks per nine innings with a svelte 2.25 ERA. The homer was the first he'd given up since June 20. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE: 6-5 WIN AT HAGERSTOWN (NATIONALS) (BOX) -- Right-hander Teddy Stankiewicz continued to show the ability to handle an innings load, earning the win while yielding four runs on seven hits in six innings. He walked one and struck out two. The 20-year-old has pitched at least six innings in nine of his 19 starts, and in his first pro season, the 2013 second-rounder has already crossed the 100 innings threshold (102 1/3). While he hasn't shown plus stuff, he's shown the ability to throw strikes with multiple pitches, and seems to be responding well to the physical demands of pro ball -- as evident by the fact that his velocity has been creeping up throughout the year, topping out around 96-97 mph in recent weeks. SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS: 9-5 WIN VS. HUDSON VALLEY (RAYS) (BOX) -- Outfielder Bryan Hudson went 4-for-5. The 19-year-old's four-hit game included a pair of triples and a pair of hits in a single inning. He's hitting .243/.326/.330 with four steals. -- First baseman Sam Travis went 1-for-4 with his fourth homer of the year. He's hitting .303/.355/.394 in July. ROOKIE LEVEL GULF COAST LEAGUE RED SOX: 5-2 LOSS VS. GCL TWINS (BOX) -- Shortstop Javier Guerra continues to show an uncommon ability to impact the ball for an 18-year-old with strong shortstop skills. He went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, giving him 12 extra-base hits in 27 games on the way to a .304/.317/.471 line. -- Wunderkind Rafael Devers went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and a walk. He has a seven-game hitting streak in which he's hitting .385 -- actually a step down from his overall performance in 17 games since being promoted to the GCL from the DSL. Since reaching the States, Devers is hitting .393/.449/.623. DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE RED SOX: 4-3 WIN AT DSL MARINERS (BOX) -- Enmanuel DeJesus, a 17-year-old left-hander from Venezuela, recorded a career-high six punchouts in 3 2/3 innings. He has 37 punchouts and 15 walks in 41 innings. -- Outfielder Bryce Brentz went 0-for-4, and is now 1-for-12 during his GCL rehab assignment.

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