Red Sox minor league roundup: Deven Marrero's career day; Alex Hassan scorching; Blake Swihart's power show

July 14, 2014 - 12:22 pm
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A brief look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Sunday: TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX: 13-8 WIN AT TOLEDO (TIGERS) (BOX) -- Shortstop Deven Marrero, who'd been amidst a 1-for-16 slump over four games, broke out of the skid in emphatic fashion, going 4-for-5 with two doubles while driving in six. The 23-year-old set career highs in both hits and RBIs. He's now hitting .326 with a .356 OBP, .419 slugging mark and four doubles in 11 games since moving up from Double-A. -- Hottest hitter in the Red Sox system: Still Alex Hassan. Hassan went 3-for-6 with a double and a homer, and in 29 games since returning to the minors on June 10, he's hitting .367/.448/.615 with three homers and a whopping 20 extra-base hits. On the year, he's now hitting .341/.418/.541 against lefties and .280/.372/.433 overall -- up from .217/.318/.303 before his big league callup. -- Right-hander Brandon Workman, in his first start in Triple-A after nearly two months in the big league rotation, tossed five innings in which he allowed four runs on 10 hits (including three doubles and a homer) with two walks and three strikeouts. Triple-A hitters have a .296 average against Workman this year, while big leaguers have just a .225 mark against him. -- Allen Webster, relegated to a piggyback role, allowed four runs on six hits (four doubles and a triple) in four innings, though he walked just one and struck out four. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS: 7-6 WIN VS. NEW HAMPSHIRE (BLUE JAYS) (BOX) -- Catcher Blake Swihart continued to show his emergence as a player capable of hitting homers. He went 1-for-4 with a key eighth-inning homer as part of a game-winning Portland rally. The solo shot was Swihart's 10th of the year, giving him more homers this season than he had in his first two seasons combined (9). The 22-year-old is hitting .293/.349/.481, and he's viewed as the best catching prospect in the minors. Though he wasn't in the All-Star Futures Game, he belongs in the conversation about the elite prospects in the minors. "It's been unbelievable. He gets better every year. He should be in this locker room right now. He should be catching me," said Henry Owens. "Every single year he progresses. From the first year on, he matures every year. He's a great guy in the clubhouse. Great batterymate. He has an unbelievable feel for all of our pitchers, not just me. He's just unbelievable."-- DH David Chester went 3-for-4 with his fourth homer in 27 games since his promotion to Portland. The 25-year-old is hitting .301/.363/.505 with Portland. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX: 5-1 WIN AT WILMINGTON (ROYALS) (BOX) -- Left-hander Cody Kukuk may be turning a corner in his time in High-A. The 21-year-old threw five shutout innings in which he gave up three hits and walked three while punching out seven. Kukuk had an 8.33 ERA through 10 starts, but in his last three outings, he has a 1.50 ERA with 15 strikeouts and seven walks in 12 innings -- with a ratio of more than two strikeouts per walk representing an alteration from his initial 10 starts, in which he walked more than he struck out. Kukuk's stuff rivals that of anyone in the system, with the pure arsenal to dominate if he can harness his command. -- Carson Blair had his 12th multi-hit game in his last 24 contests. Since June 1, he's hitting .412/.519/.635 with 11 extra-base hits. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE: 8-5 WIN VS. AUGUSTA (GIANTS) (BOX) -- Left-hander Daniel McGrath allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings on five hits (including a homer) while striking out a season-high eight batters. The 20-year-old Australian has been the most consistent starter in the Greenville rotation, going at least five innings in each of his last six starts while allowing three or fewer runs in each of them. He has a 2.75 ERA in that span. SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS: 6-1 LOSS VS. MAHONING VALLEY (INDIANS) (BOX) -- Shane Victorino went 0-for-2 with a walk and had an outfield assist before going home for the All-Star break. -- Though Nick Longhi saw his 14-game hitting streak come to an end, he celebrated the opportunity to realize a lifelong dream by playing in the Futures at Fenway.

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