Red Sox minor league roundup: Garin Cecchini rebounds; Sergio Gomez keeps overpowering

August 08, 2013 - 11:48 am
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A brief (and belated) look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Wednesday: TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX: OFF DAY DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS: 5-3 LOSS VS. RICHMOND (GIANTS) (BOX) -- Garin Cecchini went 2-for-4 with a double while driving in two, snapping a pair of slightly undesirable streaks. He'd entered Wednesday without a multi-hit game in any of his prior nine contests, a stretch in which he also didn't have any extra-base hits. Cecchini was 3-for-28 -- but with 10 walks and eight strikeouts -- during the fallow period. The double actually snapped a 12-game run without an extra-base hit. Still, it's worth being mindful of the bigger picture with a player who has made what would continue to be characterized as a strong transition to Double-A. He's hitting .298/.408/.417 in Portland, and .329/.444/.493 overall between High-A Salem and Portland in 104 games this year. -- Left-hander Franklin Morales, in his fourth rehab appearance as he nears a return from a pectoral strain, allowed a run on two hits while striking out a batter. He threw 13 of 20 pitches for strikes. The run was the first he's given up in 5 1/3 rehab innings in this return from the DL; he has seven punchouts and no walks in the period. -- Left-hander Chris Hernandez, in his first start back in Portland (a level from which he'd graduated as a starter last year, but to which he returned after going 3-9 with a 5.72 ERA and .308 opponents' batting average in Pawtucket), had a strong outing. The 24-year-old allowed one run on four hits in 6 1/3 innings, punching out four and walking one. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX: 6-3 WIN VS. WILMINGTON (ROYALS) (BOX) -- Right-hander Kyle Stroup continued his gradual progression back from a trip to the DL, tossing three shutout innings in which he allowed one hit, walked none and struck out two. The 23-year-old has had excellent control numbers in Salem, walking just eight batters over 41 1/3 innings in his last 10 outings. His 2.4 walks per nine are in keeping his promising performance two years ago in Single-A Greenville (when he also walked 2.4 per nine), but while posting a 4.84 ERA, he hasn't shown the same swing-and-miss rate that he had in 2011 (before losing 2012 to a blown out ACL), as he's down from 7.1 strikeouts per nine to 5.9 strikeouts per nine this year. -- Shortstop Deven Marrero went 2-for-4 with a walk and a steal (his 19th in 21 attempts), snapping a four-game, 0-for-15 slump. Marrero's struggles extend beyond that bit of hitlessness, as he was 3-for-29 in seven games entering Wednesday. With his first multi-hit effort since July 24, Marrero is now hitting .252/.331/.324. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE: RAINED OUT VS. KANNAPOLIS (WHITE SOX) SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS: 7-0 WIN AT MAHONING VALLEY (INDIANS) (BOX) -- Sergio Gomez added to his All-Star credentials, firing six shutout innings in which he yielded five hits (a double and four singles), punched out five and walked one. In his last two starts, the rail-thin 19-year-old -- who at 6-foot-3 and a listed weight of 155 pounds already tops out around 94 mph with more projectable velocity if he fills out -- has shown the ability to get consistent swings and misses against older competition. He has 12 shutout innings in his last two starts, and on the year, Gomez is second in the New York-Penn League with a 1.60 ERA, he's tied for the league lead in punchouts (55) and ranks third among pitchers who have worked at least 40 innings with 9.8 strikeouts per nine innings. -- Second-round pick Teddy Stankiewicz tossed a pair of scoreless innings and once again showed a willingness to attack the strike zone. The 19-year-old allowed one hit and walked none while striking out two. In seven pro innings spanning four appearances, he now has given up a run on four hits, walked none and punched out six. -- Shortstop Tzu-Wei Lin went 2-for-5 for his second straight two-hit game. He did, however, strike out, giving the 19-year-old 12 straight games in which he's punched out at least once, walking just four times in that period. The run is a surprising one given his hand-eye coordination and the evident strike zone discipline he's shown in both his amateur career as well as last year in the GCL and earlier this year in Lowell. ROOKIE LEVEL GULF COAST LEAGUE RED SOX: RAINED OUT VS. GCL RAYS DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE RED SOX: 7-5 LOSS AT DSL RAYS (BOX) -- Left-hander Luis Ramos continued to throw strikes, throwing five shutout innings in which he allowed three hits, walked none and struck out two. On the season, the 18-year-old has 31 punchouts and four walks in 48 1/3 innings en route to a 2.24 ERA. -- Shortstop Javier Guerra, 17, built upon his scorching run, going 2-for-4 with a steal (and a caught stealing). In his last 10 games, he's hitting .405 with three walks and a .450 OBP (along with a .432 slugging mark). The defensively advanced Panamanian is hitting .234/.352/.275.

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