Red Sox minor league roundup: The Mookie Ratio; Travis Shaw's rare power hitting class; Stephen Drew's strikeouts mount

June 01, 2014 - 6:14 am
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A brief look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Saturday: TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX: 3-1 LOSS AT NORFOLK (ORIOLES) (BOX) -- Third baseman Garin Cecchini is being called up on Sunday, with Alex Wilson having been optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket. More on Cecchini's landmark transaction here. -- First baseman Travis Shaw went 1-for-4 while launching his first Triple-A homer. Shaw now has a combined 12 homers this year between Double-A and Triple-A -- one of 20 players in all of minor league baseball who has gone deep a dozen times. Of those, he's the only player with more walks (30) than strikeouts (29). Shaw is hitting .261/.292/.478 in Triple-A. He's 5-for-16 with a homer and two doubles against righties, and 1-for-7 against lefties. -- Shortstop Stephen Drew went 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts and a walk. He's now 1-for-10 with a walk and five strikeouts in Triple-A, and 4-for-18 with two doubles, two walks and nine strikeouts in 20 total plate appearances during his minor league assignment. Despite his struggles and the strong performance of Brock Holt in an everyday role, however, Red Sox manager John Farrell suggested there's no looming quarterback controversy when Drew is eligible to be called up on Monday, following another game on Sunday. "I don't know if it's a difficult decision. We re-signed Stephen to come in and play shortstop. That hasn't changed," said Farrell. "More than anything, we're going to add a very good player to this team, it'll deepen our roster, which is going to be needed as we get into the middle of this season and beyond." -- Right-hander Steven Wright, in his first Triple-A start this year (after opening the season on the 60-day disabled list while recovering from hernia surgery), had a strong outing, with the knuckleballer logging six innings and allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits (five singles, two doubles) while walking one and striking out seven. He threw 60 of 88 pitches (68 percent) for strikes. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS: 9-4 WIN, 4-3 WIN AT TRENTON (YANKEES) (BOX GAME 1, BOX GAME 2) -- Feats of Mookie: Busting out. Mookie Betts delivered a pair of three-hit performances, going 3-for-4 with an extra-base hit in each end of the doubleheader (both ends of which he played in center field). On the day, he went 6-for-8 with a double, triple and a walk. His six hits matched his total from the previous eight games, and boosted Betts' average back up from .347 to .362, his OBP from .435 to .448 and his slugging mark from .540 to .562. Ratios of Mookie: 34 walks, 27 extra-base hits, 22 steals, 19 strikeouts. -- Sean Coyle went 3-for-4 with a double in the first game, extending his hitting streak to 12 games, before going 0-for-2 with a walk and two strikeouts in the second game. Coyle hit .457/.500/.674 during the streak. -- Shortstop Deven Marrero, who had been just 2-for-33 in his prior eight games, went 3-for-7 with a double and a walk in the doubleheader. -- Right-hander Keith Couch had a complete game, seven-inning effort in the first game, allowing four runs (two earned) while punching out five without a walk. Couch is now 7-0 with a 2.26 ERA, 6.5 strikeouts per nine and 1.6 walks per nine. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX: 8-1 LOSS AT POTOMAC (NATIONALS) (BOX) -- Left-hander Cody Kukuk allowed one run on five hits and three walks while lasting just 3 2/3 innings. He punched out four. Kukuk, 21, has struggled to provide innings since his promotion, lasting fewer than five innings in four of his six outings. His stuff is undeniable -- Kukuk has been clocked at up to 98 mph this year, and he can get swings and misses on his slider and changeup -- but his control struggles in High-A have been severe. He's walked 18 in 26 innings (6.2 per nine innings), though his ability to avoid hard contact has allowed him to limit his ERA to 4.15. -- Right-hander Justin Haley allowed a season-high seven runs, but just two were earned; he's limited his opponents to two or fewer earned runs in each of his 11 games this year. The right-hander allowed five hits and one walk in four innings, continuing a year in which his control has made huge strides, with his walk rate at 2.8 per nine innings. -- Second baseman Reed Gragnani went 2-for-4, improving to .335 with a .420 OBP and .437 slugging mark. He has 19 multi-hit games among his 45 contests this year. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE: 7-1 LOSS VS. HICKORY (RANGERS) (BOX) -- Though right-hander Teddy Stankiewicz allowed three runs in six innings, none were earned. The 20-year-old, a 2013 second-rounder, allowed four hits (two doubles, two singles), walked two and punched out three while matching a season-high in innings. Since getting roughed up in his first start, he has a 3.06 ERA with no homers allowed, 6.3 strikeouts and 3.1 walks per nine. -- First baseman Jantzen Witte went 3-for-4, his fourth straight multi-hit game and sixth in seven contests. The 24-year-old closed out May with a .388/.480/.660 line with 15 doubles and 20 extra-base hits in 29 games, improving to .364/.453/.587 for the season. -- Outfielder Manuel Margot went 2-for-4 with a double and a steal. In his last 10 games, he's hit .324/.395/.382. He was successful on 10 of 11 stolen base attempts in May. With 17 steals on the year (in 21 attempts), the 19-year-old is tied for second in the South Atlantic League in that category.

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