Red Sox minor league roundup: More unusual feats of Mookie Betts; Alex Hassan hits, bends space-time continuum; Xander Bogaerts stops streaking

June 08, 2013 - 5:45 am
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A brief look at the action at the limited action in the Red Sox system on Friday: TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX: RAINED OUT DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS: 12-3 LOSS AT AKRON (INDIANS) (BOX) --Shortstop Xander Bogaerts went 0-for-4, snapping his nine game hitting streak (during which he'd reached base at least twice ever game) in which he hit .516/.643/1.032. He did negotiate a walk, and has reached base in 14 straight games. He also struck out for just the second time in his last eight games. -- First baseman Travis Shaw, after a dreadful May (.170/.278/.310), appears to be turning a corner. He went 1-for-2 with a pair of walks, and the 23-year-old now has collected a hit (a single) in each of his last five games and has added at least one walk in each of his last four contests. He's 5-for-17 with five walks (.455 OBP) in his last five contests. -- Outfielder Pete Hissey, who'd been on the disabled list since May 20, returned to the lineup and went 1-for-3 with a double and walk. The 23-year-old is hitting .286 with a .365 OBP on the year. -- Right-hander Miguel Celestino, whose transition to the bullpen has proved a struggle thus far, had his best outing of the year, striking out the side in the ninth and not allowing a baserunner. It was just the second time in 17 appearances that he hasn't permitted a baserunner. Celestino has huge stuff -- his fastball registers in the high-90s -- but his ERA for the year is 6.68, as he's given up seven homers in 32 1/3 innings. He has struck out 33 while walking 16. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX: RAINED OUT SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE: 17-8 WIN (COMPLETION OF SUSPENDED GAME), 10-5 WIN VS. HICKORY (RANGERS) (BOX GAME 1, BOX GAME 2) -- Daily Feats of Mookie: Evidently, when Mookie Betts was moved to second base at the start of his pro career (after playing shortstop in high school), he took the notion of making second his new home to heart. He went 2-for-4 with a double on Friday, giving him doubles in six of his last seven games -- with seven two-baggers in as many contests. He's now up to 16 doubles on the year with a .288/.419/.516 line on the season that has the 20-year-old ranking among the top performers in the league. Betts has now gone six games (and six doubles) without a strikeout, and so he's reached a statistical tipping point of sorts. He now has 25 extra-base hits and 25 strikeouts for the year, along with 41 walks. Betts is one of just two players in all of minor league baseball with at least 25 extra-base hits who has at least as many extra-base hits as strikeouts -- with the only other such player (Andrew Aplin of the High-A Lancaster JetHawks) playing in a home park that defies terrestrial gravitational realities. -- Not only did Alex Hassan go 3-for-5 with a double while driving in four in the "first game," but he also bent the space-time continuum, having received credit for participating in a game (albeit one that had been suspended) that took place on May 22 -- a time when he was on the disabled list. He then went 1-for-3 with a walk in the second game. Hassan is now 5-for-10 with a double and walk in Single-A while returning from his foot injury. He played left field for all of the first game on Friday before moving to DH for the second game. -- Aneury Tavarez fell a single shy of the cycle in the completion of the first game, going 3-for-6 with a double, triple and homer. He then added a double and triple in the second game. In his last four games (including the completion of the suspended game), the 21-year-old outfielder is now hitting is now 9-for-17 with four doubles, two triples, a homer and two steals, good for a .529/.556/1.176 line. Though Tavarez has just a .255/.294/.409 line on the year, he has some life in his bat, as evidenced by his outburst in recent games. -- Eric Jarinko, the assistant GM of the Drive, notes that Hickory pitcher Tyler Smith absorbed the loss in both the suspended game and Friday night's game. Evidently, he got Hassan'd. DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE RED SOX: 12-1 WIN VS. DSL ATHLETICS (BOX) -- Right-hander Dedgar Jimenez turned in his second straight strong outing to open the season, allowing one run in four innings (the second straight game with such a line) while punching out five and walking one. The huge (6-foot-3, 240 pounds) 17-year-old left-hander now has nine strikeouts and one walk in his eight innings this year. Though he's given up 11 hits, all but one of those has been a single. -- Victor Acosta extended his hitting streak to six straight games to start the year, with the 17-year-old (serving as DH on Friday) going 1-for-4 with a double and walk to improve his early line to .346/.433/.423.