Red Sox minor league roundup: Rafael Devers, Deven Marrero make mark after promotions

July 05, 2014 - 12:32 pm
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A brief look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Friday: TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX: 3-2 WIN (10 INNINGS) AT SYRACUSE (NATIONALS) (BOX) -- Knuckleballer Steven Wright continued his outstanding work since joining Pawtucket, tossing eight innings -- the fifth time in his last six starts that he's recorded seven or more innings -- while permitting two runs. He walked one and struck out three, giving him an impressive 8.0 strikeouts per nine with just 1.8 walks per nine. He threw 67 of 98 pitches for strikes on Friday, in line with a season in which he's thrown strikes with 67 percent of his offerings. In seven starts, the 29-year-old is 3-1 with a 2.40 ERA. -- Center fielder Andres Torres went 4-for-5 with a double. The 36-year-old is 8-for-22 with two doubles and a homer in six games with the PawSox. -- Outfielder Alex Hassan went 2-for-5 with a double. Since returning to Pawtucket from a two-week stint in the big leagues, Hassan is hitting .342 with a .438 OBP and .539 slugging mark with 12 extra-base hits in 21 games. -- Newcomer Deven Marrero kept his doubles machinery intact, going 1-for-4 with his first two-bagger in three games since joining the PawSox as well as a walk. Between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket, he now has 20 two-baggers in 71 games, matching his total from 104 games in the 2013 season, and he has two more doubles and three more homers than he hit last year, resulting in a slugging boost from .317 to .430. The 23-year-old is 3-for-11 with a double and walk in his three games in Pawtucket. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS: RAINED OUT HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX: 7-6 LOSS (10 INNINGS) AT CAROLINA (INDIANS) (BOX) -- Right-hander Justin Haley allowed three runs in three innings before being lifted after 50 pitches (28 strikes). He allowed four hits (among them a double and triple), walked one, struck out one and got seven groundball outs. The 23-year-old is 6-3 with a 2.83 ERA this year. -- Outfielder Aneury Tavarez went 1-for-4 with a homer, and since the start of June, he's now hitting .302 with six homers and a .559 slugging mark, though with just two walks and 27 strikeouts. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE: 13-9 LOSS AT AUGUSTA (GIANTS) (BOX) -- Right-hander Jamie Callahan yielded eight runs (six earned) in 4 1/3 innings, allowing seven hits (including a double and homer) while walking three and striking out five. The 19-year-old is now 2-8 with a 6.93 ERA, and he's worked more than five innings in just one of his 16 starts, and he's allowed fewer than three runs just four times. -- Versatile Carlos Asuaje went 1-for-3 with his 10th homer of the year and a walk. In 78 games, he's hitting .306/.398/.536 with 36 extra-base hits. SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS: 7-4 LOSS AT TRI-CITY (ASTROS) (BOX) -- Right-hander Karsten Whitson allowed one run on a hit and a walk in two innings, striking out one in his pro debut. The former first-round pick (No. 9 overall) in the 2010 draft signed with the Red Sox for $100,000 after being selected this year as a redshirt senior out of Florida. -- Since a slow start, 2014 second-rounder Sam Travis has been raking, going 2-for-4 and driving in a pair of runs on Friday. After hitting .118 through his first five games, Travis is hitting .381/.409/.548 with two homers in his last 10 contests. -- Outfielder Danny Mars, who has split time between center and right, had his third straight multi-hit game, going 3-for-4. The 2014 sixth-rounder improved his line to .448/.484/.621 through seven games. ROOKIE LEVEL GULF COAST LEAGUE RED SOX: 13-3 WIN VS. GCL TWINS (BOX) -- The long-anticipated arrival of Rafael Devers in the U.S. more than lived up to its hype, as the 17-year-old had his first career four-hit game, going 4-for-4 with a double and triple as well as a walk. Devers is the youngest Sox position player to make it to the GCL since shortstop Jose Vinicio in 2010. Chris Hatfield of SoxProspects.com noted that Devers had the highest slugging percentage by a Red Sox position player in the DSL (.538) since at least 2005. -- Right fielder Joseph Monge went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles. Of the 19-year-old's first seven hits, four have been for extra bases. -- Shortstop Javier Guerra went 2-for-5 with a double and the 18-year-old also kickstarted three double plays. Indeed, the twin killing has become an early signature of the ultrasmooth Guerra's defensive prowess. He's been involved in 14 double plays. No other GCL shortstop has been involved in more than 10. DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE RED SOX: 4-2 WIN AT DSL MARINERS (BOX) -- Daniel Gonzalez, an 18-year-old right-hander, somewhat amazingly improved to 6-0 after tossing five innings in which he allowed one run on four hits and a walk while punching out four. Only one other pitcher in the DSL has as many as five wins.

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