Red Sox minor league roundup: Rafael Devers, hitting prodigy; Teddy Stankiewicz dominates; Carlos Asuaje powers up

June 12, 2014 - 10:25 am

A brief look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Thursday: TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX: OFF DAY DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS: 2-1 LEAD (SUSPENDED IN THIRD INNING) AT ALTOONA (PIRATES) (BOX) -- Right-hander Keith Couch struck out three and walked none in two innings of work before rain halted his start. He allowed one unearned run. The 23-year-old continues to pitch like someone who has little left to prove in Double-A. He's 7-1 with a 2.42 ERA, 7.0 strikeouts and 1.5 walks per nine innings. He's given up one home run in 70 2/3 innings this year. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX: RAINED OUT AT FREDERICK SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE: 6-3 WIN VS. CHARLESTON (YANKEES) (BOX) -- Right-hander Teddy Stankiewicz had the best outing of his career, delivering a career-high seven innings of shutout ball in which he allowed just two hits (a double and a single), retiring the final 13 hitters he faced, recording five 1-2-3 innings, punching out six (his second highest strikeout total of the year) and walking none. While the 20-year-old, a 2013 second-rounder, has had relatively modest results in his first full pro season, working to a 3.71 ERA with 6.3 strikeouts and 2.6 walks per nine innings, he hasn't given up an earned run in four of his 12 starts, he's forced his opponents to put the ball in play (as indicated by his walk rate) and kept the ball in the park (one homer allowed on the year, none in his last 11 starts. -- Shortstop Carlos Asuaje went 1-for-3 with a homer (his team-leading seventh of the year) and a walk to improve his line through 60 games to .304/.421/.551 with 29 extra-base hits. He's walked (35 times) and struck out (36 times) in roughly equal measure. After he didn't homer in April, the 22-year-old has been amidst a power surge, hitting four homers last month and three through 11 games in June. His tools are modest rather than flashy, but as a versatile player who has seen time at shortstop, second, third and left field, evaluators believe he has a potential big league future as a utility player. -- Zack Kapstein went 2-for-4, and now leads the Drive with a .337 batting average. DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE RED SOX: 9-1 WIN AT DSL REDS (BOX) -- Rafael Devers continued his remarkable professional debut, going 2-for-4 and stealing a base while driving in a pair of runs. He's hitting .447/.542/.711 while showing an all-fields approach that is rarely seen from a 17-year-old. According to, 27 percent of the balls he's put in play have been to center field, while 21 percent have gone to right and 21 percent to left. -- Center fielder Luis Alexander Basabe went 1-for-3 with a pair of walks. The 17-year-old, who is in his second season in the DSL after he was one of the youngest players at that level last year, is hitting .306/.490/.556 with 14 walks, 11 strikeouts and six steals in as many attempts through 10 games this year. All of those marks point to early-season progress from his age 16 season, when he hit .225/.385/.321 with 49 walks, 58 strikeouts and 18 steals in 23 attempts in 60 games.