Red Sox minor league roundup: Taking stock of Mookie Betts' breakout year; Daniel McGrath recognized; progress for Henry Ramos

August 13, 2013 - 6:32 am
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A brief look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Monday: TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX: OFF DAY DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS: OFF DAY -- Shortstop Deven Marrero has been promoted to Portland and will make his Sea Dogs debut on Tuesday. More on the 22-year-old's move up the ladder here. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX: 7-3 LOSS AT WILMINGTON (ROYALS) (BOX) -- Though Mookie Betts went 0-for-2 to end his nine-game hitting streak, the 20-year-old coaxed a pair of walks, giving him as many walks (14) as strikeouts since his promotion to High-A Salem last month. In his last 10 contests with Salem, the 20-year-old is hitting .394/.512/.606, improving his overall line in 31 games with Salem to .278/.363/.463 with 14 steals in as many attempts after successfully swiping another bag on Monday. On the year, between Greenville and Salem, the 2011 fifth-rounder is now hitting .291/.403/.473 with 12 homers, 43 extra-base hits and 32 steals. Of the 88 players with 25 or more steals for full-season minor league affiliates this year, Betts leads them all with a 94.1 percent success rate on his stolen base attempts, having gone 32-for-34. Of that group, he's also tied for ninth in homers on the year. In short, in a year where he was two years younger than the average position player in Single-A and three years younger than the average player in the Carolina League, Betts has distinguished himself this year with one of the most impressive combinations of speed, power and plate discipline, a player whose across-the-board skill set projects to make him a valuable big leaguer. -- After a scorching mid-summer stretch, outfielder Henry Ramos has lapsed into less consistent results, but he nonetheless continues to show progress compared to where he was a year ago. The 21-year-old went 1-for-5 with a double on Monday, with the two-bagger representing his 37th extra-base hit of the year -- one more than he had in 122 games in 2012 while playing in a more favorable hitting environment in Greenville. A few markers of his progress this year: Ramos has bumped up his walk rate from 8.9 percent in 2012 to 11.0 percent this year; his strikeout rate has dipped from 20.4 to 18.8 percent; and he's collecting extra-base hits in 8.0 percent of plate appearances, up from 7.3 percent last year. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE: OFF DAY SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS: OFF DAY -- Left-hander Daniel McGrath was named New York-Penn League pitcher of the week after throwing 7 1/3 no-hit innings, retiring all seven batters he faced in relief on August 6 and then retiring all 15 batters he faced and punching out six in five innings on Sunday. The 19-year-old native of Australia now has a 2.65 ERA, 19 strikeouts and one walk in 17 innings spanning four outings since his promotion from the GCL to Lowell. ROOKIE LEVEL GULF COAST LEAGUE RED SOX: 8-4 WIN (COMPLETION OF 8/8 SUSPENDED GAME), 3-2 WIN (BOX GAME 1, BOX GAME 2) -- Outfielder Jordon Austin went 2-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base (his ninth in as many chances) on Monday. The 18-year-old, a sixth-round pick this year, is now hitting .227/.379/.307 in 27 games in his pro debut. -- Outfielder Bryan Hudson went 3-for-4 with a walk in the first game, as the 15th round pick out of high school in Georgia continued what has been one of the most impressive offensive lines of anyone in this year's Red Sox draft class. The 18-year-old is now hitting .287/.427/.345, though it's somewhat difficult to use GCL stats to get a handle on the 18-year-old's performance given that his excellent speed permits him to turn groundballs into hits with frequency that might prove elusive as he advances. Of his three hits on Monday, one was an infield single and a second was on a groundball through the left side. -- First baseman Jake Davies finished the first game on Monday with a 4-for-4 line that included the 23-year-old's first homer of 2013. He followed that with a 1-for-2 game and a walk in the second game, boosting his line to .240/.275/.320 on the year. DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE RED SOX: 3-2 WIN AT DSL ATHLETICS (BOX) -- Right-hander Victor Ramirez punched in with his eighth straight scoreless outing, with his run now spanning 10 innings. The 18-year-old has 14 strikeouts and two walks during the run, lowering his ERA to 0.70 with 25 strikeouts, six walks and 12 saves in 25 2/3 innings thus far. -- Center fielder Luis Alexander Basabe went 1-for-2 with a pair of walks and a steal. The 16-year-old has reached in nine of his last 10 games, posting a .303/.477/.303 line with seven steals (in nine attempts) in that time. He's hitting .208 but with a relatively robust .381 OBP (along with a .301 slugging mark) and 16 steals (in 21 attempts) on the year.

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