Red Sox minor league weekend roundup: Trey Ball, Matt Barnes rolling; Manuel Margot's rare speed-power combo

August 11, 2014 - 8:47 am

A brief look at the action in the Red Sox minor league system over the weekend: TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX: 5-2 WIN, 6-4 WIN AT CHARLOTTE (WHITE SOX) (SATURDAY BOX, SUNDAY BOX) -- Right-hander Matt Barnes followed his seven no-hit innings with a quality start, yielding two runs on four hits (including a homer) in six hittings. Though he didn't feature the same swing-and-miss dominance (he struck out four while walking three) as in his 10-punchout no-hit effort, he continued what has been a solid second half. In four starts since the All-Star break, Barnes has pitched at least five innings while permitting two or fewer runs in each of them, forging a 2.22 ERA with 22 strikeouts and 10 walks allowed in 24 1/3 innings, with opponents managing a microscopic .134 average against him. -- Left-hander Henry Owens, in his second Triple-A start, yielded four runs on eight hits in five innings while permitting two walks and punching out five. All four of the runs came in a third-inning rally that centered around three consecutive groundball singles sandwiched between a pair of doubles. Despite the run yield, Owens showed a couple of signs of strong execution, among them: Plenty of groundballs (he recorded six outs on the ground and four of the hits he allowed were likewise groundballs) and plenty of strikes (66 of 100). -- On Sunday, shortstop Deven Marrero had his first multi-hit game since July 26, going 2-for-3 with his first Triple-A homer, a double and a walk (his first in nine games). In 32 Triple-A games, Marrero is hitting .261/.299/.361. -- Garin Cecchini went 3-for-5 on Saturday, his first multi-hit game since July 1, as part of a 4-for-9 weekend. Cecchini is hitting .241/.290/.276 in seven August games, after back-to-back months of hitting below .200 with a sub-.300 OBP in June and July. For the season, the 23-year-old is hitting .241/.317/.326. -- Outfielder Bryce Brentz went 3-for-9 with a homer, a double and a walk over the weekend. In six days since coming off the DL, he's been impacting the ball, hitting .296/.321/.593 with two homers and two doubles, boosting his season line to .241/.333/.457 in Pawtucket. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS: 12-7 WIN (SATURDAY, 11 INNINGS), 6-0 LOSS (SUNDAY) AT RICHMOND (GIANTS) (SATURDAY BOX, SUNDAY BOX) -- Right-hander Mike Augliera continued his assault on the strike zone while tossing six shutout innings on Sunday. He gave up four hits, punched out five and walked one. In his last 10 starts, the 24-year-old has 38 strikeouts and just four walks allowed in 58 2/3 innings. In four post-All-Star-break starts, he has a 19-to-2 strikeout-to-walk rate with a 3.08 ERA in 26 1/3 innings. -- Right-hander Keith Couch was solid in his return from elbow soreness on Saturday. After missing nearly two months with Portland, the 24-year-old allowed one unearned run in 4 2/3 innings while giving up three hits and walking two while striking out two. He lowered his ERA to 2.97 in Portland this year. -- Third baseman Michael Almanzar went 2-for-6 with a homer and three walks. With two homers and four doubles in eight games in August, the 23-year-old is now hitting .293/.379/.455 in 36 games while back in Portland following his Rule 5 return from the Orioles. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX: RAINED OUT TWICE VS. POTOMAC (NATIONALS) SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE: 6-4 WIN, 5-0 WIN AT LEXINGTON (ROYALS) (SATURDAY BOX, SUNDAY BOX) -- Left-hander Trey Ball pitched into the seventh inning for the first time in his career, tossing 6 2/3 shutout innings in which he gave up three hits (all singles), walked two and struck out four. Ball has pitched at least five innings in each of his last five starts, with a 1.57 ERA, 17 strikeouts and 10 walks in 28 2/3 innings. -- Manuel Margot's monster August continued with a 3-for-9 weekend that included a homer, triple and steal (along with a caught stealing). Margot is hitting .450/.488/.700 with two homers and five extra-base hits in nine games this month to improve to .280/.348/.438 with 10 homers and 37 steals (in 49 attempts) for the year. The 19-year-old is one of seven players in full-season minor league baseball with at least 10 homers and 30 steals. None of the other seven players is younger than 21 years old. -- Second baseman Wendell Rijo bounced back from an 0-for-5 game on Saturday by going 1-for-3 with his eighth homer of the year and a walk on Sunday. The 18-year-old has had an up-and-down season but has not seemed overmatched at any point despite being extremely young for the level. He's hitting .254/.344/.420. SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS: 3-2 LOSS, 6-5 WIN AT WILLIAMSPORT (PHILLIES) (SATURDAY BOX, SUNDAY BOX) -- Shortstop Mauricio Dubon had a pair of multi-hit games, going 5-for-9 with a double over the weekend. The 20-year-old has shown the ability to put the bat on the ball consistently, suggesting the potential to hit for average while offering solid shortstop defense. In 47 games, he's hitting .294/.321/.383 with both a low walk rate (4.2 percent) and low strikeout rate (7.8 percent), mostly while spraying line drives but with the occasional ability to put an unexpected charge into the ball (three homers, two of the over-the-fence variety). -- Danny Mars went 2-for-5 with a triple before an 0-for-4 performance on Sunday. The 20-year-old switch-hitter leads the New York-Penn League with a .344 average, ranks third with a .400 OBP and is seventh with a .477 slugging mark. ROOKIE LEVEL GULF COAST LEAGUE RED SOX: 10-3 LEAD (SUSPENDED AFTER 3 INNINGS) VS. GCL TWINS (SATURDAY) (SATURDAY BOX) -- Though the stats are not yet official, first-rounder Michael Chavis added to what has been a very good August by going 2-for-2 with a double and driving in a rain before the downpour commenced. Chavis is 9-for-22 with a .409/.500/.545 line in eight games in August. DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE RED SOX: 3-2 WIN AT DSL CARDINALS (SATURDAY) (BOX) -- Right-hander Daniel Gonzalez had an overpowering outing, allowing one run in six shutout innings while punching out a career high 10 and walking none. The 18-year-old right-hander is now 8-0 with a 2.57 ERA, 7.3 strikeouts and 2.0 walks per nine innings. The 6-foot-5 hurler is in the rotation in the DSL this year after posting a 0.97 ERA with 42 strikeouts and just three walks in 46 1/3 innings primarily out of the bullpen in 2013.