Yoan Moncada

Tuesday Red Sox Farm Report: Yoan Moncada leads way for Salem; Kyri Washington continues hot streak in Greenville

June 14, 2016 - 4:51 am
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Here's a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system Monday. TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (33-30): No game scheduled. Pawtucket will begin a six-game road trip when it heads to Indianapolis for a three-game series Tuesday. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (21-41): No game scheduled. Portland also starts a six-game stretch of road games when it travels to Bowie on Tuesday. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (41-23): W, 7-1, vs. Potomac (Nationals) -- The Salem bats took care of business Monday night, helping Boston's High-A affiliate clinch the Carolina League's Southern Division first-half championship. Leading the way offensively was Yoan Moncada, Boston's top overall prospect at MLB.com. Moncada went 2-for-3 with two walks, an RBI and two runs scored. The 21-year-old hit a leadoff double in the first inning, and he hit another double off the outfield wall to plate a run in the eighth. Moncada, recently named a Carolina League All-Star, is batting .375 in his last six games, and now is hitting .304/.426/.478 on the year. The native of Cuba leads Salem in total bases (107) and stolen bases (36). -- Matt Kent took the mound for Salem, and he was able to record his fourth straight victory. The left-hander allowed only one run on five hits in 6 1/3 innings pitched. He also fanned five batters and walked just one. Drafted by the Red Sox in 2013, Kent is 6-3 with a 3.07 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP in 13 starts. Opponents are hitting just .283 when facing Kent. -- Rafael Devers may have only gone 1-for-5 at the plate Monday night, but Boston's No. 2 prospect at MLB.com was able to drive in two runs. His ground out in the opening frame sent Moncada home, and he singled home Moncada again in the eighth for extra insurance. Devers, 19, is batting .227/.299/.336 this season. -- Simon Mercedes came on in the ninth inning to finish off Potomac and clinch the first-half championship. He had a perfect inning, forcing three ground outs to end the game. Assigned to Salem from Portland on June 1, the 24-year-old is 2-3 with a 6.90 ERA and a 1.83 WHIP in 19 minor league games. The save was his first of the season. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (33-30): W, 4-3, vs. Hickory (Rangers) -- Kyri Washington kept up his hot streak at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a run and three RBIs. He hit RBI singles in the first and third innings, and in the bottom of the sixth the 21-year-old broke a 3-3 tie when he blasted a ball over the Green Monster for a solo home run. Washington now is hitting .389 and has 17 RBIs in his last 10 games. For the year, the 2015 Boston draftee is batting .298/.314/.565, and his 42 RBIs lead the team by a healthy margin. -- First baseman Josh Ockimey also had a strong game at the plate. He was the only other Greenville batter to have multiple hits in the game, as he finished the night 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. On the year, Boston's No. 16 prospect at MLB.com is hitting .284/.419/.505 in 56 games. -- Starting pitcher Jose Almonte let up three runs on six hits in five innings pitched while striking out seven and walking two. On the year, the 20-year-old Almonte is 1-1 with a 2.90 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. -- Jake Cosart came in to relieve Almonte, hurling two hitless innings to keep Greenville in front. He struck out three but also walked two batters. Cosart, 22, is 2-1 with a 2.23 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP in 17 appearances this season.