Red Sox farm update: July 26th

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Oct. 14, 2014; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Boston Red Sox pitcher Keith Couch plays for the Surprise Saguaros during an Arizona Fall League game against the Salt River Rafters at Salt River Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox

Final Score: Buffalo Bisons 11, PawSox 10

Notable Pitchers:

Matt Barnes (1.1 IP, H, 3 R, 2 BB, 2 K)

Ronald Belisario (1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 3 BB)

Keith Couch (5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB)

  • Couch has been successful all throughout his minor league career, but he has run into his first speed bump at the Triple-A level. He has never had great stuff but he’s been able to get by on command and deception; however, that’s not working for him anymore. Though his 3.2 BB/9 is respectable, his ERA has ballooned to 6.15 this season and he’ll likely transition to a relief role sooner rather than later.

Edwin Escobar (0.2 IP, H, 2 R, ER, BB)

Heath Hembree (0.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R)

Notable Position Players:

Jackie Bradley Jr. (1-5)

Rusney Castillo (1-3, BB)

Garin Cecchini (2-5, 2B, 2 K)

Allen Craig (1-4, BB, K)

Marco Hernandez (3-4, 2 2B, BB)

  • Hernandez was the player to be named later in the Felix Doubront trade with the Cubs, an unheralded prospect yet to excel in the minors. However, it appears he has taken a huge step forward in 2015 as he was one of the very best players in the Eastern League before his promotion and, since joining the PawSox, he’s slashing an impressive .306/.324/.472 in 10 games. He’s still only 22 and scouts have upheld his strong performance, so perhaps he can work himself into a major league role soon.

Travis Shaw (2-4, 2B, BB)