Red Sox Farm Report: August 10th


Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox

Final Score: Scranton/WB 2, Pawtucket Red Sox 1

Notable Pitchers:

Matt Barnes (4.2 IP, 6 H, R, 3 BB, 5 K)

* Barnes is now back in the rotation at Pawtucket after several flip-flops between relief and starting in the minors. Tonight Barnes tossed 91 pitches – 56 for strikes. Barnes has an explosive fastball that can touch into the high 90s and secondary pitches that can, at times, be of MLB quality. With Boston in parts of two seasons Barnes has worked out of the bullpen with less than positive results posting a 3-2 record in 26 games, 31.1 innings and an ERA of 5.15. Barnes is becoming reminiscent of Brandon Workman as a pitcher who never quite reached the level projected for him.

Dayan Diaz (2.2 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 4 K)

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

Notable Position Players:

Jemile Weeks (0-2)

Garin Cecchini (1-4, 2B)

Sandy Leon (0-4, 3 K)

Allen Craig (0-4)

Marco Hernandez (1-4)

* The left-handed hitting Hernandez is the PTBNL from the Cubs to close the books on the Felix Doubront trade. At Portland, Hernandez slashed .326/.349/.482 and having a BB% of 3.1. At Pawtucket that has advanced to 3.4%, so expect the 22-year-old to hack away. Hernandez plays short and is considered a solid defensive player with above average speed.

Double-A Portland Sea Dogs

No game on 8/10.

The Portland Sea Dogs are now in last place of the six team Eastern Division of the 12 team Eastern League. The Sea Dogs offense is fourth in average (.252), eleventh in runs (420) and last in home runs (47).

Portland’s pitching staff is eleventh in ERA (4.28) and WHIP (1.45).

High-A Salem Red Sox

No game on 8/10.

The Salem Red Sox are in last place in the Carolina League Southern Division with a record of 54-60 (.474). The league consists of eight teams and the Red Sox are third in hitting (.258), fourth in runs (448) and last in home runs (42).

The pitching staff ranks sixth in ERA (3.69) and fifth in WHIP (1.30).

Low-A Greenville Drive

No game on 8/10.

The Greenville Drive are currently in second place in the seven team Southern Division of the 14 team South Atlantic League.

The Drive lead the league in hitting (.272), Runs (573), doubles (230) and are second in home runs (74).

The Drive pitching staff is ninth in ERA (3.96) and seventh in WHIP (1.34).

Short Season A Lowell Spinners

Final Score: Lowell Spinners 7, Tri-City 4

Notable Pitchers:

Jose Almonte (4 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K)

* Almonte is an international signee from the DR. The now 19-year-old features a fastball that will register into the low 90s along with a curve and a change. In 2014 for the GCL Red Sox Almonte tossed 47.2 innings with a K/BB of 1.94 and an ERA of 3.12. This season Almonte’s BB/9 is approach 6.0. The good news is Almonte’s H/9 is 4.58 and he has not allowed a home run this season.

Matt Kent (3.1 IP, 3 H, BB, 3 K)

Notable Position Players:

Victor Acosta (1-4, RBI)

Brandon Magee (2-3, 2 R, 2B, 3 RBI, BB, HR)

Chad De La Guerra (1-4, R, 2B, RBI)

Andrew Benintendi (1-2, R, RBI, HR, 3 BB)

* The number one pick for 2015 started slow at Lowell with a .229 average for July, but the OBP was an amazing .396. In August the average has jumped to .333.

Gulf Coast League Red Sox (Rookie)

Final Score: GCL Red Sox 4, GCL Orioles 1

Notable Pitchers:

Enmanuel De Jesus (5.2 IP, 3 H, R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K).

* De Jesus is now 4-2 in his GCL stint. The lanky (6’3″) left-hander is only 18-years-old and was signed out of Venezuela as an International Free Agent. The reports are he tosses a fastball in the high 80s, possess a reasonable and sweeping curve and both a slider and change. Obviously – like all GCL players – a work in progress. In 26.2 innings his ERA is at 2.70 and De Jesus is allowing better than a hit per inning at 9.45.

Carlos Garcia (1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K)

Notable Position Players:

Chris Madera (1-1, R, BB, RBI)

Yoan Aybar (0-3)

Yomar Valentin (1-4, R, 2B)

Roldani Baldwin (1-3)

Andy Perez (3-4, R, 2 RBI)

* Perez is an undrafted free agent out of Duke where he played four seasons for the Blue Devils. At Duke, .309 was the best season with the stick that Perez had and he is considered a long shot prospect. Perez currently plays second base and is a 22-year-old right-hand hitter with a .364 average.

Sources: Baseball-reference/MLB Prospect Watch/Sox Prospects

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