It took a month, but Andrew Benintendi has settled in well to Double-A. After a .531 OPS in May, the first round pick slugged a .886 OPS in June with ten walks compared to just 12 strikeouts in 105 at-bats in the month. For the season in Portland, he has raised his numbers to a very respectable .289/.343/.497 slash line. His last five games have been outstanding, nine for 19 with two doubles, two triples and a homer to go along with two walks. A September call-up is likely in the works to see what they have with him going forward.
Yoan Moncada is the other name thrown around to cure what ails the Red Sox of late, though he can’t pitch so he probably couldn’t help for what they need. He continues to produce offensively, going six for 21 over his last five games with a homer, two doubles, two triples, two walks and a steal. His .292/.320/.563 slash line over his first 11 games in Portland is exactly what the team had hoped for in his march toward Major League stardom.
Mauricio Dubon has cooled off after his five hit splash into Double-A over his first three games ten days ago. In the six games since, he is just four for 23 with a triple and six strikeouts. Those who think he might be a sub for an obviously tiring Xander Bogaerts should slow their roll on that score. In nine games at Portland, his OPS stands at .698.
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