Red Sox Prospect Watch: Cole Brannen looking dangerous in Lowell
By Hunter Noll
The Lowell Spinners season is now in full swing. This has given Boston Red Sox prospect Cole Brannen a chance to show-off again. Who else is thriving?
The Boston Red Sox had a busy week when it came to roster moves. With the Lowell Spinners’ season now past the double-digit game mark, expect more moves to come.
For now, the biggest changes have been to the Red Sox Major League roster. Robby Scott was given the chance I’ve been begging for him to get finally. Things didn’t go well, however.
The left-hander surrendered a walk and hit a batter while getting one out. Both runs ended up scoring, leading to a 54.00 ERA for Scott. He’s already been sent back down to Triple-A. Don’t give up on him yet though. If the Red Sox gave up on a pitcher based on their first outing of the year, Joe Kelly would be gone as well.
Tzu-Wei Lin was recalled in Scott’s place. This was absolutely deserved as Lin was on a ridiculous tear in Triple-A. With Xander Bogaerts getting hurt, the move was obvious. Bogaerts is already back in the lineup though, so this could be a short-lived stint for Lin.
If he’s sent back to Triple-A, keep an eye on him. Lin’s slash line is all the way up to .299/.350/.445. He was hitting under .200 entering May 23. The shortstop is also showing decent power, with 12 doubles and four home runs on the season. His career-high for homers in a season is seven (set last year). That mark could be in jeopardy.
There are some prime candidates to get the call if Lin is indeed sent back down. Ty Buttrey is right near the top of that list though.