The pitching in Double-A this week was … ridiculous.
Dedgar Jimenez threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings in his only start. His previous outing before that was seven shutout innings. The 22-year-old left-hander has dropped his ERA to 5.07 pretty fast. Last season was phenomenal for him, so hopefully this the start of a turnaround for Baby Bartolo.
Teddy Stankiewicz also made just one start this week. He went eight shutout innings, allowing just three hits while striking out five. The right-hander dropped his ERA for the third straight start, as it now sits at 4.62.
Matthew Kent threw one start this week as well, and I’ll give you one guess as to how many runs he gave up. The lefty went eight shutout innings, lowering his ERA to 3.44 on the year.
Mike Shawaryn made two starts this week. His first saw him go six innings, allowing one earned run (crazy, I know). The next start however was seven shutout innings. The 23-year-old now has a 3.29 ERA and 1.10 WHIP on the year. He’s been consistently solid all year, and is one of the more reliable starting pitching prospects the Red Sox have.
Kyle Hart had one start this week, going seven innings and giving up just one run. The fantastic start lowered his ERA to 4.15 on the season.
Travis Lakins has a 2.68 ERA and 1.08 WHIP on the season. Most impressive are his strikeouts numbers (42 in 37 innings) and ridiculously low .196 batting average against however. Relief duties seem to be suiting the righty exceptionally well.
Matthew Gorst now has 16 1/3 innings in Portland. He still hasn’t allowed an earned run. The 23-year-old isn’t just getting lucky and working out of jams either. Gorst has a 0.86 WHIP while opponents are hitting .143 against him. The numbers are nuts and it will be interesting to see if he moves up any further in the minors this year.
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Danny Mars had a strong week that saw his average bump slightly from .254 to .256. It wasn’t the average boost that made it such a great week though. Mars added two more doubles and one more home run to his totals, giving him 17 and three respectively. The 17 doubles are well on-pace to break his previous season high of 21 (set last year).
Meanwhile, the switch-hitter add one more RBI (21) and one more steal (15-for-17) to his numbers. Currently, Mars is on a four-game hitting streak. In that time, he’s scored seven times. The 24-year-old now has 49 runs scored and is just 13 off his previous-high of 62, also set last season.
Austin Rei is having an offensive outbreak at the moment. The catcher is up to .251 and now has 17 extra-base hits on the season. He’s driven in 22 runs and scored 20 more, while posting a ridiculous .371 on-base percentage. The 24-year-old is starting to hit like expected and should find his way back into the Red Sox good graces extremely fast.
Jhon Nunez had a strong week, that saw his average rise to .261. This included an absolute mammoth of a home run, number two on the year. The catcher also drove in five runs this week, while posting his first three-hit game since May.
Josh Ockimey joined Mars in the slight-average-bump-while-raising-other-stats-significantly club. Ockimey brought his average up from a .252 to a .257, while driving in nine runs this week. The first baseman now has 13 home runs (32 extra-base hits) and driven in 52 runs this year.
Michael Chavis played in his first game since July 14 on Tuesday, going 1-for-4 with an RBI. The third baseman is 4-for-24 (.167) with one double and one home run in six games with Portland. He’s driven in four runs and scored two more, while stealing one base.