Triple-A (Pawtucket Red Sox)
Pawtucket’s definitely felt the sting of all these roster moves. They’ve had a lot of talented players already leave their team, or at the very least miss some time due to call-ups.
Travis is hitting .191 with two doubles and four RBI. He started off slow last year as well before salvaging the season late. The right-handed hitter’s also looked better in the Majors this year (2-for-7) than he has in Triple-A. Both of those create a silver-lining to this start.
Ockimey’s been much better than that and has been improving lately. Still, his numbers aren’t exactly going to turn heads. The first baseman has a .239 average and has already struck out 16 times.
However, he’s also walked 11 times and smacked three doubles and three home runs – as well as one triple. Ockimey’s driven in seven runs and his raw power should make his run production and home run numbers climb.
Nick Lovullo‘s been a nice surprise in Triple-A. The infielder ended last season in Advanced-A and hit .203 on the year. He’s 4-for-16 (.250) with two RBI, three runs scored and one steal with Pawtucket this season though.
Travis Lakins has a 3.38 ERA over eight innings this season. The right-hander has 10 strikeouts and with all the recent moves lately, he could find himself in Boston this season.
Speaking of, Mike Shawaryn is a candidate for a call-up soon. The starting righty has a 3.63 ERA over 22 1/3 innings. He’s struck out 23 and has yet to give up a home run. With Eovaldi out for 4-6 weeks, Boston might call on Shawaryn to make his MLB debut sooner rather than later.
Another call-up candidate has to be Trevor Kelley. He’s flown under the radar for most of his minor league career. The 25-year-old right-hander has been nothing short of fantastic though – especially in the last two years.
Last season, Kelley posted a 2.88 ERA – including a 1.54 in Triple-A. Now he’s thrown 5 2/3 innings this season without giving up an earned run. The former 36th-round pick has certainly proven he can get outs without giving up runs.