Red Sox Prospect Watch: Jarren Duran gets well deserved promotion
By Hunter Noll
Triple-A (Pawtucket Red Sox)
Dedgar Jimenez made his first Triple-A start of the year on Sunday. The left-hander had a solid outing, giving up three runs in 5 2/3 innings. He only allowed five hits but walked four as well, which caused problems. Jimenez did strike out six though and there were a lot of positives to build off of. It’s unclear if this is a permanent move or something that will only last until Shawaryn is sent down.
Kyle Hart had a 2.91 ERA in Double-A this year. Then in his Triple-A debut went nine shutout innings. The left-hander struck out eight and walked none, only allowing five hits.
The fact that Trevor Kelley has yet to get a chance in the Majors is astonishing to me. The Boston Red Sox have had plenty of issues with the bullpen this year when it comes to injuries and performance. Somehow the 25-year-old with a 1.01 ERA in Triple-A hasn’t gotten a chance though. Kelley has 25 strikeouts in 26 2/3 innings and opponents are hitting a low .220 against him. He’s 2-for-2 on saves and I really can’t explain how he’s continuously passed over.
Teddy Stankiewicz gave up seven earned runs in 2 1/3 innings in his lone start this week. That sky-rocketed his ERA from 3.38 to 4.98. These are the kind of starts that crippled his numbers last year. What’s annoying is he’s very good 90% of the time but those few bad starts make his numbers look weak. Then all of a sudden anyone that doesn’t pay attention to much thinks he’s struggling when in reality he isn’t.
Bobby Poyner is back. The reliever hasn’t allowed an earned run in any of his last four appearances (6 1/3 innings). That’s lowered his Triple-A ERA to 4.24 (from 5.82). Don’t forget that he was absolutely lights-out all of last year no matter where he was.
Travis Lakins is on a nice streak of his own. Also, four straight appearances without an earned run (four innings). He’s down from a 4.61 ERA to 3.57.
Marco Hernandez .306 in Triple-A with six doubles and two home runs. He also has two steals and is looking like the player that was a major piece of the Red Sox a few years ago.
Chad De La Guerra is hitting .298 with four doubles, one triple, and one home run. He can play multiple positions in the infield and showed a surge in power last year. DLG is another name to look out for in the possible-debut-this-season category.
Jantzen Witte‘s picking it up with the home runs. He’s hitting .295 in Triple-A and now has five homers combined between Pawtucket and Portland. The right-handed hitter also has nine doubles and 23 RBI.
Josh Tobias was absolutely killing it in Double-A lately and has been promoted to Triple-A. He hasn’t played since rejoining the team but has a .246 average so far there. He was hitting .320 with Portland.
Josh Ockimey is only hitting .219 but thanks to the 41 walks he’s taken, he has a .380 OBP. He’s smacked 13 home runs and has 30 RBI on the year.