Red Sox Prospect Watch: Bryan Mata makes triumphant return
By Hunter Noll
Double-A (Portland Sea Dogs)
C.J. Chatham‘s still hurt and that’s killing me. However, the Portland Sea Dogs have a lot of exciting stuff going on right now.
Of course, Jarren Duran has been the main attraction of the Red Sox minor league system this season. He was promoted to Double-A just in time for last week’s prospect watch and now has a few games under his belt. The outfielder is getting adjusted to the new level, hitting .174 in six games. It’s low, but a big game can turn it around. Another positive is his .345 OBP as he’s drawn five walks.
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Jhon Nunez has been consistently great for Portland this year. The switch-hitting catcher has a .301 average in 113 at-bats this year. He’s already hit seven doubles (two off his career-best) and one triple, as well as three home runs (tied for a career-high). Nunez has nine RBI and 14 runs scored as well. He’s also been able to show off his cannon-for-an-arm behind the plate this year.
Bobby Dalbec is still hovering around .250 with a .251 average. He’s smacked nine doubles and one triple, as well as 13 home runs. The right-handed hitter has 33 RBI and 30 runs scored. It’s exciting to think about the RBI potential as he continues to swing a good bat. Think about what could happen if Duran gets hot and Nunez stays hot. That’s a lot of runs.
Tanner Houck is down to a 4.24 ERA after a second straight fantastic start. The right-hander struck out 11 over seven innings – both of those are career-bests. He allowed just two runs in the start, and has lowered his ERA in three straight outings.
Denyi Reyes didn’t dominate in his start this week as he had in the previous few. Still, it wasn’t dreadful as he allowed four runs in six innings. With a 4.42 ERA so far, it’s hard not to feel positive about where that’s trending, as it was over 7.00 a little over a month ago.
Daniel McGrath sits at a 3.06 ERA after a string of strong outings. The left-handed pitcher has a .220 BAA and one save as well on the year.Boston
Durbin Feltman‘s back. The reliever has only allowed two earned runs over his last 10 outings (13 2/3 innings). His ERA is down to a manageable 5.24 and opponents are hitting just .194 against him.
Matthew Gorst has a 2.70 ERA in Triple-A and an even more impressive 1.72 ERA in Double-A. The right-handed pitcher is a combined 1-for-1 in save opportunities with a .194 BAA.
Jake Cosart has yet to give up a run in Double-A this year. The right-handed pitcher had a 1.83 ERA and five saves in Advanced-A (19 2/3 innings) and now has seven clean innings in Double-A. Opponents are hitting just .091 against him in Portland, as he has a 0.71 WHIP.