Short-A (Lowell Spinners)
Gilberto Jimenez continues to be the talk of the Lowell Spinners. The 19-year-old is on an 8-game hitting streak and has a .358 batting average. He’s scored 19 runs and driven in 11 more so far, stealing six bases and collecting seven extra-base hits. Jimenez has fantastic speed and athleticism which make him dangerous anywhere, whether that’s in centerfield, at the plate or on the base paths.
Cameron Cannon is hitting .190 over 42 at-bats so far but does have two doubles and one homer, driving in seven runs. The shortstop was selected in the second round of this year’s draft – so a slower start isn’t worrying.
Joe Davis appears to have some grown manpower. The first baseman was drafted in the 19th round this year and has two homers and three doubles in 51 at-bats so far. He’s hitting .294 and has 15 RBI as well.
Nick Decker is hitting at a .239 clip to this point. The 19-year-old has five home runs and 19 RBI though and clearly has a lot going right with his bat. Given time to develop Decker should have a fantastic bat.
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Nicholas Northcut is down to a .212 batting average but does have four walks in his last four games. The 20-year-old should develop a strong all-around bat and has nice potential at third base. Of course, that’s a log-jammed position for the Red Sox though.
You have to start a turnaround somewhere right? Antoni Flores is up to .188 after collecting a hit in three-of-his-last-four games. The shortstop is still just 18 so a poor average isn’t the biggest concern, it’s just good to give him reps.
Noah Song made his Lowell debut, and this will be fun. The pitcher went one inning, striking out two while walking one. The Red Sox got him in the fourth round due to the commitment to the Navy but that’s still far too much of a steal. He’s going to be good – really really really good.
Brendan Cellucci also made his Lowell debut this week. The lefty went one inning as well, allowing two hits and walking one while striking out one. While he did allow three baserunners in the inning, Cellucci didn’t allow a run and walked away with the win.
Ryan Fernandez is now 2-0 and 3-for-4 in save opportunities. He’s thrown 23 2/3 innings and has a 1.14 ERA, .138 BAA, and 0.76 WHIP. I think it’s safe to say, the 21-year-old right-hander is having a ridiculous season.
Chris Murphy allowed his first runs of the year, giving up two over four innings of work. He now has a 1.80 ERA in 10 innings, striking out 13 while walking just two.
Yusniel Padron-Artilles threw six innings without giving up an earned run this week. In that lone start, Padron-Artilles gave up four hits and four walks while striking out five. The 21-year-old has a 2.30 ERA in Lowell and 52 strikeouts over 43 innings.