Red Sox Single-A (Salem)
Luis Perales can't stop doing crazy things. The right-handed pitcher tossed five shutout innings on Sunday. He allowed two hits and two walks in that game while striking out a career-high 12 batters. Perales has a 3.54 ERA, .209 BAA, and 1.26 WHIP. He's struck out 67 batters compared to 24 walks in 48 1/3 innings. A promotion to High-A should be coming.
Luis De La Rosa allowed one run on one hit in 3 1/3 innings this week. The righty reliever walked two and struck out three. De La Rosa has a 3.72 ERA, .206 BAA, and 1.29 WHIP in 38 2/3 innings. He's struck out 42 batters and walked 21.
Jonathan Brand probably shouldn't be in Single-A anymore. He had a 0.00 ERA in eight innings in June. In his first July appearance, the right-handed relieve tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Brand has a 0.90 ERA, .164 BAA, and 0.85 WHIP in 20 innings. He's struck out 25 batters compared to six walks. Brand has a 2-1 record with five saves.
Caleb Bolden tossed one scoreless inning this week. In his last four outings, Bolden has allowed zero runs in 7 1/3 innings. He's struck out 16 batters and walked two in that time. The righty reliever has a 3.55 ERA, .195 BAA, and 1.15 WHIP in 33 innings. He's struck out 52 batters compared to 16 walks.
Brooks Brannon has arrived in Single-A, and it didn't take him long to hit a ball very hard and very far. The right-handed hitting catcher went 2-for-7 with a home run in his first two Single-A games. Brannon has driven in three runs and scored one more. His offense makes Brannon an absurdly intriguing catching prospect. If he can work on his defense, the Red Sox have an amazing talent.
Cutter Coffey is slashing .227/.349/.343 with 12 doubles, two triples, and three home runs. The right-handed hitting shortstop has driven in 23 runs, scored 34 more, and stolen 13 bases. The on-base percentage has kept him afloat all year, and now Coffey is starting to produce with the bat.
Allan Castro has a .242/.366/.373 slash line with 18 doubles, two triples, and three home runs. The switch-hitting outfielder has driven in 25 runs, scored 36 more, and stolen 12 bases. Castro has 45 walks compared to 52 strikeouts.
Yorberto Mejicano is slashing .289/.366/.392 with five doubles, one triple, and one home run. The right-handed hitting catcher/first baseman has driven in 10 runs, scored 17 more, and stolen four bases. Mejicano's walked 12 times and struck out 16.
Enderso Lira is slashing .262/.280/.350 with six doubles and one home run. The right-handed hitting catcher has driven in 19 runs and scored nine more. Lira's a great defensive catcher, so he'll get playing time even with Brannon on the roster. His offense has been a pleasant surprise as well.
Ahbram Liendo is slashing .184/.352/.250 with eight doubles, one triple, and one home run. The switch-hitting second baseman has driven in 15 runs, scored 38 more, and stolen 29 bases. I'll continue to say the batting average doesn't represent Liendo. On Sunday, he went 0-for-1 but walked three times, stole one base, and scored a run. Liendo is much more than a batting average.
Alexis Hernandez is slashing .242/.395/.424 with three doubles and a home run in 11 games in Single-A. The right-handed hitting outfielder has driven in seven runs, scored seven more, and stolen four bases. He's walked nine times and only struck out four.
Jhostynxon Garcia is slashing .195/.323/.221 with two doubles in 23 games. The right-handed hitting outfielder has driven in four runs, scored 12 more, and stolen two bases. Garcia is slumping a bit, but he's still contributing. He made one of the more ridiculous home run robberies you'll see this week.