Red Sox Double-A (Portland)
I went to the Portland Sea Dogs games this week, so forgive me as I talk a lot about some of the things I saw.
Roman Anthony made his Double-A debut this week. The left-handed hitting outfielder went 5-for-19 with three walks (and only two strikeouts). He hit three doubles and a home run. Anthony drove in three runs, scored five more, and stole one base.
Wow, he was impressive. Anthony doesn't look bothered by the higher level of competition at all. I also got a chance to talk to him for a bit (be on the lookout for that article on the website. Anthony comes off as extremely humble but is a clear superstar. He made it known he expects greatness from himself.
Kyle Teel also made his Double-A debut this week. The left-handed hitting catcher went 6-for-17 with one double. He walked five times. Teel has already driven in six runs, scored one more, and stolen one base.
Teel is going to fly through the Majors. His approach is phenomenal. He takes what the pitcher gives him, and it's led to a .500 OBP in his first week of Double-A. I also got a chance to talk with Teel (again, be on the lookout for that article on the website. He's the exact type of player you want as a franchise catcher.
Nick Yorke continued getting on base this week and stole three bases in the final game of the series. The right-handed hitting second baseman is slashing .275/.356/.450 with 25 doubles, five triples, and 13 home runs. He's driven in 61 runs, scored 70 more, and stolen 15 bases. Yorke's consistency at the top of the lineup has been massive for Portland all year.
It felt like Chase Meidroth was always on base this week. The right-handed hitting infielder is such a valuable player. He's slashing .269/.402/.394 with 19 doubles, one triple, and nine home runs between High-A and Double-A. Meidroth has driven in 55 runs, scored 72 more, and stolen 12 bases. Meanwhile, his defense all over the infield has been incredible.
Blaze Jordan didn't hit a home run this week but had some great moments. The right-handed hitting corner infielder is slashing .294/.348/.481 with 30 doubles, one triple, and 18 home runs between High-A and Double-A. He's driven in 84 runs, scored 64 more, and stolen two bases. Jordan has shown plenty of power this season and doesn't strike out often.
Nathan Hickey is slashing .265/.362/.496 with 20 doubles, one triple, and 19 home runs between High-A and Double-A. The left-handed hitting catcher has driven in 58 runs, scored 55 more, and stolen three bases.
Wikelman Gonzalez was dominant in his short outing this week. The right-handed pitcher allowed two hits over three scoreless innings. He walked three batters and struck out six. Sadly, his game was suspended until the next day, ending his outing. Gonzalez has a 2.28 ERA, .150 BAA, and 1.08 WHIP in Double-A. He's struck out 58 batters compared to 25 walks in 43 1/3 innings.
Speaking of weather ruining things, Hunter Dobbins didn't get to pitch because his game was canceled. It would've been great to see Dobby pitch. He's been one of the best stories of the year.
Angel Bastardo allowed two runs on two hits over five innings. He did walk five batters compared to three strikeouts, though. Bastardo was wild, but he wasn't getting hit either. The right-handed pitcher has a 4.68 ERA, .221 BAA, and 1.28 WHIP between High-A and Double-A. He's struck out 159 batters compared to 55 walks in 119 1/3 innings.
CJ Liu allowed four earned runs in 7 2/3 innings over two appearances. The righty allowed eight hits and five walks while striking out 13 batters. He has a 5.42 ERA, .267 BAA, and 1.55 WHIP in 111 1/3 innings. Liu has struck out 142 batters compared to 60 walks.
Christopher Troye is disgusting. I've seen him live a few times this year, and I don't understand how anyone touches him. The right-handed reliever made two separate two-inning appearances this week. He totaled four shutout innings, surrendering zero hits. Troye struck out eight batters compared to one walk. CT has a 3.23, .174 BAA, and 1.31 WHIP between High-A and Double-A. He's struck out 84 batters and walked 32 in 47 1/3 innings.
Alex Hoppe looked great. The righty reliever allowed three hits over two shutout innings in his lone appearance. He struck out four batters and didn't walk anyone. Hoppe has a 4.18 ERA, .275 BAA, and 1.46 WHIP between High-A and Double-A. He's struck out 64 batters and walked 17 in 47 1/3 innings.
Ryan Miller was literally untouchable this week. The right-handed reliever struck out all six batters he faced in his two innings of work. Miller has a 4.31 ERA, .276 BAA, and 1.38 WHIP in 56 1/3 innings. He's struck out 64 batters compared to 17 walks.