The minor leagues have seen better days than yesterday. Portland and Salem underwent weather delays, so Pawtucket and Greenville had to represent the Red Sox farm on their own. Things didn’t go well, as both teams lost and scored one combined run. Only one player had a particularly good game, but at least the Red Sox won!
Red Sox Farm Report: April 12, 2019
Pawtucket Red Sox at Syracuse Mets
- Final: 3-1 Loss
- Josh Ockimey: 1-2, 1 BB
- Michael Chavis: 0-4
- Chandler Shepherd: 5.1 IP, 2 ER, 5 BB, 1 K
Michael Chavis played second base for the fourth-straight game and reportedly looked good in the field. The same could not be said at the plate, as Chavis went 0-4 and dropped his season-long batting average to .192. Josh Ockimey, meanwhile, is coming on relatively hot after starting the season colder than an iceberg. Ockimey is a fringe top-20 prospect with fantastic power and some untapped potential. He probably won’t develop into much, but he could have the ceiling of an up-and-down major leaguer.
Chandler Shepherd wasn’t terrible, but he could have been a lot better. Allowing two runs in 5.1 innings is solid for the AAA level, but he needs to harness his control. Shepherd walked five batters and struck out just one. This is an unsustainable formula for success and he’ll need to make sure to improve his control moving forward.
The one bright spot in the bullpen was right-handed reliever Trevor Kelley. Kelley pitched 1.2 innings of scoreless relief, striking out four. While he doesn’t have major-league stuff, he’s easily managed to outplay his 36th-round draft selection. He has a career 2.53 ERA in the minors and boasts elite command of his pitches.
Portland Sea Dogs
Whether at home or on the road, the Sea Dogs are always around bad weather. Friday marked their sixth-consecutive rain out. I hope they like doubleheaders because they will have a lot of them.
Salem Red Sox
Greenville Drive vs Rome Braves
- Final: 5-0 Loss
- Jordan Wren: 1-3
- Triston Casas: 1-3
- Yasel Santana: 3.2 IP, 5 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 K
This game was just depressing. The offense couldn’t do anything and didn’t muster an extra-base hit. Jordan Wren had a single to bring his batting average up to .353 while 2018 first-round pick Triston Casas did the same. Casas started off slow after missing the majority of his first season but is currently riding a three-game hit streak. 2017’s second-round pick Cole Brannen continues to disappoint, as he’s hitting just .138 on the short season.
Yasel Santana technically allowed just one earned run, but this wasn’t a good game for the starter. The righty has only pitched a combined four innings in his two starts, allowing three earned runs and seven runs overall. 21-year old Angel Padron took over for Santana, tossing 4.1 innings of scoreless relief. The righty struck out five batters without issuing a walk to lower his Era to just 1.08
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