The Boston Red Sox had the day off, but the farm system doesn’t take a break. The Pawtucket Red Sox and the Portland Sea Dogs missed their games due to weather, but the Single-A teams played. The results weren’t great, as Salem and Greenville combined to go 0-2. Despite the losses, several top prospects had strong games, which is really what minor league baseball is all about.
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Salem Red Sox vs Lynchburg Hillcats
- Final: 10-3 Loss
- Jarren Duran: 1-4
- Ryan Fitzgerald: 2-3, triple
- Jhonathan Diaz: 2.2 IP, 5 ER, 4 BB, 5 K
This was not a good day for Salem, as this game ended before it even began. On the bright side, it’s safe to say that Jarren Duran’s fantastic performance last year wasn’t a fluke. The Red Sox center fielder had another hit, bringing his season-long slash line to .458/.480/.583. Duran has recorded a hit in every game of the season and is working his way towards a spot in MLB’s Top 100 prospects.
Duran had a spotlight entering the season, but nobody was expecting much out of shortstop Ryan Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald had another great game in a season full of strong performances. Through seven games, Fitzgerald is batting .458/.462/.791. He’s already 24, so he’s a little old to be in High-A Salem. If he can keep this up, look for him to earn a promotion by the end of the month.
Greenville Drive vs Augusta Green Jackets
- Final: 9-8 Loss
- Triston Casas: 1-4, 1 HR
- Brandon Howlett: 2-4, double
- Kervin Suarez: 3-5, double, triple
- Hunter Haworth: 4 IP, 7 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
The offense did its’ job in this one, but the pitching just couldn’t hold up their end of the bargain. 2018’s first-round pick Triston Casas hit the first home run of the year on a two-run blast in the seventh inning. Casas missed the majority of his rookie season with a thumb injury but appears to be getting back into the swing of things. The first baseman has the potential to be one of the best bats in the Red Sox system, so seeing him flash some power is an encouraging development.
The 2018 draft continues to pay off with the evolving development of 21st-round pick Brandon Howlett. Howlett struggled early on in the year but showed some signs of life in his fifth game of the season. The Red Sox have a prospect log jam at the third base position, so Howlett will probably remain in Single-A until Bobby Dalbec is promoted out of Portland.
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