Red Sox Farm Report: May 13, 2019
Portland Sea Dogs vs Hartford Yard Goats
Dalbec – 1/3, HR
Netzer – 2/4, double, triple
Hart – 7 IP, 2 ER, 7 K, 3 BB
Bobby Dalbec is unstoppable right now. The power-hitting righty knocked his seventh home run of the season on Monday morning and is in the midst of one of his best stretches of the season. Dalbec has reached safely in six of his last seven games, going 12-for-30 with five home runs, two doubles, and a triple over that timeframe. He’s limiting his strikeouts and walking more than ever. If he can continue to reduce his strikeout rate, he’s an easy top-100 prospect.
Brett Netzer had a good day at the plate, going 2/4 with a double and a triple. The second baseman isn’t on anyone’s top prospect list but is quietly putting together a nice season in Portland. Through 32 games, the lefty is hitting .263/.315/.398 in 118 at-bats. While his slugging percentage has room to grow, his two extra-base hits were a step in the right direction.
Kyle Hart continues to be one of the most pleasant surprises in the Red Sox farm. The 26-year old had a solid season in Portland last year but has continued to improve in 2019. The lefty has made seven starts this season, going 41.2 innings while compiling a 2.59 ERA, 49 strikeouts, and 14 walks. Don’t be surprised to see Hart make his way to Pawtucket in the coming weeks.
Salem Red Sox vs Fayetteville Woodpeckers
Final: 13-6 Win
Duran – 3/3, two doubles, two BB
Castellanos – 3/5, double
Crawford – 6 IP, 2 ER, 5 K, 1 BB
Jarren Duran cannot be stopped. The former seventh-round pick continued his unreal season by reach base in all five of his plate appearances. So far on the season, Duran has a ridiculous .412/.469/.542 slash line in 32 games played. Pedro Castellanos is starting to put it together, going 3-5 with a double to bring his season-long slash line up to .308/.348/.392. He needs to add more power, but his average is encouraging. Marco Hernandez also went 3/5 with a double to bring his season-long numbers up to .338/.397/.441.
Kutter Crawford had a great game on the mound, tossing six innings of two-run ball while striking out five and walking just one. So far on the season, the righty has struck out 50 batters and walked just 13 while posting a 2.48 ERA in 40.0 innings.
Greenville Drive vs Asheville Tourists
Final: 2-0 Loss
Brannen – 1/4
Casas – 0/3, 1 BB, 2 K
Howlett – 0/3, 2 K
Scherff – 5 IP, 2 ER, 5 K, 2 BB
The Cole Brannen redemption tour is not off to a great start. Boston’s former second-round pick had a single but is posting an .187/.265/.228 slash line in 30 games. This looks like a wasted pick. Triston Casas and Brandon Howlett have both been on the rise lately, but both prospects struggled on Monday. Still, Casas has recorded at least one hit in nine of his last 11 games, so he’s still a player on the rise.
Alex Scherff took the mound for the Drive and had a solid day. The righty made his seventh start of the season, allowing two runs and two walks while striking out five. His ERA dropped to 3.90 and he’s struck out 31 batters while walking 15 in 32.1 innings pitched. This is Scherff’s second season in Greenville, so he could earn a call up to Salem in the coming weeks.