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Mayer crushes fifth home run in three-hit game (June 25)
Marcelo Mayer logged another multi-hit night for Single-A Salem.
Mayer started off with a single to right field and stole his ninth base of the year in the first inning. In the sixth, the 19-year-old belted his fifth long ball to right. Mayer's other knock came on an opposite-field grounder to left in the 8th.
MLB's No. 10 prospect has posted a .276/.356/.876 line on the year. -- Alyssa Gomez
Bello posts first Triple-A scoreless outing (June 21)
Brayan Bello has been good since joining Triple-A Worcester. This time, he was great.
Bello pitched in relief behind the rehabbing Josh Taylor and took Worcester through the eighth inning. Bello has now fanned at least seven in six out of his seven Triple-A appearances. -- Jacob Resnick
Jordan adds to hot streak with 2 more homers (June 19)
Blaze Jordan is on fire for Single-A Salem.
The 19-year-old made it a four-run fourth inning with a blast toward right-center field, then crushed an opposite-field drive to left in his next appearance in the sixth.
In his last 10 games, Jordan has notched 19 hits and 10 runs. He now sports a .364/.429/.527 line for the month.
Triston Casas progressing slowly from right ankle injury (June 19)
This was supposed to be the season that No. 2 Red Sox prospect Casas would complete his development in the Minor Leagues. While that still might be the case, Casas continues to be slowed by a right ankle sprain that has kept him out of action since May 17. The slugging first baseman is trying to strengthen the ankle at the team's training base in Fort Myers, Fla. Before the injury, Casas had a line of .248/.359/.457 with six homers and 22 RBIs at Triple-A Worcester.
"Casas, in the beginning, we thought it was something minor and just around the bag, he twisted his ankle, we thought it was going to be day to day," Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. "But, he wasn’t moving well, and as you know, he’s a big dude. He hasn’t been able to actually push off of it. We expect him to keep moving forward, keep getting better. There’s no timetable yet. It’s just a matter of him being able to push off and move around. When that happens, we’ll decide what we do. Right now, he’s just down there doing his rehab, moving around, but nothing yet as far as when he starts playing.” -- Ian Browne
Rafaela rakes in 5 RBIs in 2-HR game (June 15)
Ceddanne Rafaela is already making his mark at Double-A.
In the fifth inning, Rafaela belted a two-out drive to right field. He followed that up with an opposite-field long ball to left in the seventh.
The 21-year-old has four home runs in June and 13 for the season. He has posted a .333/.378/.788 slash line in 33 at-bats since joining the Sea Dogs. -- Alyssa Gomez
Mayer ends no-hit bid with homer, adds double (June 12)
No-hitter? No problem for Marcelo Mayer.
The homer and a double in the ninth inning gives Mayer seven extra-base hits in nine June games. MLB's No. 10 prospect is now sporting an impressive .324/.389/.568 line on the year. -- Jacob Resnick
Northcut smacks three home runs in High-A (June 10)
Nicholas Northcut is always confident in his swing.
In a way, it wasn’t a surprise that the 22-year-old slugger crushed three home runs in a game for the first time in his pro career. But it didn’t stop his excitement about it.
“It felt pretty good,” Northcut said. “It’s always something very special when you get to go out there, collect three [homers] and help the team win that night.”
Northcut tallied four hits and a career-high eight RBIs in High-A Greenville’s 15-4 win over Asheville. It was the second three-homer game in Drive history -- the first coming from Red Sox No. 26 prospect Christian Koss last August -- and the second multihomer performance for Northcut this season. Full story »
Mayer collects two extra-base hits (June 9)
Marcelo Mayer just keeps on hitting.
After dealing with a wrist injury at the end of May, the top Red Sox prospect has jumped right back into the swing of things, including a two-hit performance in Single-A Salem’s 10-5 loss. MLB’s No. 10 prospect swatted his third homer, a two-run blast to right-center, in the top of the first and added a double to right, his 14th of the year, in the third. The 19-year-old is slashing .311/.376/.534 with 21 RBIs in 25 games. -- Stephanie Sheehan
Murphy impressive again in one-hit outing (June 2)
It was Chris Murphy’s day in New Hampshire.
After giving up a double to the leadoff hitter, Murphy struck out the next two batters and retired the next nine straight. The lefty’s walk in the seventh inning ended his night and ended up accounting for the one earned run he gave up.
The 23-year-old threw 101 pitches -- 63 for strikes -- and lowered his ERA to 2.18, which puts him in second in the Eastern League in ERA to Erie's Chance Kirby (1.59), and brought up his K total to 64 over 53 2/3 innings. -- Edwin Perez
Mata throwing heat in return from TJ (May 30)
It wasn’t that long ago that Bryan Mata was the starting pitcher getting the most buzz in Boston’s farm system. But Tommy John surgery in April 2021 took him off the map for a while.
Mata, the No. 7 Red Sox prospect according to MLB Pipeline, is now back on the map. The hard-throwing righty continued to close in on a Minor League rehab assignment by throwing gas in an extended spring camp start on May 30. The 23-year-old was throwing in the upper 90s while pitching 2 2/3 innings. It was his third outing in extended spring, and all signs point to him moving up to an affiliate soon.
“Everybody is very pleased the way he’s been progressing,” said Red Sox manager Alex Cora. “Nobody doubted that he was going to get to this point because, as far as work ethic and what he wants, we know what he wants. He’s been working hard throughout the process to get to this point.
“Everybody is impressed, everybody is happy, but at the same time, we have to be careful. Because at one point, there’s going to be a setback. I’m not talking arm-wise. It’s like, workload, your legs or how you bounce back from three innings or four innings, whatever it is. Sometimes, you take a step back and you move forward. Everybody has been pleased with what’s going on.” -- Ian Browne