Bello fans 10 for second straight start

May 25th, 2022

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Bello fans 10, Hernández collects 4 hits (May 24)
Brayan Bello has made two starts for Triple-A Worcester this year. He has struck out 10 batters in both of them.

The Red Sox top pitching prospect fanned 10 over six innings in the WooSox 13-2 win, allowing two runs on three hits and three walks. It’s Bello’s third start of the year in which he’s racked up 10 strikeouts. The 23-year-old tossed 58 of his 97 pitches for strikes and generated 20 swings-and-misses. He owns a 1.97 ERA and 62 K’s in 45 2/3 innings across two levels this season.

In the same game, No. 23 prospect Ronaldo Hernández had a four-hit night and scored three runs. The 24-year-old cranked his second homer of the year to left field, doubled and singled twice. -- Stephanie Sheehan

Injury bug spreads among top Boston prospects (May 24)
Three of the top 15 prospects in the Red Sox organization have landed on the injury list of late, but two of them are likely to be ready to go soon.

Marcelo Mayer, Boston's No. 1 prospect and MLB's No. 10, was placed on the 7-day IL from Single-A Salem with a right wrist sprain on May 20. The Boston Globe's Alex Speier reported that Mayer underwent an MRI that confirmed the sprain, and he's expected to resume baseball activities before long.

Retroactive to May 22, Triple-A Worcester placed first baseman Triston Casas (ranked directly behind Mayer in the Red Sox system and No. 14 among MLB's Top 100 Prospects) and righty Connor Seabold (Boston's No. 14 prospect) on the 7-day IL. Casas suffered an ankle sprain on May 17 but is reportedly on the road with the WooSox and may get into games at Lehigh Valley this weekend.

Seabold, who struck out 11 over six scoreless innings of one-hit ball on May 15, was scratched from his next start on May 20. That day, Red Sox manager Alex Cora told the media that Seabold's pectoral strain was "not yet" seen as serious. -- Josh Jackson

Lefty prospects dominating at Double-A (May 23)
PORTLAND, Maine -- Brayan Bello was a big deal here this spring.

Boston’s top pitching prospect debuted at the Double-A level in mid-June of last year and had impressive moments through the end of the season. But in the beginning of 2022, Bello did something special every time he took the ball for Portland.

In his first start of the year, he struck out 10. He allowed exactly two runs and no more than four hits in each of his next three outings. On May 5, he tossed a no-hitter. Over the next two starts, he gave up a total of two runs while striking out 15. And that was it – he was off to Triple-A Worcester, 4-2 with a 1.60 ERA and a 0.83 WHIP. Full story »

Bello dazzles in Triple-A debut (May 18)
Making his debut for Triple-A Worcester on Wednesday night, flame-throwing righty Brayan Bello showed what all the hype is about.

Boston's No. 4 prospect -- and top-rated pitcher -- struck out 10 in six electric innings against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre at Polar Park in Worcester, Mass.

Bello registered a strikeout on a 98 mph fastball to open the contest, and he dazzled through most of the performance. He allowed six hits, two runs and a walk, throwing 94 pitches. It was the 11th double-digit strikeout game in the 23-year-old's pro career. -- Ian Browne

Rafaela hits for cycle at High-A Greenville (May 17)
Natural are cycles the rarest type of cycle. They’re also the most dramatic, allowing the player to punctuate his achievement with a round-tripper and then celebrate with a jog.

Ceddanne Rafaela lived that reality with a natural cycle in High-A Greenville’s 11-6 win over Hickory. The No. 27 Red Sox prospect became the first player in franchise history to hit for the cycle, and the second player in the Minor Leagues this season. Reds No. 4 prospect Matt McLain notched the milestone for Double-A Chattanooga on April 17.

Rafaela began his milestone night at Flour Field at the West End by looping a single to center field in the first inning. He legged out a double in the third, clanged an RBI triple off the center-field wall in the seventh and pulled a solo homer to left in the eighth. In the process, Rafaela scored three runs and drove in two. Full story »

Bello promoted to Triple-A (May 17)
The Red Sox’s No. 4 prospect, Brayan Bello, has earned a promotion to Triple-A Worcester and could start there as early as May 18. Bello has the most electric arsenal of any Red Sox prospect in years, and it was on full display when he threw a seven-inning no-hitter for Double-A Portland on May 5.

For the Sea Dogs this season, the 22-year-old went 4-2 with a 1.60 ERA in six starts, striking out 42 in 33 2/3 innings. The Dominican Republic native signed with the Red Sox on July 2, 2017. Now, he is just one stop away from Fenway Park. -- Ian Browne

Seabold fans 11 in dominant one-hit outing (May 15)
It was a dominant day for Connor Seabold.

The No. 14 prospect struck out half the batters he faced, racking up 11 whiffs across six scoreless innings of one-hit ball in Triple-A Worcester's 7-4 loss to Rochester. After allowing a two-out single in the second, he retired the next seven batters in a row, striking out five of them (four swinging, one looking). A fielding error and a walk put two on with one out, but the righty got back-to-back K’s to end the threat and give him his first double-digit strikeout performance since Aug. 4, 2021.

The 26-year-old lowered his ERA to 2.45 and has amassed 37 strikeouts in 36 2/3 innings. -- Stephanie Sheehan

No no-no, but Bello nasty again for Sea Dogs (May 11)
Last time he took the mound, Brayan Bello twirled the first seven-inning solo no-hitter in Double-A Portland’s history. What did the Red Sox's fourth-ranked prospect per MLB Pipeline do for an encore?

Bello wasn’t unhittable Wednesday but was nearly as dominant again, cruising through six scoreless innings to lead Portland to its 4-0 win over Hartford. Retiring 11 of his first 12 hitters, the 22-year-old struck out five and held the Yard Goats to three hits, shaving his season ERA to 1.60 in six starts. He’s held hitters to a .138 batting average against so far this season, with a 42-12 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 33 2/3 innings.

In short, it’s been a near seamless return to Double-A for Bello, the top-ranked pitcher in Boston’s position-player heavy system. One of those touted hitters, 2020 first-round pick Nick Yorke, also enjoyed a nice night Wednesday, homering for High-A Greenville. -- Joe Trezza

Bello tosses seven-inning no-no for Portland (May 5)
Brayan Bello
had only thrown seven innings once in his four-year professional career.

When he did it for the second time in Double-A Portland’s 3-1 win over Reading in Game 2 of a doubleheader, he did it in emphatic fashion – namely a 96-pitch, seven-inning no-hitter.

“I knew I had no hits, but it wasn’t on my mind until the seventh inning with two outs,” Bello said through interpreter and teammate Oddanier Mosqueda. “When I realized it, I was focused on attacking the hitter more than the other guys.”

Brandon Walter allowed his first walk in five starts this year at the end of his Game 1 start, but the ninth-ranked Red Sox prospect struck out 10 while scattering three hits over six innings as Portland swept the doubleheader with a 5-1 win. Full story »

Duran stays hot with homer, three hits (May 5)
The scorching start to the season continued for Jarren Duran with a three-hit effort -- punctuated by a towering three-run homer -- in Triple-A Worcester's 5-4 win over Toledo in Game 1 of a doubleheader.

The fourth-ranked Red Sox prospect collected hits in his first three trips to the plate: legging out an infield single in the first, finding the grass in left for another single in the second and crushing a go-ahead three-run blast to right in the fourth. It was his second dinger of the year.

Baseball's No. 83 overall prospect is sporting a .397/.478/.638 slash line with eight extra-base hits, nine walks, 15 runs scored and 11 RBIs over 15 games this season. -- Rob Terranova

Downs homers for 3rd straight game (May 4)
For the third straight game, Jeter Downs has gone yard.

The No. 6 prospect smacked a two-run shot in Triple-A Worcester’s 7-1 win over Toledo. The 23-year-old took advantage of a leadoff single and parked a 1-1 pitch over the wall in left for his sixth dinger of the season. Downs is batting .270/.400/.676 with four homers, seven RBIs and seven walks in his past 10 games. -- Stephanie Sheehan

Cora impressed with Duran's first month of 2022 (May 1)
Boston's No. 4 prospect Jarren Duran has been hitting well at Triple-A Worcester. The 2018 seventh-round selection slashed an impressive .391/.481/1.090 in April, with six extra-base hits and seven stolen bases over 46 at-bats. Those numbers would be Top 3 in the International League if Duran met the minimum games played requirement. Red Sox manager Alex Cora said they have worked with Duran on driving the ball, as they like his line drive capability.

"His best tool is actually his speed,” Cora said. “So to be able to hit line drives and run the bases, that's something that we like. We still want him to hit the ball hard. But if he keeps it off the air, it's better for him." -- Byron Kerr