Eduardo Rodriguez

Monday Red Sox Farm Report: Eduardo Rodriguez 'ready to go,' Rafael Devers heating up

Ken Laird
May 09, 2016 - 4:09 am
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Here's a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Sunday. TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (14-16): L, 3-2, vs. Rochester (Twins) -- LHP Eduardo Rodriguez took the loss (0-2, 4.70 ERA) in the third start of his rehab assignment, finishing with a final line of: 5 2/3 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO (93 pitches, 60 strikes). Two of the runs against Rodriguez came via solo home runs, both of them line-drive, opposite-field shots by right-handed batters over the short fence in right. The first homer allowed by Rodriguez came on a fastball, while the second was a changeup hit by Byron Buxton, the second-overall pick of the 2012 draft. "The first time I threw a good changeup down in the zone for a swing and a miss," Rodriguez said (via the Providence Journal) of his sequence against Buxton. "The second one was up in the zone, so he put a pretty good swing on it and hit it out of the ballpark. It wasn't what I wanted, the location." Overall Rodriguez, 23, induced nine ground ball outs and three pop-ups on Sunday after similar splits (10 ground outs and three fly outs) in his previous start on May 3 (6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 84 pitches). "All of my pitches, all of my mechanics, everything feels ready to go," said Rodriguez, whose fastball reportedly topped out at 94 mph. Rodriguez could rejoin Boston as soon as Friday. "The first outing, he looked like he was guarding it quite a bit. Coming off the mound, he appeared cautious as he fielded his position," PawSox manager Kevin Boles said (via the Pawtucket Times). "He was much better this past time. He was aggressive and the ball was coming out of his hand normally. Again, it's about building reps and stamina on that leg and getting confidence that it's going to hold up and that it's stable. That comes with reps and getting in game activity." Boles continued: "He looked more comfortable today with his foot strike and his landing. There's definitely more flex in that leg. You can tell he's starting to gain trust and confidence with that. He repeats his delivery. The first couple of outings we saw, it was more of a stiff front leg. Now we're starting to see a bit more flex in there, and that's a good sign." -- RHP Kyle Martin (Boston's No. 28 prospect at MLB.com) relieved Rodriguez with two outs in the sixth and finished the game, retiring all 10 batters he faced over 3 1/3 innings. Martin, 25, struck out three and walked none and has now whiffed 19 without walking a batter in 16 innings of work over nine outings in Triple-A Pawtucket. Selected by Boston in the ninth round of the 2013 draft out of Texas A&M University, the 6-foot-7 Martin led all Red Sox farmhands in 2015 with a 10.2 SO/9 IP ratio (minimum 40 innings pitched). -- Second baseman Marco Hernandez (Boston's No. 13 prospect at MLB.com) failed to reach base safely for the first time this season as he went 0-for-4 to end his consecutive-games streak at 18. In 19 games Hernandez is slashing .347/.395/.480 with a homer, a triple and five doubles. -- The PawSox offense managed just two hits, both in the fourth as right fielder Justin Maxwell followed a single from first baseman Chris Marrero with a two-run homer to tie the game at 2. The 32-year-old Maxwell sent a 2-2 breaking ball well over the 400-foot fence in center for his third dinger in his last 11 games. Signed by Boston on April 1 after being released by Miami, Maxwell appeared in 100 games in the big leagues last year with San Francisco, hitting .209 (52-for-249) with seven homers. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (10-20): W, 4-3, at Reading (Phillies) -- RHP Justin Haley won his second consecutive game (2-2, 2.37 ERA) with seven shutout innings, finishing with a final line of: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO (97 pitches, 64 strikes). The Sunday outing from Haley, 24, followed up a nine-strikeout performance on April 30 when he allowed just one earned run over five innings. Selected by Boston in the sixth round of the 2012 draft out of Fresno State, the 6-foot-5 Haley has made 39 starts in Double-A dating back to 2014. Last year he was 5-16 with a 5.15 ERA (71 ER, 124 IP) in 27 starts. -- RHP Chandler Shepherd (Boston's No. 29 prospect at MLB.com) was tagged for three runs in the eighth, allowing a double and two homers. The 23-year-old remained in the game to pitch the ninth and stranded runners at first and third by striking out the final two batters of the game. Selected by Boston in the 13th round of the 2014 draft out of the University of Kentucky, the 6-foot-3 Shepherd had thrown three straight scoreless outings before allowing runs Sunday. -- Portland jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second inning Sunday with RBI singles from third baseman Ryan Court, left fielder Derek Miller and shortstop Tzu-Wei Lin. Miller also drew two walks on the day to reach safely three times, while right fielder Aneury Tavarez had the lone multi-hit performance, going 2-for-3. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (21-9): W, 8-3, at Winston-Salem (White Sox) -- Third baseman Rafael Devers (Boston's No. 2 prospect at MLB.com) hit his third homer of the season, a first-pitch drive to right-center field in the third inning. Devers finished 2-for-4, adding a single and a walk, to stretch his hitting streak to five-games. The 19-year-old Devers has hit safely in seven of eight games, raising his average 52 points over that span to .182. Devers hit just 11-for-80 (.138) in April. -- Center fielder Andrew Benintendi (Boston's No. 3 prospect at MLB.com) went 1-for-5 with an RBI double, pulling one into right field in the seventh to bring home shortstop Mauricio Dubon (Boston's No. 12 prospect at MLB.com) to expand Salem's lead to 6-3. The 21-year-old Benintendi is slashing .368/.424/.624 with a homer, seven triples, 13 doubles, 29 RBIs and 26 runs scored over 29 games played. Benintendi leads the Carolina League in batting average, hits (43), doubles (13), triples and total bases (73), while he is second in the league in RBIs and slugging percentage and third in runs scored. The 5-foot-10 Benintendi had his 23-game hitting streak end on Saturday. He has hit safely in 25 of his last 26 games and in 26 of 29 played this season. Dubon, 21, went 2-for-5 with a triple, a double and two RBIs as he extended his hitting streak to 11 games. Dubon has hit safely in 25 of 28 games this season and is slashing .354/.419/.416 with two triples and three double to go with 24 runs scored. -- Second baseman Yoan Moncada (Boston's No. 1 prospect at MLB.com) went 0-for-4 with a walk and a run scored, bringing his slash line to .317/.450/.510. On the season the 20-year-old Moncada has three homers, two triples, seven doubles and a Carolina League-leading 33 runs in 28 games. Moncada also has walked a league-most 23 times. -- LHP Jalen Beeks picked up the win (4-1, 2.90 ERA) with a final line of: 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO (96 pitches, 59 strikes). A run scored against Beeks in the fifth on a pair of singles sandwiched around a passed ball, and two more came home in the sixth via a two-run homer. Beeks finished the sixth to complete his longest outing of the year; through six games Beeks has pitched 31 innings with 23 strikeouts and nine walks. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (15-14): L, 13-3, and W, 5-4, vs. Columbia (Mets) -- In Game 1 of the doubleheader, a resumption of Saturday's game that was suspended due to technical issues with the lights at Fluor Field, Greenville made a small rally in the fifth with an RBI double from third baseman Roldani Baldwin and an RBI single from right fielder Joseph Monge to cut the lead to 5-2. However, Columbia added two runs in the sixth and six more in the seventh to blow open the game. -- In Game 2, a seven-inning contest, shortstop Jeremy Rivera singled with two outs in the sixth and stole second base despite a pitchout. Monge then followed with an opposite-field double into the right field corner to bring home the winning run. Monge, 20, is slashing .326/.384/.438 with a homer, seven doubles, 10 runs and eight RBIs over 23 games played and has hit safely in 15 of his last 17 contests. -- Tate Matheny, 22, played center field in Game 1 and went 2-for-4 with a double, following that up with a 2-for-3 nightcap from the DH spot as he tripled and scored two runs. Matheny has five multi-hit games in his past six and is now slashing .338/.405/.492 over 16 games with a homer, two triples and three doubles to go with 12 RBIs and 16 runs scored. Matheny was selected by Boston in the fourth round of last year's draft out of Missouri State. -- First baseman Josh Ockimey (Boston's No. 16 prospect at MLB.com) hit his sixth homer of the season in the third inning of Game 2, driving one out to left-center field to give Greenville a 4-3 lead and break a personal 11-game homer drought. Ockimey, 20, is one homer back of the South Atlantic league lead. He finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs to put his slash line at .280/.422/.559 with 16 runs and 14 RBIs. -- RHP Jake Cosart picked up the Game 2 win (1-0, 2.25 ERA) with 2 2/3 innings of scoreless, one-hit relief of Daniel Gonzalez (3 1/3 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO). Cosart, 22, has thrown multiple innings in five of his last six outings out of the bullpen. On the season he's appeared in nine games, striking out 24 in 16 innings with eight walks. -- LHP Bobby Poyner pitched a perfect final inning in Game 2 to earn his sixth save, inducing three ground outs. The 23-year-old Poyner has allowed just one earned run this year in nine appearances, striking out 21 over 16 innings of work.

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