Portland, Maine – The Sea Dogs (44-50) were propelled by a season-high five home runs, as Portland beats Hartford (44-51) 12-6 in the series opener on Thursday night at Hadlock Field.
Weekend Series Ahead
Game 1 recap
Game 2 recap
As the month of July begins, we created an All-Star team for Red Sox Prospects who
have spent the entire season within the organization. However, we did not include players from Lowell as their season just began a few weeks ago.
Without further ado, here is the complete list.
Jalen Beeks – LHP – Portland/Pawtucket
Bryan Mata – RHP – Greenville
Brian Johnson – LHP – Pawtucket/Boston
Roniel Raudes – RHP – Salem
Teddy Stankiewicz – RHP – Portland
Austin Maddox – RHP – Portland/Pawtucket/Boston
Jamie Callahan – RHP – Portland/Pawtucket
Bobby Poyner – LHP – Salem/Portland
Pat Goetze – RHP – Greenville
Josh Smith – LHP – Portland/Pawtucket
Shaun Anderson – RHP – Greenville/Salem
CF – Danny Mars – Portland
2B – Chad de la Guerra – Salem/Portland
DH – Rafael Devers – Portland
LF – Bryce Brentz – Pawtucket
3B – Michael Chavis – Salem/Portland
1B – Josh Ockimey – Salem
SS – Tzu-Wei Lin – Portland/Boston
RF – Ryan Scott – Greenville
C – Austin Rei – Greenville
OF – Steve Selsky – Pawtucket/Boston
INF – CJ Chatham – Greenville
C – Jordan Procyshen – Portland
Util – Heiker Meneses – Portland/Pawtucket
Red Sox Prospects Breakdown
While some of the decisions were very difficult to make, certain players stood out because of their tremendous performances. For example, Rafael Devers and his 16 home runs, Michael Chavis and his .300+ batting average. Then, of course, Jalen Beeks and his 1.1 K’s per inning. Just to name a few.
Similarly, young stars in Low-A ball like Bryan Mata and Austin Rei have consistently excelled, making way for potential second-half call-ups to High-A Salem. Meanwhile, Tzu-Wei Lin and Austin Maddox have already exceeded expectations and played in Boston.
Additionally, players such as Jordan Procyshen and Ryan Scott have come out the woodwork and become solid contributors at their respective positions. Further, Procyshen shines defensively and Ryan Scott has hit for consistent average all year.
According to sources from The Boston Globe and SoxProspects.com, Red Sox infield prospect Michael Chavis is being promoted to Double-A Portland. Infielder Chad de la Guerra is also being promoted to the Sea Dogs, who begin a homestand Friday.
In Salem, Chavis was hitting .318 with 17 home runs, 17 doubles, and 55 RBI in 59 games. De la Guerra was hitting .294 with 5 homers and 36 RBI.
Both will join a Portland infield that already includes top prospect Rafael Devers, Nick Longhi, Tzu-Wei Lin, and journeyman Mike Olt. Many speculate that this move is a precursor to the promotion of Devers (.297, 14 HR) to Triple-A Pawtucket. However, it remains to be seen what the Red Sox plan to do with their top talent.
Chavis and Devers could end up splitting some time short term, much like they did in 2015 with Greenville. There is no question that these two are special players, but their long-term development is ultimately the most important goal.
Prospects on the Move
This move follows what has already been a dynamic spring for the Red Sox farm system. So far, the Sea Dogs alone have seen the likes of Jalen Beeks, Ty Buttrey, Aneury Tavarez, Jamie Callahan, Austin Maddox, and Heiker Meneses move up to Triple-A and beyond. Likewise, Travis Lakins, Josh Tobias, Bobby Poyner, and now Chavis have left Salem for the Pine Tree State. Sam Travis made is major league debut as well.
These moves are also in the foreground of what could be an interesting trade season for the big league club. While it’s unlikely the Red Sox would trade someone like Devers or Jay Groome, other prospects could be on the move.
Despite all the ambiguity, one thing is certain. Michael Chavis, Chad de la Guerra, Rafael Devers, and others have performed exceptionally this season. And as many Red Sox fans worried about the longevity of the farm system, a renaissance has been born.