A brief look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Monday:
TRIPLE A PAWTUCKET RED SOX: 5-3 WIN AT SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE
■ Jackie Bradley Jr. continued to rake, going 1 for 4 with a homer (his second in five games) and a walk. He has reached base in 16 straight games, elevating his line to .349/.406/.500. If he had enough at-bats to qualify for the leaderboards, he’d rank third in the International League in average.
■ Allen Craig went 1 for 3 with a double and got hit by a pitch, with the two times on base in four plate appearances representing an increasingly common occurrence for him. Over his last 10 games, he’s hitting .406/.548/.563 with nine walks and three strikeouts. For the season, his line is now .328/.434/.453 in Pawtucket.
■ Garin Cecchini went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts, adding to an alarming season-long performance in which he’s hit .190/.263/.254 with a career-worst 28.7 percent strikeout rate (he’s never before whiffed at worse than a 21.6 percent rate) and career-low 7.6 percent walk rate (his prior career-worst was 9.6 percent). Cecchini, who had been viewed as one of the best pure hitters in the minors, has seen his results depart from such projections in marked fashion.
DOUBLE A PORTLAND SEA DOGS: OFF DAY
HIGH A SALEM RED SOX: 9-8 LOSS AT WINSTON-SALEM
■ Outfielder Manuel Margot went 2 for 5 with a pair of singles and a steal in his first multihit game since April 26, a 14-game drought. Even with three weeks on the DL, Margot has 12 steals in 15 attempts thus far this year, tied for the fourth most steals in the Carolina League.
■ First baseman Sam Travis went 2 for 4 with a double and a walk, his third multihit game and third double in his last four contests. In that time, the 21-year-old has bumped his line back up to .282/.346/.409.
■ Second baseman Wendell Rijo went 1 for 5 with a pair of strikeouts, though the one hit was his third homer of the season. Rijo, 19, continues to be an all-or-nothing hitter, with 19 of his 31 hits this year having been for extra bases en route to a .252/.282/.463 line.
SINGLE A GREENVILLE DRIVE: 10-9 WIN VS. KANNAPOLIS
■ Shortstop Javier Guerra went 2 for 3 with his fifth homer of the year (and a sac bunt, of all things). Guerra continues to post dazzling numbers: A .305 average, .365 OBP, and a .532 slugging mark that leads the South Atlantic League. The frequency with which he’s been able to drive the ball has represented a marked contrast to the line-drive swings he took as an amateur and in his first pro season in the DSL in 2013.
“Last year, I started realizing I had more power,” he explained. “With more experience, I started realizing I could drive the ball.”
While the potential for an extra-base machine with elite defense suggests an enormous ceiling, Guerra’s high strikeout rate (30.2 percent this year) bears notice, particularly the 23-3 strikeout-to-walk rate he’s shown this year against lefthanded pitchers (en route to a .196/.250/.373 line).
That said, the Sox have seen Guerra make rapid adjustments in terms of his ability to drive the ball and the ability to incorporate greater pitch selection into his game, and so while mindful that swings and misses could hinder his development, there’s also the possibility that he can adapt in a similar fashion to become a standout prospect.
■ Middle infielder Mauricio Dubon went 3 for 4 with a triple, a walk, and a career-high three steals, giving him a season line of .306/.351/.444 with 15 steals in 17 attempts. The 15 steals in 44 games this season have already surpassed the 13 steals he had entering the year in 86 career contests. Dubon has three straight multihit games, during which he’s 7 for 13 with a double, triple, homer, two walks, and five steals.
■ Rafael Devers went 1 for 5 with a double, with the two-bagger extending the 18-year-old’s hitting streak to 13 games.
DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE RED SOX TEAM 2: 6-5 WIN, 8-1 WIN AT DSL BREWERS
■ Righthander Anderson Espinoza offered a glimpse of the dazzling potential that led the Sox to sign him to a $1.8 million bonus last summer. Espinoza, who was throwing in the low 90s when the Sox signed him, sat at 95 m.p.h. and topped out at 97 while giving up just one baserunner (a single) against the 10 batters he faced in three innings. He struck out three, walked none, and elicited four ground balls while throwing consistent strikes.
■ Third baseman Stanley Espinal, 18, went 3 for 6 with a homer and a walk in the two contests.
DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE RED SOX TEAM 1: 5-4 LOSS VS. DSL MARINERS
■ Righthander Roniel Raudes, a 17-year-old out of Nicaragua, allowed two runs on three hits with a strikeout and no walks in his pro debut. The Sox signed Raudes last summer, at a time when he was throwing in the mid-80s, as a player with a lean, projectable frame and a quick arm that suggested the potential for an impressive fastball and breaking ball combination.
■ Marino Campana, whose 6-foot-4-inch, 180-pound frame jumps off the table a bit for a 17-year-old, went 2 for 4.