Could Farm Report: Pink Sox promote Shane Drohan, Marcelo Mayer

It’s onerous to consider anyone having a larger start to the season than Shane Drohan had with the Portland Sea Canine.

One of many group’s strikeout leaders in 2022 with Greenville, the 24-year-old lefty earned a promotion out of spring teaching and dominated Double-A, going 5-0 with a 1.32 ERA over his first six begins of the yr with Portland.

Within the blink of a watch Drohan went from relative obscurity to arguably Boston’s prime pitching prospect, and the membership wasted no time promoting him to Triple-A after he proved himself ready for a a lot larger downside.

However the freeway to the huge leagues isn’t easy and it positively isn’t always straightforward, courses Drohan shortly found upon his arrival in Worcester.

His first two begins at Triple-A didn’t go successfully. By 7 ⅔ innings he has allowed 10 earned runs whereas allowing six walks and 4 home runs to affiliate with merely seven strikeouts.

Some adjustments to the higher diploma will clearly be necessary, nonetheless even with the rocky Triple-A debut Drohan has given followers reasonably lots to be smitten by. With Brayan Bello now inside the majors and lots of the membership’s totally different near-MLB starting pitching prospects struggling, Drohan’s large uptick in velocity and his spectacular new cutter have turned him proper right into a extreme weapon.

All he needs is a couple of further refining and it’s not a stretch to consider he would possibly make an impression in Boston as shortly as subsequent season.

Triple-A: Hamilton larger than a tempo demon

Since coming to the Pink Sox inside the Hunter Renfroe commerce, David Hamilton had already distinguished himself collectively together with his base-running. The speedy infielder tied Jacoby Ellsbury’s organizational file with 70 stolen bases at Double-A Portland last yr and he’s saved on working since being promoted to Triple-A.

However he’s moreover confirmed he is perhaps larger than solely a burner.

Hamilton has taken tremendous strides on the plate and thus far ranks as Worcester’s prime all-around run producers. The 25-year-old at current leads the workforce with 11 home runs to affiliate with 25 RBI, an .854 OPS and 25 stolen bases in 44 video video games.

Bobby Dalbec has moreover confirmed off his vitality stroke with 10 homers in Worcester, along with a mammoth 515-foot bomb earlier this week, and outfielder Wilyer Abreu has continued making progress with seven home runs, 21 RBI and an .854 OPS.

Issues haven’t gone as simply for Boston’s prime pitching prospects in Worcester. Brandon Walter (6.80 ERA) and Chris Murphy (8.35) have gotten hit onerous and Bryan Mata (5.61) was struggling sooner than taking place with correct shoulder irritation earlier this Could.

Double-A: Theft spree

Stolen bases and residential runs abounded for Portland in Could, they normally head into June 30-15, standing firmly atop the Northeast division.

The Sea Canine lead all of Double-A with 96 stolen bases, and private the best of the individual standings inside the metric. Corey Rosier (22), Ceddanne Rafaela (20), and Phillip Sikes (19) rank first, second, and tied for third, respectively. Rafaela these days set a model new organizational file when he stole six bases in a single recreation.

Portland set a model new workforce file for stolen bases last season (171), along with 70 swipes by David Hamilton. Collectively, they’re on observe to set a model new mark this yr.

Brian Van Belle has impressed this spring, foremost the pitching staff with a 2.80 ERA and 1.20 WHIP, and Chih-Jung Liu already has a team-high 50 strikeouts. Shane Drohan’s 1.32 ERA and 36 strikeouts earned him a promotion to Triple-A earlier inside the month.

Excessive-A: Coffey, Troye mowing hitters down

Marcelo Mayer and Blaze Jordan are clearly the two highest profile prospects having fun with in Greenville correct now. Mayer (7 HR, .897 OPS) has been crushing the ball not too long ago, which merely earned him a promotion to Double-A Portland, and Jordan (6 HR, .847) has appeared pretty dominant, too.

Whereas they don’t boast the similar diploma of title recognition, a couple of of Greenville’s pitchers are starting to demand consideration themselves.

Proper-handers Issac Coffey and Christopher Troye have posted preposterous numbers these days, placing out batters at a stunning cost. Coffey, a starter, at current boasts a 2.89 ERA with 61 strikeouts in opposition to solely seven walks over 43.2 innings. Troye, a reliever, has averaged larger than two punchouts per inning with 36 and a 1.56 ERA over 17.1 innings.

Coffey has now posted back-to-back outings with six scoreless innings and 11 strikeouts, nonetheless extraordinarily he hasn’t been alone. Fellow Greenville starter Angel Bastardo has 53 strikeouts in 38 innings and Wikelman Gonzalez is now as a lot as 54 in 32 innings after placing out 12 over 5.1 innings on Saturday.

Low-A: Scorching begins settle down

After a strong April, No. 2 prospect Miguel Bleis struggled in a restricted Could. In merely 11 video video games, the outfielder hit .167 with a .463 OPS, though his plate self-discipline was significantly improved.

Likewise for Luis Ravelo. The infielder carried out a bit further inside the second month of the season, nonetheless observed his batting frequent drop from .295 to .240 and strikeouts virtually double. His slugging share fell by virtually 80 elements, nonetheless he nonetheless leads the roster with three home runs, and his 14 RBI in Could topped the roster.

Outfielders Juan Chacon and Roman Anthony shined in Could. Chacon led the workforce with 21 hits, along with three doubles and a pair of triples in 21 video video games, as did Anthony’s six doubles. Fellow outfielder Allan Castro led the offense with 16 walks, just one shy of his strikeout full.

Jose Ramirez was the clear standout on the pitching staff this month. His 21 2/3 innings (4 begins), 1.66 ERA, and 1.02 WHIP led the workforce’s licensed pitchers.