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We see some resilience from the minor-league system today."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Red Sox StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Red Sox NewsYahoo Red Sox Team PageYahoo Red Sox ReportYahoo Red Sox Depth ChartYahoo Red Sox TransactionsYahoo Red Sox PhotosOdds About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub 鉁昍ed Sox MinorsRed Sox Minor Lines: The one with two seven-run comebacksWe see some resilience from the minor-league system today.EDTShareTweetShareShareRed Sox Minor Lines: The one with two seven-run comebacksPawtucket W 11-8This was an absolutely wild one in Pawtucket http://www.chicagocubsteamshop.com/authentic-david-ross-jersey , with the PawSox trailing 7-0 after the top of the first inning. They battled all the way back, though, with a comeback that culminated in a five-run eighth. Shepherd obviously had a rough game, though he should have gotten out of it when Ockimey made an error that would have been the final out of the inning before any runs had scored. Things snowballed badly from there. The offense picked him up, though, including Chavis hitting a 434-hit home run. It’s nice to see some resilience from somewhere in the organization.Portland W 11-7 (F/10)The PawSox weren’t the only team on the farm to come back from a 7-0 deficit on Wednesday. The Sea Dogs were trailing 7-0 heading into the sixth when they turned on the jets. They had a five-run sixth that was highlighted by the two-run shot from Curcio, and they eventually forced extras. In the tenth, Portland exploded for four runs to put the game away. Curcio was the standout here, but in terms of prospects it was Chatham. The shortstop is off to a scorching start this season, now hitting .325/.378/.500 with seven doubles through ten games.Salem L 4-5 (F/11)This was a third wild game for Red Sox affiliates, though they couldn’t come out on top in this game. Salem and Down East (Rangers affiliate) were tied at two for most of this game until the Wood Ducks scored in the top of the ninth. It seemed over, but Salem rallied in the bottom half to force extras. The same story would play out in the tenth as well before Down East scored in the eleventh and Salem failed to match. Fitzgerald continues to stand out in this Salem lineup, as the undrafted free agent signed out of Indy Ball now boasts a .413 batting average and a 1.083 OPS.Greenville L 1-7It’s been a rough start for the 2018 draft class. Both Casas and Howlett had plenty of excitement around them heading into the 2019 season, with the former being the first round pick from last summer’s draft and the latter breaking out in a huge way in the GCL immediately after being drafted. They both had 0-fer’s tonight, and now both are hitting under the Mendoza line. Obviously, it’s too early to worry about high school draftees in their first full professional season Addison Russell Jersey , though.Player of the Day: I like to think I know a thing or two about the Red Sox farm system, and at the very least I do this exercise enough that I know pretty much everyone in the system. Today, however, was the first time I’d ever heard the name Keith Curcio. The outfielder certainly had the best game in the system today, though, with four hits and a home run. He was a sixth round pick by the Braves back in 2014, and in 2018 he found himself out of affiliated ball altogether. After a solid year in Indy Ball, Curcio was picked up by the Red Sox and this was his third game of the year. There’s a decent chance this is the last time we talk about the 26-year-old, but once is pretty good given his background. Austin Riley can take Atlanta to the next level with his bat. He’s ready, but are the Braves?"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Talking Chop User’s GuideTalking Chop PodcastAround the NL EastBaseball Analysis PrimerIt’s time to get Austin Riley in the Braves lineupNew,80commentsAustin Riley can take Atlanta to the next level with his bat. He’s ready, but are the Braves?EDTShareTweetShareShareIt’s time to get Austin Riley in the Braves lineupJonathan Dyer-USA TODAY SportsIf you’ve been following the Atlanta Braves rebuild long enough then you have seen a bevy of young star talent graduate from the minor leagues in the past couple of seasons. Yet, there are still more insanely gifted bats rising through the Braves’ system and there has been none more publicized than Austin Riley, a third base prospect with a next level bat. Initially taken with the 41st pick of the 2015 MLB Draft, Riley has seen every single level of the Braves minor league system. At the ripe age of 22 he is about to go through his second season at Triple-A in Gwinnett. He has destroyed every league he’s ever been in by putting his big 6’3” frame to use, mashing the ball to all fields on his way to hitting 20 homers each year in 2016 Sammy Sosa Jersey , 2017 and 2018. So, you might be wondering, why is this kid not in the Majors doing damage like his fellow mates Acuna and Albies? Well the answer is quite simple, and it’s that he can’t currently play any position other than third base, which is currently occupied in Atlanta by former MVP Josh Donaldson. Not to say Donaldson is in the way, by any means, because he definitely is a bat you need to have in your lineup for contention, but it’s just the way things are. Fret not though, there IS a very simple way to get Austin Riley up to the big leagues and mashing in no time while keeping Josh at the hot corner. You may have noticed recently, that there is a fairly large offensive void in the Braves lineup. For lack of a better way to say it, let’s just come right out with it: Ender Inciarte is the worst offensive player on the team, and while the defense has been able to keep him afloat up to this point, we’ve gotten to a point where the offense is so bad that he’s borderline un-playable. It is also important to note that Ender turns 29 years old at the end of this season with two years and $15 million dollars remaining on his contract with a team option in 2022 for $9 million more (or a one million dollar buyout). Don’t get me wrong, Inciarte has been an absolute beast on the defensive side of the ball since coming to Atlanta, but this is his actual heat map of where he hit the ball last season the most:No, that’s not very good. In addition Joe Maddon Jersey , he’s got the lowest average exit velocity of qualified players since entering the league in 2015.Now you’re probably wondering what Ender Inciarte has to do with Austin Riley, but we’re getting there I promise. With Ender being such an offensive negative on a team in contention within the toughest division in all of baseball, the Braves are going to need to make a change. Luckily, it’s not too late. Inciarte still has value coming off of three consecutive seasons of essentially 3 fWAR baseball (3.1, 2.9, 2.9), and his contract isn’t so long that a team would be scared of going anywhere near it. So the best possible scenario for the Braves is to offload his deal while they still can, and possibly profit by picking up some bullpen help or another prospect to help re-stock the pipeline. Here is where Riley comes in. No, he can’t play center field. However, Ronald Acuna Jr. very much can which leaves left field (a much easier position) open for the young Mr. Riley to fill. I know earlier in this post I said that Austin Riley couldn’t really play any position outside of third, but he *might* just be able to stick in left for a season while Donaldson continues to get at-bats in the same lineup. It’s an interesting scenario because it essentially questions how big of a risk the Braves are willing to take to score runs. Riley isn’t too much of a risk, but trading outfield defense with a young pitching staff in place definitely is. Would Atlanta do this? I’d bet against it. But if they’re serious about winning in the NL East this season, they need to find a way to get Austin Riley regular at-bats on a Major League field one way or another. It’s time.