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July 14, 2017

Notes from the Field

Eastern League All-Star Game

by Erich Rothmann


The Eastern League East All-Stars defeated the Eastern League West All-Stars 7-1 on Wednesday night in Manchester, New Hampshire. The West was up 1-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth before pitchers Jairo Labourt and Lucas Long combined to give up 7 runs. Here is a rundown of the game’s notable performers:

Rafael Devers (Portland, 3B; 1-2) and Francisco Mejia (Akron, C; 0-3)
I was pleasantly surprised to see these two elite prospects suit up after participating in Sunday’s Futures game. Both players were strong candidates for the top spot in our Midseason Top 50. However, their impact in this game was minimal. Mejia had a particularly rough night, which included striking out on a 101 mph fastball from Connor Greene and bobbling a dribbler hit by Danny Mars. Devers nearly made a fantastic play diving to his right, but Slade Heathcott ran well and beat out the throw. Concerns about his body will not go away anytime soon. Nonetheless, he is a better defender than expected and should stick at third for the foreseeable future. A promotion to Pawtucket should come any day now, and while Tzu-Wei Lin and Deven Marrero have been effective for Boston, don’t be surprised if Devers ends up at Fenway by the end of the season.

Connor Greene (New Hampshire, RHP; 2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K)
The Blue Jays should absolutely not convert him into a reliever yet. That being said, it’s hard to not envision him as a future lights-out closer after this performance. As a starter, his fastball’s velocity typically sits 94-97, but in this relief appearance it sat 98-100 (t101) with the usual plus movement. Both the changeup and curveball even generated multiple swings and misses. His breaking balls must become more consistent for him to remain in the rotation. In the most recent Ten Pack, Greg Goldstein explains why Greene should have made our Midseason Top 50.

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