Red Sox notebook; Double-A prospect Tzu-Wei Lin makes start at third base

Tuesday, 27 June 2017, 02:07:34 PM. Elite prospect Rafael Devers entered yesterday with a .904 OPS for Double-A Portland, but the Red Sox went with a different Sea Dogs infielder as their starting third baseman last night.Tzu-Wei Lin, who has a career .241 average and .638 OPS in six minor league seasons but had been enjoying a breakout year in Portland, became the sixth starting third baseman used by the Sox this season. It was his
Elite prospect Rafael Devers entered yesterday with a .904 OPS for Double-A Portland, but the Red Sox went with a different Sea Dogs infielder as their starting third baseman last night. Tzu-Wei Lin, who has a career .241 average and .638 OPS in six minor league seasons but had been enjoying a breakout year in Portland, became the sixth starting third baseman used by the Sox this season. It was his first major league start. Deven Marrero and Pablo Sandoval have each started 25 games at third, Josh Rutledge 15 games, Marco Hernandez nine and Brock Holt one. All except Marrero are currently on the disabled list. Manager John Farrell said he preferred the matchup with Lin, a left-handed hitter, instead of Marrero against Minnesota Twins right-hander Jose Berrios. Lin came through with a single in his first career at-bat. “Deven has had more success against left-handed pitching,” Farrell said. “A day to get Lin on the field. He’s been eased in with the two appearances, either a pinch-runner (Saturday) or defensive replacement (Sunday).” Lin, 23, is a 5-foot-9, 155-pounder from Taiwan who has spent the majority of his career playing shortstop. He’s hitting .302 with an .870 OPS in Portland this year. “Defense is a priority (at third base), Farrell said. “And keep in mind, Lin is coming here as a good solid defender. Recognize what Deven has done at third base, he’s stabilized it. But there are also situations offensively to come up in this spot to execute as the situation calls...Read more
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