Friday night with Raphael and Trenton

McCarthy starts tonight...Raphael of the TMNT makes a special appearance at Hadlock Fiel.d

McCarthy starts tonight…Raphael of the TMNT makes a special appearance at Hadlock Field.

Lineups for a 6 PM First Pitch

Trenton: Cave 8, Judge 9, Bird 3, Jagielo 5, Sanchez 2, Dugas 7, Bichette Jr. DH, Culver 6, Rosario 4, Severino (#1 Pitching Prospect in the Yankees system).

Portland: Miller 6, Asuaje 5, Witte 3, Tejeda 7, Gragnani 4, Tekotte 8, Roberson DH, Heller 9, Brenly 2, McCarthy RH (1-1, 8.00)

Pre-Game Interview: Ben Crocket Part 1

TGIF (TRENTON LEADS SERIES 1-0): The Sea Dogs and Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) play game 2 of their four-game series on Friday night at Hadlock Field…Portland has dropped four of their last five games, and are four games under .500 for the first time since the end of the 2013 season…Trenton has won four of five in the season series…Mike McCarthy beat the Thunder six days ago in Trenton, Luis Severino beat Portland on April 19th at Arm & Hammer Park.

TWO OUT RUNS: Trenton scored four runs with two outs, taking the series opener, 5-0 over the Sea Dogs on Thursday night…Caleb Smith (1-2) worked five scoreless frames on 4 hits, 2 walks and 5 strikeouts to notch the win…Mike Augliera (0-3) suffered his third straight loss, allowing a career-high 5 walks on 11 hits, 5 runs (4 earned) over 4.2 IP…Dante Bichette Jr., Greg Bird, Jake Cave and Eric Jagielo all had RBIs in the win for Trenton…Portland had 10 baserunners, but finished 0-for-9 with runners-in-scoring position.

MAKE THAT FOUR: Blake Tekotte went 1-for-3 with a walk in the series opener, and has a season-high four-game hitting streak: 6-for-13 (.462), 4 RBI…Tekotte has reached base safely in 11 of 13 starts.

THE ‘PEN WAS SENSATIONAL: Jonathan Aro and Dayan Diaz combined for 4.2 scoreless frames on Thursday night…Aro pitched 2.2 hitless and recorded 2 strikeouts, throwing 21 of 25 pitches for strikes…Diaz tossed the final two innings and is scoreless in four of five outings this season.

THOSE TWO-OUT NUMBERS: The opponents have scored 32 of 77 runs (42%) with two outs through 14 games…Trenton went 5-for-13 with runners-in-scoring position, and their first 5 hits came with two outs.

SIMON SAYS: After giving up six runs in his Double-A debut, RHP Simon Mercedes has been scoreless in his last two appearances…The righty has gone 5.2 IP on one hit, three walks and eight strikeouts in his previous two games.

IN CASE YOU DIDN’T KNOW: Before their affiliation with the New York Yankees, Trenton was a Red Sox affiliate from 1995-2002.

SOCIAL MEDIA INFORMATION: Follow the Sea Dogs on Twitter: @PortlandSeaDogs or @seadogsradio…Connect on Facebook, Instagram and Vine…Media requests to Chris Cameron at 207-874-9300 or ccameron@seadogs.com.

#ThrowbackThursday at Hadlock Field

Sea Dogs celebrating 1995 Night at Hadlock Field.

Sea Dogs celebrating 1995 Night at Hadlock Field.

The Sea Dogs open up a seven-game homestand on Thursday night against the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) at Hadlock Field.

Pre-Game Interview: Kevin Thomas

Lineups:

Trenton: Cave 8, Judge 9, Bird 3, Jagielo 5, Sanchez 2, Williams 7, Bichette Jr. DH, Culver 6, Rosario 4, Smith LH (0-2, 11.37)

Sea Dogs: Miller 6, Asuaje 4, Tejeda 7, Chester DH, Martinez 2, Gragnani 5, Roof  9, Tekotte 8, Brenly 3, Augliera RH (0-2, 4.50)

NEW YORK STATE OF MIND (SERIES 0-0): The Sea Dogs return home after a 2-5 roadtrip, taking on the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) in the opener of a four-game series on Thursday night at Hadlock Field…Portland dropped three in Trenton on April 16-19, and split 10 games with the Thunder at Hadlock Field in 2014…Tonight is Throw-back-Thursday night, as the ‘Dogs will wear their teal jerseys, representing the 1995 team.

RALLY FELL SHORT: Portland scored three runs in the ninth inning, but fell to the Rock Cats, 10-8 on Wednesday morning at New Britain Stadium…The Sea Dogs had 15 hits and an early 3-0 lead, but New Britain scored five times in the fifth inning…In the ninth, Carlos Asuaje ignited the rally with a two-run single and Luis Martinez added an RBI hit…Blake Tekotte delivered two run-scoring doubles…The ‘Dogs received three hits from Oscar TejedaLuis Diaz (0-1) took the loss, giving up 9 hits, 7 runs (5 earned) over 4.2 IP…Shane Carle (3-0) earned the win for New Britain.

DOUBLE MACHINE: Tekotte is 4-for-8, 4 RBI and 3 doubles in his last 2 games…The first-year Sea Dog has hit safely in nine of 12 starts…Portland had a team-high five doubles in yesterday’s game…Jonathan Roof went 2-for-4 and knocked home his first run of the season.

THERE’S BEEN SOME BIG INNINGS: Portland’s pitching staff has allowed five 4-run innings through 13 games…The ‘Dogs are last in the league in ERA (5.37), but rank third in the league in 106 strikeouts…Trenton is fifth in ERA (3.36), and their offense is second in the E.L. in homers (10).

QUITE A FEW: Mike Augliera makes his second straight start against the Thunder and the sixth of his career…Augliera has the team’s lone quality start, working 6.1 innings on 3 runs at Trenton last Friday at Arm & Hammer Park.

SIMON SAYS: After giving up six runs in his Double-A debut, RHP Simon Mercedes has been scoreless in his last two appearances…The righty has gone 5.2 IP on one hit, three walks and eight strikeouts in his previous two games.

IN CASE YOU DIDN’T KNOW: Before their affiliation with the New York Yankees, Trenton was a Red Sox affiliate from 1995-2002.

Saturday night in Trenton! ‘Dogs look for the first road win.

Mike McCarthy makes his first road start of 2015.

Mike McCarthy makes his first road start of 2015.

Portland and Trenton play game three of their series at 7:00 PM from Arm & Hammer Park.

Listen live on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network or through the Tunein App for your smartphone or tablet. MiLB.TV begins at 6:55 PM.

Lineups:

PRT: Miller 5, Hernandez 6, Witte 3, De La Cruz 7, Chester DH, Roof 9, Gragnani 4, Tekotte 8, Brenly 2 McCarthy RH

TRE: Cave 7, Judge 9, Bird 3, Jagielo DH, Bichette Jr. 5, Williams 8, Culver 6, Arcia 2, Fiorito 4Smith LH

HOPING TO GET EVEN (TRENTON LEADS 2-0): Portland has dropped the first 2 games of the series, and battles the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) on Saturday night at Arm & Hammer Park…The Sea Dogs won their final 2 road series of 2014 – their last road-series loss occurred on August 8-10, 2014 at Richmond…Last night was the second time the ‘Dogs have been shutout in eight games to start the season.

WAS CLOSE UNTIL THE END: Trenton scored six runs on eight hits in the final two innings, shutting out the Sea Dogs 7-0 on Saturday night…Dante Bichette Jr. finished 3-for-4, 3 RBI, putting the game away with a two-run single in the eighth…Eric Jagielo went 2-for-3, 2 RBI, 2 doubles and 3 runs scored…Taylor Garrison (1-0) scattered six hits over 5 IP on one walk and 2 strikeouts toe earn the win…Mike Augliera (0-2) notched the team’s first quality start of the season, but suffered the loss for Portland…Jantzen Witte had his best game in Double-A, going 3-for-4…Luis Martinez added two hits, including a double.

NICE SHOWING IN HOMESTATE: Augliera hails from Old Bridge, New Jersey, about 45 minutes from Arm & Hammer Park…Last night, the righty yielded just 6 hits, 3 runs, no walks and fanned 5 over 6.1 IP.

THEY GOT TO THE ‘PEN: RHP Kyle Martin gave up his first runs of the season, yielding 4 runs on 5 hits over 1+ innings pitched, plus an inherited run…LHP Robby Scott worked 2/3 of a frame, allowing one hit and one inherited runner to score.

KEURY IN THE MEDIA GUIDE: On Friday night, Keury De La Cruz became the 7th player in franchise history to hit an inside-the-park homer and the third as a Red Sox affiliate…Ironically, Heiker Meneses hit one on the same date as De La Cruz back in 2013 against the Binghamton Mets at NYSEG Stadium…Current Red Sox Roving Instructor George Lombard, hit an inside-the-park grand slam on June 24, 2004 at Erie…INSIDE THE PARK HOMERS AS A MARLINS AFFILIATE: Victor Rodriguez (May 11, 1997 vs. Bowie), Hayward Cook (April 30, 1998 vs. Binghamton), Pablo Ozuna (August 22, 2000 vs. New Haven) and Quincy Foster (September 1, 2000 vs.

MAKE THAT SEVEN: Carlos Asuaje went 1-for-4 last night and has reached base safely in all seven Double-A starts…Asuaje hit a combined .310 (149-for-480) with 38 2B, 12 3B, 15 HR, 101 RBI, and 59 BB over 129 games between Greenville and Salem in 2014.

Sea Dogs and Rock Cats on Tuesday night

IMG_4398The Sea Dogs and Rock Cats continue their three-game series on Tuesday night at Hadlock Field.

Lineups
New Britain: Dahl 8, Tauchman 9, Story 6, Murphy DH, Cuevas 7, Valaika 4, Swanner 3, Baker 2, Espy 5, Flemer (1st AA start)

Portland: Miller 5, Asuaje 4, Witte 3, De La Cruz 7, Chester DH, Hernandez 6, Tekotte 8, Roof 9, Brenly 2, Cuevas RH (1st AA start)

Pre-Game Guest: Rick Anderson (Head Groundskeeper)

Listen live on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network or through the TuneIn App. Tonight’s game is available on MiLB.TV…Coverage begins at 5:40 PM.

COMPLETE NOTES AT SEADOGS.COM

TWO FOR TUESDAY (ROCK CATS 1-0): The Sea Dogs and New Britain Rock Cats (Rockies affiliate) play game two of their 3-game series on Tuesday night at Hadlock Field…Portland is looking to snap a three-game losing streak, and has not lost four in a row at home since July 1-3, 2012…The ‘Dogs have been outscored 33-6 since they won Game 1 of Saturday’s twinbill against Reading…Portland concludes their six-game homestand tomorrow morning, before a seven-game roadtrip beginning Thursday in Trenton, New Jersey.

THEY BROUGH THE POWER: New Britain hit four homers, receiving a grand slam from SS Trevor Story, and beat the Sea Dogs 14-4 on Monday night…David Dahl, Tom Murphy and Mike Tauchman each homered in the win…LHP Yohan Flande earned the win for the ‘Cats, working 5.2 innings on 5 hits and 4 runs…RHP Mike McCarthy gave up a career-high 9 runs over 4+ innings to suffer the loss…Jantzen Witte sparked Portland’s offense, going 2-for-4 with his first Double-A homer and 3 RBI.

TONIGHT’S MATCHUPS: RHP William Cuevas makes his Double-A debut in the series opener…Cuevas is entering his seventh season in the Red Sox system, after spending his second straight year with the Salem Red Sox in 2014…The righty went 2-6, 4.70 ERA (50 ER/95.2 IP) in 26 games/10 starts…RHP Matt Flemer will make his first start at Double-A for New Britain…Flemer went 13-10, 4.53 ERA (83 ER/165.0 IP) in 28 games with High-A Modesto in 2014.

WITTE TIES TEAM HIGH: In addition to his first Double-A homer, Witte tied a team-high with his 3 RBI on Monday night…SS Marco Hernandez has 5 hits over his last two games, picking up the team’s first 3-hit game in the series opener…There were two scoring changes last night, giving the Sea Dogs a season-high 10 hits.

ROSTER IS ALMOST COMPLETE: Cuevas will be the 25th player to appear in a game for the Sea Dogs this season…RHP Dayan Diaz worked two perfect frames and recorded a strikeout last night…RHP Kyle Kraus was promoted from High-A Salem on Monday, and yielded 6 runs on 5 hits over 3 innings.

IT HAD BEEN A WHILE: Story’s grand slam last night was the first for an opponent since June 2, 2013 when Altoona’s Alex Dickerson hit a grand slam off Matt Barnes…Portland’s last grand slam was courtesy of Michael Almanzar on August 9, 2014 at Richmond.

SOCIAL MEDIA INFORMATION: Follow the Sea Dogs on Twitter: @PortlandSeaDogs or @seadogsradio…Connect on Facebook, Instagram and Vine…Media requests to Chris Cameron at 207-874-9300 or ccameron@seadogs.com.

Sunday Fun Day, ‘Dogs and Fightins wrap up first series of the season

The Sea Dogs wrap-up their 3-game series with the Reading Fightin Phils on Sunday afternoon at Hadlock Field.

Lineups
Reading: Quinn 8, Alonso 4, Stassi 3, Perkins 7, Pointer 9, Pierre 5, Charles DH, Lino 2, Serna 6, Eflin RHP

Portland: Miller 4, Asuaje 5, Ramos 9, De La Cruz DH, Witte 3, Tekotte 8, Martinez 2, Hernandez 6, Heller 7, Augliera RHP

Pre-Game Guest: Billy McMillonIMG_4383.JPG

Listen live on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network or through the TuneIn App. Today’s game is available on MiLB.TV

BASEBALL IS BACK (SERIES TIED 1-1): The Sea Dogs and Reading Fightin Phils meet in the rubber game of their three-game series on Sunday afternoon at Hadlock Field…Portland kicked of their 22nd season on Saturday, splitting a doubleheader…The ‘Dogs won the opener 4-2, thanks to a 3-run homer by Keury De La Cruz…In game two, Jesse Biddle fired five scoreless and Brock Stassi knocked in four, as the Fightins won 9-0…Mike Miller went 4-for-5, RBI and a double in the twinbill.

TODAY’S MATCHUPS: Mike Augliera makes his first start of the season for Portland and the 26th of his Double-A career…Augliera earned his first Double-A win exactly one year ago against the New Britain Rock Cats at Hadlock Field…Zach Eflin, the #4 Prospect in the Phillies system according to Baseball America, makes his first start in the Phillies system…Eflin was acquired by the Dodgers from the Padres in the Matt Kemp trade – he was then traded to Philadelphia in the Jimmy Rollins deal.

GRAND OPENING: The Sea Dogs are now 11-11 All-Time in season openers at Hadlock Field…Portland has now played two Opening Day doubleheaders (2012, 2015)…Portland is also 11-11 in Opening Days overall.

NICE DEBUTS IN RELIEF: In game one, Jonathan Aro earned the win in his Double-A debut, hurling three scoreless frames on one hit, one walk and one strikeout…In game two, Kyle Martin fanned a career-high 6 batters, working 2.2 scoreless in relief of Justin Haley…Reading’s trio of relievers: Elvis Araujo, Nefi Ogando and Anthony Vasquez all had scoreless outings.

TOP 2 DID THEIR JOB: Miller and Carlos Asuaje reached base a combined nine times in the doubleheader…Miller had consecutive 2-hit games, picking up an RBI single in the opener…Asuaje did not have a hit, but walked three times and was hit by a pitch.

THIS YEAR IS WAS KEURY: De La Cruz hit the first homer of the season, blasting a 3-run, game-winning homer off Aaron Nola in the opener.

INTRODUCING THE TEAM: Portland has four of the Top 30 prospects in the Red Sox system as ranked by Baseball America: Asuaje (#25), Haley (#28), Henry Ramos (#29), and Pat Light (#30).  SOCIAL MEDIA INFORMATION: Follow the Sea Dogs on Twitter: @PortlandSeaDogs or @seadogsradio…Connect on Facebook, Instagram and Vine…Media requests to Chris Cameron at 207-874-9300 or ccameron@seadogs.com.

Opening Day Doubleheader

luisdiazThe Sea Dogs opened the 2012 season with a doubleheader in Reading – that was planned, today is not. Portland will open up the 2015 season at 1 PM.

FINALLY, WE PLAY BASEBALL (SERIES 0-0): The Sea Dogs and Reading Fightin Phils were postponed the first 2 days of the season, and open up 2015 with a doubleheader at Hadlock Field…Today kicks off a 21-game season series between the two teams…Portland won 14 of 22 from Reading in 2014, but went 6-5 against the Phils at Hadlock Field…The Sea Dogs are coming off an historic season, winning a franchise-record 88 games, but fell to the Binghamton Mets in the Eastern Division Championship Series in five games.

TODAY’S MATCHUPS: Luis Diaz made the final start of the 2014 season, and gets the ball for Portland in the opener…Reading’s Aaron Nola is ranked the #2 Prospect in the Phillies system according to Baseball America and makes the first start of the season for Reading…In game two, Justin Haley makes his 8th Double-A start (including post-season)…Haley has a quality start in all previous Double-A appearances…Jesse Biddle, the #9 Prospect in Philadelphia’s system, makes the start in Game 2…Biddle is in his third season with the Fightins.

GRAND OPENING: The Sea Dogs are 10-11 All-Time in season openers…Last year they beat Reading on Opening night 5-0 in a 6-inning, rain-shortened contest at First Energy Stadium…Henry Owens tossed a no-hitter, retiring the final 16 batters faced…Mookie Betts (finished 4-for-4) led off the season with a homer off Biddle on a 3-2 pitch.

INTRODUCING THE TEAM: Portland has four of the Top 30 prospects in the Red Sox system as ranked by Baseball America: Carlos Asuaje (#25), Justin Haley (#28), Henry Ramos (#29), and Pat Light (#30).  ·       The roster features 13 players originally drafted by the Red Sox, 11 players who were signed as free agents, one acquired by trade, and one selected in the Rule 5 Draft.·       23 of the 26 players spent the 2014 season playing in the Red Sox system, with the only exceptions being Marco Hernandez (Daytona), Blake Tekotte (Charlotte/Reno) and Luis Martinez (Salt Lake/Sacramento).·       14 of 26 players appeared in at least one game with Portland in 2014…Madison Younginer made his Double-A debut during the Eastern League Playoffs.·       Portland’s roster features two players with Major Leaguer experience: Martinez, and Tekotte. SOCIAL MEDIA INFORMATION: Follow the Sea Dogs on Twitter: @PortlandSeaDogs or @seadogsradio…Connect on Facebook, Instagram and Vine…Media requests to Chris Cameron at 207-874-9300 or ccameron@seadogs.com.

2015 Sea Dogs Rotation Announced

Sea Dogs Rotation

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Luis Diaz turns 23 on Opening Night

Opening Day: RHP Luis Diaz…Turns 23 on Opening Night, and made the final start of 2014, in Portland’s loss in Game 5 of the Eastern Division Championship Series…Began last season in High-A Salem (6-3, 3.33 in 13 starts) and was promoted to Portland on June 18th, making his Double-A debut at Erie…Went a combined 9-7, 3.55 ERA (57 ER/144.2 IP) between the Sea Dogs and Salem…Made 13 starts for the Sea Dogs, going 3-4, but earned all 3 wins in his first 4 starts…Worked a career-high 8 innings on June 23rd vs. New Hampshire in his Hadlock Field debut…Tied a career-high with 9 strikeouts on July 10th at Binghamton…Allowed 2 earned runs or less in 10 of his 13 starts with High-A Salem…Established career-highs in innings pitched (144.2 IP) and strikeouts (111).

#2 RHP Justin Haley…Begins his first full season in Double-A, and enters 2015 as the #28 Prospect in the Red Sox system according to Baseball America…Combined to go 10-6, 2.35 ERA (34 ER/130.1 IP) in 25 games/17 starts between Portland (3-2, 1.19 ERA) and High-A Salem (7-4, 2.82) in 2014…Ranked second among qualifying Sox minor league pitchers in ERA (Brian Johnson led at 2.13)…Made his Double-A debut on July 31st vs. Trenton at Hadlock Field, earning the win with six strong innings and one run allowed…Named the final Eastern League Pitcher of the Week (August 25-September 2), finishing the season with 13 scoreless frames…Notched the win in Game 2 of the Eastern Division Championship Series at Binghamton, hurling seven scoreless frames and fanning eight…Appeared in 19 games/11 starts with the Salem Sox, earning a spot to the Carolina League All-Star Game.

#3 RHP Mike Augliera…Made a team-high 24 starts and threw 148.0 innings for the Sea Dogs in his Double-A debut in 2014…His 8 wins tied him for 4th on the squad with Keith Couch and Robby Scott…Earned his first Double-A win on April 14th against the New Britain Rock Cats at Hadlock Field…Tied a career-high with 8 innings pitched on May 18th and July 28th…Second career complete game on July 9th at Binghamton in Game 1 of a doubleheader…Capped off the season by going 3-1 with a 2.59 ERA (7 ER/26.1 IP) in August…Member of the Sanford Mainers in 2010.

#4 RHP William Cuevas…Has not pitched above High-A, spending his second straight season with the Salem Red Sox in 2014…Was the team’s swingman, going 2-6, 4.70 ERA (50 ER/95.2 IP) in 26 games/10 starts…Made six starts to begin the season, earning the victory in his first appearance of 2014 at Myrtle Beach, hurling six scoreless frames…Lone save on July 13th at Wilmington, pitching four innings on 2 hits and one run…Best month was June, yielding only six runs in 21.1 IP (2.53 ERA).

#5 RHP Mike McCarthy… Named the 2014 Portland Sea Dogs Citizen of the Year, and finished tied for second on the team in wins, going 10-4, 4.82 ERA (52 ER/97.0 IP) in 27 games/12 starts – 4-0, 4.54 ERA (18 ER/35.2 IP) in 15 relief outings/6-4, 4.99 ERA (34 ER/61.1 IP) in 12 starts… Eastern League Pitcher of the Week (April 28th-May 4th)…Back-to-back 6 scoreless inning starts (April 28th vs. Reading, May 4th vs. Binghamton)…Went 6-0 over 12 appearances from April 28-June 11…Made his Triple-A debut with the Pawtucket Red Sox on August 1st vs. Syracuse, yielding one run on 3 hits over 3.2 innings pitched…Following the season, pitched for the Perth Heat of the Australian Baseball League and earned the win in Perth’s championship clincher against Adelaide on February 8th – Worked 3.1 scoreless and seven strikeouts in Game 3 of the series.

2015 Roster Announced

Official Release from the Portland Sea Dogs

2015 Roster

PORTLAND, MAINE – The Boston Red Sox have set a preliminary roster for the 2015 Portland Sea Dogs. The roster features four players among the Red Sox top 30 prospects as ranked by Baseball AmericaCarlos Asuaje (#25), Justin Haley (#28), Henry Ramos (#29), and Pat Light (#30). The Sea Dogs open the 2015 season at Hadlock Field on Thursday, April 9th, against the Reading Fightin Phils at 6:00 PM.

The roster contains 26 players, which will be reduced to 25, the Eastern League maximum, by the Sea Dogs opener on Thursday. The roster includes 12 players who saw action with the Sea Dogs in 2014, including Eastern League mid-season All-Star Robby Scott and Sea Dogs’ Citizen of the Year Mike McCarthy.

The pitching staff is highlighted by Scott, who spent all of 2014 in Portland and went 8-2 with 3 saves and a 1.96 ERA in 34 relief appearances (1 start) en route to being named a 2014 Eastern League mid-season All-Star. The Sea Dogs also return Mike Augliera, who led the staff in innings pitched (148.0) and games started (24) and went 8-10 with a 4.56 ERA while posting and Eastern League-best 1.23 BB/9.0 IP. Justin Haley will also be returning to Portland after finishing the 2014 season with the 2nd best ERA (2.35) among Red Sox farmhands. The 6’5″ righty made 6 starts for the Sea Dogs after being called up in late July from Salem (A+), where he was a Carolina League mid-season All-Star. The staff will also feature Pat Light, the #30 ranked prospect in the Red Sox system according to Baseball America. Light led the Salem Red Sox (A+) in both games started (22) and innings pitched (115.0). Jonathan Aro will be making his Double-A debut after spending 2014 in Greenville and Salem. Aro was named a South Atlantic League mid-season All-Star as well as the Red Sox Minor League Relief Pitcher of the Month for April. Former 7th round pick Madison Younginer will be making his regular season Double-A debut after making one appearance for the Sea Dogs in the playoffs last year. In 2014 he led Salem in appearances (T-35) and holds (7), and was rated by Baseball America as having the best breaking pitch in the Carolina League.

Five of the six infielders on the Sea Dogs roster were originally drafted by the Red Sox, including Carlos Asuaje, an 11th round pick in 2011 and #25 prospect in the Red Sox system, according to Baseball America. Playing for both Greenville (39 G) and Salem (90 G) in 2014, Asuaje ranked among Red Sox organizational leaders in triples (12-1st), extra-base hits (65-1st), slugging % (.533-1st), runs batted in (101-1st), home runs (15, 4th) and batting average (.310-5th). Asuaje was also named a mid and post-season South Atlantic League All-Star.  Jantzen Witte will be making his Sea Dogs debut in 2015 after leading the Red Sox minor league system in hits (153) and doubles (44). Witte split his time evenly in 2014, playing 65 games each at both Greenville and Salem.  David Chester and Mike Millerwill be back in Portland after both made their Double-A debuts in 2014, while Reed Gragnani will be making his first appearance in Portland after spending the entire 2014 season in Salem, where he hit .300 in 99 G.  Marco Hernandez rounds out the Sea Dogs’ infield. The 22-year-old Dominican shortstop was acquired in December of 2014 as the player to be named later in the trade that sent Felix Doubront to the Chicago Cubs. Hernandez spent all of 2014 in Daytona (A+) and led the team in triples (7) and stolen bases (22) and was named a Florida State League mid-season All-Star.

The Sea Dogs’ outfield will feature several familiar faces, as four of the five players on the roster saw action in Portland in 2014.  Keury De La Cruz is back in Portland after a 2014 campaign where he hit .295 in 70 G as a Sea Dog.  Henry Ramos will be looking to rebound after a 2014 season that ended prematurely when he fouled a ball off of his right leg and suffered a fractured tibia just 48 games into the season. At the time of his injury, Ramos was hitting .326 with 2 HR, 23 RBI, 9 2B, and 2 3B. The #29 ranked prospect in the Red Sox system according to Baseball America, Ramos is also rated as having the best outfield arm in the system.  Jonathan Roof will be back in a Sea Dogs uniform after appearing in 59 games for Portland in 2014, as well as Kevin Heller, who played 10 games for Portland after being promoted from Salem (A+) in mid-August. In Salem, Heller was named a Carolina League mid-Season All-Star. Newcomer Blake Tekotte, a former 3rd round pick of the San Diego Padres, rounds out the outfield. Tekotte was signed by the Red Sox as a minor league free agent in January of 2015 after spending the 2014 season with two different Triple-A clubs: Charlotte (Chicago White Sox) and Reno (Arizona Diamondbacks).

Luis Martinez leads a trio of catchers for Portland. Last year, Martinez hit .242 in 67 games combined between Salt Lake (AAA-Los Angeles Angels) and Sacramento (AAA-Oakland A’s). He was signed by the Red Sox as a minor league free agent in January of 2015.  Michael Brenly will also be back behind the plate for Portland after spending the 2014 season as the primary backup catcher to Blake Swihart, catching 32 games (2nd most on the club). Brenly threw out and impressive 16 of 31 (51.6%) attempted base stealers and also proved to be a versatile defender, seeing action at first base (6 G), third base (2 G), and left field (3 G). Brenly is the son of former major league player and manager Bob Brenly.  Tim Roberson will be making his Double-A debut this season after spending 2014 playing for Greenville (A) and Salem (A+). The 25-year-old catcher was signed by the Red Sox as a non-drafted free agent in June of 2011.

The 2015 roster features 13 players originally drafted by the Red Sox, 11 players who were signed as free agents, one acquired by trade, and one selected in the Rule 5 Draft.

23 of the 26 players spent the 2014 season playing in the Red Sox system, with the only exceptions being Marco Hernandez (Daytona), Blake Tekotte (Charlotte/Reno), and Luis Martinez (Salt Lake/Sacramento).

Billy McMillon will be back for his second season as Sea Dogs manager after leading Portland to a franchise record 88 wins in 2014 and being named the Eastern League Manager of the Year. McMillon played for the Sea Dogs in 1995 and still holds the franchise record for walks in a single season with 96. The field staff also includes Pitching Coach Kevin Walker, who replaces Bob Kipper (now in Pawtucket), and Hitting Coach Dave Joppie (replacing Rich Gedman, also in Pawtucket), who joins Portland for his sixth season overall as Hitting Coach (most recently in 2012), having spent 2013 and 2014 in the same role for Pawtucket. The Sea Dogs also added Joe Thurston to the field staff as a Coach. Thurston played 184 games over seven major league seasons with the Dodgers, Phillies, Red Sox, Cardinals, and Marlins, and spent the entire 2014 season playing in the Mexican League, where he hit .274 in 95 games.

6 Days/SS preview/The Butler Did it

10313044_10152964598143145_692810499024282949_nThe Sea Dogs had a big announcement today, as Super Bowl hero Malcom Butler visits Hadlock Field on April 27th – here’s the official release.

Potential SS in Portland

MARCO HERNANDEZ         SS                   Twitter: None

Height: 6-0 Weight: 170 Born: 9/6/92 Bats: L Throws: R Resides:

Obtained: From the Chicago Cubs as the player to be named later in the 7/30/14 trade that sent Felix Doubront to Chicago.

Highlights: Begins his first season in the Red Sox system, after the previous five in the Chicago Cubs Organization, and has not played above High-A…Spent all of 2014 with High-A Daytona (Florida State League), hitting .270 (119-for-441) with 3 homers and 55 RBI in 122 games (2nd on the team)…Led the team in triples (7) and stolen bases (22)…Had a season-high 4 RBI on August 29th vs. Tampa, blasting his 3rd homer of the season…Hit over .300 in three of five months, including a season-high .321 (25-for-78) mark in April…Had 33 multi-hit games…Named to the Florida State League All-Star team, going 2-for-4 with an RBI single.

 

Eastern Leaguers on Red Sox Roster/Preview of second base/MLB the Show 15

I’m privileged to have Mark Perlman-Price on the broadcast with me this season. Mark can be reached on twitter @mtriplep, and he kicks off our Blog for Thursday. Great research on this project.

Red Sox Well Represented by Former Eastern Leaguers by Mark Perlman Price

As the Red Sox continue to whittle down their roster down to 25 as we approach Opening Day, the team is still well represented by former Eastern League players – and not just ones from Portland.

Back in 2008, David Oritz rehabbed at Hadlock Field. Pablo Sandoval was the catcher.

Back in 2008, David Oritz rehabbed at Hadlock Field. Pablo Sandoval was the catcher.

Of the 32 players remaining on the active roster as of today, 22 of them (68.8%) have seen action in the Eastern League. Of course, the majority of the group consists of former Sea Dogs: 15 of the 22 (68%) former Eastern Leaguers on the Red Sox roster played in the EL exclusively as members of the Sea Dogs. They are: Matt Barnes, Clay Buchholz, Craig Breslow, Justin Masterson, Junichi Tazawa, Brandon Workman, Steven Wright, Xander Bogaerts, Dustin Pedroia, Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley, Jr., Rusney Castillo, Daniel Nava, Hanley Ramirez, and David Ortiz.

But there are also seven players on the Red Sox active roster who are former Eastern Leaguers – some of which came through Hadlock Field wearing the opposing team’s laundry. Let’s take a look at some familiar opposing faces who will likely be wearing the Red Sox uniform this season:

Edwin Escobar

Acquired by the Red Sox in the trade that sent Jake Peavy to the Giants on 7/26/14, Escobar made his AA debut in 2013 as a Richmond Flying Squirrel. He was called up to Richmond from High-A San Jose on July 10th, and in 10 starts for the Flying Squirrels following his call-up, Escobar went 5-4 with a 2.67 ERA in 54.0 IP. He had an impressive K:BB ratio (54:13) and opponents batted just .219 against him. And if you can’t remember seeing him at Hadlock Field, you’ve got a pretty good memory after all. Escobar never did appear in a game for Richmond against the Sea Dogs.

Edward Mujica

As a young pitcher coming up through the Cleveland Indians system, Mujica made his AA debut in 2005 after a call-up to the Akron Aeros (now the RubberDucks), where he happened to be managed by current Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo. Pitching exclusively in relief, Mujica finished the ’05 season with a 2-1 record to go along with 10 saves and a 2.88 ERA in 27 appearances (34.1 IP). He struck out 33 and walked just 5. Mujica also helped Akron win the EL Championship

Edward Mujica closed out the 2005 Eastern League Championship for Akron against Portland.

Edward Mujica closed out the 2005 Eastern League Championship for Akron against Portland.

that season, appearing in 6 games during the EL playoffs and posting an impressive 1.35 ERA with 4 saves. During the regular season, Mujica appeared in two games against the Sea Dogs, including an appearance at Hadlock Field on July 16th. In that game, he picked up the save in a 4-1 Akron victory. Jon Lester started the game for the Sea Dogs. And the first batter Mujica faced out of the pen? Hanley Ramirez. Mujica struck him out swinging. Later that season, Akron also faced Portland in the Eastern League Championship Series. Mujica appeared in 3 games and picked up 2 saves. He was the pitcher on the mound when the last out was recorded, inducing a ground out from former Sea Dog Chad Spann to give Akron the 4-1 win and their 2nd EL Championship.

Koji Uehara

Pitching in the Orioles system in 2010, Uehara made the major league club, but was sidelined to start the season by a left hamstring strain (coincidentally, the same injury he’s suffering from now). He had a rehab stint in Bowie where he appeared in 2 games in late April (both against Erie) and allowed no runs on 1 hit in 2.0 IP, walking 1 and striking out 1. Over two years later, in December of 2012, he signed a one-year contract with the Red Sox. The rest is history.

Sandy Leon

The newest member of the Red Sox, Leon saw Eastern League action in two seasons as a member of the Harrisburg Senators while playing in the Nationals organization. He appeared in 135 games over two seasons in 2012 and 2013, hitting .218 with 4 HR and 45 RBI. Leon did face the Sea Dogs twice in August of 2013, but both games were at Metro Bank Park in Harrisburg. He picked up an RBI on a walk facing Miguel Celestino in a Senators 8-0 win.

Brock Holt

Before he was sent to Boston along with Joel Hanrahan for Mark Melancon, Stolmy Pimental, Ivan De Jesus, and Jerry Sands in 2012, Holt was working his way up through the Pittsburgh Pirates system. Over two stints with Altoona in 2011 and 2012, Holt played a combined 234 games for the Curve and hit .302 with 54 2B, 15 3B, 3 HR, and 83 RBI. He was named an EL mid-season All-Star in both 2011 and 2012, as well as a post-season All-Star in 2012, when he led the EL with a .322 AVG and proved to be the 5th-hardest player to strike out in the league (8.47 PA/SO). Holt played three career games at Hadlock Field from 7/28-7/30/11 and went a combined 3-for-11 with a double, RBI, and run scored.

Pablo Sandoval

As a Giants farmhand in 2008, the Panda had quite a year. He began the season playing 68 games for High-A San Jose before being promoted to AA Connecticut of the Eastern League and playing 44 games, then was called up directly to San Francisco, skipping AAA entirely. He ended up hitting .345 in 41 games for the Giants and was also named the organization’s Minor League Player of the Year. His first and only series at Hadlock Field (7/21-7/23/08) was a memorable one: David Ortiz was making a rehab appearance and would be playing for the Sea Dogs in all three games against Connecticut. It was Sandoval who stole the show, however. He posted a season high 6 RBI in a Connecticut 18-6 win on 7/22, going 3-for-7 with a double off Michael James and a home run off of Daniel Haigwood.

Sandoval back in his days in the Eastern League. He's working on his listening skills.

Sandoval back in his days in the Eastern League. He’s working on his listening skills.

Shane Victorino

The Flyin’ Hawaiian came up through the Dodgers farm system before being chosen by the Phillies in the Rule 5 Draft in December 2004. After a season in AAA in 2005, he received a September call-up to Philadelphia and hit .294 in 21 games. He ended up making the Phillies’ 2006 Opening Day roster and has been a major leaguer ever since. He has, however, made three different rehab appearances in the Eastern League for Reading, playing a combined 7 games in 2007, 2008, and 2011.

With 7 days until we start at Hadlock Field…We preview possible second baseman in Portland

CARLOS ASUAJE                INF/OF                        @TherealAsuaje20
Obtained: Red Sox 11th pick (11th round, 323rd overall) in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
Highlights: Enters 2015 as the #25 Prospect in the Red Sox system according to Baseball America…In his first full professional season in 2014, hit a combined .310 (149-for-480) with 15 homers and 101 RBI (organizational best) between Low-A Greenville and High-A Salem…Ranked 4th in the organization in homers and 5th in average …Played 2B, 3B, SS and LF…Appeared in 90 games with Greenville and hit .305 (10th in the league) with 11 HR, 73 RBI, 24 doubles and 11 triples (tied for tops in the league)…Was named Greenville Drive Player of the Year and South Atlantic League Mid and Post-Season All-Star…Socked 2 homers on June 7th at Rome…Promoted to High-A Salem on July 19th and hit .323 (50-for-155) in 39 games with the Sox…Hit .342 in August with 3 homers and 20 RBI.

MIKE MILLER                        INF                                @mrmiller_2
Obtained: Red Sox 11th pick (9th round, 301st overall) in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.
Highlights: Assigned to Portland for his Double-A debut on August 2nd, after beginning 2014 with High-A Salem Red Sox (Carolina League)…Began the season in Extended debut and made his season debut on June 1st…In 49 games (31 at SS, 14 at 2B, 3 at 3B) with Salem, hit .307 (59-for-192), 0 HR, 18 RBI, 8 doubles, 24 runs scored and 7 stolen bases…Hit safely in 18 of 23 games with the Sea Dogs, hitting .301 (28-for-93) with 3 homers and 12 RBI…2-for-2, RBI and 2 walks in his Double-A debut on August 3rd vs. Trenton…First Double-A homer on August 21st at Harrisburg…Career-high 4 RBI (3-for-4, HR) on August 31st vs. Harrisburg…3-for-5 in Game 2 and 2-for-4 in Game 3 of the Eastern Division Championship Series…Following the 2014 season, appeared in three games with Surprise of the Arizona Fall League.

The guy we could see, who’s getting a lot of buzz…

YOAN MONCADA               INF
Obtained: Signed by the Red Sox as an international amateur free agent on 2/27/15.Highlights: The switch-hitting Cuban infielder received the largest signing bonus in MLB history for an international free agent ($31.5 million) and was officially signed by the Red Sox as a minor-league free agent on February 27, 2015…Left Cuba in June of 2014 to pursue his Major League career…In two years (2012-13) with Cienfuegos of the Cuban National Series, hitting a combined .277 (84-for-303) with 4 homers and 28 RBI in 101 games…In 2012, was teammates with Major Leaguers Jose Abreu and Erisbel Arruebarrena.

MLB the Show 15 is out...thanks to Andrea @DreGove for a screenshot playing as the Portland Sea Dogs.

MLB the Show 15 is out…thanks to Andrea @DreGove for a screenshot playing as the Portland Sea Dogs.

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