August 2010

The Record Might Not Show It, But This Season’s Been a Success

By: Matthew McLaughlin

As a team, the Sea Dogs aren’t where they want to be. Every team wants to be in contention for the Eastern League title, but unfortunately a playoff run isn’t in the cards for Portland this year. But that does not mean that this season has been a failure by any stretch. There have been many individual performances that have made this season a success.

-Three Sea Dogs have made their major league debuts with the Red Sox this year: Felix Doubront, Ryan Kalish, and Yamaico Navarro.

-Four Sea Dogs have got the call to Triple-A this season: Santo Luis, Tommy Hottovy, Lars Anderson, and Robert Coello.

-Three Sea Dogs, Ray Chang, Nate Spears, and Jason Rice, earned Eastern League mid-season All-Star honors. Chang earned a spot on the end of the season Eastern League All-Star team.

-Anthony Rizzo and Ryan Lavarnway each earned Eastern League Player of the Week honors

-In 10 games this season, Blake Maxwell is 6-0 with a 2.32 ERA.

While the overall record of the Sea Dogs is on the minus side of .500, there have been plenty of reasons to cheer on the 2010 ‘Dogs. With just seven games left in the season, be sure to take in a game before the season wraps up.

Rizzo Breaks a Record, Other Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends by Matthew McLaughlin

Record-Breaking Rizzo

On August 23, Anthony Rizzo laced a three-run double in the fourth inning of a game against the Harrisburg Senators. These three runs not only helped the Sea Dogs get a victory that night, but they put Rizzo in to the Sea Dogs record books.

Rizzo picked up his 29th RBI of the month on that three run double, giving him the Sea Dogs record for most RBI in a month. The former record, 28 RBI in a month, was held by Aaron Bates, Ross Gload, Kevin Millar, and Jon Still.

Rizzo has upped his total to 30 RBI this month, with six remaining games in the month.

Nate Spears also has a possibility to break the 28-RBI mark this month as well. Spears has 22 runs batted in this month.

A Walking Race

With 12 games left in the season, Nate Spears is closing in on the Eastern League lead for most walks this season. Spears, has the Best Strike Zone Judgement in the Eastern League (according to Baseball America) has drawn 73 walks this season, just two behind Darin Mastroianni of New Hampshire for the league lead.

Former Sea Dogs in the Show  

You already know that Felix Doubront, Ryan Kalish, and Yamaico Navarro have made their big league debuts after being with the Sea Dogs this season, but there is another name to add to the list.

Former Sea Dog short stop Argenis Diaz made it to the Majors for the first time this season as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Diaz was the first former Sea Dog to make his major league debut this season, making his Major League entry on April 21st.

Diaz, who played for the Sea Dogs in 2008 and 2009, was involved in the Adam LaRoche trade in July of 2009.

Who’s the New Guy?

With Che-Hsuan Lin on the DL, Portland filled the roster spot with outfielder Juan Carlos Linares. Linares, a native of Cuba, played in four games with the Gulf Coast League Red Sox before getting the call to the Sea Dogs

Let’s make it two

The Sea Dogs have dropped four of five on their current homestand, which ends this afternoon against the Trenton Thunder.  This has been a tough week for the ‘Dogs, playing the two best teams in the Eastern League.  Trenton enters Sunday’s contest with the best record in the Eastern League.

*Up next for the Sea Dogs: 7-game roadtrip in Harrsiburg and New Hampshire

*Happy Birthday to: Yaz, who is 71 years young today…I know this because my parents are celebrating their anniversary.

I must say this is has been one of the most enjoyable seasons I’ve had, despite the team not going to the postseason.  This group of players, coaches and trainers have made my job so much fun.  The team is like my second family, and they treat me so well, and make my job easy. 

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Sea Dogs take a few honors

Six Sea Dogs Selected
to Baseball America’s “Best Tools” List

Arnie Beyeler Named “Best
Manager Prospect” in the Eastern League

 

Portland,
Maine
Baseball
America
has published their annual “Best Tools” survey and six
Sea Dogs have been recognized as having the best tools in the Eastern
League.  Sea Dogs’ Manager Arnie Beyeler was named the
league’s “Best Manager Prospect”, while Sea Dogs’
players Ray Chang, Jose Iglesias, Che-Hsuan Lin, Anthony Rizzo & Nate
Spears were also honored.  Baseball America surveys Eastern League
managers to compile the list. 

 

The Sea Dogs
topped the Eastern League list with six selections.  Altoona was second
with four players named to the list. 

 

Beyeler, 46,
was named the “Best Manager Prospect” in the Eastern League. 
Beyeler has notched a franchise record 278 career wins in a Sea Dogs
uniform.  In his record fourth season at the helm of the Sea Dogs, Beyeler
has the Sea Dogs at a 58-63 record.  He led the Sea Dogs into the playoffs
in 2007 and 2008.  In his career, Beyeler holds a winning percentage of
.503 (630-622) with stops in Portland, Short-Season Single-A Lowell, and
Single-A Augusta in the Boston organization and Single-A Stockton and Single-A
Bakersfield in the Texas organization. 

Best Tools.jpg

 

Nate Spears,
25, was rated to have the “Best Strike Zone Judgment” in the
Eastern League. Spears, who was named an Eastern League All-Star earlier this
season is tied for the Eastern League lead in walks with 69 and has a .381
On-Base Percentage. The second baseman is also third in the league with 84 runs
scored.

 

One of three
Portland infielders to be recognized for their excellence in the field is Ray
Chang, who garnered “Best Defensive Third Baseman” honors. 
Chang, also an Eastern League All-Star selection, has displayed safe hands at
the hot corner this season.  He has a .985 fielding percentage in 80 games
at third base, committing just three errors in 197 chances.  Chang also
leads the team with a .305 average.

 

Shortstop
Jose Iglesias was voted the “Best Defensive Shortstop” in the
league.  Iglesias, 20, has played in just 40 games this season due to a
thumb injury suffered on May 29th.  However, he has still
managed to record 98 assists and 46 putouts in 151 chances, for a .954 fielding
percentage.  Entering the season Baseball America rated him as the
“Best Defensive Infielder” in the Red Sox farm system.

 

Anthony
Rizzo, 21, was named “Best Defensive First Baseman” with a .982
fielding percentage at first base.  Since his promotion from Single-A
Salem on May 10th, Rizzo has played in 88 games at first, he has
recorded 762 putouts, 69 assists, and 15 errors.  Rizzo is hitting at a
.272 clip with a team high 16 home runs.

 

Centerfielder
Che-Hsuan Lin was recognized as the “Best Defensive Outfielder” in
the poll.  Lin, 21, has a strong arm and a knack for getting great jumps
on balls out to the outfield.  The native of Hwa-Lian, Taiwan has made
just three errors in 107 games this season for a .990 fielding
percentage.  He also has 13 assists.   Entering the season Baseball
America
rated him as the “Best Defensive Infielder” in the Red
Sox farm system.

 

The August 23rd
through September 5th issue of Baseball America with the
complete lists of “Best Tools” at all levels of Minor and Major
League Baseball is currently on sale at newsstands.  For more information
log on to www.baseballamerica.com.

 

Good Stuff by Matt McLaughlin

Wiz Kid Rizzo

At Just 21, The First Baseman is Making a Case for Team MVP

       Anthony Rizzo entered the week of August 2nd as a 20-year-old
power hitting first baseman for the Sea Dogs. On August 8th, only one
thing had changed. He was a 21-year-old power hitting first baseman for
the Sea Dogs.

       In the week of the 2nd through the 8th, Rizzo was named the
Eastern League Player of the Week, after hitting .444 (12-for-27), with
four doubles, three home runs, 12 RBI, seven runs scored, and a .926
slugging percentage. He spent his 21st birthday going 4-for-5 with a
home run that cleared the US Cellular Pavilion and four RBI.

       Rizzo hasn’t been slowing down, either. In a three game series
against Bowie, Rizzo’s hit .333 (4-for-12) with two home runs and six
RBI. Rizzo leads the Sea Dogs with 16 home runs.

       Before being called up to Portland on May 11th, Rizzo played in
29 games with Single-A Salem before getting the call. Combining his
totals between Salem and Portland, Rizzo’s got 21 home runs, leading the
Red Sox minor league system.

       If Rizzo can keep these numbers up, the title of “Team MVP”
could go back home to Fort Lauderdale, Florida with him. That’s a pretty
good late birthday present.

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Only 14 Left!

       Portland’s got 14 home games left this season, six of which are
being played on the upcoming August 17th through August 22nd home stand.
Great promotions and giveaways are going on through the six game
‘stand, including the only Hadlock appearance by Christopher, made
possible by US Cellular. The August 21st game features a Back to School
Giveaway, presented by Servicemaster, and Shriners day on August 22nd.
Check Seadogs.com for more information on any of the promotions at
Hadlock.

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Rehab Update

       Jose Iglesias has been rehabbing from his hand injury in
short-season Lowell. Iglesias has played in 10 games (nine at the DH
spot), going .393 (11-for-28) with two doubles, a triple, and five RBI.

Special to the blog by Matt McLaughlin

Spoiler Alert

Though they’re on the outside looking in, the Sea Dogs can still make a Playoff impact

13.5 back.

That’s how far behind the Sea Dogs are to the Trenton Thunder, the
leaders of the Eastern League Eastern Division. The second place team,
the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, are 12.5 games up on the ‘Dogs. It’s
never a fun thing to think or say, but it doesn’t look like the Sea Dogs
will be making a playoff push this season, but don’t think that
Portland will not have an impact on the possible playoff teams.

The Sea Dogs have the remainder of their series with Bowie (2nd place in
the EL West) and Richmond (5th in the EL West) on this road trip. They
return home to play Altoona (1st in the EL West) and Trenton (1st in the
EL East) for six games at Hadlock. This is followed by a seven game
road trip through Harrisburg (3rd in the EL West) and New Hampshire (2nd
in the EL East). The season ends with an eight game home stand versus
Binghamton (4th in the EL East) and New Hampshire.

That’s 19 remaining games against teams holding first, second, or third
place positions in their division. Just by the number of games remaining
against playoff-caliber teams, the Sea Dogs are some how going to
factor in to how the potential playoff teams will finish. The Portland
offense has enough potency to give starting pitchers fits, and with a
team full of young prospects and an always professional coaching staff,
this will not be a team who’ll give up and quit.

So while it’s unfortunate that the Sea Dogs probably won’t be
celebrating a playoff birth, they will be affecting the Eastern League’s
playoff picture.

Special to the blog – Matt McLaughlin

He’s Been At Every Step 
Former Sea Dog Ryan Kalish makes it to the Bigs 
Player
development is fairly simple. Draft a player, help him hone his skills
through different levels (Single-A, Double-A, ect…) and have him help
your major league team in the long run. As we all know, it’s not that
easy. Players who are “can’t miss” prospects do miss. Guys you’ve never
heard of make impact plays for the major league club (Daniel Nava,
anyone?). 
Ryan
Kalish is the latest prospect to make it through the minor league
system and got to the promise land; the Boston Red Sox. Kalish wasn’t a
rock star prospect. Sure, people knew about him, but he was never the
number one guy in Baseball America. 
Hard
work has been the calling card for Kalish. He’s been at every stop
through the Boston organization: The Gulf Coast League Red Sox in 2006,
the Lowell Spinners in ’06 and ’07. Greenville and Lancaster followed in
2008, then spending time in Salem and Portland in 2009. Kalish then
made the jump from Portland to Pawtucket, then to Boston in all in a
season. Four years, 367 minor league games. Every level of the system.  
Through
78 games in the minors this year, (41 with Portland, 37 with
Pawtucket), Kalish hit .294 with 13 home runs and 47 RBI. Kalish’s speed
has also been on displayed, swiping 25 bases through that time. With
the rash of injured outfielders in Boston, it was only a matter of time
before the Red Sox called up their 9th round pick of the 2006 draft. 
This
isn’t the first time a player has climbed through the Red Sox
organizational latter, and it probably won’t be the last. We know the
stories of Jon Lester and Jon Papelbon and of Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin
Pedroia, among others. Will Kalish be as good as these players have
been? Only time will tell. But when you walk in to Hadlock Field and see
the jerseys of current Red Sox who’ve played with the Sea Dogs, know
that Kalish has earned the right to have his up there.
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