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


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. 

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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


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.


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.


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.


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
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
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