Good Morning from the Fort (Day 3)

What a great sign as you enter JetBlue Park at Fenway South

What a great sign as you enter JetBlue Park at Fenway South

Good morning from Ft. Myers where the temps are back in the 70’s. You’ll hear no complaining from me, but yesterday the locals were very upsets with 62 as the high for the day.

This afternoon the Sea Dogs and Pawtucket Red Sox make the 10-minute commute to Lee County to battle the Twins affiliates.  Righty Keith Couch is expected to start for Portland, and could crack the ‘Dogs 5-man rotation.  Last year, Couch went 11-9, 3.46 ERA in 28 games/22 starts with High-A Salem.

Possible Opening Day lineup for Portland: C – Christian Vazquez, 1B – Travis Shaw, 2B – Heiker Meneses, 3B – Kolbrin Vitek, SS – Xander Bogaerts, LF – Peter Hissey, CF – Ronald Bermudez, RF – Shannon Wilkerson, DH – Michael Almanzar.

Yesterday – Brandon Jacobs and Keury De La Cruz played in the Salem games…That still doesn’t mean they can’t start the year somewhere else.

Player to keep an eye onShannon Wilkerson, OF. Last year he was called up to Portland due to injuries in Portland’s outfield. Despite both being from Georgia, Wilkerson reminds me a lot of former Sea Dog Josh Reddick…Both have that rugged style of play – throwback as one would say.  In addition to having great speed and an above average arm, Wilkerson can play all three outfield spots.  I like how he handles himself on and off the field. He’s a great teammate. Keep your eye on him this season.

View from the Monster Seats at JetBlue Park

View from the Monster Seats at JetBlue Park

Sox Notes

  • Article on former Sea Dogs Manager Arnie Beyeler
  • Former Sea Dog Ryan Lavarnway optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket earlier today
  • Manager John Farrell expects to have his 25-man roster set by the end of Thursday’s game – the Sox are at home versus the Twins at 7:05 PM.
  • Former Sea Dog Jon Lester was named the Opening Day starter…4 of the 5 in the Sox rotation are former Sea Dogs – Lester, Buchholz, Dempster and Doubront.
  • We should know the fate of Jackie Bradley Jr. by 11:00 PM tomorrow night.

Sea Dogs Itinerary upcoming

Sunday, March 31

Players & coaches flying from Fort Myers scheduled to arrive.

Monday, April 1

Players & coaches driving from Fort Myers scheduled to arrive.

No Media Availability

Tuesday, April 2

9:00-11:00 AM: Team Workout at USM (Media is welcome to shoot the workout but players are unavailable for interviews)

Wednesday, April 3

Time TBA- Team Workout at Hadlock Field (field conditions permitting)

3:00-4:00 PM: Media Day                       Sea Dogs Clubhouse

Sea Dogs Manager Kevin Boles, coaches, players, and front office staff will be available for interviews and photos in the Sea Dogs clubhouse. Media is asked to enter the clubhouse through the doors facing Fitzpatrick Stadium.  Media may pick-up full season credentials at this time.

4:00 PM: Team Meeting- Clubhouse closed to Media

5:30 PM: Welcome Dinner

The annual Welcome Dinner to benefit the Opportunity Alliance will take place at the Portland Expo.  Please contact Chris Cameron at ccameron@seadogs.com or 207-874-9300 to arrange any live shots.

Thursday, April 4

Opening Day

4:00 PM Gates top Hadlock Field Open

6:00 PM Trenton Thunder (Yankees) @ Portland Sea Dogs

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