20th Anniversary Season is here!
CELEBRATING NUMBER 20: Tonight marks the 20th season of Sea Dogs baseball in the City of Portland…Portland begins the 2013 campaign with a 7-game homestand against Trenton (Yankees affiliate) and Reading (Phillies affiliate)…SS Stephen Drew has been assigned to the Sea Dogs on a Major League Rehab Assignment – Portland’s first ever MLB rehab on Opening Day.
OPENING ACT: The Sea Dogs are 9-10 All-Time in season openers…Last year, they were swept in an Opening-Day doubleheader at Reading…Portland is 9-10 in lid-lifters at Hadlock Field, suffering a 5-1 loss to the Binghamton Mets in 2012…RHP Brock Huntzinger made the start last opening day in Portland, but suffered the loss.
INTRODUCING THE TEAM + ONE: Eastern League rosters were expanded to 25 players last season…Portland has Boston’s Top-Rated Prospect, Xander Bogaerts and the Top-Pitching Prospect, Matt Barnes according to Baseball America…The roster also includes Brandon Workman, the Red Sox Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2012 and Christian Vazquez the top rated defensive catcher in the organization by Baseball America…Former Sea Dog Daniel Bard was optioned to Portland on March 28th by Boston.
- The roster includes seven of the Top 30 prospects in the organization according to Baseball America; Bogaerts (#1), Barnes (#3), Drake Britton (#11), Workman (#12), Anthony Ranaudo (#14), Vazquez (#19) and Travis Shaw (#23)
· Additionally, the Sea Dogs roster features three members of the Red Sox 40-man roster; pitchers Bard and Britton along with catcher Vazquez. · The team includes 22 players with prior Double-A experience, including 20 that previously played in Portland…Four players on the roster were All-Stars last season in Single-A; Bogaerts, Shaw, Vazquez, and Michael Almanzar. · Seven players on the roster were acquired from outside the organization; Miguel Celestino, Kyle Kaminska and Tony Thomas (Trades)…Chris Martin, Alberto Rosario and Matt Spring were acquired via free agency.
HE’S BACK…WITH A FEW FRIENDS: Kevin Boles returns for his third straight season as Portland’s Manager…Pitching Coach Bob Kipper begins his 6th season in Portland and Hitting Rich Gedman enters his first year in Double-A.
WHAT’S ON DECK: Portland and Trenton continue their four-game series tomorrow night at 6:00 PM…The two teams play back-to-back 1 PM starts to close out the opening series of the season…On Monday night, the Reading Fightin Phils (Phillies affiliate) visit Hadlock Field in the first of a three-game set.