The Futures at Fenway game is tomorrow, Saturday, July 27th at 12PM. I highly recommend that you attend. The Portland Sea Dogs face the Harrisburg Senators, both are Double-A teams for their respective franchises. Earlier in the season, Brandon Workman and Drake Britton were part of the Sea Dogs five-man rotation. Now they play for Boston. The future, for these guys, is now. So what will become of the current players on the Sea Dogs roster?
The current Sea Dogs roster is strong, but I may be bias because I am a pretty big fan girl. Christian Vasquez and Michael Almanzar are making a difference on the field and at the plate. Pitchers Anthony Ranaudo, Matt Barnes and Keith Couch have improved their games over the course of the season. Most notably, Ranaudo, who tied a team record of 13 strikeouts on June 13th. He shares this record with Jon Lester. Right-handed pitcher Couch will start on the mound on Saturday. He is currently 7-3, winning four of his last 10 starts. Couch has a strong curveball and has made steady progress on mechanics throughout the season.
One other player to keep an eye on is infielder Garin Cecchini. He moved up from High Single-A Red Sox (Salem, VA) in late June. He makes a massive impact offensively for this team. Cecchini holds the second highest on-base percentage in the entire minor league.
I am proud of the depth the Sox have in their system. I say we just hold off on any trades. The team does not need to go looking for other players to add to the club. We risk upsetting the chemistry of the current team. In addition to the chemistry, the Sox do not want to lose the talent they have, for someone that is just as good as a player we have down on the farm.
At the poker table that is July 31st, I encourage the club to fold. Let’s see how far these players, including those on the farm, can take us.