Andrew Benintendi Earns Quick Promotion to Greenville

As the Red Sox begin the Dave Dombrowski era, the catalyst of the most recent draft this past June has already started his ascent up the ranks in the Red Sox minor league system. This week outfield prospect and first round pick Andrew Benintendi was promoted from Short-A Lowell to Low-A Greenville.

Benintendi is joining a team with Yoan Moncada, Rafael Devers, and Javier Guerra, who Andrew Benintendiare all in the Red Sox top ten prospect list according to MLB.com and ESPN’s Keith Law. Benintendi just two months ago was playing in the College World Series and was named the SEC Player of the Year as well as the College Player of the Year by Baseball America.

Benintendi signed with the Red Sox on June 30th and was assigned to Lowell on July 1st. In 35 games with Lowell he hit 7 home runs and knocked in 15, while walking an amazing 25 times helping him achieve a .408 on base percentage. He also only struck out 7 times during his time in Lowell, showing a great deal of patience for a player with the pressure of being a top ten pick. Benintendi is only 21, but is already older than some of the Red Sox top prospects which has helped him make a jump to Greenville so quickly. With drafting players out of college, those players get the extra seasoning that players drafted out of high school do not get, likely helping them avoid an extended stay in the lower minors.

Benintendi’s first game with the Greenville Drive he continued his hot start hitting two home runs. With Greenville not looking like they will make the South Atlantic Playoffs, Benintendi’s season will be done around Labor Day, but the Red Sox will likely send him to winter ball. With Benintendi showing patience and power and hitting from the left side, he is something the Red Sox should value as an outfield prospect. Obviously the outfield right now is full of younger players as well but Dave Dombrowski will likely need to make some moves from positions of redundancy to address some weaknesses most notably starting pitching.

Andrew Benintendi Already Turning Heads

Andrew Benintendi can play. The Red Sox first pick in the 2015 MLB Draft is already showing the organization that he has some serious potential in his first few months as a member of the Red Sox organization.

Right now, Andrew Benintendi is with the Class A Short-Season Lowell Spinners, but is Andrew Benintendiheading for a late season promotion to Low-A Greenville with the way he has performed so far, according to NESN. He’s shown a little bit of everything in Lowell, hitting .278 with 7 home runs and 6 stolen bases so far in 31 games with the Spinners. He hit 2 home runs on Tuesday, giving him 3 in 3 games. And he’s drawing positive reviews from his coaches. Spinners hitting coach Iggy Saurez said that it seems like nothing bothers him, and wondering how he can be so calm amidst the hype that being picked 7th overall can surely bring, according to NESN.

This speed/power combo that Andrew Benintendi has shown is one of the main reasons the Red Sox were looking at him in the first place. Also worth noting is his plate discipline – he has 23 walks to 15 strikeouts with the Red Sox organization.

Benintendi also mentioned that he is learning a lot, according to NESN, which is a good thing for him, obviously. It’s great to see him putting in the work, and he seems genuinely excited to try and get to the big-league Red Sox, which is a good thing. NESN points out, and rightfully so, that it’s hard to pinpoint where his ceiling is right now, but I think it seems pretty high at the moment. He’s got the work ethic, and the talent to go with it, and I’m really excited to see where this kid can go.

It’s still a while before he’s major-league ready, but if he keeps going like this, then he’ll get there sooner rather than later. It’ll still be interesting to see where he ends up in a couple years, with the Red Sox outfielder situation at the moment, but he has the talent to make an impact. Assuming he keeps putting in the work, which won’t be a problem, I don’t think.

Wrestling Under the Stars at Spinners LeLacheur Park

The Lowell Spinners, Class-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, are bringing world class professional wrestling to LeLacheur Park, in conjunction with Northeast Wrestling, announced the team will host “Wrestling Under the Stars” Sunday, August 2 at LeLacheur Park.

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“Wrestling Under the Stars” to feature Rey Mysterio amongst other stars

The event will feature wrestling stars familiar with fans across all generations, highlighted by Rey Mysterio, a former WWE world champion. In addition to Mysterio, the event will feature national acts Alberto Del Rio, Jerry “The King” Lawler, Mick Foley, “Gorgeous” Mickie James, Joe Samoa, The Young Bucks, Northeast Wrestling Champion Matt Taven and more local stars set to join the card in coming weeks.

“We are thrilled to bring this event to LeLacheur Park and the countless wrestling fans in the Merrimack Valley and beyond,” said Spinners President and General Manager Tim Bawmann. “We pride ourselves on creating top notch entertainment at each and every Spinners game and this event allows us to continue to do so while the Spinners are on the road.”

Tickets for the event go on sale Friday, June 5 at 10am and start at just $20. A limited number of ringside seats on the field are available. Tickets will be available at the Spinners Box Office at LeLacheur Park, online at www.LowellSpinners.com or by phone at (978) 459-1702.

Gates for Wrestling Under the Stars will open at 3:30pm and there will be a special “Meet & Greet” for all in attendance beginning at that time. Fans have the opportunity to take pictures and get autographs from the superstars for an additional charge. To pre-order autographs or photo ops, or for more pricing information, visit www.northeastwrestling.com.

“To have these world class stars here in Lowell is going to make for an incredible event,” said Bawmann. “We look forward to a top notch event in an environment outside the norm for wrestling events.”

In addition the Spinners will partner with Chaotic Wrestling in tapping into the local wrestling fan base. Chaotic and the Spinners have enjoyed a long partnership of events, including pre-game wrestling on the front promenade, and the two will tag team once again in the promotion of the show.

For tickets or additional information, contact the Spinners at (978) 459-1702 or visit www.lowellspinners.com or www.northeastwrestling.com.

2015 Lowell Spinners Single Game Tickets On-sale Tuesday

The Lowell Spinners, Class A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, will put 2015 single-game tickets on sale to the general public beginning Tuesday, March 17 at midnight through an exclusive online pre-sale at LowellSpinners.com.lowell spinners

Opening Day for the Spinners is set for Thursday, June 25 at 7 p.m. against the Aberdeen Ironbirds (Baltimore Orioles). The Spinners 38-game home schedule features three games in June, 15 July games, 16 August games and four September games.  The team will unofficially begin their season Thursday, June 18 with an exhibition game against the Nashua Silver Knights (Futures Collegiate League) before a six-game road-trip through Vermont and Hudson Valley to begin the season.

“It has been a long winter for certain,” said Spinners President and General Manager Tim Bawmann. “In every fan we’ve talked to over the past several weeks we understand the cabin fever is real and we are excited to turn the page to warmer weather and summer days with the start of individual ticket sales for 2015.”

The box office will be open throughout the pre-season from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning Tuesday, March 31 when tickets go on sale to the general public through all avenues, including phone orders, web orders and Box Office sales.

Prices for the 2015 Spinners season remain unchanged from 2014 rates. Tickets start at just $7 for reserved tickets, with box tickets at $9 and premium tickets at $10 for advanced ticket purchases. For tickets purchased on the day of game, ticket prices jump to $9/$11/$12, giving fans incentive for purchasing tickets in advance.

“We are continuing to try and add value to Spinners tickets as we go,” said Bawmann. “We are thrilled to return “Kids Eat Free Monday,” “Weenie ($1 Hot Dogs) Wednesday,” and “Fireworks Friday” games this summer as a way to continue to provide the most value and the best entertainment you’ll find in the Merrimack Valley.”

The full 2015 Spinners Promotional Schedule will be announced Monday ahead of individual ticket sales.

“We are very excited about some of the unique promotions we have planned for the 2015 season,” said Bawmann. “We take great pride in creating events around each game that will leave a lasting memory for every fan that attends.”

 

For a complete listing of announced promotions and a full 2015 schedule, visit LowellSpinners.com.

Spinners Outfielder Mike Meyers Hits Rare Feat

mike meyersOn August 25th against the Connecticut Tigers, not only did Boston Red Sox outfield prospect Mike Meyers have a great game collecting three hits in four at-bats, he had a unique game. The 20-year-old left fielder who is slashing .223/.258/.342 really got a boost in the slugging percentage department, but it did not come as a result of any home runs being hit. What Mike Meyers did has only occurred fifteen times in Major League Baseball since the start of WW2. He hit three triples in one game. Oddly enough, they came off the same pitcher and he did not accumulate any RBI’s.
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As a result of this game Meyers now has eight triples on the year in 49 games giving him the New York-Penn League lead as Detroit Tigers farmhand Steven Fuentes trails closely behind with six three-baggers on the year. In his career of 107 minor league games, Meyers has hit just nine triples in all meaning he only hit one in his previous two seasons playing for the Gulf Coast League Red Sox.

The recent surge in triples should come as no surprise for those who know Meyers’ game well. Although he is not a major stolen base threat yet, he is quick and this quickness may translate to some stolen bases in the future. On the year he is five-for-seven in stolen base attempts for the Spinners which is up from three-for-six in GCL competition last season.
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Power is also a major contributor to triples, and Meyers has plenty of it — just not home run power. As a senior in high school, Meyers belted seven homers in 2012 but has not his a professional bomb since 2012. Still though, 34.15% of his hits have yielded extra bases this year showing his true power potential.

Whether some of those extra base hits ever translate to homers is up for debate and as for now, Meyers will continue to crush triples for the Spinners.

Heroes Wanted: Spinners Military Card Set Giveaway, Aug 30

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Promotion returns to feature local military veterans, active duty soldiers by Army ROTC

The Lowell Spinners, Class-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, are once again looking for local military veterans and active duty soldiers to salute in their second edition “Military Hero Baseball Card Set,” presented by Army ROTC and The Lowell Sun. 30 honorees will be selected to comprise the set, which will be given to the first 1,000 fans in attendance August 30.

“We are thrilled to be able to continue what we hope is an annual tradition with this special baseball card set,” said Spinners President and General Manager Tim Bawmann. “Last season’s game was perhaps one of the most emotional nights at the ballpark of my baseball career, not just for the honorees, but for everyone in attendance. We can’t wait to meet this year’s honorees.”

Following the first edition of the set, given away during the 2013 season where the Spinners honored 34 local veterans and active duty servicemen and women, the promotion was so popular it was awarded a Minor League Baseball Golden Bobble Head for “Best In-Game Promotion.” In addition, over 12 other organizations have implemented a similar promotion in their community this season.

“When they say imitation is the best form of flattery, they were not lying,” said Bawmann. “To have this promotion take off to the point where other communities are doing a similar theme to honor their local servicemen and women is so great to see.”

The non-traditional baseball card set will feature men and women from throughout the Merrimack Valley who have served our country. The 30 card set will be given away to the first 1,000 fans through the gate Saturday, August 30 with the families and heroes themselves in attendance.

 “As we learned last year, the hardest part of the process is whittling the set down to 30 honorees,” said Bawmann. “There are so many heroes out there which is why we are so happy to have this as an annual promotion.”

The Spinners are calling on people throughout the Merrimack Valley to nominate their friends, family, co-workers and neighbors. Nominations can be made at www.lowellspinners.com/militaryhero now through Tuesday, August 12 and the “roster” will be released shortly thereafter.

For more information on nominating a member of the community for the set, visit www.lowellspinners.com or www.lowellspinners.com/militaryhero.