Devers Showing Signs of Maturity And Stardom With Portland

Since Dave Dombrowski took over the reigns in August of 2015, the Boston Red Sox have traded over a dozen minor league players. While adding “power pitchers” will deverscontribute to team success, one can only look back if a prospect becomes a major league superstar. But there is one prospect who has remained in the farm system throughout the entire tenure. His name is Rafael Devers.

In 2013, the Dominican infielder was signed to his first pro contract and began playing in the Red Sox farm system in early 2014. At the time, Boston already had Will Middlebrooks, Jose Iglesias, Deven Marrero, Xander Bogaerts, and Garin Cecchini ahead of him on both the organizational depth chart and top prospect lists. (As of today only Bogaerts and Marrero remains on the big-league roster.)

Ascending the Ranks

As his bat developed and some of those players left the system, Devers began to ascend the ranks. By 2014’s end, Devers was already in the conversation for the top five Red Sox prospects. This was during a time when Blake Swihart and Henry Owens were still highly regarded in the minor leagues. Theoretically, the only thing keeping Devers from being major-league ready was his age, physical maturity, and defense.

However, as 2017 begins, Devers finds himself as the #2 prospect in the Red Sox farm system. He started the season with the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs and belted a home run in his first at-bat. As of Thursday night, he’s 10-25 with three doubles in addition to the homer. This already surpasses his April hit total from 2016 with Salem.

SoxProspects.com projects Devers as having “All-Star potential regardless of position due to his value at the plate.”

Their report continues to say: “Potential to be a plus hitter for average with plus-to-better power. Fluid, easy swing. Natural hitter. Strong, quick wrists. Future plus hit tool. Easy plus bat speed and an advanced approach for his age. Solid swing mechanics and separation in stride. One of the most exciting young players in the system in years. Mature approach for his age and has shown the ability to handle aggressive assignments. Will stick at third base for the foreseeable future, but if his bat develops as projected, it would profile at first base.”

Considering third base has been a revolving door for the Red Sox, Devers could be the answer at the hot corner. This is especially true when taking into account fellow Red Sox prospect and first baseman Sam Travis. In the meantime, the 20-year-old slugger will continue to dominate with the Eastern League’s best team.

Sea Dogs Opening Day Postponed Due to Rain

Portland, Maine- Thursday’s Portland Sea Dogs Opening Day game against the Reading Fightin Phils at Hadlock Field has been postponed due to rain.  The Sea Dogs are now set to open the season on Friday, April 7th at 6:00 PM against Reading.
Thursday’s postponed game will be made-up as part of a single admission doubleheaderPortland Sea Dogs Opening Day on Friday, May 5th at 5:00 PM.  The doubleheader will consist of two seven inning games.
Tickets for the April 6th postponed game, can be exchanged for tickets of equal or lesser value to any 2017 Sea Dogs home game, subject to availability.  Any questions regarding rained out tickets can be directed towards the Sea Dogs Ticket Office at 207-879-9500 or tickets@seadogs.com.
This is the fifth time in the Sea Dogs 24-year history that Opening Day has been postponed but the first time due to rain.  The previous four postponements (2001, 2003, 2007, & 2015) have been due to snow or field conditions due to melting snow.
“It’s disappointing to have Opening Day postponed,” stated Sea Dogs General Manager Geoff Iacuessa.  “However, I’m very proud of the job that our grounds crew and front staff did preparing the field and stadium to open.  We were ready, despite having eight inches of snow on the field on Sunday morning.”
Kevin Youkilis was scheduled to throw-out the ceremonial first-pitch in honor of the Sea Dogs’ 15th season as a Red Sox affiliate.  His appearance at Hadlock Field will be rescheduled for a date later this season.
Tickets are available for all 2017 Sea Dogs home games.  Book your nine inning vacation by calling the Sea Dogs ticket office at 207-879-9500 or online at www.seadogs.com.

Portland Sea Dogs: Kevin Youkilis to Throw Out the Ceremonial First Pitch

Portland, Maine – The Portland Sea Dogs have announced the details of the Opening Day ceremonies set for Thursday, April 6th at 6:00 PM when the Sea Dogs host the Portland Sea Dogs Opening DayReading Fightin Phils.  The 2017 season marks the Sea Dogs 15th season as an affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, to commemorate the occasion, former Sea Dog Kevin Youkilis will throw out the ceremonial first-pitch.
On his way to a nine-year career with the Boston Red Sox, Kevin Youkilis made stops in the minor leagues, including the Portland Sea Dogs. In 2003, Youkilis appeared in 94 games with the Sea Dogs, hitting .327 with 6 homers and 37 RBI.  The Cincinnati native managed to complete a streak he started while in Portland, reaching base in 71 consecutive games, tying future teammate Kevin Millar’s minor-league record for consecutive games reaching base. In 2004, Youkilis made his Major League debut and was part of Red Sox history. Youkilis appeared in 1,061 games in his Major League career with Boston, Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees.
Youkilis will be available to sign free autographs from 6:00 to 7:00 PM in the concourse.
The Bellamy Jazz Band will perform on the front plaza at Hadlock Field prior to the game.  The Falmouth High School Concert Choir will perform the National Anthem. The Sea Dogs will also host Portland Recreation students in a “Read Your Way to Opening Day” parade.
The Hadlock Field gates will open at 4:00 PM with the Opening Ceremonies tentatively scheduled to get underway at 5:40 PM complete with team introductions.
Tickets for all Sea Dogs home games in 2017 are on sale and available at the Sea Dogs ticket office at Hadlock Field, by phone at 207-879-9500, and online at seadogs.com.  Advance tickets range in price from $9.00 to $11.00 for adults and $6.00 to $10.00 for children (16 and under) and seniors (62 and over), with group rates available. Book your nine-inning vacation today!

Sea Dogs Unveil Two New Hats For 2017

Portland, Maine–  The Portland Sea Dogs are proud to announce two new game day hats for the 2017 season at Hadlock Field. On Saturday, the team will wear State of Maine hats and Sunday will feature a kid friendly Slugger hat.

 The State of Maine hat will cater to our tourist population, featuring slugger over the state Portland Sea Dogs hatof Maine logo.  The hat features a red brim and backing, with blue on the front.
The kid-friendly hat for Sunday home games, features a larger slugger, blue brim and a blue backing, with a red front.
Both hats compliment our primary logo, which has stayed the same since the Sea Dogs first season (1994).
Portland has 11 Saturday games this season featuring some returning promotions and portland sea dogs hatnew concepts for 2017. Our first Saturday (April 8th) is Kids Opening Day featuring appearances by Nickelodeon characters Dora the Explorer, Sponge Bob, and Skye and Marshall from Paw Patrol.  In addition, the Sea Dogs Mascot Band the Kastaways performs every pre-game. Other Saturday games include Star Wars Night on August 5th and Fireworks on June 24th.
The Hoods Kid’s Club has a special outing in 6 of 11 Sunday home games this season.  Additionally, kids can run the bases following every Sunday home game.
The official Saturday and Sunday hats can be purchased at the Sea Dogs Souvenir Store online at www.seadogs.com and at (207) 879-9501.

PAWSOX INTRODUCE MY HERO MONDAYS AT McCOY

The Pawtucket Red Sox will honor area community heroes at each of the eight Monday home games this season.  My Hero Mondays will recognize those whose heroism is celebrated as well as those whose good deeds have been without fanfare.  The honorees will throw the Ceremonial First Pitch and be acknowledged on PawSox broadcasts, telecasts, and webcasts.

The PawSox are inviting fans to submit nominations via e-mail to myhero@pawsox.com, My Hero Mondaysor by completing a submission form online at www.pawsox.com.  Fans can explain at any length why their nominee merits consideration.  The nominator and the nominee will be guests of the PawSox at the selected game.

“Our community is full of heroes, many of whom practice their good deeds without any expectation of recognition,” said PawSox President Dr. Charles A. Steinberg.  “Some have received acknowledgement, but there are many more who deserve our thanks.  ‘My Hero Mondays’ give the PawSox and our fans the opportunity to express this gratitude.”

The club will work with the winner to determine a mutually agreeable date.

The “My Hero Mondays” Schedule for 2016:

  1. Monday, April 11, 6:15 p.m.
  2. Monday, April 25, 6:15 p.m.
  3. Monday, May 16, 7:05 p.m.
  4. Monday, June 6, 7:05 p.m.
  5. Monday, June 20, 7:05 p.m.
  6. Monday, July 25, 7:05 p.m.
  7. Monday, August 22, 7:05 p.m.
  8. Monday, September 5, 1:05 p.m.

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.