Sea Dogs Split Doubleheader With Rock Cats

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After weather postponed the series opener on Monday night, the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs managed a split with the New Britain Rock Cats, at New Britain Stadium in New Britain, CT.

Justin Haley took the mound for the Dogs in the first game of the twin bill, surrendering four earned runs on four hits and three walks, while striking out three over 3 1/3 innings.Sea Dogs Justin Haley The loss is the second of the season for Haley whose ERA now stands at 8.38.

Ryan Carpenter started opposite Haley for the Rock Cats, and held the Sea Dogs to just two hits over seven innings, striking out seven and allowing just two hits and a single walk.

The score remained tied at zero until the bottom of the fourth, when Juan Ciriaco hit a fly ball single to center field to drive in the first two runs of the game. Rockies top position prospect David Dahl then reached on an error which scored a run, before Tyler Massey drove in Ciriaco with a single to left field.

The Sea Dogs were able to end the rally there, but unable to generate any offense and lost by a final score of 4-0.

Portland’s offense wasted no time getting started in the second game, scoring four times in the first on a pair of two-run doubles by Reed Gragnani and Blake Tekotte. They added another run on a Jantzen Witte sacrifice fly in the second and three more on RBI hits by Witte and Oscar Tejeda in the fourth.

Robby Scott got the start for the Sea Dogs in the nightcap, tossing four shutout innings and allowing only three hits and no walks, while striking out four. Boston’s 22nd prospect, according to SoxProspects.com, Simon Mercedes, completed the final three innings for the 8-1 victory, his first ever in Double-A. Mercedes allowed just one run on one hit, while walking two and striking out five, including his final batter of the game.

Why Boston Red Sox Prospect Reed Gragnani Is Legit

gragnaniIn the 27th round of the 2009 MLB draft, the Boston Red Sox selected Reed Gragnani, a shortstop out of Mills E. Goodwin High School in Richmond, Virginia. The young shortstop declined Boston’s offer and headed for the University of Virginia to play for the Cavaliers. After four years of posting impressive numbers in college, including a summer in the Cape Cod League, Boston drafted Gragnani again— this time in the 21st round of the MLB draft. Gragnani accepted and headed for Lowell to start his professional career.
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In Lowell, Gragnani quickly proved that he needed more of a challenge. After 14 games in short-season A ball, Gragnani was hitting .333 with a .411 OBP. In Greenville, Gragnani hit a respectable .259 with a .337 OBP in 38 games. On defense, Gragnani played primarily second base while mixing in some outfield and third base. After a solid showing in Greenville, Boston decided Gragnani would start the 2014 in high-A Salem.

So far this season, Gragnani has taken the Carolina League by surprise hitting .337 in 50 games totaling 184 at-bats while boasting a .433 OBP walking 32 times and striking out just 24 times. Better yet, against right-handed pitching, Gragnani is hitting .371 with a .455 OBP.
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Although he has yet to hit a home run, the second baseman seems like he already proved the Carolina League is too easy for him as well. Perhaps a promotion to AA would suit him well. Unfortunately for Gragnani, he has only been playing second base this year, making it harder for him to get a promotion. Luckily for him, Gragnani has plenty of experience all around the field so he could play a few more to add to his all around value. Also, with Mookie Betts being promoted and Sean Coyle moving away from the position, the second base job appears to be open in Portland and is calling Gragnani’s name.
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As far as his future goes, Gragnani appears to have a bright one. Although he is not a high ceiling guy so to speak, Gragnani is inching his way to the big leagues and could play a role as a valuable utility guy if all goes well. The two most important things that will play into his success are his plate discipline and his versatility. Gragnani is not the flashiest guy on the field hitting bombs or swiping bases, but he certainly gets the job done and does it well.

Overall, Reed Gragnani deserves more credit than he is given. He has really flown under the radar in Boston’s organization but has quietly been building quite an impressive resume.