Jeremy Barfield Walks Off Sea Dogs With Grand Slam

Portland, Maine – Jeremy Barfield hit a walk-off grand slam off of Justin Shafer and the Sea Dogs (38-43) defeated the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (34-51) 8-7 on Thursday night at Hadlock Field. Barfield is the youngest son of former big leaguer Jesse Barfield.
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Trailing 7-4 in the bottom of the ninth, Deiner Lopez and Mike Olt singled, then Rafael Devers walked to load the bases with one out. Facing an 0-2 count, Barfield sent a hanging slider from Shafer over the Maine Monster in left for the game winner – his seventh homer of the season.
 
Jake Cosart (3-2) earned the win after stranding the bases loaded in a scoreless ninth.
 
Trevor Kelly made his Double-A debut and worked 2.1 innings of relief, also getting out of a major jam in the eighth when the Fisher Cats loaded the bases with one out and only ended up with one run after Kelly induced a 4-6-3 double play from Ryan McBroom.
 
Conner Greene (ND) was excellent in the start for New Hampshire. Greene allowed three earned runs on nine hits and fanned six in the victory.  He also tied a season low with just one walk.  Sea Dogs’ starter Teddy Stankiewicz (ND) allowed six earned runs on a career-high-tying 12 hits in 5.2 innings.  He walked two and struck out two.
 
Tim Lopes set a new season high with four hits and two RBIs, extending his hit streak to nine games in the process.  Guillotte had three hits and a walk and scored three runs, Urena reached base three times and scored twice while driving in two.  New Hampshire had 15 hits including a season-high six doubles by six different players.
 
Jeremy Barfield finished with four hits, four RBIs, and two runs. Henry Urrutia, Chad De La Guerra, Cole Sturgeon, and Deiner Lopez each had two hits apiece.
 
However, Brock Holt finished 0-for-4 in his second straight game on rehab assignment from the Boston Red Sox.

Weekend Series Ahead

Portland opens a weekend series against the Reading Fightin Phils with a doubleheader Friday at Hadlock Field at 5 pm. LHP Trey Ball is scheduled to start for Portland in game one against RHP John Richy of Reading.  Tickets can still be purchased online at SeaDogs.com or by phone at 879-9500.
Listen live on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network beginning at 4:45 PM and watch on MiLB.TV starting at 4:55 PM.

Sea Dogs Doubleheader Ends In Sweep of Hartford

Hartford, CT – The Portland Sea Dogs doubleheader Saturday ended with a sweep of the Hartford Yard Goats, winning 1-0 and 10-3 in front of a sellout crowd of 6,752 fans at Dunkin Donuts Park.
 

Game 1 recap

In game one, Denier Lopez accounted for the lone run, blasting a two-out solo homer off Jack Wynkoop in the third inning. The homer was the third for Lopez, but his first off a left-handed pitcher.
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Teddy Stankiewicz (3-3) earned his first win since May 21st, working six scoreless on six hits, no walks and five strikeouts to earn the win. Williams Jerez worked the seventh for his third save of the season.
Wynkoop tossed a complete game in the loss, yielding six hits, one walk and fanning three.

Game 2 recap

Mike Olt had a terrific doubleheader in his home state. After going 3-for-3 in game one, Mike clocked a two-out homer (#11) in the second, giving the ‘Dogs a 1-0 lead. Hartford responded, tying the game on Jan Vazquez’s RBI single.
The ‘Dogs scored four times in the third off Parker French (6-7), receiving back-to-back homers by Chad De La Guerra (3-run shot) and Rafael Devers (#17). De La Guerra hit his first Double-A homer.
After a two-run third for Hartford, the ‘Dogs receive a two-run homer by Danny Mars, knocking French out of the game, and giving the ‘Dogs a 7-3 lead.
Elih Villanueva (2-1) worked five innings on six hits and three runs to earn the win. Bobby Poyner closed out the game with two perfect innings.
Cole Sturgeon went 3-for-3 and delivered a two-out RBI in the fifth to give Portland an 8-3 lead. Devers added an RBI single int the sixth and the ‘Dogs scored an unearned run in the seventh.
Portland and Hartford continue their four-game series on Sunday night beginning at 6:35 PM from Dunkin Donuts Park. LHP Trey Ball (2-6, 5.11) makes his 14th start of the season. RHP Ryan Castellani (5-7, 5.31) is on the hill for Hartford.
Listen live on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network beginning at 6:20 PM and watch on MiLB.TV starting at 6:30 PM.

Jalen Beeks Continues Eastern League Dominance

In a farm system notorious for developing young players, southpaw Jalen Beeks now finds himself as one of the organization’s top pitching prospects. At age 23, the 5’11” hurler has done nothing but produce since joining the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs.jalen beeks

Like Andrew Benintendi, Beeks attended Arkansas. While a Razorback, Beeks also excelled, boasting a 1.07 WHIP and a 1.98 ERA in 81.2 IP his senior year. This impressive performance followed an elbow injury his junior year.

He was drafted in the 12th round in 2014. He played two-and-a-half seasons of rookie ball and A-ball. Beeks was called up to Portland in July 2016 and finished the season 5-4 with a 4.68 ERA in 65.1 innings pitched. This was after going 4-4 in 13 starts with a 3.07 ERA for High-A Salem.

But this season, he has been nothing but dominant. In seven starts, Beeks is 5-1 with a 1.60 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 39.1 innings pitched. He’s averaging almost six innings per start and 1.2 strikeouts per inning. And if it wasn’t for one start against Trenton back in April, Beeks would be 5-0 with an ERA of 0.51.

Baseball Mechanics and Jalen Beeks

Scouts look to his mechanics as a way to marginalize hitters. SoxProspects.com’s scouting report says Beeks “throws from the first-base side of the rubber. High three-quarters arm slot and stiff delivery with a lot of moving parts. Utilizes a high leg kick, then trunk twist and pause as he rocks back before coming forward. He also has an arm hook behind and lands stiff on his front side.”

When combined with Trey Ball and Teddy Stankiewicz, Beeks solidifies Portland’s rotation as one of the best in the Eastern League. The three starters have combined for a 2.91 ERA this season, and have led Portland in an already tight division race.

As for Beeks, however, his performance thus far is nothing short of spectacular. And while the Red Sox may call on Triple-A journeyman for rotation help, the young lefty could soon be called up to Pawtucket.

The pride of Prairie Grove, AR will strive to continue his dominance of the Eastern League.

Teddy Stankiewicz Emerges As Sea Dogs Ace

In 2013, Teddy Stankiewicz was drafted in the 2nd round by the Boston Red Sox, one round after fellow Portland Sea Dogs teammate Trey Ball. He played college ball at Seminole State and finished his senior year with a 2.52 ERA upon being drafted. stankiewiczPreviously, he had been drafted by the Mets in 2012.

Stankiewicz began his career in the Red Sox organization in 2013 with Lowell, where he recorded a 2.29 ERA at the age of 19. Over the next three years, Stankiewicz progressed through the ranks, spending a year at Greenville, Salem, and Portland respectively.

However, the first season in Portland was not as planned. In 2016, the 6’4’ righty went 5-9 with a 4.71 ERA in 25 starts. It was his third consecutive season with 25+ starts. That kind of consistency has been key to his progression through the minor leagues.

At one point, Stankiewicz was among SoxProspect.com’s Top 20 but has since fallen out of that list due to the constant income and outcome of prospects in the system.

But sometimes it’s the unsung heroes that contribute significantly.

So far in 2017, Stankiewicz has two no-decisions but has 13 innings pitched in two starts, a 2.77 ERA, and a 1.38 walk per nine innings ratio. Although teams spray hits against Stankiewicz, he has a 1.08 WHIP.

Stankiewicz’s Makeup

His stuff isn’t unhittable, but it gets the job done. He has a slider at about 81-84 MPH and a change-up at 84-86. His curve ball has an 11-5 break and can be thrown anywhere in the count to steal strikes. The fastball tops out in the low-to-mid 90’s and prevents him from walking hitters. Overall, he is confident on the mound and definitely has room for growth.

SoxProspects.com summarizes that Stankiewicz has the “Potential to be an emergency spot starter or long relief type. Won’t be flashy, but will throw strikes and utilize four-pitch mix to get outs. If [his] command doesn’t improve and secondary pitches don’t develop, will have to move to the bullpen. Lacks an above-average offering, which limits upside. Fastball and slider combination shows [the] most potential. Understands how to pitch. Strong makeup.”

Even though the Red Sox will obviously resort to Henry Owens or Brian Johnson before him for spot starts, Stankiewicz has emerged as the ace of the Double-A club. If he continues to improve his stuff and keep the ERA down, he could find himself in Pawtucket.