As the current owner of a Portland Sea Dogs Press Pass, I will be bringing you updates and opinions on the Sea Dogs, the AA team for the Red Sox.
This mid-week, the Dogs (5-7) took on the New Britain Rock Cats(7-6), an affiliate of the Minnesota Twins.
– Will Middlebrooks is a stud. he’s got the tools to make it and the looks to be a playboy in Boston (ala Jacoby). Last night he was up and down, making a great catch on a liner well above his head, but also misplaying a grounder later in the game. Here’s his scouting report from SoxProspects.com where he is rated #13:
“Excellent five-tool athlete. Great baseball frame with very quick wrists. Open stance, holds his hands high above his head. Has had some struggles with pitch recognition, but has made ample strides, reducing his strikeout rates. Getting the bat on the ball is still a concern. Slowly improving his previous tendency to over-pull the ball. Still very inconsistent. High power potential, but only average present power. Above-average speed for a third baseman. In the field, Middlebrooks is an excellent third baseman. Reliable glove, a rocket arm, and above-average range. Played both shortstop and third base in high school – the Sox initially thought of utilizing Middlebrooks as a short, but he has strictly played third as a pro. Hard worker.”
– Ryan Lavarnway C/DH runs like a funny and slow old man. He is however, a potential impact player on offense and the #12 rated prospect at SoxProspects.com
– Seth Garrison P is one of my favorite players for both his name (mine) and age (two months older than me). He was on last night with two K’s to get out of a jam.
More on Hadlock Field and the ‘Sea Dogs Experience’ soon…