The weather is warming up and a game at Hadlock Field is always enjoyable. Dustin Pedroia aside, here are three Portland Sea Dog players worth making the trip to Hadlock to see in action.
2016 2nd round pick of the Red Sox hit .314 last year between two classes of A-ball and has continued that through 24 games in 2019 with the Sea Dogs.
Playing shortstop, the Florida Atlantic alum has hit for a team best .337 average. Power hasn’t matched up thus far since being drafted, but .337 in the Eastern League will get your attention.
Another big bat might be getting more attention but Chatham is the one who has been wearing out the staffs of the Rumble Ponies, Rubber Ducks and Yard Goats so far.
Much more heralded than Chatham, Dalbec splashed onto Sox fan’s radars this past spring with a few tape measure home runs in the Grapefruit League. Funny to think, that the two minor leaguers that made the biggest impact in Fort Myers were Dalbec and Michael Chavis.
Chavis is mashing big league pitching while Dalbec is in Portland and struggling to reach the Mendoza line. Dalbec, taken two rounds after Chatham in 2016, looks like a masher, 6’4, 225lbs (sorry lapsed into Mel Kiper mode for a minute) has gone deep a couple of times already this season.
The low average I’ll attribute to a slow start and adjusting to Eastern League breaking stuff. He did just miss a walk off home run on Saturday vs Binghamton and had to settle for a game-tying wall ball double. If you want to see someone knock balls on I-295, Dalbec’s at-bats are can’t miss.
It is interesting that Hernandez, who also became buzzworthy in Fort Myers, has already had a cameo with the big club this year out of the bullpen and is now the ace of the Sea Dogs staff.
A shaky first inning on Saturday, but settled in to give up on 2 runs over 6 innings, throwing 105 pitches. His velocity lived in the 90’s which is an encouraging sign for the big left hander.
All three are worth the price of admission and a couple of Sea Dog Biscuits. Man, does The Source love Sea Dog Biscuits. MERCY, those things are good!
By: The Unnamed Source
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