Saturday, March 8, 2014
We are getting close to cut-down day for the minor league rosters. Sixteen position players were in the Sea Dogs camp this morning (that's manager Kevin Boles pictured above, hitting ground balls).
These rosters are definitely fluid, and several changes are expected by as soon as Friday.
Those 16 players include:
Catchers Christian Vazquez and Adalberto Ibarra (both destined for Class A Salem, when Dan Butler and Matt Young move down to Portland).
First basemen Reynaldo Rodriguez and Drew Hedman (Rodriguez is a returning Sea Dogs player, while Hedman should be headed to Class A).
Second basemen Heiker Meneses and Drew Dominiquez (Meneses looks like he might stick. Dominiquez is a Class A utility player)
Shortstops: Derrick Gibson and Ryan Dent (Gibson batted .250 in Salem last year but improved as the season went along. He could start in Portland, or go back. Dent could start or assume the utility role).
Third base: Kolbrin Vitek (this one likely has been set in stone for a while).
Outfielders: Oscar Tejeda, Jeremy Hazelbaker, Bryce Brentz, Peter Hissey, Shannon Wilkerson, Matty Johnson and Leonel Escobar. (The first three seem locks for Portland. Hissey has been in Salem for two years, so he is a possibility).
Other players with a chance to play in Portland were working out with Pawtucket on Thursday: utility infielder Jon Hee, back-up first baseman Jorge Padron, and outfielders Ronald Bermudez and Mitch Dening.
Pictured below, pitcher Anthony Ranaudo watches pitchers' fielding practice. He is being held back by a slightly strained groin muscle.
Kevin Thomas covers baseball and basketball for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He wisely moved to Maine in 1994 after working for the St. Petersburg Times. He is married to Nancy and they have nine children.
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