September 3, 2013

On Baseball: Looking back, and forward

By Kevin Thomas
Staff Writer

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Christian Vazquez wasn’t around for his Sea Dogs MVP award – he’s been promoted to Pawtucket.

2013 Press Herald file

PETER HISSEY is another high draft pick out of high school (fourth round, 2008), and still looking for a breakout year. In his second year in the Portland outfield, Hissey played in only 68 games because of various injuries.

It seems that every time Hissey was getting hot, he went down. Hissey, 23, ended the season on the disabled list with a strained groin muscle.

"It's been frustrating, putting together good at-bats, then getting injured and having to recover from that," Hissey said.

Hissey has unique off-season plans. He leaves Sunday for Ecuador where he will spend two months teaching English to impoverished children.

RYAN DENT continues our list of one-time prospects drafted out of high school. The infielder who can also play left field, Dent was drafted in the sandwich round in 2007 (four rounds before Will Middlebrooks).

But injuries and performance have held Dent back. He has a combined .242 average in Portland and Pawtucket this year in 72 games. Monday may have been Dent's last in uniform with the Red Sox organization, as he becomes a minor league free agent.

OTHER FREE AGENTS include pitchers Miguel Celestino, Terry Doyle, Rafael Perez, Bobby Lanigan, Eric Niesen and Matt Maloney, catchers Matt Spring and Alberto Rosario, and outfielder Ronald Bermudez.

Celestino provides an interesting dilemma for the Red Sox. He has a lot of upside with a high-90's fastball, but he has not converted that into success (6.13 ERA).

Spring, 28, a back-up catcher who brings experience and leadership to the clubhouse, has twice before signed on with the Red Sox and hopes to do it again.

"I love it here," Spring said, while adding he would still like a chance at Triple-A.

"Boston has been really good to me."

Moving on can always present opportunities. Consider pitcher Caleb Clay (one of those high-round draft picks out of high school), who fizzled out with the Red Sox.

He signed with the Nationals before this season, began in Double-A and finished 5-2 with a 2.49 ERA in Triple-A.

Kevin Thomas can be contacted at 791-6411 or at:

Twitter: ClearTheBases


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