April 17, 2013

2012: Silver lining? Jackie's super

Jackie Bradley Jr. uses his one season in Portland to provide a glimpse of his potential.

The Sea Dogs put up a 68-73 record in Kevin Boles’ second season as manager to finish fourth in the division, but that is not the only consideration for success.

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John Ewing/Staff Photographer... Monday July 23, 2012....Portland Sea Dogs vs. Trenton Thunder at Hadlock Field. Sea Dog leadoff hitter Jackie Bradley Jr. is all smiles after hitting a leadoff homer in the first inning.

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Staff photo by Derek Davis: Portland Sea Dogs vs Trenton Thunder. Carl Crawford sits in the dugout during a rehab start with Portland. Photographed on Tuesday July 3, 2012.

Affiliation: Boston Red Sox
Manager: Kevin Boles
Attendance: 374,930 (5,434 average)

Final standings

Northern Division
Team Aff W L Pct. GB
Trenton NYY 79 63 .556
Reading PHI 76 66 .535 3
New Britain MIN 75 67 .528 4
PORTLAND BOS 68 73 .482 10.5
Binghamton NYM 68 74 .479 11
New Hampshire TOR 61 81 .430 18
Southern Division
Team Aff W L Pct.
Akron CLE 82 59 .582
Bowie BAL 78 64 .549 4.5
Altoona PIT 72 70 .507 10.5
Richmond SFG 70 71 .496 12
Harrisburg WSN 64 78 .451 18.5
Erie DET 57 84 .404 25

Notable hitters

Player HR RBI SB Avg.
Bryce Brentz 17 76 7 .296
Jeremy Hazelbaker 19 64 33 .273
Reynaldo Rodriguez 16 49 6 .257

Notable pitchers

Player W L SV ERA
Chris Hernandez 4 8 0 3.13
Drake Britton 4 7 0 3.72
Jeremy Kehrt 8 3 0 4.15

Start with Jackie Bradley Jr., who made his first Double-A appearance on June 5, and it was soon evident why he was the No. 5-ranked prospect accoring to Baseball America. He went on to hit .271 (62 for 229) with 16 doubles, two triples, 29 RBI, 35 walks, and 37 runs. Bradley hit .315 (146 for 463) with 42 doubles, four triples, nine homers, 87 walks, and 63 RBI in 128 games with Salem and Portland. It was his only season in Portland because Bradley made the Red Sox opening-day roster for the 2013 season.

Bryce Brentz was named the team MVP, appearing in a team-high 122 games, hitting 296 with 17 homers and 76 RBI. He led the team in batting (.296), hits (135), doubles (30) and RBI (76), and was selected to the All-Star team with teammates Chris Hernandez and Reynaldo Rodriguez.

Hernandez went 4-8 with a 3.13 ERA  in 18 starts for Portland. Rodriguez hit .257 with 27 doubles, three triples, 16 homers and 49 RBI before a call-up to Triple-A Pawtucket on Aug. 1.

Right-hander Jeremy Kehrt appeared in 25 games for Portland, including 14 starts. He led the team with eight wins, notching an 8-3 record with a 4.15 ERA, including a 6-0 record with a 2.70 ERA after the All-Star break.

Shortstop Xander Bogaerts hit .326. After being promoted Aug. 9, Bogaerts hit safely in 19 of 23 games with Portland, including 10 multihit contests.

Outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker ranked among league leaders in stolen bases (33) and slugging (.479), hitting .273 with 21 doubles, six triples, 19 home runs and 64 RBI in 114 games. He was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket on Aug. 27, and ranked among Red Sox minor league leaders in batting (.273), home runs (19) and steals (36) between the two teams.

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