September 1, 2012

On Baseball: In a season of highs and lows, several Sea Dogs stood out

By Kevin Thomas kthomas@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Britton finished this year with a 3.72 ERA, and Pimentel (4.84) was dominating in spurts. They are Pawtucket-bound in 2013.

BEST PERSONALITY: Jackie Bradley Jr. arrived in June as a confident, can't-miss center field prospect. He may be the most gifted to play the position at Hadlock.

But Bradley, 22, also possesses a child-like demeanor that makes him a joy to be around. After a game, he almost always stays to sign autographs, and has even helped the bat boys carry in the water coolers.

BEST CHARACTER: Matt Spring. He's batting only .200, but every team needs a Matt Spring, an experienced catcher who can positively influence a pitching staff. Spring, 27, came from the Rays organization, where he handled the best of Tampa Bay's prospects, including David Price.

BEST TRANSFORMATION: Brock Huntzinger. Hammered in his first four starts, Huntzinger, 24, joined the bullpen and emerged (4-1, 2.44 ERA) as a prospect.

BEST COMEBACK: Michael Olmsted. He was at an independent league tryout last year when the Red Sox signed him. With a 0.00 ERA in 13 appearance, Olmsted, 25, looks ready for the 40-man roster.

Staff Writer Kevin Thomas can be reached at 791-6411 or at:

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