Meet your 2007 ‘Dogs!

Portland’s roster is set for Opening Day and is this club ever loaded! The Sea Dogs today announced the names of 27 players (including three starting the year on the DL) who will defend the Eastern League crown.

Clay BuchholzHow stacked are these Sea Dogs? Three of the top ten prospects we have will play here, and 19 players boast Double-A experience; 16 spent time in Portland last season. Right hander Clay Buchholz, [left] the number three prospect in ‘Sox Nation, gets the Opening night start. He was 11-4 with a 2.42 ERA between Low-A Greenville (SALLY) and High-A Wilmington, and his 140 strikeouts was the class of our farm system.

And yes, the organizational cornerstone for the next decade, Jacoby Ellsbury, will be patrolling center here at Hadlock Field when the ‘Dogs kick off the 2007 season next Thursday night, same as he did for 50 games down the stretch in ’06. Named the second-best prospect in the entire Red Sox farm system (behind Dice-K) by Baseball America, Ellsbury has all the tools. Last year he hit a combined .303 with Single-A Wilmington (Carolina League) and Double-A Portland. And his 41 steals were tops in the Red Sox organization! Flanking Ellsbury will be a couple of studs in Jeff Corsaletti, who worked a Carolina League best 97 walks; his .400 OBP led the Blue Rocks last season), and newly acquired Cory Keylor, the Orioles’ Minor League Player-of-the-Year with Bowie in 2006 where he batted .294 with ten homers and 68 ribbies.

The infield sports an intriguing stick man, too. Jeff Natale, the Red Sox 2006 Minor League Offensive Player-of-the-year hit .304 with 17 HRs and 87 RBI for Greenville. He comes in at #16 on Baseball America’s Top Prospects list for Boston.

Gifted with this talented glimpse at perhaps a big part of Fenway’s not-to-distant future is Arnie Beyeler, a veteran manager of six years in minor league ball, but never this high. Join us April 5th at 6 p.m. as the ‘Dogs begin a quest for back-to-back titles! [complete roster]

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7 responses to “Meet your 2007 ‘Dogs!

  1. firedannyainge

    I am really looking forward to the future of Jacoby Ellsbury. Mostly because I love his name.:)
    I have never seen him play. Some day I will drive down and see him play. Can you send me the link to the website for the team?

  2. Sure!

    http://www.seadogs.com/

    Yes, he’s got a great name for a center fielder. Right up there with Freddie Lynn and Johnny … um … nevermind.

  3. firedannyainge

    Thanks. I can’t believe this. I will be in Maine in June and the time I am there the Sea Dogs are on the road. LOL My luck:)

    http://firedannyainge.wordpress.com

  4. firedannyainge

    LOL about the Johnny umm comments.lol

    So many traitors from Boston these days.

    Adam Vina”turncoat”Tieri

  5. You mean, you didn’t check the ‘Dogs sked before making your June plans? heh, heh. You will just have to come back when we’re home. Portland is going to be a force in the Eastern League this season!

  6. firedannyainge

    http://firedannyainge.wordpress.com

    I am tagging along with a friend that didn’t want to drive 4 hours by herself.lol but I will talk to her about maybe changing the date of the graduation of her nephew and see what she can do:)

  7. dirtdog

    umm the photo is not Jacoby, thats Lester.

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