5-22-2011: Farm report for Portland


The Portland Sea Dogs stand at just 12-26 on the season, sitting in the basement of their division of the Eastern League.

Offense

As a team, there’s a lot to like about this year’s Sea Dogs. They’ve averaged 4.5 runs per game, good for 5th in the Eastern League, but their team line of .270/.348/.399 shows that they have a dynamic offense that gets on base plenty. In fact, most of their regulars show up as being league average or better:

Name PA BB% K% AVG OBP SLG OPS BABIP wOBA wRC+
Alex Hassan 166 16.1% 12.5% 0.359 0.472 0.531 1.003 0.384 0.458 194
Jonathan Hee 85 9.9% 25.0% 0.309 0.413 0.441 0.854 0.400 0.400 155
Will Middlebrooks 145 5.0% 24.6% 0.299 0.333 0.500 0.833 0.365 0.376 138
Che-Hsuan Lin 161 12.4% 10.1% 0.268 0.373 0.333 0.706 0.298 0.344 117
Tim Federowicz 156 9.3% 17.8% 0.267 0.331 0.400 0.731 0.300 0.332 109
Mitch Dening 74 8.1% 25.4% 0.238 0.333 0.381 0.714 0.289 0.324 103
Ryan Lavarnway 158 9.2% 21.3% 0.235 0.307 0.404 0.712 0.245 0.323 103
Oscar Tejeda 140 8.8% 18.9% 0.262 0.331 0.361 0.692 0.313 0.323 103
Chih-Hsien Chiang 97 6.5% 21.8% 0.241 0.290 0.425 0.716 0.277 0.322 102
Jorge Padron 148 9.7% 10.1% 0.271 0.340 0.341 0.681 0.293 0.317 98
Ryan Dent 64 7.8% 19.0% 0.224 0.281 0.276 0.557 0.271 0.281 74

The lineup has been paced by LF Alex Hassan, who at age 23 continues to put up very good offensive numbers, despite lacking the HR totals you want to see in a legitimate prospect. He lacks the pure athleticism the Red Sox usually like in their outfielders, but he has always hit well and he can play in right field, so he has some flexibility. His minor league career has been limited by some injuries, but Hassan has always produced, and he does smack quite a few doubles, which means he could still become a pretty decent Major Leaguer.

Che-Hsuan Lin, recently promoted to Pawtucket, is a very good defensive centerfielder, and he handles himself well at the dish. Not much power to speak of, but a high OBP and low K rate are nice to have in a speedy slap hitter. Still just 22 years old, I could see him being a 4th outfielder type as early as next season.

Solid performances from both Tim Federowicz and Ryan Lavarnway, which means that our catching depth will be quite a bit better next year than it is this year.

Pitchers

The story on the other side of the ball has been a completely different story, with the staff allowing 4.76 runs per game, third worst in the League. The aggregate numbers show that they are allowing the highest rate of HRs in the League, and that they are not striking out enough batters to be competitive (their team 6.7 K/9 ranks second to last in the League). He’s what you see on this staff:

Name IP K/9 BB/9 HR/9 WHIP BABIP LOB% ERA FIP
Alex Wilson 41.1 8.3 2.6 1.1 1.09 0.262 74.4% 3.27 3.88
Stephen Fife 35.0 4.4 2.6 0.3 1.11 0.244 69.0% 2.57 3.71
Michael Lee 33.1 5.9 3.5 1.4 1.11 0.200 71.9% 4.32 5.18
Stolmy Pimentel 32.0 5.9 3.4 1.1 1.53 0.320 64.7% 6.19 4.92
Brock Huntzinger 32.0 5.8 3.5 1.9 2.04 0.381 51.4% 9.00 6.09
Seth Garrison 25.2 7.6 3.8 0.4 1.06 0.230 77.2% 2.66 3.45
Jeremy Kehrt 23.2 3.0 1.5 1.1 1.35 0.291 64.8% 4.94 4.68
Eammon Portice 21.2 8.5 3.3 0.5 1.37 0.327 65.0% 4.74 3.09
Santo Luis 19.1 10.7 5.1 0.5 1.40 0.300 60.2% 5.59 3.36
Tommy Hottovy 18.2 8.7 1.9 0.0 0.86 0.250 75.0% 1.93 1.91
Blake Maxwell 13.0 9.0 1.4 0.0 0.77 0.235 81.8% 1.38 1.89
Caleb Clay 13.0 5.5 4.9 0.7 2.15 0.400 52.5% 9.69 5.05

The only standout in this rotation might be Alex Wilson, who has thrown his nasty sinker and looked very solid in all aspects of his game. His low walk rate shows how polished his game is; it’ll be interesting to see how his stuff translates at the Triple-A level.

Stephen Fife has a low ERA, but he’s achieved it with smoke and mirrors, with just a .244 BABIP against and allowing just 1 HR so far. That’s not gonna continue. Stolmy Pimentel (0-5) has been quite the disappointment so far, but he’s just 21 and in his first year at this level. He’s too good to continue like this all year long.

Among the relievers, Santo Luis has been mowing down hitters (when he isn’t walking them) and Eammon Portice has been quite solid in his peripherals. I like Blake Maxwell, who has been quite impressive in a small sample. But these are all older, minor league journeymen types. Caleb Clay and Cesar Cabral (recently promoted from High-A Salem) are the ones the Sox are really watching at this level.

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