5-22-2011: Farm report for Portland
May 22, 2011 Leave a comment
The Portland Sea Dogs stand at just 12-26 on the season, sitting in the basement of their division of the Eastern League.
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:
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.
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:
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.