I realized something this week… it’s the end of May and I haven’t been to Hadlock Field for a Sea Dogs game since Opening Day. I feel shame. To try and make up for lacking as a fan, I thought I’d give you all a little update on what’s going on up here in Portland.
We’re almost two months into the 2012 season and the Sea Dogs aren’t looking so hot. At 22-31, they’re second to last place in the Eastern League standings and a steep 9.5 games out of first place. It’s starting to look like they might have a repeat of last season where they finished 59-83.
When I sat down with EVP/GM Geoff Iacuessa in late March, his 2012 roster had yet to be named and wasn’t expected until early April. He knew he would probably be losing half his roster.
“It’s usually about half, maybe a little more than half the guys that were here last year, that finished up here will return,” Geoff said. “But you just never know. It’s tough to know year to year what happens at spring training. Sometimes guys do well and get up, and sometimes guys that weren’t on the radar for Portland have really good springs and start here.”
Before the interview, I had decided on my top two Sea Dogs prospects for 2012 — right fielder Bryce Brentz and right handed pitcher Anthony Ranaudo. Geoff agreed with me saying he was excited to see them in Portland. The two players couldn’t have had more different seasons to date.
On one hand, Bryce Brentz has been solid in the Sea Dogs line up. Coming off a strong stint in single A in 2011, he’s continued to be a consistent force in Portland. He’s currently batting .306 with six home runs and a team-leading 57 hits. Brentz has also gone 5 for 5 twice this season. Pretty impressive… Ryan Sweeney and Cody Ross better watch their backs!
And then there’s Anthony Ranaudo who’s had a rough start to his career in AA. He began the season in extended spring training with a mild groin injury and didn’t pitch in Portland until May 15th. The 6’7″ righty has not been good. Ranaudo has started three games and is 0-1 with a 7.36 ERA in 14.2 innings. He’s allowed 12 earned runs on nine hits — three of those hits were home runs. And it doesn’t help when you have more walks (13) than strike outs (10). Appears Mr. Ranaudo has some work to do in Portland.
The Red Sox have been big on player development in recent years and it would only make sense that when the big club is suffering from so many injuries, it creates a domino effect down through the farm system as each level struggles to field a competitive team. All I know is that no matter what the Sea Dogs record is, it’s always a blast and I need to get my sorry ass to another game soon!