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MOOKIE, WE HARDLY KNEW YE

Betts Promoted To Pawtucket

By Jim Toomey

The Boston Red Sox #5 prospect, Mookie Betts, has been promoted from AA Portland to AAA Pawtucket.

This decision involved a # of factors, but it is not that much different from how the parent club has dealt with players of Betts’ caliber in the past.

A rash of injuries and players performing less than expected at the major league level may have quickened the pace.

The 21 yr. old Betts, a second baseman by trade, has recently been playing CF to increase his versatility.

A 5th round draft pick in 2011, Betts leaves AA after playing 54 games with a .355 batting average, 6 HR and 34 RBI’s. He only struck out 20 times and was a successful base stealer swiping 22 bases in 25 attempts.

It is a good possibility that the fans @ Fenway Park will have an opportunity to see Mookie as part of the September callups or even earlier depending on how he handles AAA.

(Sea Dog) Bytes

  • Betts is the first position player to play less than 60 games at AA before getting promoted. Other notable names and their total AA games include: Jackie Bradley, Jr. (61), Garen Cecchini (66), Dustin Pedroia (66), Jacoby Ellsbury (67) and Xander Bogaerts (79).
  • Betts made his AAA debut Tuesday night VS the Durham Bulls and was 0 for 4 with a walk while playing 2B. The Pawsox lost  5-2.
  • Meanwhile, back at Hadlock Field in Portland the Sea Dogs lost to Erie (Tigers) 11 – 9 in a slugfest. The three game series has 7:00 PM games scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday.
  • The Sea Dogs still maintain a six game lead in the division over Binghamton. Their ultimate success could be determined by the contributions of players sent up from High A Salem to fill the vacancies caused by the “domino effect” of minor league baseball.

We Will Ever See This Again?

Kevin Millar, a key contributor to the 2004 World Champion Red Sox, spent the entire 1997 season with the Portland Sea Dogs when they were affiliated with the Florida Marlins. The numbers he put up during that season were amazing. He batted .342 while swatting 32 HRS and knocking in 132. I am guessing that we will be hard pressed to see those numbers again because a player with those stats would certainly be moved up based on the current methods of player development.