2024 Portland Sea Dogs (AA)

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Oof, bases loaded and 2 out with Roman Anthony at the plate and Mickey Gasper gets picked off third by the catcher.
Welp on that note, I need to get back on the road.
 

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Heh, was just about to leave but decided to stay for Mayer’s at bat and he hit a bomb to right! And now Nick Decker makes it back to back HRs!
 

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If K-rate really does stabilize at 60 PA, then Yorke has made some dramatic improvements. Maybe to be expected since he’s been at AA a while, but still, it might be time for him to start familiarizing himself with the Worcester area…
Hey, this post aged badly! Still not striking out very much - and the walk rate is double digits! - but he's also not really hitting. Maybe the underlying numbers tell a different story, but things are not looking great for him right now.
 

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View: https://twitter.com/ByAndrewParker/status/1794388941124342113


Seems like a good jumping off point for a quick look at the Portland rotation to see if Dobby should be next in like for a promotion.

Dobbins (24 & 8 months) - 31 IP (102.2 IP in AA), 3.77 ERA/4.00 xFIP, 7.6 k/9, 3.8 bb/9

Wikelman (22 & 2 months) - 27.2 IP (76 IP in AA), 6.51 ERA/4.84 xFIP, 10.7 k/9, 6.2 bb/9

Bastardo (21 & 11 months) - 37 IP (53 IP in AA), 4.38 ERA/3.49 xFIP, 10.5 k/9, 3.7 bb/9

Helcris (23 & 9 months) - 22 IP (22 in AA), 2.45 ERA/6.45 xFIP, 10.6 k/9, 12.3 bb/9

Coffey (23 & 11 months) - 32.2 IP (90 IP in AA), 5.23 ERA/4.85 xFIP, 9.4 k/9, 5.2 bb/9

Some analysis sometime later, but feel free to hop in with y'alls in the meantime.
 

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I was going to say a 2/1 k/bb rate for Dobbins really wasn't good enough...& then he went put today & got 1 strikeout & 5 walks in 1.2 IP.

It's a little strange because last year in AAA he had 9.8 k/9 & 3.3 bb/9.

Don't think he's been consistent enough or making enough people miss to be a candidate for promotion anytime soon.

Wikelman has the most talent & Bastardo has had the most interesting season so far... but I don't think any of them are really knocking on the door right now.

Dark horse candidate?

CJ Liu (25 & 1 month) - 6 IP (124 IP in AA), 0.00 ERA, 0.44 xFIP, 19.5 k/9, 3 bb/9.

Liu has looked dominant in his 3 3-inning stints so far this season (1 in FCL) & if he's made real improvements, could easily be the next guy moved up in a few weeks.
 

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With Yorke struggling so much in his second year at Portland, I wonder if we're looking at a shake up in the 2b prospect heirarchy? It's way too early to give up on him but if his mediocrity is real, who's up next? Meidroth? Romero? Campbell? I even wonder if Matt Lugo should be moved back to the infield and tried at second given how great he looks offensively this year.
 

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Teel on a tear going .357/.443/.560 for the month of May! And I love his almost .400 OBP for the season driven in part by his ability to walk (roughly 16% walk rate for the season by my calculation). I'm guessing he'd be the number one prospect for a handful of teams
 

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With Yorke struggling so much in his second year at Portland, I wonder if we're looking at a shake up in the 2b prospect heirarchy? It's way too early to give up on him but if his mediocrity is real, who's up next? Meidroth? Romero? Campbell? I even wonder if Matt Lugo should be moved back to the infield and tried at second given how great he looks offensively this year.
I think they’re gonna have to figure out what to with Lugo. Don’t know how good his D is but I remember him coming up as an IFer. Another month of this kind of tear, and he starts becoming legit.
 

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Teel on a tear going .357/.443/.560 for the month of May! And I love his almost .400 OBP for the season driven in part by his ability to walk (roughly 16% walk rate for the season by my calculation). I'm guessing he'd be the number one prospect for a handful of teams
Since nobody has claimed the role yet, I’ll be the one to start banging the drum for a WOR promotion.

In a perfect world, he tears up AAA as well and allows Breslow to turn Wong into a pitching prospect or two. McGuire gets sent off for a lottery ticket or two. Breslow then finds a decent RHH backup catcher. Then Teel gets a month or so at the MlB level and heads into 2025 as the guy.
 

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With Yorke struggling so much in his second year at Portland, I wonder if we're looking at a shake up in the 2b prospect heirarchy? It's way too early to give up on him but if his mediocrity is real, who's up next? Meidroth? Romero? Campbell? I even wonder if Matt Lugo should be moved back to the infield and tried at second given how great he looks offensively this year.
I'm pretty sure that Yoely is the 2B of the future and that everyone until then is just marking time until he hits Boston. Even if Yorke begins tearing the cover off the ball, he was always destined to be moved in favor of someone better when the time came.


In a perfect world, he tears up AAA as well and allows Breslow to turn Wong into a pitching prospect or two. McGuire gets sent off for a lottery ticket or two. Breslow then finds a decent RHH backup catcher. Then Teel gets a month or so at the MlB level and heads into 2025 as the guy.
There's zero reason to move the RHH Wong given that it's likely to take Teel a couple of years to adjust. Unless someone blows them away with an offer they're better off with Wong catching 60-80 games a year and letting Teel cycle through the DH spot with other players they're trying to keep fresh.
 

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I’m loving following the big three of course, but what is happening with one Luis Perales?!?

Starting pitcher with 46 Ks in 26.1 for a 15.7 K/9 which is obviously going to come down a lot, but doing that in any 26 inning stretch has some significance.

21 years old in AA, will be keeping an eye on him.
 

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Since nobody has claimed the role yet, I’ll be the one to start banging the drum for a WOR promotion.
Maybe. His K rate is a little on the high side, but I don’t know the trend line - maybe it’s lower now in his current good streak. Or maybe there’s some specific way to get him out that they’d like him to work on. Possibly not, though.

And the hitting is only part of the story here, his ascent up the ladder will likely also depend on how he handles pitchers - do catchers call games in the minors? I genuinely don’t know - defends the position, frames pitches, and controls the running game (am I remember wrong or were there some concerns about that earlier in the year?). I have no idea how he is at any of these things, to be clear. All that said, it’s certainly encouraging!

Incidentally, I noticed that Mayer doesn’t walk very much and he’s running a high BABIP (.355). I’m guessing part of that is he’s hitting with authority when he does make contact, but it’s still maybe just something to keep an eye on as he starts to face more advanced competition.
 
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Incidentally, I noticed that Mayer doesn’t walk very much and he’s running a high BABIP (.355). I’m guessing part of that is he’s hitting with authority when he does make contact, but it’s still maybe just something to keep an eye on as he starts to face more advanced competition.
Two walks today. He must have been reading!
No need to thank me.
 

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Two walks today. He must have been reading!
No need to thank me.
The lack of walks has been a surprise, but I'm glad to see him hitting well after his injuries/struggles last year. He's also brought the K% down (was 21.5% prior to today's game). If anything, I'm curious about his batted ball profile. He's got a pretty high GB%, a rather low FB%, and a rather high LD%.

https://www.fangraphs.com/players/marcelo-mayer/sa3017114/stats?position=SS#batted-ball
 

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That start to AA for Perales was really exciting. 5ip, 2 hits, 7k, 1bb, 1 unearned run allowed. 12 swing and misses, according to SoxProspects. Long way to go for this kid, of course, but this is the kind of thing you see from legit stud starters.

EDIT: Sorry, JM3. Didn’t realize the video you posted has the stats right on it.
 

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Pretty great article (with video) about what the Sea Dogs are doing for the visually impaired:

https://www.milb.com/news/aira-app-at-portland-sea-dogs-ballpark

The Bellavances, a married couple who are both blind, typically take in the on-field sounds in front of their seats near first base while also chatting with the fans around them -- lots of whom have become friends -- while one of them listens to the Sea Dogs' radio broadcast and relays key information to the other. As much as they’ve enjoyed the gameday experience for years and years, Hadlock has become an even easier and more convenient environment via the Aira Visual Interpreter app on their phones, available for free thanks to the team's partnership with a tech company that specializes in accessibility.

“I can tell you without a doubt -- and I’m going to be honest here -- I was so proud that I was able to make it down to the ladies room on my own with Aira,” Sarah Bellavance said, “and on my own I was able to figure out how to get back. That’s something I don’t do.”
 

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Trying to get to a Sea Dogs game in the next couple of weeks. Man their roster is loaded:

Anthony
Mayer
Teel
Campbell
Perales
Paulino
Jordan
Gonzalez
Dobbins
 

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I'm headed to the game tonight, first time at DD park. I'm excited to see how this bunch looks in person.

I want to extend a thanks to JM3 and the other the regular posters in these ml threads, you have helped bring me joy in following these young kids, dreaming on what they could be.
 

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I'm headed to the game tonight, first time at DD park. I'm excited to see how this bunch looks in person.

I want to extend a thanks to JM3 and the other the regular posters in these ml threads, you have helped bring me joy in following these young kids, dreaming on what they could be.
Enjoy & have a great time!

View: https://twitter.com/DaveMagerNews/status/1567572100642111490


Anthony, Mayer & Teel all had the day off yesterday, so should be a nice lineup today.

Also might get Wikelman today. He last pitched 3 innings on July 4th.
 

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Yeah sucks they are all at the futures stuff. Went last night and going again tonight. At least Campbell is playing.
Great ballpark.
 

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Roman Anthony just won the inaugural Futures Game Skills Competition. Entered the final round (the home run derby round) in last place, hit 6 homers on 8 swings including a bunch oppo which are worth more, and ended in first
 

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Roman Anthony just won the inaugural Futures Game Skills Competition. Entered the final round (the home run derby round) in last place, hit 6 homers on 8 swings including a bunch oppo which are worth more, and ended in first
I just posted some visuals in the Gameday thread. Put it all in Spoiler since they aren't airing it until tomorrow, but probably unnecessary.

Roman... not a great bunter.

View: https://twitter.com/brendan_camp/status/1812283748022620650