Darnell McDonald

Show #1: Casey, Lars and Jose

by Ken on April 29, 2010

Boston may be scuffling in the early going, but Red Sox Nation can breathe easier knowing the farm system is loaded with blue-chippers. A bunch of ’em play for the Portland Sea Dogs (Double-A Eastern League) in Maine.

In our 2010 debut of Fenway Dreams you’ll meet …

Lars Anderson

Before joining Pawtucket Anderson led Portland in batting (.355), HRs (5) and RBI (16)

  • Casey Kelly, the top pitching prospect (#2 overall ) in the Sox organization.
  • Lars Anderson, the 22 year old first baseman with the sweet swing, disarming personality and curious intellect.
  • Jose Iglesias defected from Cuba and signed the biggest bonus ever given a Red Sox prospect. He’s our next shortstop, Red Sox fans! Through his interpreter, former major leaguer, Alex Ochoa, we hear what the 20-year old Iglesias says has been his toughest adjustment since coming to America.

Dice-K is A-OK and Oh McDonald…

Pawtucket Red Sox (Triple-A International League) radio & TV broadcaster Dan Hoard stops by to chat about Daisuke Matsuzaka’s rehab work, and his ability to return and contribute to the big club. Dan was not surprised to see journeyman outfielder – and newest Sox fans hero – Darnell McDonald get the call up, and fills us in on why a guy with more than 13-hundred minor league games under his belt might be just the spark Boston needs.

Around the horn – Examiner style…

Tony Branco writes about all-things Rhode Island sports for Examiner.com, and he weighs in on what he’s seen so far from the Paw Sox.

Travis Williams covers the Salem Red Sox (high-A Carolina League) as the Roanoke Sports Examiner. Tony got a charge out of one recent ballpark promotion: tuxedo jersey night.  Well, the license plates do say Virginia is for lovers. Travis has been wowed by catcher Ryan Lavarnway. He’s slugged six home runs and is batting a robust .360 (third best in the Sox system). Holds the career homer mark at Yale, too. Bulldog, bulldog, bow-wow-wow.

Richard Breen in South Carolina is the Greenville Drive Examiner. They are the Red Sox low-A Affiliate in the South Atlantic League. Richard says Derrik Gibson is the guy to watch. A natural shortstop, Gibson was moved to second base, but was still hitting .300 for the Drive through mid-April.

100% Kentucky Bluegrass…

And it’s beautiful from where we sit! If you’ve yet to visit Hadlock Field in Portland, you’re missing a baseball landscaping treat. We caught up with Rick Anderson, the team’s head groundskeeper and the guy chiefly responsible for keeping the playing surface in pristeen shape. No mean feat, considering what winters are like in these parts. Rick shares some tips for your yard work.

Enjoy the show and tell your friends! (yes, even Yankees fans need to know what they’re up against in the not so distant future 😉 )