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PawSox Roster Projection

Since Grapefruit League play officially kicks off this afternoon, what better time than to try and guess what the PawSox Opening Day roster will look like.  We won’t know the actual roster until a couple weeks before April 5, but the good folks at MLBDepthCharts.com have already given it a guess.

Here’s what they came up with:

Pojected Starting Lineup (*indicates left-handed batter **indicates switch-hitter) 
1 CF Che-Hsuan Lin
2B Brad Emaus
1B Lars Anderson*
C Ryan Lavarnway
3B Will Middlebrooks
RF Josh Kroeger*
7 DH Mauro Gomez
LF Alex Hassan
SS Jose Iglesias

If Jose Iglesias breaks camp with the PawSox, he likely won't be with the club for very long. (Kelly O'Connor)

Projected Bench
C Luis Exposito
C Max St. Pierre
IF Pedro Ciriaco
IF/OF Tony Thomas
OF Juan Carlos Linares
OF Daniel Nava**
OF Jason Repko

I have great memories of watching Danieal Nava play in Portland during the 2009 season. (Kelly O'Connor)

Projected Starting Rotation
RHP Ross Ohlendorf
RHP Vicente Padilla
RHP Clay Mortensen
RHP Alex Wilson
RHP Carlos Silva
6 RHP Brandon Duckworth
7 RHP John Maine

Brandon Duckworth will once again give some stability and veteran leadership to the PawSox rotation in 2012. (Kelly O'Connor)

Projected Bullpen
CL RHP Scott Atchison
SU RHP Junichi Tazawa
SU RHP Tony Peña, Jr.
MID RHP Chris Carpenter
MID LHP Jesse Carlson
MID RHP Sean White
MID LHP Justin Thomas
MID RHP Will Inman
MID RHP Justin Germano
LR RHP Doug Mathis

Junichi Tazawa, who entered the Red Sox system in 2009 with so much hype and promise, pitched in Salem, Portland, Pawtucket, and Boston last season. (Kelly O'Connor)

Projecting a roster at the start of Spring Training is never easy, but it’s still fun (when someone else gives) it a try.  Enjoy the Red Sox game this afternoon and have a great rest of your weekend.

-AG

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VIDEO: Talking with Alex Hassan & Luis Exposito

Below are two more video interviews I was able to get (along with my trusty camera man, Matt), during last Friday’s PawSox Media Luncheon.

Alex Hassan – OF

A Milton, Ma. native, Alex has enjoyed a productive offseason after suiting up in the prospect driven Arizona Fall League where he played for Scottsdale under PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler. If for no other reason, you should click play to learn about his backyard as a kid.

Luis Exposito – C

After spending all of 2011 with the PawSox, Exposito will return to Pawtucket to begin 2012. Learn what he’s aiming to improve upon this year and how being bilingual helps him catch.



Tonight I’ll be attending the Boston Baseball Writers Dinner at the The Westin Copley Place Hotel in Boston. I’ll be sure to take some pics and post them on the blog tomorrow. My plan is to then post my final two interviews with Arnie Beyeler and Red Sox Director of Player Development Ben Crockett on Saturday.

-AG

VIDEO: Meet Alex Wilson & Brandon Duckworth

I had a great time last Friday during our Media Luncheon here at McCoy Stadium and had a chance to catch up with a number of the invitees. As promised, I’ll be posting those video interviews here on the blog this week and today we begin with two of the best guys you’ll meet in the minor leagues:

RHP – Alex Wilson

The 2011 Red Sox Minor League Pitcher of the Year talks about his late season call up to Pawtucket and what it was like working the 5 a.m. shift at Lowe’s Hardware in College Station, Tx. during the offseason.

RHP – Brandon Duckworth

Duckworth, who spent all of 2011 with the PawSox, describes what it’s like to be the veteran in the clubhouse and how he’s learned this offseason that being a mom is the hardest job anyone can ever have.



As you can see, both are great guys and terrific interviews. In the next coming days I’ll be posting my interviews with Alex Hassan, Luis Exposito, Arnie Beyeler, and Ben Crockett.

-AG

PHOTOS: Hot Stove League Party at McCoy

The 35th annual PawSox Hot Stove League Party was a great success.  A big thanks goes out to everyone who helped make it possible.  If you weren’t able to make it, below are some photos I took throughout the night.

(Note: If you’re a subscriber to the blog and are reading this in your email, the best way to view the photos is by clicking the headline link above.)

PawSox pitcher Brandon Duckworth answers a fan’s question during the Q&A portion of the evening. Catcher Luis Exposito is to his left, pitcher  Alex Wilson to his right.

Everyone who attended the Q&A session then had the opportunity to get autographs from all three players.

Fans listening to the players answer their questions. The room you see is actually the PawSox batting tunnel that was cleared out for the event.

Riot control.

In the PawSox clubhouse manager Arnie Beyeler and outfielder Alex Hassan held a Q&A session of their own followed by autographs.

I had a great time at my first PawSox Hot Stove League party.  On Monday I’ll post some of the video interviews I did with the players during the Media Luncheon that day.  Have a great weekend, stay warm, and enjoy the NFL playoffs.

-AG

PHOTOS: Preparing for Media Luncheon & Hot Stove League Party

We might be months away form Opening Day, but there’s no doubt things are gearing up here at McCoy Stadium.  This afternoon we’re holding a Media Luncheon (not open to the public) where local media members can meet and interview:

  • Manager, Arnie Beyeler
  • Red Sox Dir. of Player Development, Ben Crockett
  • RHP Alex Wilson
  • RHP Brandon Duckworth
  • OF Alex Hassan
  • C Luis Exposito

I’ll have a chance to do a video interview with all of the above names as well.  Those videos will be posted here as well as PawSox.com.

Despite the large amount of media we’re expecting, the big event is tonight from 6:00 – 9:00.  The 35th Annual Hot Stove League Party will feature all of the players, along with Arnie, and is a chance for fans to collect autographs and interact with the guys.

Below are some photos from around 10:00 this morning preparing for the events.

The media will not only get to interview players, but will be served a terrific roasted turkey lunch prepared by team chef Ken Bowdish.

The PawSox batting tunnel will be used for the Q&A portion of the Hot Stove League Party. Fans will then have the chance to collect autographs.

Just a reminder that while the Media Luncheon is closed to the public, tonight’s Hot Stove League Party is FREE and no RSVP is required.  You can enter the ballpark through the entry tower in left field.  Food and drink  will be served.

As if you needed another reason to attend, the first fan to come into the PawSox Team Store with their autograph sheet signed by each player in attendance (including Arnie), will get a 4-pack of tickets to the April 7th doubleheader vs. Lehigh Valley.

See you tonight!

-AG

Hot Stove Party Invitees – Luis Exposito

You’re invited this Friday, January 13th to the 35th Annual Pawtucket Red Sox Hot Stove League Party at McCoy Stadium.  This FREE event is open to the public and gives our great fans a chance to get autographs and photos with some terrific Red Sox prospects.  I’ll profile each player scheduled to appear Friday on the blog this week leading up to the event.

Today we continue with C Luis Exposito.

Ht.: 6-3      Wt.: 210      Age: 24     Hometown: Miami, Fl.    Signed: 31st Rd., 2005

Last year marked Exposito’s first year in Triple-A ball after spending 2010 and part of ’09 in Double-A Portland.  Prior to last season, the South Beach native was added to the Red Sox 40-man roster in order to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft.

When Jarod Saltalamacchia was under the weather last year with a stomach virus, it was Exposito whom Boston called up.  Although he was optioned back to Pawtucket without ever seeing any playing time, it no doubt was a good opportunity for him to see what 48 hours in the bigs is all about.

Exposito hit .242 in 89 games with the PawSox in 2011 (Kelly O'Connor)

Exposito’s family is Cuban and came to the States in the ‘80s.  His sister is stateside, but back in Cuba is his older brother - whom he’s never met.

Speaking of family, near the end of Spring Training last year, Exposito and his girlfriend had their first child.  To make things even better, it was on that same day he was assigned Pawtucket.

While scouts can break down Exposito’s game all day long, one of the biggest perks he has going for himself is his ability to fluently speak both Spanish and English.  Luis talked about  being bilingual in an interview with Mike Andrews of SoxProspects.com:

“It’s definitely helped … It probably helped more at the lower levels where some of the guys don’t know English at all. In the end, a pitcher needs to feel comfortable out on the mound and I think it raises their comfort level to be able to speak their main language with me — especially when they’re on the mound and I’m trying to settle them down.”

You can hear Luis speak English (and maybe even a little Spanish) this Friday night at McCoy Stadium. Hope to see you there.

-AG

Marking My Calendar

Now that I’ve gone 48 hours without meeting another member of Pawtucket’s finest, I can begin to set my sights on some upcoming events surrounding the PawSox that I’m looking forward to.

1. Baseball Writers Association of America Dinner

This will be a first for me and I can’t wait to take it all in.  The Baseball Writers Association of America, which has chapters in each Major League city, was formed in 1908 to work with baseball officials to improve working conditions for writers at the nation’s big league ballparks.

On January 19, the 73rd annual Boston Baseball Writers Dinner will be held at the Westin Copley Place Hotel in Boston.  The Red Sox award recipients include:

  • Jacoby Ellsbury — Thomas A. Yawkey Memorial Award (Red Sox MVP)
  • Alfredo Aceves — Red Sox Pitcher of the Year, Unsung Hero Award
  • Jonathan Papelbon — Red Sox Fireman of the Year
  • Dustin Pedroia — Jackie Jenson Award (Spirit and determination)
  • Josh Reddick — Harry Agganis Memorial Award (Red Sox Rookie of the Year)
  • Jarrod Saltalamacchia — Tommy McCarthy Memorial Good Guy Award
  • Ryan Lavarnway  — Greg Montalbano Memorial Minor League Award
  • Ken Ryan — Former Boston Red Sox Player Award
  • Tommy Hottovy — Lou Gorman Award (Passion and Persistence)

Others being honored that I have interest in include Texas Rangers’ GM Jon Daniels and former St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa.

I’ll be sure to take plenty of photos and dedicate a blog post following the event.

2. Hot Stove League Party at McCoy Stadium

On Friday, January 13th from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. the PawSox will hold the 35th Annual Pawtucket Red Sox Hot Stove League Party at McCoy Stadium.  I’ll be in attendance and hope to see you there as well.  This event is FREE to the public and will be held inside the hallowed confines of the McCoy clubhouse and batting tunnels. No RSVP is necessary.

PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler will give fans a preview of what the 2012 club will look like. Several PawSox players and top Red Sox prospects like RHP Alex Wilson, C Luis Exposito, OF Alex Hassan, and RHP Brandon Duckworth are expected to attend the party and will be available for photos and autographs.

Food and drinks will be served.

3. Media Day at McCoy Stadium

Unlike the Hot Stove Party, this event in early April is not open to the public.  Local Rhode Island and Boston media will descend on McCoy Stadium and will have their first chance to meet the 2012 PawSox players and staff.

If the weather is nice all the players will be dressed in their home whites and will be interviewed on the field.  If we get rain, the event will move inside the clubhouse.  No matter the weather, I’ll get plenty of pictures and post them here on the blog.

4. PawSox Welcome Home Luncheon

Now an annual tradition created by team president Mike Tamburro, the Welcome Home Luncheon is open to the public and will be held the day before Opening Day on April 4.  The site will be announced soon.

The event, which is largely put together by the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, will run from approximately noon – 1:30 p.m. and will feature all of the PawSox players, manager Arnie Beyeler, and a featured speaker that has not yet been announced.

Information about the event can be found on our website next month, but tickets can only be purchased through the Chamber.

5. Spring Training

I saved the best for last.  I’ll have the great opportunity to get a first-hand look at JetBlue Park, the new $78 million Fenway South complex.

Two instantly recognizable features at the new ballpark are the Green Monster and manual scoreboard – the exact one that was once at Fenway Park. It was replaced before the 2001 season and held in storage in South Dakota (where else?).

I’ll be in Fort Myers for a week near the middle or end of March and promise to not spend all my time at the beach.  I’ll be outfitted with a digital audio recorder and a Flip video camera to gather plenty of interviews to share both on here and at pawsox.com.

Mark your calendars, Opening Day is exactly three months (91 days) away.

-AG

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