Chaz Scoggins’ latest Lowell Sun article details the 11 former Spinners on Major League Opening Day rosters. Perhaps the last of the 11 to secure a Major League spot, former Spinner Josh Hancock (1998), was the first to make big headlines:
“Hancock hasn’t spent a lot of time in the majors. But he earned a piece of history this week when he stopped the 38-game carryover hitting streak by Jimmy Rollins, inducing a fly to center in the Phillies shortstop’s final at-bat of the 39th game,” writes Scoggins.
Former Spinner Hanley Ramirez is enjoying his debut as the Marlins leadoff hitter and starting shortstop. To date he’s hitting .429, tied for fifth-best in the National League, with three extra-base hits and two stolen bases.
Meanwhile, Red Sox pitcher Jonathan Papelbon (2003) has struck out four while yeilding only one hit over four innings of scoreless relief. His three saves tie him for the most in the American League.
Which former Spinner do you think will have the best year in the Majors? Papelbon? Hanley? Somebody else?