Former Spinners Kevin Youkilis (2001), Jonathan Papelbon (2003), and Hanley Ramirez (2002) are already taking the Major Leagues by storm, and each is already atop various MLB leaderboards.
In the minors, many more former Spinners are flourishing. Check out some of the highlights to date:
- Abe Alvarez, SP – Pawtucket Red Sox: Alvarez leads the Triple-A International League with a 3-0 record. He also sports a miniscule 1.96 ERA in 23 innings of work.
- Anibal Sanchez, SP – Carolina Mudcats: Sanchez rolled through the New York-Penn League in 2004, leading the league in both ERA and strikeouts. After four games with Carolina, he has 23 strikeouts in 22.2 innings and a 2.36 ERA.
- Jacoby Ellsbury, OF – Wilmington Blue Rocks: Solid at the plate with the Spinners last year, Ellsbury made his mark in Lowell with stellar defense and baserunning ability. He's already in High-A Wilmington, and he's third in the league in the following categories: batting average (.333), stolen bases (6), and hits (20).
- Tommy Hottovy, SP – Wilmington Blue Rocks: A 2004 Spinner, Hottovy is on fire this year. His 1.54 ERA is fourth-best in the league. He enjoys a 2-1 record after 23 innings pitched.
- Andrew Dobies, SP – Wilmington Blue Rocks: Dobies follows Hottovy in the ERA race with a 1.69 mark in 16 innings. His 2-0 record is tied for the best in the league.
- Jeff Natale, INF – Greenville Drive: It's hard to remember a time when Natale wasn't atop the leader boards. After hitting .400 in Lowell last year before being promoted, Natale is now batting .373 with four home runs. He is among the league leaders in batting average, slugging percentage, and on-base percentage. He's also tied for first in the league with 15 runs scored.
It's early in the season, but a bunch of former Spinners are already off to hot starts. It's great to see former Spinners taking their talents all over the country and succeeding!
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