In the same interview quoted below, Mcleod says that he expects fourth-round pick Jon Still to "probably be the number one catcher in Lowell this summer."
Still was primarily a first-baseman last year at North Carolina State because another catcher was ahead of him in the depth chart.
And the Papelbon saga continues…!
There's been a lot of buzz around Boston and Lowell about the Red Sox drafting Josh Papelbon in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft. Jonathan Papelbon, a Spinner in 2003, is one of the best releivers in baseball as the Red Sox closer.
Now it looks like there's a good chance Josh will be here in Lowell and closing games. In a great post-draft interview with Red Sox Director of Amateur Scouting Jason Mcleod on RedSoxNation.net, Mcleod states that "If he signs, I expect he’ll get the opportunity to close in Lowell this summer. He performed well in that role at North Florida."
Like his elder brother, Josh might just begin his career in Lowell. It would be the first relative of a Spinner to become a Spinner.
Two members of last season's Spinners team have been named All-Stars in the Low-A South Atlantic League. Pitcher Chris Jones and catcher Mark Wagoner both played important roles on the Spinners franchise-best 2005 season.
In 24.1 innings of work as a Spinner last season, Jones struck out 26 batters en route to a 2.59 ERA. Jones is now 3-1 with a 1.93 ERA for Greenville. He is averaging almost a strikeout per inning pitched.
Wagner, who batted .203 in Lowell last year, is off to a great start with a .314 batting average and five homeruns in 41 games for South Atlantic League's Greenville.
Both will represent the Drive in the 47th Annual All-Star Game on June 20th.
Congratulations, Chris and Mark!