Spinners look forward to more top talent from 2008 draft

After their historic 2004 World Series title the Boston Red Sox began building toward their next championship with their first pick in 2005. They picked an outfielder from a college baseball backwater, Oregon State. After a year of seasoning with the Spinners, Jacoby Ellsbury tore through the Red Sox system in two years and helped the Red Sox to the 2007 World Series title. Meanwhile, the Oregon State program he helped put on the map won back-to-back College World Series.
Ellsbury is not the only top talent to pass through Lowell in recent years. Fellow 2005 draftees Jed Lowrie and Clay Buchholz also spent time with the 2005 Spinners. Both have spent time in Boston this year and are likely to be part of the organization’s long term plans.
In 2006 second round pick Justin Masterson was nearly untouchable pitching out of the Spinners bullpen and is now pitching for Boston. Caleb Clay, a supplemental first round pick from Alabama in 2007 featured for the 2007 Spinners before getting injured and may return this season.
The 2007 Spinners also featured the first player the Red Sox picked in the 2007 draft, Nick Hagadone. Hagadone was doing well in Greenville before being sidelined by an injury this season.


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