The Spinners would like to congratulate 2006 Spinner Aaron Bates on making his Major League debut on July 6th vs the Oakland A’s. Bates has had some impressive minor league numbers highlighted by his 2007 campaign in Lancaster where he hit .332 and hit 24 home runs. Bates ran into trouble upon arrival in Portland but working on his swing allowed him to regain his prowess with the bat and he started off 2009 hot, batting .340 with Portland. Aaron was promoted to Pawtucket after 52 games in Portland and was adjusting to AAA, when the call came from the Red Sox. Aaron’s hard work and patience has led to his promotion to Boston. Aaron is the third former Spinner to get “the call” this season along with Hunter Jones and Dusty Brown. Congratulations!