RECAP: Matt Kent Takes No-Hitter into Sixth Inning as Sea Dogs Blank Curve in 3-0 Win.

That’s right, this is a Sea Dogs blog now.

But really, I’ve been able to catch a few games up in Portland, Maine this weekend, so I figured I would share a few thoughts on the team in case you haven’t been paying much attention to the Red Sox’s Double A affiliate.

Entering Saturday with a measly 52-69 record and sitting in last place in the Eastern League’s Eastern Division, the Sea Dogs certainly have not been world burners this season, but they do house two of the Red Sox’s most promising prospects in third basemen Michael Chavis and Bobby Dalbec.

Chavis, 23, is ranked as the team’s #1 prospect and Dalbec, also 23, is ranked sixth, per MLB Pipeline.

Batting third and fourth in the Sea Dogs’ lineup respectively in a Saturday night contest against the 66-54 Altoona Curve, an affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, they were who I was looking forward to watching most after neither could do much in a 8-1 loss on Friday.

As it turned out though, the star of the night was Portland’s starting pitcher Matt Kent, who is not ranked in the top 30 of Red Sox prospects.

Kent, a left-hander who was selected by Boston back in the 13rd round of the 2015 MLB Draft out of Texas A&M, entered Saturday with a 3.52 ERA in 23 games (19 starts) with the Sea Dogs in 2018, and he was fantastic.

Pitching into the seventh inning, the 25-year-old Kent sat down the first 11 hitters he faced and proceeded to take a no-hitter into the sixth until Curve right fielder broke it up with a one out single.

Finishing with 96 pitches, 55 of which went for strikes, Kent departed with runners on second and third with two outs in the seventh in his eventual ninth winning decision of the season.

In 124.1 innings pitched with the Sea Dogs in 2018, Kent’s ERA now stands at a solid 3.33 to go along with a decent 1.21 WHIP and .242 batting average against.

According to SoxProspects.com, Kent, “Does not have a typical profile, but has a chance as a lefty who can pound the strike zone, has deception and can manipulate the ball, giving hitters different looks.”

Definitely not a big time prospect, but is still someone you should keep your eye on.

Speaking of big time prospects, Michael Chavis and Bobby Dalbec played Saturday, as I had previously mentioned, and they combined to go 3/7 at the plate with one extra base hit, one RBI, and all three runs scored.

That RBI, one of just three on the night for Portland, came on an RBI single off the bat of Dalbec in the sixth that scored Chavis from first and put the Sea Dogs up 2-0.

Jordan Betts and Danny Mars also drove in runs in a 3-0 shutout win for the ‘Dogs.

On the season, Chavis, a former first round pick is slashing .303/.400/.515 with five home runs and 15 RBI in 27 Eastern League games.

Dalbec, a former fourth round pick, is slashing .320/.407/.720 with five homers and 14 RBI in just 14 games with the Sea Dogs after hitting 26 home runs in exactly 100 games with the High A Salem Red Sox to begin the 2018 season.

The Sea Dogs improved to 53-69 with the shutout win on Saturday. They have won seven of their last nine games and will look for the series win tomorrow afternoon at Hadlock Field.

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Michael Chavis and Bobby Dalbec Were at It Again for the Portland Sea Dogs on Sunday.

A few days ago, I wrote about how Michael Chavis and Bobby Dalbec each hit a pair of home runs for the Portland Sea Dogs in Erie, PA this past Thursday.

I talked about how they were two of the more interesting prospects in the Red Sox farm system to watch, and they proved me right once again yesterday afternoon.

Facing off against the Akron RubberDucks, the Eastern League affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, and batting third and fourth in Portland’s lineup, the pair of corner infielders were responsible for all six runs scored by the Sea Dogs on Sunday.

An RBI single from Chavis in the first and two RBI doubles, one of which was good for two runs, from Chavis and Dalbec in the third had Portland up by four runs early.

Fast forward all the way to the top half of the eighth, with two outs and Chavis at first following a HBP, Dalbec put the exclamation point on a fine day for the Sea Dogs by blasting his 31st home run of the season between High A Salem and Double A Portland.

That big fly, Dalbec’s fifth in the past week, put the Sea Dogs up 6-2, which would turn out to be the final score in their third win in the last four days.

Since he was promoted to Portland on August 3rd. the 23-year-old Dalbec, ranked as the sixth best prospect in Boston’s system, is off to a hot start with his new club, as he is slashing .364/.421/.848 over his last nine games with those five homers and 11 RBI as well.

On the other side of the infield, Michael Chavis, 23, has been on a more torrid pace lately, as he was just named Eastern League Player of the Week after hitting .560 in his last six games.

On the season as a whole, Chavis, 23, a Georgia native and ranked as Boston’s top prospect, owns a 1.005 OPS to go along with six home runs in 27 games played between Low A Lowell and Double A Portland.

At 49-68, the Sea Dogs will be opening up the longest homestand of their season starting on Tuesday.

Michael Chavis and Bobby Dalbec Each Homered Twice for the Portland Sea Dogs on Thursday Night.

A pair of corner infielders and two of the top ranked prospects in the Red Sox farm system, Michael Chavis and Bobby Dalbec have not been teammates for very long, but they both had a night to remember in Erie, Pennsylvania on Thursday.

Batting third and fourth in the Sea Dogs lineup respectively, Chavis, playing first, got things started in the first by blasting a one out two-run home run, his fourth Eastern League big fly of the season, to put Portland on the board.

On the very next pitch SeaWolves starter Alex Faedo threw, Dalbec, playing third, launched a solo dinger to center field to give the Sea Dogs a 3-0 lead.

Fast forward to the first at bat of the fourth, and Dalbec, behind in the count at 1-2, struck again with his second homer of the night to make it a 4-0 game.

An inning later, Chavis mashed his fifth long ball of the year, another one off of Faedo, to put Portland up by three runs.

Thanks to a five run sixth, the Sea Dogs would go on to take the series finale against the SeaWolves by a tight final score of 10-9 to improve to 47-67 on the season.

Looking at the box score, Chavis and Dalbec went a combined 5/10 with two homers, five runs driven in, and four runs scored.

On the season as a whole, Chavis, 22 and ranked as the top prospect in Boston’s system is slashing .286/.383/.557 with those five homers and 12 RBI in 19 games with the Sea Dogs. He also has served an 80-game suspension this season after testing positive for a banned substance back in April.

Dalbec, 23 and ranked as the number six prospect in the system, according to MLB Pipeline, has played in just six games with Portland since being promoted from High A Salem on August 3rd and already owns two multi-homer games in his short stint with the club.

 

Bobby Dalbec Is a #RedSox Prospect You Should Keep Your Eye On.

Back during the 2016 MLB First-Year Player Draft, the Red Sox used their only fourth round pick on a junior third baseman out of the University of Arizona named Bobby Dalbec.

Today, Dalbec has worked his way up to becoming the organization’s sixth best prospect, according to MLB Pipeline.

Before receiving a promotion to Double A Portland on August 3rd, Dalbec, 23, had played in 219 minor league games between Lowell, Greenville, the Gulf Coast League Red Sox, and Salem.

Known for the power he provides at the hot corner, the native of Seattle has hit 48 home runs in his young professional career, with more than 58% of those coming in 2018 alone.

That’s right, Dalbec hit 26 long balls with the Salem Red Sox to go along with 85 RBI and a .945 OPS in exactly 100 games.

After getting the call up to the Sea Dogs this past Friday, the former Wildcat has gotten the next step of his career off to a hot start thanks to a two-homer game on Sunday afternoon against the Richmond Flying Squirrels, the Double A Affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.

In three Eastern League contests, Dalbec is already slashing .444/.545/1.111 with those two homers and four runs driven in.

Those numbers are sure to go down over the course of what’s left of the Sea Dogs’ season, but it should be interesting to watch how Dalbec adjusts to stiffer competition.

#RedSox Promote Number Six Prospect Mike Shawaryn to Triple A Pawtucket Among Other Roster Moves.

Two days after promoting perhaps their most interesting draft pick in Durbin Feltman on Wednesday, the Red Sox kept themselves busy with some more shuffling of their minor league rosters this afternoon.

Among the four transactions made within the organization on Friday, the most relevant one in regards to the big league club would have to be the promotion of Mike Shawaryn to the Pawtucket Red Sox.

Shawaryn, 23, was selected by Boston with the 148th overall pick in the fifth round of the 2016 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Maryland.

Listed at 6’2″ and 200 lbs., the New Jersey native has posted a 3.28 ERA in 19 starts and 112.2 innings pitched with the Double A Portland Sea Dogs this season.

A right-hander who is set to make his Triple A debut later tonight, Shawaryn’s arsenal consists of a fastball, a slider and changeup.

According to SoxProspects.com, Shawaryn, “Profiles best in a bullpen role. Could be valuable as a swingman, long relief-type capable of coming in the fifth or sixth inning and throwing two to three innings should he end up in the bullpen. Ceiling of a back-end starter if he can develop his changeup or another third offering.”

To go along with this roster move, the Red Sox have promoted 1B Josh Ockimey to Triple A Pawtucket and 3B Bobby Dalbec to Doube A Portland.

The team also announced moments ago that Blake Swihart has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain. C Dan Butler, who has been with the PawSox this season, will take his place on the 25-man roster.

#RedSox #1 Prospect Michael Chavis Has Been Suspened 80 Games for PED Use.

Statement from Chavis:

Well, this news stinks. The number one prospect in the Red Sox organization, Michael Chavis, has been suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball for the use of PEDs. Chavis, 22, tested positive for the drug Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone this past offseason, and will not receive pay while he is suspended.

Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone is a drug players have tested positive for in the past. Just two seasons ago, Massachusetts native Chris Colabello, then with the Toronto Blue Jays, received an 80 game suspension for testing positive for the same drug.

Chavis has stated that he was not aware of taking any banned substance, but that doesn’t matter now. Already blocked by Rafael Devers at the major league level, the third baseman will miss out on a chance to further develop at first base, which he had been doing, and garner any sort of trade interest from other teams.

Having been in the Red Sox farm system for nearly four years, I found this news to be quite disappointing. It took some time, but last season was the best one Chavis has had as a minor leaguer, as he posted a career high .910 OPS between Single A Salem and Double A Portland. Could he have been using then? Probably, his numbers don’t look so great if you take away what he did in 59 games with Salem to start the 2017 season. Now, he’ll have to wait until sometime in July until he can take the field again in an organized game.

2016 first round pick Jay Groome takes over as the number one prospect in the Red Sox organization, if that’s how the rankings work.