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Top Prospects Manuel Margot (Red Sox) and David Dahl (Rockies) at Hadlock Field today

Manuel Margot hit for the cycle versus New Britain driving in five runs

Manuel Margot hit for the cycle versus New Britain driving in five runs

David Dahl heads for the New Britain dugout

David Dahl heads for the New Britain dugout

(Portland ME) Four years ago I was chasing the 18-year-old phenom of the Washington Nationals. Today it was David Dahl of the Colorado Rockies.

I did get pictures of both of them despite the fact that both of them were out of uniform on the day that I saw them at Hadlock Field in Portland.

It helped that I had looked at several pictures of the player. Interesting, both players wandered from the clubhouse to the dugout at the last minute.

Today I was blessed to have a photographer near me in the New Britain dugout who has been covering the Rock Cats for twelve years. He told me earlier that he had been at Hadlock when the team bus arrived and didn’t see David Dahl get off. However, later when a player strolled into the Rock Cats dugout just before game time I asked him if it was David Dahl and he confirmed that it was.

Today was Field of Dreams day at Hadlock. The cornfields were set up in center field and the Portland players did come out from the fields as narrator Mike Antonellis told the story.

The idea of having the cornfields as part of an event at Hadlock began in the ‘90’s when efforts were being made by Eastern League teams to celebrate the league’s 75th anniversary. One of the Portland owners suggested the cornfield idea and it has become an annual event ever since.

Portland players were in the stands today wearing their 2926 Portland Eskimos uniform

Portland players were in the stands today wearing their 1926 Portland Eskimos uniform

Thirteenth sellout of the season for Portland. The team will finish last in the Eastern League eastern division. Fans show up anyhow. Why? Prices are low. Plenty of entertainment during the game. Good view of the action.

I go there to try and get an early glimpse of future stars. Once I got Bryce in 2011 I have done homework to try and photograph others with big futures.

David Dahl is listed as Prospect #3 in the Colorado system. David is 21 and was selected in the first round in 2012.

The Number 3 prospect in the Red Sox farm system put on a huge show today. I’m talking about Manuel Margot. The 20-year-old hit for the cycle in today’s game and drove in five runs.

Very unlikely Manuel Margot will be in the Portland dugout next season

Very unlikely Manuel Margot will be in the Portland dugout next season

Manuel has all the skills needed to be a star. His home run today was to the opposite field.

Manuel will start next season in Pawtucket but then what? You look at the Red Sox outfield (Mookie, Rusney, and Jackie) and wonder which one Manuel could replace. Trade bait??

The New Britain franchise will be moving to Hartford (CT) next year to a new stadium. An independent league team will be playing in New Britain’s park.

The Sea Dogs win today ended New Britain’s eight-game winning streak.

It was a beautiful day with plenty of September sun.

Many thanks to Chris Cameron for arranging my visit today.

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Red Sox #3 prospect Manuel Margot

Red Sox #3 prospect Manuel Margot

David Dahl in the Rock Cats dugout

David Dahl in the Rock Cats dugout

Manager Darin Everson

Manager Darin Everson

Fan gets ready to catch Manuel Margot home run. Ball is above top railing.

Fan gets ready to catch Manuel Margot home run. Ball is above top railing.

Will Swanner home run trots past pitcher Mike McCarthy

Will Swanner home run trots past pitcher Mike McCarthy

Will Swanner

Will Swanner

Sam Travis gets a day off

Sam Travis gets a day off

Pat Valaika

Pat Valaika

Noel Cuevas

Noel Cuevas

Joey Wong fires to first

Joey Wong fires to first

Jordan Patterson bunt attempt

Jordan Patterson bunt attempt

Jordan Patterson

Jordan Patterson

David Chester stretches to take a high throw

David Chester stretches to take a high throw

Harrison Musgrave eyes the home plate umpire

Harrison Musgrave eyes the home plate umpire

Carlos Asuaje

Carlos Asuaje

Mike McCarthy

Mike McCarthy

Carlos Estevez

Carlos Estevez

Dave Burba

Dave Burba

John Cornely

John Cornely

Jordan Weems

Jordan Weems

Sea Dogs announcer Mike Antonellis narrated the Field of Dreams event

Sea Dogs announcer Mike Antonellis narrated the Field of Dreams event

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Justin Haley shines in Sea Dogs 2-1 win over Erie

Justin Haley makes an easy toss to first. Justin allowed one hit during his seven innings of pitching.

Justin Haley makes an easy toss to first. Justin allowed one hit during his seven innings of pitching.

Manuel Margot runs off the field

Manuel Margot runs off the field

(Portland MA) Justin Haley (5-13) had the game of his life allowing just one hit during a shutout seven innings on a sunny Thursday afternoon at Hadlock.

The noon start brought out campers galore on a perfect baseball afternoon.

The battle of the cellar dwellers from each of the Eastern League divisions turned into a pitcher’s duel between the SeaWolves Tommy Collier and Boston’s 6th round pick in 2012.

This game gave me another chance to get some pictures of centerfielder Manuel Margot. Manuel is 7th on the Boston prospect list.

I am also starting to take notice of first baseman Sam Travis. Sam was a 2nd round pick in 2014. He has been solid in the field and at bat and should start in Pawtucket next year.

One player I didn’t get to see was pitcher Michael Fulmer. Michael came to Detroit recently in a trade with the New York Mets. The Tigers also got a couple of other quality minor leaguers in recent trades. The Detroit Free Press described the Tigers farm team as the worst in baseball before the trades.

I have learned to expand my picture taking to as many players as possible. Why? A couple of years ago Travis Shaw was just another Sea Dogs’ player. Xander Boegarts was the one to get…….and I got plenty of him. I did manage a lone shot of Travis and didn’t even recall that I had taken it! So some of the players pictured may be not well known now but who knows about later.

Slugger congratulates the winner

Slugger congratulates the winner

Slugger was in big trouble today. His opponent was a young 7-year-old named Cru. I heard Cru described as “fast” by someone who was with him. That proved to be true. Slugger had one of his cleanest runs but just never was even close to making things close. One commendation for Slugger, however, was that despite a life-time losing streak he displayed wonderful sportsmanship afterwards by congratulating the youthful winner.

Wynton Bernard (leading base-stealer in the Eastern League)

Wynton Bernard (leading base-stealer in the Eastern League)

Sam Travis slides into Harold Castro

Sam Travis slides into Harold Castro

Tzu-Wie Lin after scoring the second Portland run

Tzu-Wie Lin after scoring the second Portland run

Tzu-Wei Lin

Tzu-Wei Lin

Henry Ramos after scoring the first Portland run

Henry Ramos after scoring the first Portland run

Keury De La Cruz

Keury De La Cruz

Carlos Asuaje

Carlos Asuaje

Manuel Margot works on sprinting

Manuel Margot works on sprinting

Manuel Margot in the dugout

Manuel Margot in the dugout

Luis Martinez

Luis Martinez

Olympian Julie Clukey

Olympian Julie Clukey

Second baseman Harold Castro

Second baseman Harold Castro

Austin Green eyes a foul popup

Austin Green eyes a foul popup

infield grounds crew

infield grounds crew

Shortstop JaCoby Jones throws to first

Shortstop JaCoby Jones throws to first

Sam Travis

Sam Travis

Dean Green (big numbers in the Eastern League this season)

Dean Green (big numbers in the Eastern League this season)

 

 

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Boston Red Sox #7 prospect Manuel Margot sighted at Portland

Manuel Margot (#7 Red Sox prospect)

Manuel Margot (#7 Red Sox prospect)

CF Manuel Margot

CF Manuel Margot

(Portland ME) Beautiful weather at Hadlock as the Sea Dogs closed out their 4-game series with the Trenton Thunder on Wednesday afternoon.

The noon start helped pack the place. It seemed to me that every camp and recreation department in the area was on hand. A sea of bright camp-shirt colors gleamed in the sun.

I noted that one of the recognized groups on hand was from Amesbury (MA). I live there part of the year.

The weather was nice but I go to Sea Dog games to try to photograph the up-and-coming players. This time around that meant 20-year-old Manuel Margot.

Since Xander and Mookie moved past Portland, the Sea Dogs have been short on rising stars. Don’t take my word for it, look at the Eastern League standings. Portland has the worst record (35-63) in the entire EL.

Manuel runs the bases

Manuel runs the bases

But now Manuel is on hand and maybe Rafael Devers and Yoan Moncada will get there soon or at least start the 2016 season together with Portland. That would be a remarkable trio.

Manuel hit the gap for a double in his first at bat. No question he’s fast and can play the field. Baseball America, according to the Sea Dogs Notes, listed Manuel as the fastest baserunner and best defensive outfielder in the Red Sox farm system. That’s high praise.

I was able to get a few decent shots of the 20-year-old. That bright sunshine puts shades on the players and getting them without the glasses is a challenge.

I thought that Manuel was too aggressive at the plate a couple of times. He seemed unaware of the Red Sox at the higher level taking pitches. He also had some communication problem with leftfielder Aneury Tavarez on a hit in the gap. It looked like they were dancing out there!

But Boston’s #7 prospect has tremendous potential in centerfield, on the bases, and at the bat. I wonder if he’ll finish 2015 at Portland.

The Sea Dogs lost, 5-1. Their lone run was a line drive HR by Aneury Tavarez that gave Portland a brief 1-0 lead.

Portland starter Danny Rosenbaum walked two and gave up two doubles in the 4th inning that led to three runs for the Yankees farm team and the Dogs were down and out.

Slugger is a personal favorite. I go to these games hoping he will end his life-time losing streak. Today they put him in against a little speedster in an orange shirt. On his best day I’m not sure that the aging mascot could have kept up with a kid like this. It didn’t really matter because, as usually is the case, Slugger found trouble on the base paths. Sometimes he falls down or stops for a chat. This time he had to jump out of the way of one of the Trenton infielders. Instead of just side-stepping the infielder, Slugger went airborne and got completely turned around. That foolishness ended any chance he had of putting any pressure on his young opponent. The finish wasn’t close. From my view it looked as if the youngster went into a taunting strut as he crossed the plate. Slugger was a class act not to get riled up over the in-your-face loss.

Slugger gets turned around by a Trenton player

Slugger gets turned around by a Trenton player

Slugger finishes second.

Slugger finishes second.

Seriously, I had a good time and got the pictures I wanted to get. Chris Cameron (media director) made the greatly appreciated arrangements for me.

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Aneury Tavarez had a solo home run

Aneury Tavarez had a solo home run

Jake Cave (6th round in 2011)

Jake Cave (6th round in 2011)

3B Oscar Tejeda

3B Oscar Tejeda

SS Tzu-Wei Lin

SS Tzu-Wei Lin

2B Carlos Asuaje signed before the game

2B Carlos Asuaje signed before the game

LF Aneury Tavarez and CF Manuel Margot get tied up

LF Aneury Tavarez and CF Manuel Margot get tied up

RF Henry Ramos chases a wall ball (ball in above the TV)

RF Henry Ramos chases a wall ball (ball is above the TV)

1B Sam Travis (2nd round in 2014)

1B Sam Travis (2nd round in 2014)

Manuel in the Portland dugout

Manuel in the Portland dugout

 

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