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Writers name Jackie Bradley Jr. top Red Sox prospect

Jackie Bradley Jr.

Outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. (16) of the Salem Red Sox, a Boston Red Sox affiliate, in a game against the Potomac Nationals on June 8, 2012, at Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge, Virginia. Potomac won the first game of a doubleheader, 5-4. Bradley is the No. 10 Boston prospect, according to Baseball America. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Former University of South Carolina Gamecock and Greenville Drive outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. has been selected by Boston’s baseball writers as the Red Sox Minor League player of the year for 2012.

The award, called the Greg Montalbano Minor League Award, will be presented at a dinner Jan 24 by the Boston chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America. It goes to the “individual who has made the greatest impact in the minor leagues in the past season.”

Bradley was a member of the University of South Carolina Gamecocks’ national championship teams and played briefly for the Greenville Drive. He moved up the Sox’ Minor League system quickly last year, from Salem to Portland.

Most of the previous winners of the award since 2005 also played for the Greenville Drive, including Jon Lester (rehab assignment), Clay Buchholz, Casey Kelly, Anthony Rizzo and Ryan Lavarnway, who won in 2011.

 

 

Braves’ Evan Gattis is a star in winter ball

Evan Gattis

Catcher Evan Gattis (36) of the Rome Braves, Class A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, prior to the first game of a doubleheader against the Greenville Drive on August 15, 2011, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, South Carolina. Rome defeated Greenville, 6-3. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

AJC’s David O’Brien reports that #Braves prospect Evan Gattis has been named player of the week in the Venezuela winter league with a .440 average, 5 homers and 12 RBIs.

It’s a little hard getting good information out of the league, but Gattis has hit at least 17 homers for the season.

Sox deal Stolmy Pimentel in the Hanrahan trade

MiLB - Greenville Drive

June 2, 2009: RHP Stolmy Pimentel (37) of the Greenville Drive pitches in a game against the Asheville Tourists at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, S.C. Photo by: Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images

ICYMI, the Red Sox traded former @GreenvilleDrive RHP Stolmy Pimentel to Pittsburgh in the Joel Hanrahan deal.

Asheville Tourists manager Joe Mikulik released

Manager Joe Mikulik (20) of the Asheville Tourists is interviewed on the television broadcast during a game on June 11, 2009, against the Greenville Drive at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, S.C. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Just days after leading his team to the 2012 South Atlantic League championship, Asheville Tourists manager Joe Mikulik has been fired by the parent organization, the Colorado Rockies.

Some reports are indicating that Mikulik was let go just three days after winning the title, but the news was put under wraps until last Thursday when it was reported on an Asheville radio show.

“The news was reported by the Asheville radio station 1310 Big Wise during the local sports talk show ‘The Wise Guys,'” reports Hendersonville Times-News sports editor Dean Hensley.

Tourists manager for 13 years, Mikulik was named the SAL Manager of the Year for a fourth time after this season. He earned the manager of the year award also in 2001, 2007 and 2008, Hensley reported.

Blake Swihart tries to break up double play

A sliding Blake Swihart (10) of the Greenville Drive takes out infielder Fernando De Los Santos (1) of the Rome Braves but can’t prevent a double play in the second inning of a game against the Greenville Drive on August 15, 2012, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, South Carolina. Rome won, 6-1. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Pitcher Tyler Wilson of the Frederick Keys

The sweat flies off Pitcher Tyler Wilson (26) of the Frederick Keys in a game against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans on August 4, 2012, at TicketReturn.Com Field in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Myrtle Beach won, 4-3. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

A different angle for a play at the plate

Catcher Tomas Telis (17) of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans tags out Michael Flacco (27) of the Frederick Keys in a game on August 4, 2012, at TicketReturn.Com Field in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Flacco was attempting to score from second base on a fielding error in the top of the 7th inning. Myrtle Beach won, 4-3. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

I always look forward to trying something a little bit different. Saturday night I had one of those chances.

I was able to free up the time drive over to Myrtle Beach and shoot the Pelicans-Frederick Keys game. The Pelicans’ stadium, now called the TicketReturn.Com Field, is normally a tough place to shoot. The light streaks in from the first-base side, casting long shadows. Hat shadows are awful.

At the start of the game the batters are half in shadows and have in direct sunlight.

(At least I don’t have to play left field. Those poor guys have to stare directly into the sun until it drops down below the stadium walls.)

And then when the sun goes down the field lights don’t provide the best possible illumination.

But enough negatives. The best part of the stadium is that the netting does not extend over the dugouts, making it possible to sit in the upper stands and get a great, unobstructed view of the action on the infield.

So Saturday night I climbed up to a metal bench seat in section 200-something and caught this image at home plate.

Starting pitcher Henry Owens of Greenville

Pitcher Henry Owens (32) of the Greenville Drive in a game against the Rome Braves on July 6, 2012, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, South Carolina. Owens was a supplemental round pick by the Boston Red Sox in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft. Greenville won, 4-0. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Braves’ second-rounder, pitcher Alex Wood

Starting pitcher Alex Wood (54) of the Rome Braves, an Atlanta Braves affiliate, in a game against the Greenville Drive on July 6, 2012, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, South Carolina. Wood was a second-round pick of the Atlanta Braves in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Georgia. Greenville won, 4-0. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Dreily Guerrero of the Greenville Drive

Dreily Guerrero of the Greenville Drive in a game against the Rome Braves on July 8, 2012, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, South Carolina. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)