Results tagged ‘ Carolina League ’

Throwback Thursday: Coco Crisp in the Carolina League

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Coco Crisp of the Potomac Cannons fools around with Big Shot, the team’s mascot in 2002. Today the team is the Potomac Nationals, Big Shot was retired in 2005, and Crisp is an outfielder with the Oakland Athletics. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

De la Cruz is a 2013 Carolina League All-Star

Keury De la Cruz

Left fielder Keury De la Cruz (25) of the Greenville Drive in a game against the Rome Braves on May 6, 2012, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, South Carolina. Greenville won, 11-3. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Former Greenville Drive outfielder Keury De la Cruz was named today to the 2013 Carolina League Postseason All-Star Team.

Former USC 1B Christian Walker on Futures roster

Christian Walker

First baseman Christian Walker (23) of the Delmarva Shorebirds before in a game against the Greenville Drive on Saturday, April 27, 2013, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, South Carolina. Greenville won, 5-4. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Former South Carolina first baseman Christian Walker has been named to the U.S. team for the Sunday’s Futures Game at Citi Field in New York. Walker played on both USC national championship teams, and was drafted by Baltimore Orioles organization.

Walker will replace Atlanta Braves first baseman/outfielder Joey Terdoslavich, who was called up to the majors this week. The Futures Game provides a national TV spotlight for some of baseball’s top Minor League prospects.

Walker began the season with Class A Delmarva, and played against the Greenville Drive earlier this season, where he was so much in demand by the South Carolina press that his interviews had to be limited. He has since been promoted to Class A Advanced Frederick.

Freddie and Jason together back in 2009

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Dugout scene of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, including Freddie Freeman, second from left, and Jason Heyward, second from right, Class A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, on 2009 opening day, April 9, 2009, at BB&T Coastal Field in Myrtle Beach, S.C. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

In recognition of Freddie Freeman making the All-Star Team, here’s a look back at my favorite Freddie photo, from Class A in 2009. Oh, and that’s Jason Heyward sitting next to him, by the way. #VoteFreddie

Mookie Betts promoted to Salem Red Sox

Mookie Betts, Carlos Febles

Infielder Mookie Betts (7) of the Greenville Drive, left, slaps hands with manager Carlos Febles (33) in the dugout just before a game against the West Virginia Power on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, South Carolina. West Virginia won, 8-3. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Second baseman Mookie Betts of the Greenville Drive has been promoted to Salem, reports Salem Red Sox announcer Evan Lepler.

Randolph Oduber of the Potomac Nationals

Carolina Mudcats vs Potomac Nationals

Randolph Oduber of the Potomac Nationals runs out a grounder in a game against the Carolina Mudcats as the sun goes down on Friday, June 21, 2013, at G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge, Virginia. Potomac won, 5-1. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Challenging light can really keep you on your toes. My toes were aching after this game recently in Woodbridge, Va.

 

MiLB.com profiles Sox SS prospect Xander Bogaerts

Xander Bogaerts

Infielder Xander Bogaerts (23) 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. Bogaerts is the No. 2 Boston prospect, according to Baseball America. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

MiLB.com has a new in-depth interview with Boston Red Sox’ prospect shortstop Xander Bogaerts.

 

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.

 

 

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.