Eastern League rosters consist of 24-man rosters for the entire season. The 2011 Sea Dogs roster includes 13 returning players from the 2010 season. Two players from the Red Sox 40-man roster; Pimentel and Tejeda will open the season in Portland. Two of Boston's top ten prospects according to Baseball America and seven out of the top 30 prospects will start in Portland; Pimentel (# 6), Tejeda (# 10), Will Middlebrooks (# 11), Ryan Lavarnway (# 16), Alex Wilson (# 19), Tim Federowicz (# 21), and Che-Hsuan Lin (# 25).
The infield will be highlighted by Tejeda and Middlebrooks. Tejeda was selected to both the 2010 mid and post-season Carolina League All-Star teams hitting .307 with 11 home runs and 69 RBI in 126 games with the Salem Red Sox. Middlebrooks is rated by Baseball America as having the "Best Infield Arm" in the Red Sox farm system. Middlebrooks was also selected to both the 2010 mid and post-season Carolina League All-Star teams hitting .276 with 12 home runs and 70 home runs in 114 games with Salem. Other infielders include Ryan Dent, Jon Hee, and Jorge Padron.
The outfield will consist of Chih-Hsien Chiang, Mitch Dening, Alex Hassan, and Lin. Chiang appeared in 125 games with the Sea Dogs in 2010 finishing second on the team with 35 doubles. Lin is rated by Baseball America as the "Best Defensive Outfielder" in both the Red Sox farm system and the Eastern League. Additionally, he is rated as having the "Best Outfield Arm". He appeared in 119 games with the Sea Dogs in 2010 hitting .275.
Behind the plate will be Federowicz, Lavarnway, and Will Vazquez. Federowicz is rated by Baseball America as the "Best Defensive Catcher" in the Red Sox farm system. Lavarnway is the 2010 Red Sox Co-Offensive Minor League Player of the Year after hitting a combined .288 with 22 home runs and 102 RBI between Single-A Salem and Double-A Portland. Baseball America also rates him as the "Best Power Hitter" amongst Red Sox minor leaguers.
The pitching staff will feature Pimentel, Stephen Fife, and Wilson. Pimentel, 21 years-old, is the sixth ranked prospect in the Red Sox organization by Baseball America. He is tabbed as having the "Best Change-Up" in the Red Sox farm system. He notched a 9-11 record with Salem in 2010 and ranked ninth in the Carolina League with a 4.09 ERA. Fife was an Eastern League All-Star with the Sea Dogs in 2010 notching an 8-6 record with a 4.75 ERA. Wilson returns to the Sea Dogs after posting a 4-5 record with Portland in 2010. Baseball America rates him as having the "Best Slider" in the Red Sox farm system.
Other notable pitchers include Blake Maxwell who led the Red Sox farm system in wins with 11 in 2010 with stops in Single-A Salem, Double-A Portland, and Triple-A Pawtucket. Tommy Hottovy will become the first six-year Sea Dogs player. Hottovy first appeared with the Sea Dogs in 2006 and helped the Sea Dogs capture their first Eastern League Championship. The rest of the pitching staff will consist of Caleb Clay, Massachusetts native Kyle Fernandes, Seth Garrison, Brock Huntzinger, Jeremy Kehrt, Michael Lee, Santo Luis, and Eammon Portice.
The 2011 roster is a team filled with home grown talent, 24 of the 25 players listed on the roster were originally signed by the Boston Red Sox. Only Santo Luis was acquired from outside of the organization.
Kevin Boles begins his first season as manager of the Portland Sea Dogs. Last year he managed the Salem Red Sox and posted a 73-65 record. He served as the Sea Dogs' bullpen catcher in 1997 and his father John Boles is a member of the Portland Sea Dogs Hall of Fame. The 2011 season will be his tenth as a minor league manager and fourth in the Red Sox organization. Hitting coach Dave Joppie, pitching coach Bob Kipper, coach Mickey Jiang, and athletic trainer Paul Buchheit all return to Portland.
A roster move will be made prior to Opening Day to reduce the Sea Dogs roster to 24 active players.
Tickets for Opening Day and all Sea Dogs home games are currently on sale and can be purchased over the phone at 207-879-9500 or online at www.seadogs.com. The 2011 season will be the Sea Dogs 18th season in Portland and the ninth as an affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.