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PawSox Alumni in the MLB Playoffs
10/08/2010 11:47 AM ET

Pawtucket Red Sox fans tuning into the Major League Baseball postseason this year will notice familiar faces in nearly every dugout as a total of 8 former PawSox players and two former broadcasters will be in action this month.

Bronson Arroyo, Cincinatti Reds
Carl Pavano, Minnesota Twins
Freddy Sanchez, San Francisco Giants
Rocco Baldelli, Tampa Bay Rays
Carlos Pena, Tampa Bay Rays
Kelly Shoppach, Tampa Bay Rays
Derek Lowe, Atlanta Braves
David Murphy, Texas Rangers
Andy Freed, Tampa Bay Rays Broadcaster
Dave Flemming, San Francisco Giants

Bronson Arroyo was signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the third round of the 1995 draft, Arroyo made his major league debut with Pittsburgh in 2000. He came to the Boston Red Sox after being selected off waivers before the 2003 season. On August 10, 2003, Arroyo pitched the fourth nine-inning perfect game in the 121-year history of the International League as the PawSox beat the Buffalo Bisons 7-0 at McCoy Stadium. He needed just 101 pitches to throw his masterpiece.

Carl Pavano was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 13th round of the 1994 amateur draft. He pitched for the PawSox in 1997 and was considered one of the Red Sox top prospects. In November 1997, he was traded to Montreal, along with pitcher Tony Armas, Jr., in the trade that brought Pedro Martínez to Boston. Pavano also gave up Mark McGwire's 70th home run in the historic 1998 season.

Freddy Sanchez was originally signed by the Boston Red Sox after being selected in the 11th round of the 2000 draft. He played for the PawSox in parts of the 2002-2003 season. Freddy made his MLB debut with the Boston Red Sox on August 2, 2002. Eventually, Sanchez was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Jeff Suppan.

Rocco Baldelli was a graduate of Bishop Hendricken High School in Rhode Island. In his first game playing at McCoy Stadium in high school, Rocco hit a homerun to help his team capture the state championship. He was selected in the first round of the 2000 amateur draft by the Tampa Bay Rays. On January 8, 2009 Baldelli signed a one-year deal with the Boston Red Sox. For much of the 2009 season, he continued to struggle through physical ailments and managed two rehab stints with the PawSox.

Carlos Pena signed a minor league contract with the Boston Red Sox and was assigned to Triple-A Pawtucket on August 17, 2006. With the Pawtucket Red Sox, Pena played in 11 games and batted .459 with 4 home runs and 8 RBIs before being called up to Boston. Pena played in 18 games for the Boston Red Sox in 2006. He batted .273 with 1 home run and three RBIs.

Kelly Shoppach played for the Pawtucket Red Sox for most of the 2004 and 2005 seasons. He set a single-season home run record for PawSox catchers with 22 and named an International League All-Star in 2004. On January 27, 2006, Shoppach was traded from the Red Sox to the Cleveland Indians.

Derek Lowe came to the Red Sox along with catcher Jason Varitek in a deal with the Seattle Mariners for Heathcliff Slocumb. In 1997, he pitched for the PawSox and was quickly promoted to Boston. in 2002, Lowe no-hit the Tampa Bay Devil Rays at Fenway Park on April 27, becoming the first pitcher to do so at Fenway Park since Dave Morehead in 1965. In 2004, he was the winner in the final game of all three postseason series as the Red Sox won their first World Series in 86 years, extinguishing the Curse of the Bambino.

David Murphy was drafted in the 2003 Major League Baseball Draft by the Boston Red Sox, out of Baylor University in Waco, Texas. In 2006, Murphy played 42 games for the Portland Sea Dogs before being promoted to Pawtucket on May 26. Murphy appeared in 84 games for the PawSox, going 85-for-318 (.267), with 23 doubles, 5 triples, 8 home runs, 44 RBI, and 45 walks. In 2006, he appeared in 20 games for the Boston Red Sox. He hit a 1-2 pitch into center field at Fenway Park in his first major league at-bat for his first major league hit (a single) on September 2, 2006.

Andy Freed is currently one of the radio play-by-play announcers of the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team. He and Dave Wills have worked as the team's radio duo since 2005 and are currently signed through the 2008 season. Andy spent 4 seasons with the Pawtucket Red Sox alongside Dave Flemming and Steve Hyder. He previously worked for Trenton Thunder.

Dave Flemming teamed with PawSox radio broadcaster Andy Freed for three seasons on the eight-station PawSox Radio Network. His rise in the baseball broadcasting industry was nearly unprecedented as he went from Class-A ball with the Visalia oaks in 2000 to Triple-A from 2001-2003 for the Pawtucket Red Sox and now the Major Leagues. Dave is currently the radio play-by-play for the San Francisco Giants partnering with Jon Miller.



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