In celebration of 100 Spinners making the big leagues, we are proud to unveil our list of the 100 greatest Spinners in team history. Compiled by the Spinners front office, the list was determined based on the success each player had in Lowell combined with their accomplishments at the major league level (or in one player's case, the NFL). Players who rehabbed with the Spinners after making their MLB debut, including Rick Porcello, Shane Victorino, Bret Saberhagen, etc., were not considered. This list consists of only players who reached the majors at the time of its unveiling.
100. OF Che-Hsuan Lin (2007) - The only Taiwanese-born former Spinner to have reached the bigs, Lin spent 11 games with Lowell in 2007. He had three stolen bases and a pair of doubles. He made it to the majors in 2012 and appeared in 12 games for the Red Sox. He last played professionally in the Texas Rangers farm system in 2014.
99. C Steve Lomasney (1996) - A native of Melrose, MA, Lomasney was a member of the original Spinners team in 1996. Despite hitting only .143 over 59 games, Lomasney hit four home runs and had a .313 on-base percentage. He made his major league debut with the Red Sox in 1999, appearing in only one game.
98. 1B Tony Blanco (2000) - His time with the Spinners was brief (nine games, .143 average) but Blanco worked his way up to the big leagues in 2005 with the Washington Nationals. In his lone season, Blanco appeared in 55 games and played four different positions. Blanco has been playing in Japan since 2009 and hit 41 home runs for Yokohama in 2013.
97. OF Rontrez Johnson (1996) - A member of the original Spinners team, Johnson hit four home runs in 35 games. He fought through the minors for next seven years before making his big league debut with the Kansas City Royals in 2003. He appeared in eight games with the Royals with a .333 average.
96. RHP Anthony Ranaudo (2010) - A first-round pick out of LSU, Ranaudo never appeared in a game for the Spinners despite being on the active roster. He made his major league debut in 2014 with the Red Sox, going 4-3 in 7 starts. He was traded to the Texas Rangers in 2015 where struggled for a season and a half before being traded to the Chicago White Sox.
95. RHP Anastacio Martinez (1998) - Martinez started in 11 games for the Spinners in 1998 with a 3.68 ERA. After working his way up through the Red Sox farm system, Martinez made his major league debut with Boston in 2004. He appeared in 11 games and posted a 2-1 record.
94. C Dan Butler (2009) - Butler made his professional debut with the Spinners in the summer of 2009. In 22 games, he hit three doubles, a triple, and a home run. He reached the majors in 2014 and appeared in 7 games for the Red Sox. He still plays in the Red Sox organization providing valuable depth as a catcher.
93. RHP Noe Ramirez (2011) - Though he never appeared in a game for the Spinners despite being on the active roster, Ramirez has become a popular arm in the Red Sox bullpen. He made his major league debut with the Red Sox in 2015 and appeared in 31 games over two seasons. Ramirez remains a member of the Red Sox 40-man roster.
92. OF Corey Jenkins (1996) - Technically Corey Jenkins never made it to the majors but he did make it to the NFL after his time in Lowell and we say that counts! A member of the original Spinners team in 1996, Jenkins hit eight home runs (a record at the time) in 65 games for Lowell. After his baseball career, Jenkins went on to play quarterback at the University of South Carolina before being drafted by the Miami Dolphins as a linebacker. He went on to play three seasons in the NFL.
91. RHP Raul Alcantara (2011) - Alcantara struggled in four starts with the Spinners before being traded to the Oakland Athletics in 2011. He made his major league debut in 2016 and made five starts for the A's. He will start the 2017 season on the Oakland pitching staff.
90. C Carson Blair (2009-2011, 2013): Despite playing four separate stints with the Spinners, Blair only appeared in 11 games for Lowell. A career .275 hitter with the Spinners, Blair reached the majors as a member of the Oakland Athletics in 2015, homering in his third career game. He currently is playing the Chicago White Sox farm system.
89. RHP Casey Kelly (2008) - As a first round draft pick out of high school, Casey Kelly never actually pitched in a game for the Spinners but was on the active roster in 2008. He was part of the trade that brought Adrian Gonzalez to the Red Sox in 2010. He made his big league debut with the San Diego Padres in 2012, going 2-3 in six starts. He made it back to the majors in 2015 with the Padres and appeared in three games (two starts). Kelly joined the Atlanta Braves in 2016 and appeared in 10 games (one start) and currently finds himself in the Chicago Cubs farm system.
88. RHP Hunter Cervenka (2010-2011) - Despite holding the Spinners' franchise records for walks and losses in a career, Cervenka perservered and made his major league debut for the Atlanta Braves in 2016. Later that season, he was traded to the Miami Marlins and combined to appear in 68 games with a 3.53 ERA. He currently remains on the Marlins 40-man roster.
87. RHP Harvey Garcia (2004) - Garcia made 14 starts for the Spinners in 2004 and posted an 8.0 K/9. He was traded to the Florida Marlins in 2005 and made his major league debut in 2007. He struck out 15 batters in 12.1 innings of relief. He last pitched professionally in 2015 in the Venezuelan Winter League.
86. RHP Madison Younginer (2010-2012) - Over three seasons, Younginer made 31 starts for the Spinners but only went 4-13 during that time. He signed with the Atlanta Braves in 2015 and made his big league debut in 2016, appearing in eight games out of the bullpen. Younginer signed on with the Los Angeles Dodgers this past offseason and is currently pitching in their minor league system.
85. RHP Bryan Price (2008) - Price made his professional debut with the Spinners after being drafted out of Rice University. In 12 games (9 starts) he went 1-3 with a 3.82 ERA and a 9.7 K/9. He was traded to the Cleveland Indians in 2009 as part of the deal that sent Victor Martinez to Boston. He appeared in three games for the Indians in 2014 and last pitched professionally in 2015.
84. RHP Cesar Cabral (2009) - Cabral made 15 (9 starts) appearances for the Spinners in 2009. He went 1-6 with a 4.03 ERA. He got his first cup of coffee with the New York Yankees in 2013 where he made 12 relief appearances over two seasons. In 2015 he made two appearances with the Baltimore Orioles.
83. C Luis Exposito (2006) - A 31st round selection by the Red Sox, Exposito made his professional debut with the Spinners in 2005. In 57 games, he posted a .250/.301/.327 slash line with 13 doubles. Exposito made his major league debut with the Baltimore Orioles in 2012, appearing in nine games. He last played professionally in the Oakland Athletics farm system in 2014.
82. LHP Hunter Jones (2005) - Jones made his professional debut with the Spinners in 2005. In 12 appearances (one start) he went 1-1 with a 3.21 ERA and a 9.6 K/9. He got his first cup of coffee in 2009 when he made 11 appearances out of the Red Sox bullpen. The joined the Florida Marlins the following season and made three relief outings.
81. C Brian Esposito (2000) - Esposito had one of the strongest offensive seasons by a catcher in team history in 2000. A .242 hitter, he added three home runs, nine doubles, and 20 RBI. He faced an uphill battle after his time in Lowell, playing with four different organizations in the next six years. His hard work paid off in 2007 when he made his major league debut with the St. Louis Cardinals, appearing in one game. He made it back to the majors in 2010 as a member of the Houston Astros when he appeared in two games.
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