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.
80. INF Angel Santos (1998) - Santos appeared in 28 games for the Spinners in 1998, batting .245 with a home run. In 2001, he got his first cup of coffee with the Red Sox, appearing in nine games. He made it back to the majors in 2003 where he appeared in 32 games with the Minnesota Twins, batting .224 with three home runs.
79. LHP R.J. Swindle (2004) - The Canadian-born R.J. Swindle made his professional debut with the Spinners in 2004. In 12 appearances (one start) he had an impressive 1.94 ERA while posting a 5-1 record. He made his major league debut with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2008, making three appearances out of the bullpen. The following season he joined the Milwaukee Brewers and made six appearances.
78 RHP Frankie Montas (2012) - Montas made only one start for the Spinners (four strikeouts in 3.2 innings) before being sent to the Chicago White Sox as part of the trade that brought Jake Peavy to Boston. He made his debut with the White Sox in 2015 and appeared in seven games (two starts). He did not pitch in the majors in 2016 but made the Opening Day roster for the Oakland Athletics in 2017.
77. C Dusty Brown (2002) - Drafted in the 35th round, Dusty Brown came to Lowell in the summer of 2002. In 21 games he batted .282 with a .371 on-base percentage. He went on to have a pair of seven-game stints with the Red Sox in 2009 and 2010. During his rookie season, his first big league hit was a home run. In 2011, Brown joined the Pittsburgh Pirates and appeared in 11 games.
76. 3B John Hattig (2000-2001) - Hattig spent two seasons with the Spinners in the early days of LeLacheur Park. In his first year with the Spinners, Hattig hit .289 in 61 games. He then returned to the team in 2001 for 11 games before being promoted to Augusta. He was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays in 2004 and made his major league debut in 2006. He played 13 games in the majors and retired in 2008.
75. C Tim Federowicz (2008) - Federowicz made his professional debut with the Spinners in 2008, batting .244 in 36 games with a home run and six doubles. He was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2011 and made his big league debut later that season. He appeared in 89 games for the Dodgers over the next four seasons, including four home runs and a .231 average in 2013. He most recently appeared in 17 games for the Chicago Cubs in 2016.
74. RHP Roman Mendez (2010) - Mendez made 8 starts for the Spinners in 2010, going 2-3 with a 4.36 ERA. His season would be cut short when he was traded to the Texas Rangers in exchange for Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Mendez impressed in his first big league season, posting a 2.31 ERA in 30 games. He returned to the Red Sox in 2015 after being waived by the Rangers and appeared in three games for Boston.
73. RHP Josh Hancock (1998) - Hancock only played one game for the Spinners, striking out four in four innings. He did enjoy a six-year career in the majors with four different teams. He made his debut with the Red Sox in 2002 and went on to appear in 102 games in his career, posting a 4.20 ERA.
72. RHP Matt Barnes (2011) - The New England native never appeared in a game for the Spinners despite being on the active roster. As a top prospect in the organization, Barnes rose through the Red Sox farm system and made his major league debut in 2014. For his career, he has made 99 appearances (two starts) and recorded an 8.9 K/9 rate. He returns to the Red Sox bullpen in 2017.
71. RHP Brandon Workman (2010, 2016) - Workman first joined the Spinners after being drafted out of the University of Texas. He never appeared in a game but was on the active roster. He reached the majors in 2013 and earned a spot on the Red Sox playoff roster, appearing in seven games before winning a World Series. He made 15 starts for Boston in 2014 but missed the entire 2015 season due to injury. He rehabbed with the Spinners in 2016, making five appearances out of the bullpen. He will start the 2017 season in the minors but is a member of the Red Sox 40-man roster.
70. RHP Marty McLeary (1997) - Making 13 starts in his lone season with the Spinners, McLeary posted a 3.75 ERA and a 3-6 record. He made the bigs with the San Diego Padres in 2004, appearing in three games. He returned to the majors with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2006 where he appeared in nine games over the next two seasons.
69. OF Alex Hassan (2009) - A native of Quincy, MA, Alex Hassan made his professional debut with the Spinners in 2009. In 26 games, he batted .333 with a home run and 11 RBI. He reached the majors in 2014 and spent three games with the Red Sox. He has since spent time in the Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays, and Los Angeles Dodgers organizations.
68. 1B Aaron Bates (2006) - A pure power hitting first baseman, Aaron Bates had a dominating .360/.436/.530 slash line with three home runs, eight doubles, and 20 RBI in 27 games. His time in the show was brief, only five games with the Red Sox, but he batted .364 with a pair of doubles. He last played professionally in 2014 as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers organization.
67. C Ryan Lavarnway (2008) -Lavarnway appeared in 22 games for the Spinners in 2008, hitting a pair of home runs and five doubles. He reached the majors in 2011 and spent four seasons as the Red Sox third catcher. He split the 2015 season with the Atlanta Braves and the Baltimore Orioles and currently is in the Atlanta farm system. He was also a member of the Israeli national team in the 2016 World Baseball Classic.
66. RHP Stolmy Pimentel (2008) - In 13 appearances (11 starts) Stolmy Pimentel went 5-2 with a 3.57 ERA and an 8.7 K/9. After being traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2012, Pimentel made his major league debut in 2013. Over a three-year career with the Pirates and the Texas Rangers, he appeared in 33 games with a 4.39 ERA. He last pitched in the New York Mets organization in 2016.
65. RHP Jonathan Aro (2013) - Aro appeared in 15 games (one start) for the Spinners in 2013. Recording three saves, he went 5-3 with a 2.80 ERA. He worked his way up through Boston's organization before making his major league debut in 2015, appearing in six games out of the bullpen. He joined the Seattle Mariners in 2016 and made one relief appearance.
64. C Christian Vazquez (2009) - Splitting time between catcher and third base, Christian Vazquez appeared in 21 games for the Spinners. He only batted .123 but hit two home runs. He made his major league debut with the Red Sox in 2014 and quickly established himself as one of the best defensive catchers in baseball. He missed the 2015 season with an elbow injury but returned for 57 games in 2016. He will open the 2017 season as the Red Sox backup catcher though this will be his first full season in the bigs with a clean bill of health.
63. RHP Jason Garcia (2011, 2014) - Garcia made 13 starts for Lowell during his first run with the team. With a 3-3 record he posted 3.88 ERA. He returned in 2014 for five games (four starts) and posted a 9.7 K/9. After being acquired by the Orioles in 2015, Garcia made his major league debut and appeared in 25 games out of the bullpen and recorded a 4.25 ERA. He currently is on the 40-man roster with the Orioles.
62. INF Wilton Veras (1996) - A member of the inaugural Spinners team in 1996, Wilton Veras became the first Spinner to reach the show when he made his big league debut with the Red Sox in 1999. A .240 hitter during his time in Lowell, Veras posted a .262/.297/.340 slash line in 85 games over two seasons with the Red Sox. He eventually returned to LeLacheur Park in 2016 as the Spinners hitting coach and currently serves the same role with the Greenville Drive.
61. 1B Chris McGuiness (2009) - After playing his college ball at The Citadel, McGuiness made his professional debut with the Spinners in 2009 and became one of the best power hitters to come through LeLacheur Park. In 54 games, he had a .434 slugging percentage while hitting six home runs, 17 doubles, and 38 RBI. He was sent to the Texas Rangers in 2010 as part of a deal that brought Jarrod Saltalamacchia to Boston. He made the majors in 2013 and appeared in 10 games for the Rangers.
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