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.
60. OF Jeremy Hazelbaker (2009) - Hazelbaker began the 2009 season with the Spinners but was promoted to Greenville before he ever played a game at LeLacheur Park. He fought through three different organizations before finally making the Opening Day roster for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2016. He impressed in his rookie campaign, hitting 12 home runs in 114 games. He will begin the 2016 season on the Arizona Diamondbacks Opening Day roster.
59. RHP Kyle Weiland (2008) - Drafted out of Notre Dame, Kyle Weiland made 15 appearances (10 starts) for the Spinners. He went 3-3 with a 1.50 ERA and a 10.2 K/9 rating. He worked his way up to the majors in 2011 and made five starts for the Red Sox. He was traded to the Houston Astros in 2012 and made three starts. He last pitched professionally in 2014.
58. RHP Ben Taylor (2015) - The 100th Spinner to make the bigs, Ben Taylor appeared in four games for the Spinners in 2015 after being drafted out of South Alabama. He struck out 17 batters in only 10 innings of relief. He won a job in the Red Sox bullpen this season despite never having pitched above AA-ball.
57. LHP Dustin Richardson (2006, 2008) - Richardson had two separate stints with the Spinners. In his first go-around in Lowell he appeared in 14 games (one start) and went 4-1 with a 3.63 ERA and a 10.0 K/9. He returned to Lowell in 2008 on a rehab assignment where he made two starts. The following season, he made his major league debut with the Red Sox, not allowing a run in three relief appearances. The following season he made 26 relief appearances for the Red Sox and posted an 8.6 K/9.
56. IF Carlos Asuaje (2013) - Asuaje made his professional debut with the Spinners in 2013. He slashed .269/.366/.368 in 52 games in the New York-Penn League. He worked his way up the Red Sox farm system before being traded to the San Diego Padres in 2015. Asuaje made his major league debut in 2016 and currently is on the Padres 40-man roster.
55. LHP Robby Scott (2011) - His time with the Spinners was brief (two games) but Robby Scott has impressed at every level of the minor leagues. He made his major league with the Red Sox in 2016 and never allowed a run in seven appearances. Scott will start the 2017 season in the Red Sox bullpen.
54. RHP Pat Light (2012) - A flame-throwing righty, Pat Light made 12 starts for the Spinners and posted a 2.37 ERA. He made his debut with the Red Sox in 2016 before being traded to the Minnesota Twins and appeared in 17 games between the two organizations. He is currently a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates 40-man roster.
53. RHP Abe Alvarez (2003) - A second-round pick by the Red Sox in 2003, Alvarez holds the record for the fastest amount of time from Lowell to the bigs. He dominated the New York-Penn League, posting a spotless ERA in 19 innings of work (nine starts). He saw his first major league action in 2004 but only appeared in four games for the Red Sox from 2004-2006.
52. OF Bryce Brentz (2010) - As a power-hitting outfielder, Bryce Brentz hit 14 doubles, four triples, and five home runs in 69 games for the Spinners. He reached the majors in 2014 for a nine-game stint and again in 2016 for 25 games. For his career, he is a .287 hitter in 34 games with the Red Sox and currently plays in their farm system.
51. LHP Phil Dumatrait (2001) - The Red Sox first-round pick in 2000 only appeared in two games for the Spinners but impressed in both outings. In only 10 innings of work, Dumatrait struck out 15 batters. It took several years for him to make the majors but he finally broke through with the Cincinnati Reds in 2007. He spent the next two years with the Pittsburgh Pirates appearing in 36 games. In 2011 he more than doubled his career appearances when he made 45 relief appearances with the Minnesota Twins.
50. RHP Chris Smith (2002) - Smith had a long road to the show not once, but twice. When he debuted with the Spinners in 2002, Smith went 3-3 in 14 starts. In 2008, he got his first cup of coffee with the Red Sox when he made 12 appearances out of the bullpen. He spent the following two seasons in the Milwaukee Brewers bullpen. Smith would not pitch in the majors again until he made 13 appearances with the Oakland Athletics in 2016. He pitched with the Athletics as a non-roster invitee in Spring Training this year and remains a member of the organization.
49. LHP Kris Johnson (2006) - Johnson made his professional debut with the Spinners in 2006 and had one of the best seasons by a starting pitcher in team history. In 13 starts, he posted a 0.88 ERA and a 7.9 K/9. He signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates as a free agent in 2011 and made his major league debut in 2013, appearing in four games. The following year, he made three starts for the Minnesota Twins.
48. RHP Dan Giese (1999-2000) - Among the better relievers in team history, Giese spent two seasons with the Spinners. In his first season, he posted a 1.83 ERA in 18 relief appearances. Upon returning to Lowell, Giese had nine saves in 15 appearances. After several seasons in the minors, he made his major league debut with the San Francisco Giants at age 30. He spent the next two seasons with the New York Giants and San Francisco Giants. He appeared in 35 games with a 4.22 ERA over his career.
47. LHP Mike Maroth (1998) - A third-round draft pick by the Red Sox in 1998, Maroth made six starts for the Spinners. With a 2-3 record, he posted a 2.30 ERA and a 9.9 K/9. Maroth made it to the majors in 2002 with the Detroit Tigers. He made 150 career starts in six seasons between the Tigers and the St. Louis Cardinals, throwing over 200 innings in 2004 and 2005.
46. LHP Brian Johnson (2012, 2016) - His time with the Spinners was brief (four starts, 5.1 innings), but Johnson has gone on to become one of the highest regarded prospects in the Red Sox organization. Johnson made one start with the Red Sox in 2015 and remains on the 40-man roster to this day. He rehabbed with Lowell in 2016, allowing no runs in 11 innings or work.
45. INF Mike Miller (2012) - In 66 games, Miller slashed .261/.337/.333 for the Spinners while stealing 21 bases and hitting 14 doubles. He worked his way up through the Red Sox system and made his major league debut as a September call-up in 2016, appearing in one game. Miller remains in the Red Sox organization in AAA Pawtucket.
44. LHP Tommy Hottovy (2004, 2009) - Hottovy had one of the best seasons by a starting pitcher in team history when he struck out 39 batters in 30.1 innings pitched and finishing with a 0.89 ERA in 14 starts. He returned to Lowell in 2009 for a five-game rehab assignment. In 2011 he made his major league debut with the Red Sox as a reliever, appearing in eight games. He signed on with the Kansas City Royals for the 2011 season and made nine relief appearances with a 2.89 ERA. He spent time with the Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays, and Chicago Cubs organizations before retiring in 2014.
43. LHP Casey Fossum (1999) - A first-round draft pick in 1999, Fossum made five starts with the Spinners, going 0-1 with a 1.26 ERA. He was then fast-tracked to the show and made his debut with the Red Sox in 2001. He appeared in 237 games (120 starts) over a nine year career with the Red Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Detroit Tigers, and New York Mets.
42. RHP Justin Haley (2012): A sixth-round pick in 2012, Justin Haley began his professional debut with the Spinners. In 13 appearances (12 starts), Haley had an impressive 1.89 ERA with an 8.9 K/9 ratio. Following the 2016 Rule-5 Draft, Haley ended up with the Minnesota Twins and recently made his major league debut as a reliever.
41. LHP Drake Britton (2008-2009) - Britton appeared in 11 games (10 starts) for Lowell over two seasons. Though he struggled in his first season, he found success in his second stint with the team, posting a 15.1 K/9 rate. He worked his way up to the majors in 2013 with the Red Sox and threw in 18 games with a 3.86 ERA. He appeared in seven games for Boston in 2014 without giving up a run and most recently pitched for the Detroit Tigers farm system in 2016.
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