Spinners Around the Bigs in 2018

19 former Spinners make Opening Day rosters

By Lowell Spinners | March 28, 2018 10:58 AM ET

Opening Day is in the big leagues is right around the corner! Eight Spinners will be suiting up for the Red Sox on Opening Day:

  • Matt Barnes - RHP
  • Andrew Benintendi - OF
  • Mookie Betts - OF
  • Jackie Bradley Jr. - OF
  • Brian Johnson - LHP
  • Bobby Poyner * - LHP
  • Hanley Ramirez - 1B
  • Christian Vazquez - C

*Making Major League debut

Among the eight Spinners on the Red Sox Opening Day roster, Bobby Poyner and Brian Johnson have made their first Opening Day roster with the former slated to make his Major League debut after impressing in Spring Training and having never pitched above AA ball. Johnson has earned a spot in the Red Sox starting rotation in wake of numerous injuries to the Red Sox pitching staff. 

11 other Spinners have made Opening Day rosters around the bigs, check out where some of your favorites will be playing below!

  • Detroit Tigers
    • Jose Iglesias - SS
    • Alex Wilson - RHP
  • Los Angeles Angels
    • Jose Alvarez - LHP
    • Noe Ramirez - RHP
  • Milwaukee Brewers
    • Travis Shaw - 3B
  • Minnesota Twins
    • Ryan Pressly - RHP
  • New York Yankees
    • Jacoby Ellsbury - OF
  • Oakland Athletics
    • Jed Lowrie - 2B
  • San Diego Padres
    • Carlos Asuaje - 2B
    • Manuel Margot - OF
  • San Francisco Giants
    • Hunter Strickland - RHP

 Notable Facts Among Former Spinners

  • Hanley Ramirez is both the longest tenured big leaguer (1,608 games since 2005) and has the longest gap between 2018 and his tenure with the Spinners (2002). He has also appeared in more major league games then any other former Spinner in history.
  • All-Stars on Opening Day rosters include Hanley Ramirez (three times), Mookie Betts (twice), Jackie Bradley Jr. (once), Jacoby Ellsbury (once)
  • Alex Wilson is currently is longest tenured pitcher in the big leagues (231 games since 2013) between his time with the Red Sox and the Tigers. Ryan Pressly ranks a close second with 230 appearances.
  • Hunter Strickland and Jacoby Ellsbury are the only active big leaguers to have won a World Series thought Ellsbury is only two-time winner.
  • Brian Johnson was the only pitcher to start a game in majors last season (five starts) and is the only Spinner to do so since Clay Buccholz in 2016. (Rick Porcello and Joe Kelly do not count as they only rehabbed with the Spinners)

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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