Ranaudo, Sea Dogs make first trip to NH
Whom do they root for? The Sea Dogs, of course, are the Double-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, but the Fisher Cats hold a special place in the hearts of New Hampshire residents, particularly Manchester natives.
';I thought last year was great,'; said Fisher Cats manager Sal Fasano. ';Even when Portland came in, our fans were out there and being supportive of us.';
Fisher Cats fans will get their first look at top-ranked pitching prospect Anthony Ranaudo (0-0, 9.00), who will take the mound for the Sea Dogs tonight, opposed by southpaw Brett Cecil (1-2, 5.06).
Cecil is 26-22 lifetime with the Toronto Blue Jays.
The 2010 first-rounder brings a great deal of expectations to the mound with him. The six-foot-seven righty is projected to develop into a top of the rotation starter in the major leagues.
';Whatever the case is, whether they';re Boston fans or whether they';re Fisher Cat fans, you';re going to see these guys in the big leagues,'; said Fasano.
Another name to keep an eye on is Bryce Brentz, another first rounder. The 23-year-old ranks as one of the highest outfield prospects in Boston';s farm system and tore up the South Atlantic League in 2011 playing for the Greenville Drive.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:05.