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Fisher Cats Feature: Casey Lawrence


(MANCHESTER)—Casey Lawrence has been fighting his way through the Toronto Blue Jays farm system for the past three years, and he is really making his name known for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats this season.

Looking back to the beginning of his career, Lawrence was drafted as a free agent by the Toronto Blue Jays back in 2010, and began his professional career with the

(courtesy of Minor League Baseball)

Auburn Doubledays (Toronto’s low-A affiliate) in the New York-Penn League. He has since spent time with the Lansing Lugnuts (class-A affiliate), Dunedin Blue Jays (high-A affiliate), as well as the Fisher Cats (AA-affiliate), and the Buffalo Bisons (AAA-affiliate) over the past couple of seasons.

Lawrence, 27, can be easily spotted under several categories in the Fisher Cats season record book. In this 2015 season, Lawrence has spent most of his time with the Fisher Cats in the Granite State, but did spend a short time in Triple-A with the Bisons. Currently listed on New Hampshire roster, the righty has pitched in 21 games thus far, hurling 129.1 innings, giving up 162 hits, 26 walks, and fanning 74 batters. He leads the team in wins (11), and has the lowest ERA (4.38) and WHIP (1.45). He is in second place as far as strikeouts go (74), trailing only RHP Taylor Cole who has racked up an outstanding 100 strikeouts this season.

Aside from season records, the Pennsylvania native has found his way into the Fisher Cats franchise record books as well. Lawrence’s last appearance was last Thursday against Richmond. After throwing seven scoreless innings against the Flying Squirrels, he collected his 11th victory of the season, and is just the sixth Fisher Cat to ever achieve that feat, and the first since Ryan Tepera back in 2013. That victory was also his 20th in a Fisher Cats uniform, as he now surpasses Deck McGuire’s prior franchise record for most career wins.

Casey Lawrence 2015 Spray Chart (MLBFarm.com)

Going deeper into his 2015 numbers, he has a record of 11-10, and 10 of his 21 outings have been considered quality starts.* He tosses an average of 6.2 innings every time he takes the hill, and strikes out approximately five batters per nine innings of work. He has great command on the hill, and throws just four pitches: fastball, curveball, slider, and change-up.

Casey Lawrence is New Hampshire’s probable starter for Friday night’s game, as they will open a three-game series with the Erie SeaWolves at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester, NH. First pitch is schedule for 7:05 P.M.

*a quality start is defined as “a statistic for a starting pitcher defined as a game in which the pitcher completes at least six innings and permits no more than three earned runs.”

Patrick Cavanaugh covers professional baseball for BostonSportsU18.com. He can be reached at pcavanaugh@bostonsportsu18.com. Be sure to follow him on Twitter: @pcava12.

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Fisher Cats Off to Hot Start; Play Doubleheader Today


(MANCHESTER, N.H.)—The New Hampshire Fisher Cats are looking like a hot commodity as they finish up their first series of the 2015 season.

The Fisher Cats had a lot of room for improvement after finishing the season in 5th place in the Eastern Division with a record of 66-76 last year. The current roster is a familiar squad, as 21 of the 26 players listed have worn a Fisher Cats uniform before this season. Some of the more popular names include: Jon Berti, Ryan Schimpf, Dustin Antolin, Andy Burns, and New Hampshire native Kevin Nolan.

The Fisher Cats’ season is officially underway now, but there was quite a commotion when an early-April snowstorm covered the field and spectator area with enough snow and ice to force the team to push Opening Night from Thursday to Friday. Although it was an unfortunate happening. Fisher Cats President and General Manager acknowledged the situation by saying, “Despite the best efforts of our grounds crew and operations team today, you just can’t fight Mother Nature,” according to a Fisher Cats press release.

As for performance on the field, the Fisher Cats have looked solid so far. On Opening Night, the Fishers shut out the Rock Cats 6-0 after a stunning performance from K.C. Hobson (homered), Matt Newman (3 hits), and the pitching staff was incredible. The starter, Matt Boyd, struck out nine batters in his 4+ innings of work, and his relievers did a nice job supplementing his performance, as the team of four pitchers fanned a total of seventeen batters.

With a record of 2-0, the Fisher Cats host the New Britain Rock Cats on Sunday afternoon for a series finale doubleheader. RHP Casey Lawrence will get the nod for New Hampshire in game one, while RHP Shane Carle will take the hill for the New Britain. The first contest will start at 1:35, and the second game will follow approximately 30 minutes after the last pitch is thrown.

For live updates throughout the day, follow Patrick Cavanaugh (@pcava12) and BSU18 Baseball (@BSU18Baseball) on Twitter.

Patrick Cavanaugh covers professional baseball for BostonSportsU18.com. He can be reached at pcavanaugh@bostonsportsu18.com.



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Fisher Cats Win Home Opener!

by Patrick Cavanaugh

(MANCHESTER, N.H.)–The New Hampshire Fisher Cats won their home opener 9-0 against the Reading Fightin’ Phils on Thursday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium. It was a solid team effort that won the game for the Fisher Cats, and the 6, 224 fans in attendance seemed pleased by the outcome.

Kenny Wilson, John Tolisano, and Brad Glenn were some of top contributors for the Fishers. Wilson had three hits, Glenn had two hits, and John Tolisano had a two run homer that got the momentum going for the Fisher Cats. You do however, have to give credit to the hometown hero Kevin Nolan who had an RBI single to plate the first Fisher Cats runs of the season.

In the end, the Fisher Cats blew out the Reading Fightin’ Phils 9-0 and look ahead to tomorrow’s matchup where RHP Marcus Walden gets the nod for the Fisher Cats.


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Fisher Cats Baseball is Back!

by Patrick Cavanaugh

(MANCHESTER, N.H.)–Ten years. Seven managers. Two championship rings. A countless amount of players making their way from the Minor Leagues to The Show.

New Hampshire Fisher Cats is back for the 10th season! It seems like just yesterday we were back at historic Gill Stadium in the championship inaugural season back in 2004. Since then, Manchester has seen the faces that shape today’s baseball world pass right before their eyes. Oh my, time has flew by!

Tomorrow, April 2, the Fisher Cats will host their annual Media Day from 12-2PM. Players and coaches will be available for pictures and interviews with the local media. I will be running a live blog, giving insight to the festivities at the ballpark. The live blog will start at 11 AM and can be found by clicking here.

See you at the ballpark!

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Butterfield announced as new Red Sox third base coach

(Photo by Steve Russell/Toronto Star)

by Danny Jaillet

BOSTON — According to a WEEI.com report, the Red Sox have named Brian Butterfield as their new third base coach, joining new manager John Farrell’s staff in Boston. Butterfield had been part of the Toronto Blue Jays since the 2002 season, serving under five managers in the process – Buck Martinez, Carlos Tosca, John Gibbons, Cito Gaston, and John Farrell.

The 54-year-old native of Bangor, Maine still resides in Maine during the off-season and is an “avid New England Patriots fan,” according to the report.

As a whole, Butterfield has been in professional baseball for 34 years, 16 of those at the Major League level. He managed in the New York Yankees’ farm system and then afterwards joined the Arizona Diamondbacks organization, where he served as their third base coach from 1998-2000.

He adds another piece to the new-look Red Sox coaching staff that is taking shape under Farrell.

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Allen Webster, Sox Prospect, Appears in Manchester

by Patrick Cavanaugh

(MANCHESTER, N.H.)—You won’t be getting any views from a hotel room in this post, but you will be getting a piece talking about Allen Webster, the Red Sox’ 4thtop prospect


according to SoxProspects.com.

Webster, 22, was acquired by the Sox in what could be the biggest trade in Red Sox history. He was in the Dodgers Minor League system, playing Double-A ball with the Chattanooga Lookouts.  I talked to him before tonight’s game, and he said “I feel this will be a good opportunity for me.”

The Sox right-handed prospect seemed excited to be with the Sea Dogs, and the Sea Dogs seemed happy to have him too.

Earlier this season with the Lookouts, Webster posted a record of 6-8, with a 3.55 ERA. He played in 27 games with Chattanooga, starting in 21 of those. He is listed on tonight’s lineup card as a bullpen pitcher, but was spotted charting the pitcher behind the backstop, wearing street clothes.

It was later rumored by an inside source, that Webster was only listed in the bullpen, because it was unclear if he might throw an inning or two tonight for the Sea Dogs, due to him not pitching a scheduled start recently.

A few scouts were in attendance at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium tonight (8/27), and had no information whatsoever on Webster. All of the scouts did have one thing in common though; they wanted to see him in action.

Those scout’s dreams may come true tomorrow.

It was announced mid-game, that Webster is expected to start tomorrow. It is still not official, but Fox will be here covering the game!

For live updates throughout tonight’s game, follow me on Twitter (@pcava12).

Patrick Cavanaugh covers Fisher Cats Baseball for BSU18. He can be reached at pcavanaugh@bostonsportsu18.com.

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Lind Continues Rehab with Fisher Cats

by Patrick Cavanaugh

(MANCHESTER, NH)—Adam Lind continues his Toronto Blue Jays rehab assignment with Jays’ Double-A affiliate, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats as they take on the New

Adam Lind takes batting practice at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.

Britain Rock Cats in game three of the four game series. The Fisher Cats have played well as of late, capturing the win in both games of the homestand, thus far.

Lind, 29, has seen every stage of the game of baseball, beginning his career in 2003, in the NCAA. He played with the South Alabama Jaguars for the 2003 and 2004 season.  In late 2004, Lind was drafted by the Blue Jays, and joined the Auburn Doubledays, an affiliate of the Blue Jays at the time.

He then spent the 2005 season with the Dunedin Blue Jays, Toronto’s Single-A affiliate, before advancing to Double-A New Hampshire, and Triple-A Syracuse, in 2006. Near the end of the 2006 season, Lind was called up to the show, where he spent 19 games with the Jays.

He started the 2007 season with Syracuse, before he was again, brought up to Toronto. He repeated this in 2008.

2009 is the first season Lind started up in Toronto. He stayed in the majors the following year, and in 2011 he played in most of his games with the Jays, but he played three games with Dunedin.

This year, Lind has played in Las Vegas, Toronto, and he is currently in New Hampshire on a rehab assignment, nursing a mid-back strain.

I talked to Lind before the game and he said, “I feel like I am ready to be back, playing at the Major League level.”

He proved that statement correct as he lead off for the Fisher Cats in the bottom of the first. He jacked a solo shot out to right-field to get the Fisher Cats the early 1-0 lead over the Rock Cats.

ON VIDEO: Click the link to check out my Youtube video of Adam Lind taking batting practice in Manchester: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7smV1DB7dZY&feature=relmfu

The Fisher Cats continue play tonight at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium against the New Britain Rock Cats. For live updates for the rest of tonight’s game, follow @pcava12 and @BSU18Baseball on Twitter.

Patrick Cavanaugh covers Fisher Cats Baseball for BSU18. He can be reached at pcavanaugh@bostonsportsu18.com.


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Bautista and Lind Rehab with Fisher Cats

by Patrick Cavanaugh

(MANCHESTER, N.H.)–Fans who bought tickets for tonight’s 6:35 Fisher Cats game are in for a treat after a last minute announcement stating that Blue Jays’ gems Jose Bautista and Adam Lind will be rehabbing tonight.

The rumors started last night, when the New Hampshire Fisher Cats announced that BlueJays.com and the Toronto Star reported the the Jays’ power-hitters may make an appearance within the Fisher Cats last homestand of the season. Earlier today, an article was run in the New Hampshire Union Leader that confirmed the arrival of Lind and Bautista in the Queen City.

I took some video of both Bautista and Lind taking batting practice earlier today. Here are the links to those videos:

Bautista: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIfZy2tx2dY

Lind: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7smV1DB7dZY

Fisher Cats skipper Sal Fasano contributed his thoughts by saying “At the end of the day,we can only give them so much information. I know in my career, I learned a lot more from my peers than I learned from my coaches.”

The overall team morale seemed to be up today. Let’s see what the Fisher Cats can do tonight!

Jose Bautista will leadoff for the Fisher Cats and Adam Lind will bat second. You can find tonight’s entire Fisher Cats lineup pictured below.

FUN FACT: Jose Bautista has been to Fisher Cats stomping ground before, but in an Altoona Curve jersey. He played the first three days of July in 2005. He went 2-for-12 in those three games, with NO HOMERS. Things have changed!

For live updates throughout tonight’s game, follow me on Twitter (@pcava12).

Patrick Cavanaugh covers the NH Fisher Cats for BostonSportsU18. He can be reached at pcavanaugh@bostonsportsu18.com.

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Morrow Rehabs with Fisher Cats

by Patrick Cavanaugh

Brandon Morrow is on a Toronto Blue Jays rehab assignment with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, the Jays’ Double-A affiliate. He makes his second Double-A start tonight (8/14) as the Fishers take on the Binghamton Mets.

Morrow, 28, pitched in 12 Blue Jays games this season, before he suffered a strained left oblique. Morrow has been  one of the top strikeout pitchers since joining the Jays in 2010. He pitched three innings in both of his rehab starts with Single-A Dunedin. 

Morrow threw against the Erie SeaWolves last Wednesday, beating them 8-3. He tossed five innings, gave up two solo homers, and threw only 51 pitches. He struck out two batters.

Brandon has proved himself a gem to the Jays organization, as he is tied with teammate Felix Hernandez for most shutouts in the 2012 season with three.

The Fisher Cats open up a three game series tonight against the Binghamton Mets at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium

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Fisher Cats Drop Game One of Doubleheader

by Patrick Cavanaugh

It was your typical rivalry between the Cats and Dogs as both teams wanted to come out with a win in game one of tonight’s doubleheader at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.

Things got interesting towards the end of the 7-inning game that was played in front of 4,344 fans  on beautiful Wednesday night in Manchester.

It started in the top of the first inning, when Ronald Bermudez doubles to score Jeremy Hazelbaker, to get the Sea Dogs an early 1-0 lead.

But the Fisher Cats countered in the home half of the first, when Fisher Cats infielder Mike McDade hit a two run shot over the left-field wall to get the Fisher Cats the 2-0 lead.

After a scoreless second inning, the Sea Dogs struck again in the third, when Derrik Gibson hit an RBI single to score Reynaldo Rodriguez and Bryce Brentz.  That gave the SeaDogs the 4-2 lead.

Sam Dyson, a new face in Manchester, made his fourth appearance with the Fisher Cats, providing relief to Deck McGuire. McGuire threw five innings, giving up six hits, four runs, and three walks. He only had one strikeout.

Then in the fifth inning, Brian Van Kirk hit a ball that trickled past the bag in fair territory, but then rolled underneath the bullpen bench and was declared a ground rule double.  Justin Jackson and Ryan Goins crossed the plate for the Fisher Cats on the ground rule double, tying the game at four.

As the game went on, things got more intense, as we went to the seventh and final inning tied at four.

Sam Dyson held the Sea Dogs in the top of the seventh, but in the bottom of the seventh, the Fisher Cats came so close to winning.

Justin Jackson was 90 feet away from scoring and getting the Fisher Cats the walk-off win, when Mark Sobolewski came to the plate. Sobolewski went down on strikes and sent the game into “extra innings.”

In the top of the eighth, Ron Uviedo came into to relieve Dyson who threw two innings, giving up two hits, and fanning one batter.

Derrik Gibson doubled to lead off the eighth, and advanced to third, on a Zach Gentile single. Gibson then later got the Sea Dogs the 5-4 lead over the Fisher Cats when a balk was called on Uviedo.

Later in the eighth, Juan Carlos Linares smacks a double off the left field wall scoring both base-runners (Gentile and Hazelbaker). That made the score 7-5 in favor of the Sea Dogs.

The Fisher Cats finally got out of the eighth on a pop-up to Ryan Goins with the bases loaded.

In the bottom of the eighth, the Fisher Cats made things interesting, when Brad Glenn hit a two-run homer and made it a one-run ballgame. Brian Jeroloman, then came to the plate and popped out. That brought Brad McElroy to the plate, who grounded out to second base.

With two outs, Ryan Goins stepped up to the plate but grounded out to first to end the ball game.

This eight inning game lasted 2:51, a tad longer than what a regular game lasts..

Stay tuned for game two of tonight’s doubleheader coming up at 9:35.

Patrick Cavanaugh covers the New Hampshire Fisher Cats for BostonSportsU18. He can be reached at pcavanaugh@bostonsportsu18.com.

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