Interview with Portice in the Examiner.
Cape Leaguer on the Red Sox farm: a word with Eammon Portice (Bourne ’06)
June 22, 9:29 AM · Steve Weissman - Boston Baseball Examiner
Pitcher Eammon Portice possesses one of the many lively arms on the Portland Sea Dogs, the Double-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. A Bourne Brave in the Cape Cod Baseball League in 2006, he was picked by the Sox in the 12th round of the 2007 draft, and he now sits just two steps away from realizing his big league dream.
Yet another shining example of the MLB/Cape League connection, Portice’s story is a little different than those of such other former Cape players as Buster Posey, Gordon Beckham, and Tim Lincecum. Specifically, Portice wasn’t a star. In fact, he was 0-5 with a 6.30 ERA with Bourne, poor stats that were mitigated and even negated by the fact that he also fanned 46 while walking only nine in his 30 innings of work.
It is in this dichotomy that his appeal lies, for his career trajectory is more akin to most others in the Sox minor league system than to those of the aforementioned luminaries – which is to say, a steady rise rather than a sudden vertical acceleration. He shows tremendous promise (last year with High-A Salem he led the Carolina League and all Red Sox minor leaguers with 141 strikeouts and just 36 walks in 128+ innings), but he still is a work in progress (going 8-8, 4.35 for that Salem club), and his career still could go either way.
This year, Portice has been moved to the bullpen, no doubt to leverage his high K/BB ratio and to put him on the conveyor to back Daniel Bard when the latter becomes the Sox closer after Jonathan Papelbon leaves as a free agent. (You heard it here first!)
So what does he think of all this? Have a listen to our exclusive interview (see link below) with the intriguing right hander and find out. (Many thanks to Portand Sea Dogs Examiner Ken Main and his Fenway Dreams for the inside access.)
Linky to audio at end of link above.