Staff Still High On Vitek

Sea Dogs' third baseman Kolbrin Vitek was put on the 7-day DL for an intercostal strain on May 23. Vitek, who was a first round selection (20th overall) by the Red Sox in 2010, hasn't played since Portland's 6-0 loss to New Hampshire on May 21.

Despite Vitek's average numbers thus far in his first double-A season [.252, 1 HR, 9 RBI] manager Kevin Boles is still very high on his offensive potential and value to the organization, and seems excited to get him back in the lineup.

"He's always been an interesting guy, an interesting bat," Boles said. "He's a guy that can work to all fields, and has a chance to be an impact bat in the big leagues.

"Obviously coming out of college and where he was drafted, everybody likes his bat and he's got a lot of offensive potential. He has an above-average knowledge of the strike zone for this early in his career."

Not only is Boles high on the 23-year-old's bat, but he's also pleased with what he's been able to do defensively at third base after transitioning to the position in the pros from second base in college.

"He's been outstanding for us defensively. As far as footwork, he moves his feet very well and is athletic, and he has great arm strength. He does a lot of things well, and he's just a solid looking defender," Boles said.

"He has a feel for positioning, you know, for angling towards balls, and he's been pretty impressive over there."

Vitek has been out for ten games with the back injury, and it is unclear when he will return for Portland, but when he does come back it will be nice to have his professional, mature approach both in the lineup and on the field.


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\r\n \r\n\r\nDespite Vitek's average numbers thus far in his first double-A season [.252, 1 HR, 9 RBI] manager Kevin Boles is still very high on his offensive potential and value to the organization, and seems excited to get him back in the lineup.
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\r\n\"He's always been an interesting guy, an interesting bat,\" Boles said. \"He's a guy that can work to all fields, and has a chance to be an impact bat in the big leagues.
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\r\n\"Obviously coming out of college and where he was drafted, everybody likes his bat and he's got a lot of offensive potential. He has an above-average knowledge of the strike zone for this early in his career.\"
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\r\nNot only is Boles high on the 23-year-old's bat, but he's also pleased with what he's been able to do defensively at third base after transitioning to the position in the pros from second base in college.
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\r\n\"He's been outstanding for us defensively. As far as footwork, he moves his feet very well and is athletic, and he has great arm strength. He does a lot of things well, and he's just a solid looking defender,\" Boles said.
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\r\n\"He has a feel for positioning, you know, for angling towards balls, and he's been pretty impressive over there.\"
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\r\nVitek has been out for ten games with the back injury, and it is unclear when he will return for Portland, but when he does come back it will be nice to have his professional, mature approach both in the lineup and on the field.
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