Chester Making His Presence Known

For David Chester, being the man that the Lowell Spinners rely on for power and hitting ability does create some pressure at times. Being a large presence in the middle of the short season Class A- affiliate of the Boston Red Sox lineup does give Chester plenty of confidence though as well. At 6-foot-5 and weighing 270, a large presence he is and the Spinners do like that.

"Power, man," Lowell Spinners manager Bruce Crabbe said about Chester. "He shows raw power."

Chester leads the team in home runs (8) and RBI (26) but knows that there are other guys on the team that are capable of, and are, putting up strong numbers like himself.

"Really you just have to stay within yourself," Chester said. "You got eight other guys there too. Once you figure out you don't have to do everything yourself and they're out doing it, it takes some of the pressure off.

"When you look up there and see you're hitting well RBI and power-wise, you know, it really makes you feel confident."

Chester was selected by the Red Sox later in the draft in 2011 from the University of Pittsburgh. As a senior at Pitt, he led the Big East Conference in home runs (16). That year he also led the Panthers in RBI, on-base percentage, and was second in batting average hitting at .345.

Chester said he really enjoyed his time at Pittsburgh even though the schools athletics were primarily known for football and basketball.

"It was fun. It was a good school, but like you said they're known for football and basketball so you're kind of on the back burner there," Chester said. "We had a really good program. We had a good team. You know, we had nine guys drafted in two years so that's a pretty good number."

Chester is a hitter often described as having a "massive frame with high power potential and good plate discipline." He played with the Gulf Coast League Red Sox a year ago and said that he really learned a lot about the game itself.

"It really taught me about professional baseball and how it's a grind," Chester said. "It also taught me to be able to get ready for games. Have stuff to work on, approaches, pre-game stuff, and always getting out to work on something."

"It was real tough. But it makes you really appreciate baseball, that's for sure."

Chester said he thought that the Spinners have had two off days and one rainout this whole season. Baseball truly is a grind and it's an everyday process. Chester agreed and talked about the lifestyle that these young ball players live.

"It's tough. You know, on the road for a six day road trip and then you get home you're playing everyday," Chester said. "Really, you enjoy it because you're with guys you enjoy. Everyone on this team, we all get along, we all talk, everybody hangs out. It makes it a lot of fun."

"It doesn't seem like work, it's fun. That's the big thing we try and do is make sure it's always fun. And those off days we just kind of lay around. You don't want to do much."

Spinners hitting coach Nelson Paulino said that it's still a learning process for Chester and that he needs to take it slow.

"David Chester is a little antsy right now," Paulino said. "His approach is middle of the field and sometimes he tries to pull off too much. He has to wait for a good pitch."

Chester continues to be the guy the Spinners feed off of for power and his ability to drive men in though. For a team that has struggled at times to score runs, Chester has been a bright spot in the middle of that lineup.

Like everyone on the Spinner's team, it's Chester's goal to continue to climb through the Red Sox system and eventually make it to the Major Leagues. He had an endless number of positives to say about the Boston organization as he continues to claw his way toward his ultimate goal.

"It's awesome. Up and down, they're class acts. Everybody really cares about you," Chester said. "They want you to succeed. Nobody gets left behind, they work with everybody the same. I couldn't be happier. It's the best organization I can think of. Everybody are just class A people."


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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"Power, man,\" Lowell Spinners manager Bruce Crabbe said about Chester. \"He shows raw power.\"
\r\n
\r\nChester leads the team in home runs (8) and RBI (26) but knows that there are other guys on the team that are capable of, and are, putting up strong numbers like himself.
\r\n
\r\n\"Really you just have to stay within yourself,\" Chester said. \"You got eight other guys there too. Once you figure out you don't have to do everything yourself and they're out doing it, it takes some of the pressure off.
\r\n
\r\n\"When you look up there and see you're hitting well RBI and power-wise, you know, it really makes you feel confident.\"
\r\n
\r\nChester was selected by the Red Sox later in the draft in 2011 from the University of Pittsburgh. As a senior at Pitt, he led the Big East Conference in home runs (16). That year he also led the Panthers in RBI, on-base percentage, and was second in batting average hitting at .345.
\r\n
\r\nChester said he really enjoyed his time at Pittsburgh even though the schools athletics were primarily known for football and basketball.
\r\n
\r\n\"It was fun. It was a good school, but like you said they're known for football and basketball so you're kind of on the back burner there,\" Chester said. \"We had a really good program. We had a good team. You know, we had nine guys drafted in two years so that's a pretty good number.\"
\r\n
\r\nChester is a hitter often described as having a \"massive frame with high power potential and good plate discipline.\" He played with the Gulf Coast League Red Sox a year ago and said that he really learned a lot about the game itself.
\r\n
\r\n\"It really taught me about professional baseball and how it's a grind,\" Chester said. \"It also taught me to be able to get ready for games. Have stuff to work on, approaches, pre-game stuff, and always getting out to work on something.\"
\r\n
\r\n\"It was real tough. But it makes you really appreciate baseball, that's for sure.\"
\r\n
\r\nChester said he thought that the Spinners have had two off days and one rainout this whole season. Baseball truly is a grind and it's an everyday process. Chester agreed and talked about the lifestyle that these young ball players live.
\r\n
\r\n\"It's tough. You know, on the road for a six day road trip and then you get home you're playing everyday,\" Chester said. \"Really, you enjoy it because you're with guys you enjoy. Everyone on this team, we all get along, we all talk, everybody hangs out. It makes it a lot of fun.\"
\r\n
\r\n\"It doesn't seem like work, it's fun. That's the big thing we try and do is make sure it's always fun. And those off days we just kind of lay around. You don't want to do much.\"
\r\n
\r\nSpinners hitting coach Nelson Paulino said that it's still a learning process for Chester and that he needs to take it slow.
\r\n
\r\n\"David Chester is a little antsy right now,\" Paulino said. \"His approach is middle of the field and sometimes he tries to pull off too much. He has to wait for a good pitch.\"
\r\n
\r\nChester continues to be the guy the Spinners feed off of for power and his ability to drive men in though. For a team that has struggled at times to score runs, Chester has been a bright spot in the middle of that lineup.
\r\n
\r\nLike everyone on the Spinner's team, it's Chester's goal to continue to climb through the Red Sox system and eventually make it to the Major Leagues. He had an endless number of positives to say about the Boston organization as he continues to claw his way toward his ultimate goal.
\r\n
\r\n\"It's awesome. Up and down, they're class acts. Everybody really cares about you,\" Chester said. \"They want you to succeed. Nobody gets left behind, they work with everybody the same. I couldn't be happier. It's the best organization I can think of. Everybody are just class A people.\"
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