MANCHESTER, NH – The following is a preview of the special events and top prospects coming to Northeast Delta Dental Stadium during the Fisher Cats upcoming homestand (July 4 – 10).
The top two prospects in the Red Sox organization, Yoan Moncada and Andrew Benintendi, are currently on Portland’s roster and are scheduled to play at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium from July 4 – 7.
Baseball America ranks Moncada No. 1 and Benintendi No. 2 among Boston’s top prospects. MLB.com rates Moncada as the No. 5 prospect in all of baseball, with Benintendi ranking 21st on that same list.
The Red Sox won the bidding for Moncada, a 21-year-old second baseman from Cuba, with a $31.5 million signing bonus last February. He began the season with Advanced-A Salem, and hit .307 with four homers and 36 stolen bases in 61 games. Moncada was called up to Double-A Portland on June 21.
Benintendi was taken with the seventh overall pick in 2015 after winning the Baseball America College Player of the Year award with Arkansas. The 21-year-old has quickly risen to the Double-A ranks, hitting .276 with 12 doubles and four homers in 39 games in Portland.
On Tuesday, both players were selected to represent the Red Sox in the 2016 MLB Futures Game.
HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS – Atlas Fireworks Monday through Saturday
- Fourth of July Celebration: Monday, July 4 at 7:05 p.m. vs. Portland Sea Dogs
From a hot dog eating contest to an All-American Buffet to a Mega-Blast Atlas Fireworks Show presented by Service Credit Union, the Fisher Cats will celebrate the Fourth of July and honor our veterans and those currently serving.
- Goodwill Donation Night: Thursday, July 7 at 7:05 p.m. vs. Portland Sea Dogs
Presented by Goodwill Industries of Northern New England, fans are encouraged to bring new or gently used bags of clothing or household items items to donate. Fans can enjoy happy hour in the Samuel Adams Bar & Grill two hours before the game until first pitch with music, a Rock 101 DJ & prizes.
- Fisher Cats Scholarship Presentations and Visit from Kid-Favorite Rescue Pups, Sat., July 9 at 7:05 p.m. vs. Binghamton Mets: The Fisher Cats and the Fisher Cats Foundation will recognize the 12 scholar-athletes chosen to each receive a $2,500 scholarship for their college educations. The recognition will take place at 6:45 p.m. on field prior to the game’s first pitch. Kids will also enjoy a visit from Adventure Bay’s favorite rescue pups. The popular children’s TV show characters will throw out first pitches and be available for photos. An Atlas Fireworks Show, presented by Hyundai, will follow the game.
- Fungo Wobble Giveaway: Sunday, July 10 at 1:35 p.m. vs. Binghamton Mets – The first 1,000 fans will receive a free Fungo Wobble thanks to Coca-Cola of Northern New England. A video demonstrating the giveaway can be viewed here. Fans will also be able to enjoy the Coca-Cola “Share-a-Song” experiential tour as it stops at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium. Kids can run the bases after the game, courtesy of the New Hampshire Liquor Commission, Division of Enforcement. Fans will also be able to view two monster trucks on the field prior to game from 12:15 – 12:45 p.m. thanks to Culture Shock Monster Truck Racing.