Dearden One of Five Spinners Seeing Stars
LOWELL -- Tyler Dearden got the news from Lowell Spinners manager Corey Wimberly on Tuesday afternoon.
Dearden, the Spinners’ 20-year-old outfielder from Lumberton, N.J., was chosen as a New York-Penn League All-Star.
“It’s a great honor for me and my teammates,” said Dearden. “A bunch of great guys that have had a great season so far, and it’s going to be fun. I think it’ll be a good time, especially to be there with other guys that I know.”
Dearden was one of five Spinners selected to represent the North squad next Tuesday in State College, Pa. Infielders Xavier LeGrant, Korby Batesole and Devlin Granberg, and pitcher Rio Gomez also received nods. Gomez (2-0, 1.65 ERA), however, was promoted to Greenville following Monday night’s game, so he will not participate in the all-star game.
Still, it’s quite an accomplishment for the Spinners, who remain at 26-24 with Tuesday night’s game at LeLacheur Park against the Vermont Lake Monsters suspended due to rain. Vermont led, 4-1, in the top of the fourth inning and the game will resume on Aug. 23.
For Dearden, it’s been a quick rise after he was selected by the Boston Red Sox out of Rancoras Valley Regional High School in the 29th round of the 2017 draft.
He played in the Gulf Coast League last year but he’s made a steady transition to playing Class A ball in Lowell. Entering Tuesday, the 6-foot-2, 175-pound Dearden was hitting .297 with a team-best three home runs and 19 RBI in 39 games.
“I think the biggest thing is just not getting too high or too low -- staying positive,” said Dearden. “I think the biggest thing for me is tomorrow is going to be a new day. Baseball is an every day sport, you can’t let it transfer one day to another.”
He’s relishing the chance to play pro ball in front of a solid fan base that turns out in Lowell each night.
“In the GCL, there’s no fans. It’s like high school, almost. There’s maybe some parents and that’s about it,” Dearden said. “Here, it’s about staying focused on the game and not letting anything on the outside distract you.”
While players like Dearden, Batesole (.284 entering Tuesday), Granberg (.301, two home runs, 17 RBI) and LeGrant (.270, two home runs, 15 RBI) have been hitting their stride as of late, the Spinners have been a well-oiled offensive machine during many stretches this summer.
Earlier in the season, Jarren Duran (.348 while in Lowell) and catcher Kole Cottam were promoted in large part due to their production at the plate.
“JD and Kole are incredible players and I think it’s contagious,” said Dearden. “When one guy is hitting, I think everybody hits.”
The Spinners open up a series at Staten Island on Wednesday.
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