Team: Lowell Spinners
League: New York-Penn League
Class Level: Short-Season A
Major League Affiliate: Boston Red Sox
City: Lowell, Massachusetts
Ballpark: Edward A. LeLacheur Park
The Lowell Spinners begin playing in 1996 after the Elmira Pioneers franchise was relocated from Elmira, New York. The Spinners have been affiliated with the Boston Red Sox since their inaugural season.
Some notable alumni that played for the Spinners before making it to the major leagues include:
Shea Hillenbrand (3B): In 1996, Hillenbrand played in 72 games with Lowell, hitting .315 with 2 HR and 38 RBIs in his first professional season. Hillenbrand was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 10th round of the 1996 MLB amateur draft out of Mesa Community College (Mesa, Arizona). He played in 943 MLB games over the course of his seven year career. The two-time All-Star (2002 & 2005) played for Boston, Arizona, Toronto, San Francisco, Los Angeles Angels, and Los Angeles Dodgers. He currently has a ranch in Chandler, Arizona where he and his wife run the “Against All Odds” foundation that rescues and rehabilitates animals and allows underprivileged inner-city children to visit and interact with the animals.