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May 13, 2013

Workman the workhorse: Right-hander no longer working under radar

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Workman made his first 20 starts last year at Single-A Salem, going 7-7 with a 3.40 ERA while also leading the Carolina League with the fewest base runners per nine innings and ranking second in WHIP (1.09).

He then made his final five starts in Portland, going 3-1 with a 3.96 ERA.

He struck out 130 and walked only 25 combined between both Salem and Portland in ‘12.

“Overall command plays big up here,” Workman said about Double-A. “There’s better hitters and more disciplined hitters so you have to be in the strike zone a lot more. And commanding my secondary stuff (is important).”

Portland manager Kevin Boles said about Workman: “He’s got command of the fastball. He’s a guy that doesn’t fear contact and that’s what we’re trying to teach these guys: to get strike one, work ahead in the count and make them put the ball in play. Try to be efficient so you can go deeper in the game.”

ALMANZAR ALERT

Portland 22-year-old third baseman Michael Almanzar has been quite impressive this year.

A career .249 minor league hitter, Almanzar had an amazing April for the Sea Dogs. He batted .319 with a .367 on-base percentage and .560 slugging percentage with five homers and 18 RBIs and seven doubles.

He is hitting .303 with a .380 on-base percentage and .492 slugging percentage, including May.

Boles has been impressed by Almanzar’s strike zone discipline.

“He takes his shots early on in the count but then as the at-bat develops, he’s a guy who will drive the ball to right field (and) he’s a guy who will work a count,” Boles said. “He seems to see a lot of pitches for his at-bats. He’s been productive with runners in scoring position. And he can drive the baseball to all fields.”

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