Camden native Mike MacDonald is on the move, slowly ascending the ladder in the Boston Red Sox’ organization.

MacDonald, who has played for the AA Portland Sea Dogs since signing with the organization in July, recently was promoted to AAA Pawtucket.

MacDonald, who graduated from Camden-Rockport High School in 2000, appeared in 10 games for the Sea Dogs, posting a 3-2 record with a 4.62 earned run average. In his Hadlock Field debut July 17, he tossed seven shutout innings in a 7-0 win over the Reading Phillies.

MacDonald debuted with Pawtucket on Sept. 2 against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the AAA affiliate of the New York Yankees, as he allowed two earned runs on seven hits and one walk, with six strikeouts in a 6-2 loss.

According to the Providence Journal, MacDonald surrendered singles to the first three hitters before former Chicago Cubs’ outfielder Kosuke Fukudome tattooed a MacDonald offering to left field, which was brought back into the park with a sensational catch by Pawtucket outfielder Jason Repko.

Repko made the catch, tumbled over the fence and then emerged with the ball (click on video below) in the first inning to prevent a grand slam.

The play made a recent edition of ESPN’s SportsCenter daily top-10 plays.

The Pawtucket Red Sox are set to begin the International League playoffs, which begin on Wednesday, Sept. 5, in a five-game series against Scranton.

This puts MacDonald one step closer to perhaps pitching for the Red Sox and realizing his dream of playing the Major Leagues.

MacDonald was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays organization out of the University of Maine in 2004 and has played for Toronto, San Francisco, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and now Boston’s minor league affiliates.

He is the only Maine-born player to play for the Portland Sea Dogs in the 19-year history of that organization.

The Sea Dogs’ season concluded Sept. 3, as they finished 68-73 and fourth in the Eastern League.

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