Posted on: February 20, 2009 10:56 pm
 

Red Sox ST Battles

The Red Sox are a team with hardly any battles. Now that the Red Sox chose Julio Lugo over Jed Lowrie, they really don't need too many other things to decide.

5th OF of 8th bullpen man: Brad Wilkerson vs. Billy Traber vs. Fernando Cabrera     I have to go with Wilkerson here so they have someone to backup first base. Traber will come up at some point

Notable players not on roster: Nick Green, Billy Traber, Fernando Cabrera, Wes Littleton, Marcus McBeth, Enrique Gonzalez, Devern Hansack, Jeff Bailey, Chris Carter, Lars Anderson, Jonathon Van Every, Paul McAnulty, Ivan Ochoa, Gil A. Velazquez, Chip Ambres, George Kottaras

Out until early June: John Smoltz

Out until early May: Mark Kotsay

Jason Varitek, Kevin Youkilis, Dustin Pedroia, Julio Lugo, Mike Lowell, David Ortiz, Jason Bay, Jacoby Ellsbury, J. D. Drew       Josh Bard, Jed Lowrie, Brad Wilkerson, Rocco Baldelli

Josh Beckett, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Jon Lester, Tim Wakefield, Brad Penny     Jonathan Papelbon, Javier Lopez, Justin Masterson, Ramon Ramirez, Manny Delcarmen, Hideki Okajima, Clay Bucholz

Category: MLB
Posted on: February 20, 2009 10:26 pm
 

Blue Jays ST Battles

Travis Snider will be a decent major league player, but I think he will not be what everyone thinks he is. He will be an all star for about 70% of his career and be okay all around. HE will be a great OF for the AL, but watch the NL have a lot better ones like Maybin, maybe McCutchen, Rasmus, Heyward, Stanton, and Schaefer. In the AL LaPorta and A-Jax are just as good as him. Snider is still a top 10 OF, but not worth a top 10 prospect. I am not saying anything about him not being good because he is going to be a good OF. The Jays have a couple holes still. They will be a good 4th place team.

4th OF (other than DH Lind):Adam Loewen vs. Jose Bautista vs. Jason Lane vs. Joe Inglett vs. Kevin Millar   Yikes. These might be okay choices for 5th OF. They may want to sign a Jay Payton or Jim Edmonds. I don't know who would play CF if Wells gets hurt again. Inglett and Millar could also play OF. I would go Inglett

SS and IF reserve: John McDonald vs. Brian Fahey vs. Marco Scutaro vs. Joe Inglett vs. Jose Bautista.   Definitely McDonald here. I don't think Scutaro can do it. Inglett will play OF. Fahey struggled with the Orioles. Scutaro will reserve.

Backup Catcher: Micharl Barrett vs. Raul Chavez   Barrett has a slight edge. I don't think Chavez would get the job even though he played 12 more games last year.

5th starter: Brian Burres vs. Matt Clement vs. Mike Maroth   I don't think any of these players are on the 40 man roster. Clement migth make it seeing the person will only have to make 2 or 3 starts until Janssen come back.

Bullpen surplus after B. J. Ryan and Carlson: Brandon League vs. Jason Frasor vs. Jeremy Accardo vs. Brian Tallet vs. Mike Maroth vs. Scott Downs vs. Brian Burres vs. T. J. Beam vs. Shawn Camp vs. Matt Bush vs. Bryan Bullington vs. Dick Hayhurst vs. Brian Wolfe: League, Downs, Frasor, and Tallet are 4 of my favorite relievers. They have to make the team. Accardo will make the team even with that ERA and low inning pitched last year. The last player is hard to pick. Beam played well with the Pirates and he is a former yankee. His top competitions are Brian Wolfe and Shawn Camp. It will be close.

Notables Not making roster: Brian Fahey, Raul Chavez, Jason Lane, Kevin Millar, Jose Bautista, Adam Loewen, Mike Maroth, Brian Burres, Shawn Camp, Matt Bush, Bryan Bullington, Dick Hayhurst, Brian Wolfe. Eventually Matt Clement.

Out for season:Shaun Marcum        Out until Mid May: Dusin McGownan        Out until early April: Casey Janssen       Clement and Richmond are my best guesses for who would be removed from the roster.

Adam Lind, Rod Barajas, Lyle Overbay, Adam Hill, John McDonald, Scott Rolen, Travis Snider, Alex Rios, Vernon Wells     Marco Scutaro, Michael Barrett, Joe Inglett

Roy Halladay, Jesse Litsch, David Purcey, Scott Richmond, Matt Clement         B. J. Ryan, Jesse Carlson, Scott Downs, Jeremy Accardo, Brian Tallet, Jason Frasor, Brandon League, T. J. Beam

 

Category: MLB
Posted on: February 20, 2009 8:16 pm
 

Orioles ST Battles

I really think this Orioles team is so bad is might get about 45 wins.  Sherrill will be one of the only bright spots with a low ERA and maybe 20-25 saves.

Starters 2-5: Koji Uehara vs. Rich Hill vs. Brad Hennessey vs. Mark Hendrickson vs. Danys Baez vs. David Pauley vs. Troy Patton vs. Hayden Penn vs. Radhames Lee vs. Chris Waters vs. Chris Tillman vs. Matt Albers vs. Jake Arrieta      I really have no idea what to make of this. I guess Rich Hill and MArk Hendrickson will make it. Baez might be in the pen. Penn is the 4th guy for me. I like Albers and Liz but they might have to go to the pen. Hennessey will be the last guy edging out Uehara.

Main IF reserve: Chris Gomez vs. Ty Wigginton vs. Ryan Freel      Gomez won't make it. Wigginton will be the main IF. Freel might play some OF.

Matt Wieter's assignment: MLB starter, reserve of AAA starter.   If he does go to AAA then Chad Moeller, Guillermo Quiroz, and Robby Hammock. Moeller has a big advantage.

Main OF: Justin Christian vs. Luis Montanez    Christian has a huge speed advantage, but Montanez has a nice bat. Christian will get the job to start the year.

7th Relief Pitcher: Radhames Liz vs. Jim Hoey vs. John Parrish vs. Matt Albers vs. vs. Alberto Castillo vs. Danys Baez vs. starting pitcher scrubs      I definitely have to got with Danys Baez just over Radhames Liz. Others will get chances with injuries like every year.

Non Roster makers: Chad Moeller, Robby Hammock, Chris Gomez, Koji Uehara, David Pauley, Guillermo Quiroz, Troy Patton, Chris Waters, Chris Tillman, Matt Albers, Jake Arrieta, Luis Montanez, Chris Gomez, Jim Hoey, John Parrish, Alberto Castillo, Rob McCrory, Kam Mickolio, Wilfrido Perez, Brian Bass, Oscar Salazar, Alfredo Simon

Matt Wieters, Aubrey Huff, Brian Roberts, Cesar Izturis, Melvin Mora, Luke Scott, Felix Pie, Adam Jones, Nick Markakis      Ryan Freel, Greg Zaun, Ty Wigginton, Justin Christian

Jeremy Guthrie, Rich Hill, MArk Hendrickson, Brad Hennessey, Hayden Penn              George Sherrill, Chris Ray, Jamie Walker, Danys BAez, Dennis Sarfate, Jim Miller, Jim Johnson

Posted on: February 14, 2009 8:46 pm
 

Yankees Prospect Rankings Full 234 players

Jesus Montero
Austin Jackson
Andrew Brackman
Mark Melancon
Dellin Bentaces
Austin Romine
Jeremy Bleich
Humberto Sanchez
Zachary McAlistar
Jairo Heredia
Brad Suttle
George Kontos
Phil Coke
Arodys Vizcaino
Wilkins de la Rosa
Alan Horne
Christian Garcia
Juan Miranda
Eduardo Sosa
Frank Cervelli
Brandon Laird
Manuel Banuelos
Brett Marshall
Mike Dunn
Abe Almonte
Kelvin De Leon
Carmen Angelini
Alfredo Aceves
Garrison Lassister
JB Cox
Anthony Claggett
Eric Hacker
Kyle Higashioka
Ryan Pope
DJ Mitchell
Kevin Whelan
Steven Jackson
Carlos Urena
David Adams
Justin Snyder
Damon Sublett
Kanekoa Texeira
Corban Joseph
Chase Weems
Colin Curtis
Jonathon Ortiz
Kevin Russo
Addison Maruszak
Eric Fryer
Matthew Richardson
Marcos Vechionacci
Ramiro Pena
Brad Rulon
Patrick Venditte
Austin Krum
Eduardo Nunez
Edwar Gonzalez
Jose Pirela
Jose Mojica
Mitch Hilligoss
Nik Turley
Seth Fortenberry
David Phelps
Jimmy Paredes
Luke Greinke
Michael O'Brien
Daniel Brewer
PJ Pillitere
Tim Norton
Taylor Grote
Jonathon Hovis
Jahdiel Santamaria
Chris Smith
Jorge Vazquez
Eric Duncan
Chris Malec
Manuel Barreda
Matt Cusick
Zolio Almonte
Michael Lyon
Jackson Valera
Reymond Nunez
Tim Battle
Lance Pendleton
Melvin Crousset
Gian Arias
Kyle Anson
Brett Smith
Ramon Flores
Henry Pena
Adam Olbrychowski
Casey Erickson
Braedyn Pruitt
Yeici Calderon
Anderson Felix
Angel Reyes
Eric Wordekemper
Noel Castillo
Wandy Rufino
Raymond Kruml

Jack Rye
Daniel Gil
Michael Solbach
Andrew Shive
Mitchell Delaney
Dickson Marquez
Melky Mesa
Walter Ibarra
Jesse Hoover
Emerson Landoni
Cory Arbiso
Tim Battle
Craig Heyer
Francisco Rondon
Andres Perez
Garret Patterson
Grant Duff
Isaiah Howes
Chace Vacek
CJ Henry
Keny Rodriguez
Clint Preisendorfer
Elio de la Rosa
Ryan Zink
Luis Pareche
Jose Toussen
Ryan Flannery
Ronny Marte
Mitch Abeita
Spener Lucian
Josh Schmidt
Kelvin Perez
Brandon Braboy
Francisco Arcia
Alberto Acosta
Juan Marcano
Alan Atacho
Phillp Bartleski
Daniel Kapala
Aris de la Cruz
Damian Tavares
Michael Gardner
Chad Gross
Brian Baisley
Jose Valdez
Jacinto Gonell
Ben Blumenthal
Henry Pena
Jose Tousson
Pablo Hernandez
Hector Noesi
Ryan Baker
Josue Calzado
Yunior Tabares
Michael Jones
Carlos Mendoza
Luis Nunez
Richard Martinez
Sherssy Cruz
Jason Stephens
James Cooper
Tommy Baldridge
Gabriel Tatis
Wilfi Bravo
Edison Mejia
Joel Marte
Francis Moreta
David Williams
Gerald Rojas
Paul Patterson
Kevin Smith
Angel Mundo
Steve Strausbaugh
Jose Quintana
Maicon Alves
Luilly Baez
Francisco Santana
Juan Rijo
Alejandro Martinez
Isaias Alvarez
Yeider Chirinos
Charlyn Garcia
Nixton Perez
Elvin Orozco
Warlin Jimenez
Juan Heredia
Nicolas Ventura
Ali Castillo
Arielkis Lapaix
Kelvin Castro
Amaury Sanit
Nick Montgomery
Jose Gil
Joseph Muich
Victor Beriguete
John Ramirez
Arturo Pena
Dawerd Cruz
Josue Rodriguez
Jose Ramirez
Kelvin Duran
Erick Tapia
Wilkinson Eusebio
Luis Guillen
Alcibiades Ramirez
Wilkins Arias
Nick Asselin
Israel Batista
Kei Igawa
Deivi Mojica
Julian Herrera
Yobanny Reyes
Manuel Rodino
Yaquensi Romero
Luis Classe
Randy Arias
Julio Rojas
Jhorge Liccien
Wilton Rodriguez
Jose Ramirez
Edwin Beard
Augustin Riviero
Jesus Paloma
Neall French
Harold Grace
Ronald Morilllo
Felipe Gonzalez
Israel Tolentino
Josh Kreuzer
Daniel Cox
Eladio Rodriguez
Luilli Diaz
Ronny Calderon
Moacyr de Moaris

Yes, I know this seems just like a bunch of names with no analysis. I was really looking for comments to see what people though. If its +/-5 spots then forget it. So please tell me what you think. The Domincian guys were kidn fo hard to rank at the end.
My last list was more like players to watch. The following list would probably have been ranked in the top 150 had they not been cut especially Joy and Dennehy

Chris Basak (FA)
Stephen Artz
Jason Kiley
Michael Obradovich
Gabe Medina
Drew Shetrone
Shawn Joy
Timothy Dennehy
Erik Lovett
Matt Morris
Jeff Nutt
Nick Chigges
Alvaro Ramirez

And the dollowing would be top 175 b/c of knind of poor stats from last year:

Chris Kunda
Steven White
Ryan Wilkes
Cody Ehlers
Prilys Cuello(2B/LF)

And the following would have been top 200 or 225

Rob Semerano
Roy Gomez
Brian Chavez
Taylor Holiday
Francisco Castillo

 

Category: MLB
Posted on: February 14, 2009 8:34 pm
 

Rays ST Battles

4th OF: Gabe Gross vs. Gabe Kapler vs. Justin Ruggiano vs. Fernando Perez    All of these guys are vauble options. I think they'll choose one of the veterans and keep the younger guys in the minors. Gross is the choice.

Utility IF: Morgan Ensberg vs. Willy Aybar vs. Ben Zorbist vs. Elliot Johnson   Aybar should win this job, but Zorbist is still a viable option for 25th man.

Backup catcher: John Jaso vs. Shawn Riggans vs. Michael HErnandez. It's good to have JAso in the minors. Right now Riggans is my man.

25th man: John Jaso vs. Gabe Kapler vs. Justin Ruggiano vs. Fernando Perez vs. Elliot Johnson vs. Ben Zorbist   I go with Ben Zorbist here because the pen is so set that every player in the pen already knows what position they hold. The OFs will wait in the minors for now. Elliot Johnson can, too. Jaso is a catcher and I do not see a team carrying 3 catcher when the starter doesn't have an injury problem.

Notable players not on roster: John Jaso, Gabe Kapler, Justin Ruggiano, Fernando Perez, Elliot Johnson, Morgan Ensberg, Jeff Niemann, Michael Hernandez, Randy Choate, Lance Cormier, Julio DePaula, Chad Orvella, Mitch Talbott, and first rounder Timothy Beckham

Dioner Navarro, Carlos Pena, Akinora Iwamura, Jason Bartlett, Evan Longoria, Carl Crawford, Pat Burrell, B. J. Upton, Matt Joyce,   Willy Aybar, Ben Zorbist, Shawn Riggans, Gabe Gross.

David Price, Andy Sonnastine, Scott Kazmir, Matt Garza, Jamie Shields                    Troy Percival, Dan Wheeler, Grant Balfour, J. P. Howell, Brian Shouse, Jason Hammel, Joe Nelson 

 

One argument that can be made for another OF is that in my other anlysis, I wanted a player that had the ability to play centerfield other than the starter. I am banking that Crawford can in emergency for less than 9 innings. PErez or Kapler would get the call up in an Upton injury next day.

I see the Rays doing extremely well this year.  They have an extremely strong bench, rotation, and hitters. The pen is above average.

Posted on: February 14, 2009 6:17 pm
 

White Sox ST Battles

The White Sox are going to struggle to start the year. They will have a good 2nd half, but it won't be enough.

CF: Dewayne Wise vs. Brian Anderson vs. Jerry Owens   According to the fantasy leagues Wise has the lead. This would make no sense to me. Anderson is not going to win it so I would have gone with Jerry Owens. IS there something I am missing here. JErry Owens is the one who hasn't failed yet.

4th and 5th SP: Bartolo Colon vs. Lance Broadway vs. Clayton Richard vs. Aaron Pordea vs. Jeff Marquez.  Marquez has good potential, but won't be in the MLB until August. Pordea was a first round pick ,but likely won't be heavily competing either. Lance Broadway has a high ERA, but I think he will get one spot. Richard has a high ERA as well and a bad record. The two will fight it out in the spring. Colon and Broadway get it.

7th RP: Ehren Wassermann vs. Clayton Richard vs. Kelvin Jimenez vs. John Van Benschoten vs. Franklyn German vs. Many minor league options   I would got with Richard just over Wassermann here.

Back up Catcher: Chris Stewart vs. Tyler Flowers vs. Corky Miller and his .083 AVG... I really don't know who to choose here. Chris Stewart might be the only option.

I'll assume the two losers of the CF job will both make it.

Notable players not on roster: Ben Broussard, Dayan Viciedo, Brent Lillibridge, Tler Flowers, Corky Miller, First Rounders Aaron Pordea and Gordon Beckham, Jeff Marquez, Franklyn German, John Van Benschoten, Ehren Wassermann,  Brad Salmon, Jhonny Nunez, Kelvin Jimenez, Jayson Nix

15 Day DL: Ryan Z. Braun     60 Day DL: Jose Contreras

A. J. Pierzynski, Paul Konerko, Alexei Casilla, Chris Getz, Josh Fields, Carlos Quentin, Jerry Owens, Jermaine Dye, Jim Thome    Wilson Betemit, Chris Stewart, Brian Anderson, DeWayne Wise

Mark Buehrle, Gavin Floyd, John Danks, Bartolo Colon, Lance Broadway      Bobby Jenks, Ocatavio Dotel, Scott Linebrink, Matt Thorton, D. J. Carasco, Mike M. MacDougal, Clayton Richard

This team looks really weak at 2B and CF with young players destines to struggle at SS and 3B. They don't have a reliable backup catcher. Their bench is good, but Betemit might be the best power hitter even though Wise isn't terrible. The bullpen is one of the few bright spots. I think the hole will be too deep. They will finish 3rd. They will switch spots with the Tigers at the end.

Posted on: February 14, 2009 5:31 pm
 

Tigers ST Battles

I am really skeptical of Carlos Guillen in LF, but I will give this a shot.

Utility IF: Ryan Raburn vs. Ramon Santiago. I really have to give this to Raburn. He played a bit more last year than Santiago. Raburn's bat is much worse, but I think he will be just a smidge ahead.

5th SP: Dontrelle Willis vs. Nate Robertson vs. Zach Miner. Willis will get this if he shows anything in spring. Too bad he won't so I am giving it to Robertson.

Closer: Fernando Rodney vs. Brandon Lyon. I absolutely love Lyon and have the utmost confidence in him. It is his job to lose.

5th, 6th, 7th relief pitchers: Dontrelle Willis vs. Zach Miner vs. Freddy Dolsi vs. Scott Williamson vs. Clay Rapada vs. Juan Rincon      Seriously do you think Williamson is going to ever make an MLB team let alone an AAA team. Willis has to find a spot even though he is beyond repair. The Tigers gave up Cameron Maybin for this guy. Juan Rincon and Zach Miner could get the other spots I guess. Eventually Dolsi will beat out Rincon.

25th Man: Clete Thomas vs. Juan Rincon vs. Ramon Santiago vs. Jeff Larish vs. Scott Williamson vs. Clay Rapada vs. Mike Hessman vs. Timo Perez vs. Bronson Sardinha (Yes the last two have ZERO CHANCE) Larish really could get this job. HE is really good, but I think Clete Thomas will get it b/c Guillen, Ordonez, Thames, and Sheffield cannot play center in an emergency.

Notable players not on roster: Juan Rincon, Ramon Santiago, JEff Larish, Scott Williamson, Clay Rapada, Mike Hessman, Bronson Sardinha, Timo Perez

Roster:

Gerald Laird, Miguel Cabrera, Placido Polanco, Adam Everett, Brandon Inge, Curtis Granderson, Magglio Ordonez, Gary Sheffield  Marcus Thames, Matt Treanor, Ryan Raburn, Clete Thomas

Jeremy Bonderman, NAte Robertson, Justin Verlander, Andreas Gallarga, Edwin Jackson        Brandon Lyon, Fernando Rodney, Joel Zumaya, Bobby Seay, Freddy Dolsi, Dontrelle Willis, Zach Miner

 

This Tiger team has many ranging expectations from 1st to last in their division. I do not think they have a chance at first, but any other spot is possible. Their offense will be really good and so will their bench, but they have questions in the bullpen and some rotation questions where injuries are possible and where players are bound to struggle. The defensive alignment is spotty, but I guess I'll just have to trust Leyland with that. There is a huge drop off after the first 5 spots inthe Batting order. I don't trust Laird. Everett is not a very offensive player. I would put Guillen at short and start Thames. Sheffield and Inge have a low AVG.

Posted on: February 7, 2009 5:51 pm
 

Big East Dream Tournament Field as of Feb. 7th

Team (Seed #) is the format. Note these are not predictions for season ending today, but if the Big East works out a special way for the end.

UCONN (2)
Pittsburgh (4)
Cincinnati (12)
Syracuse (2)
Seton Hall (8)
Providence (8)
Villanova (5)
Louisville (1)
West Virginia (6)
Georgetown (10)
Notre Dame (9)
Marquette (5)
Vermont (14)
Duke (1)
Clemson (4)
UNC (1)
Wake Forest (2)
Virginia Tech (12)
Xavier (3)
Michigan St. (1)
Purdue (5)
Minnesota (7)
Wisconsin (9)
Michigan (10)
Oklahoma (2)
Kansas (4)
Missouri (6)
Baylor (9)
Texas (8)
Northeastern (7)
VCU (11)
Memphis (3) Butler (3) Siena (13) E. Tennessee St. (15) Weber St. (15) Radford (14) Pacific (13) Cornell (16) Buffalo (14) Norfolk St. (16) Northern Iowa (11)
SD St. (7)
UNLV (12)
Mt. St. Mary's (16) UT-Martin (15)
UCLA (3)
Washington (7)
ASU (5)
USC (7)
Cal (9)
Arizona (10)
American (16)
Kentucky (8)
LSU (11)
Mississippi St. (10)
Tennessee (12)
Davidson (11) Texas A&M CC (14) Oral Roberts (15) Alabama St. (16) Western Kentucky (13) Gonzaga (4)
Utah St. (5)
Nevada (13)

Last 5 in: Cincinnati, VA Tech, UNLV, Nevada, Tennessee (I couldn't choose just 4)

First 4 Out: Florida, South Carolina, Illinois, Ohio St.

Next 4 Out: New Mexico, Stanford, Dayton, Penn St.

Next 4 Out: St. Joe's, Creighton, Utah, Texas A&M

NIT Teams other than 12 aforementioned: Florida St., Maimi, Maryland, Rhode Island, Duqusne, Northwestern, Kansas St., Tulsa, UCF, UAB, Wisconsin-GB, Northridge, Akron, Bradley, Illinois St., Washington St., Arkansas, Alabama, George Mason, Old Dominion

CBI: Nebraska, Temple, Houston, UTEP, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Niagara, Belmont, Bowling Green, Robert Morris, Eastern Kentucky, Ole Miss, Stephen F. Austin, Middle Tennessee, San Diego, Saint Mary's, Cleveland St.

Notable Missing: Oklahoma St., Portland, Santa Clara, Long Beach St.

 
 
 
 
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