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Roster Projections Revisited

on 03/30/2002

With one of the hottest bats this spring, Alex Sanchez will most certainly make the roster.

My apologies go out to Toby for not getting this article posted sooner. Brewerfan. com has had serious server problems, and has prevented me from making many updates to the site -- Brian

One of the most enjoyable parts of my year is being able to go down to Arizona to watch the Brewers for a week every March. Walking around and getting to see all the faces behind the names that pop up in the box scores each day during the summer is absolutely a thrill and a half. Being in and around ballparks for the better part of seven days is pure heaven, and after coming back to real life here in Minnesota, I can sure see how players stick around baseball for so long, even if it doesn't pay well in the minors. It is just awesome to wake up every morning and watch balls being hit in warm, sunny air.

Another perk to being around all the players for a week was that I was able to do a good bit of scouting. Some players really turned my head, and some, well, didn't. But, I'll get into that more when the first Power 50 of the season is finished next Tuesday. Right now, I would like to update an article I wrote awhile back and reproject the rosters for the teams in the system, from Beloit on up. These new projections are based on things I saw in games, places where players were assigned and players and coaches I talked to. I am hoping that these will be correct to within about 20-22 players per team, but, as they say, you never know what might happen tomorrow.

C-Raul Casanova C-Paul Bako
1B-Richie Sexson  
2B-Eric Young UT-Luis Lopez
3B-Ronnie Belliard UT-Tyler Houston
SS-Jose Hernandez UT-Lenny Harris
LF-Geoff Jenkins OF-Izzy Alcantara
CF-Alex Sanchez OF-Matt Stairs
RF-Alex Ochoa  
SP-Jamey Wright MR-Luis Vizcaino
SP-Glendon Rusch MR-Takahito Nomura
SP-Ruben Quevedo MR-Ray King
SP-Ben Sheets MR-Francisco Campos
SP-Nick Neugebauer MR-Jose Cabrera
DL-Jeffrey Hammonds  
DL-Curtis Leskanic  
DL-Chad Fox  
DL-Mike Buddie  

Notes: I still think Loretta will be traded by the start of the season, as I just don't see room for both him and Luis Lopez on the team& Hammonds should probably be put on the DL use the extra time to make sure he is healthy and ready to go& Alcantara and Cummings are neck and neck in the 5th OF spot, but Alcantara has the bigger bat... I would have a difficult time handing Campos a job in the rotation.

C-Marcus Jensen C-Lance Burkhart
1B-Jon Zuber  
2B-Marcos Scutaro UT-Keith Luuloa
3B-Rob Sasser  
SS-Billy Hall OF-Robert Perez
LF-Jim Rushford OF-Bucky Jacobsen
CF-Midre Cummings OF-Ryan Knox
RF-Ryan Thompson  
SP-Ryan Glynn MR-Jason Childers
SP-Paul Rigdon MR-Valerio De Los Santos
SP-Jimmy Osting MR-Bobby Sismondo
SP-Tim Harikkala MR-Brian Mallette
SP-Andrew Lorraine MR-Derrin Ebert
CL-Jeff Sparks  
DL-Dionys Cesar  
DL-Kyle Peterson  

Notes: Zuber and Jacobsen could be a nice platoon at first base, but it looks like Zuber is going to get most of the at-bats, at least to start& Another possible platoon will be in left field, with Rushford and Perez&If Cummings makes the Brewers squad, Knox will likely get the nod in center field& De Los Santos could start a few games at the beginning of the season to get his arm back into shape, although he also might just work in relief, as Chad Fox did in AAA last season& The Brewers seem to be pretty high on Sismondo if he gets the call to AAA as expected, as he was in A-ball for a chunk of last season.

C-Brian Moon C-Dusty Wather
1B-Billy Scott  
2B-Jared Mathis UT-Elio Ayala
3B-Gabe Alvarez UT-Chris Rowan
SS-Steve Scarborough  
LF-Jeff Deardorff OF-Jaisen Randolph
CF-Jackson Melian OF-Jason Fox
RF-Cristian Guerrero  
SP-Matt Childers MR-Jack Krawczyk
SP-Jose Garcia MR-Andy High
SP-Luis Martinez MR-Matt Parker
SP-Paul Stewart MR-Derek Lee
SP-Dave Pember MR-Roberto Giron
CL-Mike Penney  
DL-Kade Johnson  
DL-Elvis Pena  
DL-Al Hawkins  
DL-Ryan Poe  
DL-Jose Mieses  
DL-Rod Allen  
DL-Gene Altman  

Notes: The first thing you notice about the Stars is how many guys they could have on the disabled list to begin the season - Johnson is still recovering from arm surgery, Pena isn't even in the country yet, and Hawkins, Poe and Mieses are all rehabbing injuries& Either Allen or Altman (or both) could make the roster at the expense of either Ayala or Rowan (or another pitcher)&The lineup features a lot of big boppers in Scott, Alvarez, Deardorff, Melian and Guerrero and Rowan on the bench& The 2002 Stars bullpen will once again be very stabile with a healthy portion of veteran arms& It is unclear who the staff ace will be, unlike the last two years when Huntsville had Sheets (2000) and Neugebauer (2001).

High Desert  
C-Eliezer Alfonzo C-Joel Alvarado
1B-Jude Voltz  
2B-Todd West UT-Scott Candelaria
3B-DJ Clark  
SS-JJ Hardy  
LF-Corey Hart OF-Pete Zoccolillo
CF-Dave Krynzel OF-Hector Garcia
RF-Derry Hammond  
SP-Ryan Miller MR-Roberto Maysonet
SP-Ben Hendrickson MR-Ryan LaMattina
SP-Justin Gordon MR-Greg Schaub
SP-Jeff Robinson MR-Dan Hall
SP-Pete Smart MR-George Perez
CL-Mike Shwam MR-Chris McGee
DL-JM Gold  
DL-Mike Corey  

Notes: Gold is experiencing a little residual soreness from Tommy John surgery, but it is nothing major, and he may even start the season in the rotation& This is another team that will hit a lot of home runs, especially because their ballpark is a bandbox - Alfonzo, Voltz, Clark, Hart and Hammond could all hit 25+ in a full season here& West is being moved from shortstop to second base to accommodate Hardy& Hart will continue to get a lot of time at first base and Zoccolillo will get a lot of time in the outfield because Voltz will DH a lot of the time& The Brewers might not be so quick to promote Krynzel even if he has a fast start because they have a legit prospect in each of the three OF slots in Huntsville& Maysonet will be moved into the rotation if there is an injury or promotion& There will likely be 12 pitchers when camp breaks because High Desert tends to chew up pitches rather quickly.

C-Jason Belcher C-Matt Serafini
1B-Brad Nelson  
2B-Ralph Santana UT-Florian Villanueva
3B-Chris Barnwell UT-Jeff Eure
SS-Ozzie Chavez  
LF-Travis Hinton OF-Brandon Gemoll
CF-Tommy Carrow OF-Jonah McClanahan
RF-Carlos Soriano  
SP-Judd Richardon MR-Geraldo Castillo
SP-Jon Steitz MR-Ben Wallace
SP-Mike Jones MR-Dave Nolasco
SP-Matt Yeatman MR-Chris Saenz
SP-Dennis Sarfate MR-Victor Cordero
CL-Mike Adams  

Notes: Belcher is being held back one more time to work on defense, although his offense could play at AA by now& This is a young team, as only 4 players (Belcher, Serafini, Wallace, Cordero) have any full-season ball under their belts, and only Cordero has one full season& The Snappers should be the best on-base team in the system, as Belcher, Santana, Villanueva, Carrow, Gemoll and Soriano all should be able to post on-base percentages above .360 or so& When members of the rotation start being promoted, any one of Castillo, Nolasco, Saenz or Wallace could move into the rotation, in addition to Brian Nielsen and Dane Artman& If Jones starts off quickly, look for him to be promoted so he can work with Caldwell and Osteen in High Desert.


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