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OnBaseMachine
04-05-2006, 04:34 PM
Louisville roster

For those interested, my man Svend just passed along the Bats' season-opening roster.

Pitchers (12)
Scott Chiasson, Justin Germano, Michael Gosling, Josh Hall, Ben Kozlowski, Chris Michalak, Elizardo Ramirez, Jake Robbins, Brian Shackelford, Tom Shearn, Jason Standridge, Ryan Wagner

Catchers (2)
Dane Sardinha, Ryan Jorgensen

Infielders (5)
Jeff Bannon, Jesse Gutierrez, Matt Kata, Frank Menechino, Earl Snyder

Outfielders (5)
Brian Buchanan, Jacob Cruz, Norris Hopper, Alex Sanchez, Rob Stratton

Disabled list (4)
William Bergolla, Aaron Holbert, Ray Olmedo, Dewayne Wise

http://frontier.cincinnati.com/blogs/spring/

traderumor
04-05-2006, 04:39 PM
That team looks like a fantasy draft done by pulling names out of a hat.

NJReds
04-05-2006, 04:41 PM
That must be the oldest AAA team ever assembled.

flyer85
04-05-2006, 04:49 PM
that is flat ugly. Not a prospect in the bunch.

Aronchis
04-05-2006, 04:56 PM
that is flat ugly. Not a prospect in the bunch.

Bergolla

traderumor
04-05-2006, 04:57 PM
Scott Chiasson--I'm guessing he had an injury at some point?
since The Baseball Cube had this blurb

Participated in the 2001 Futures Game during All-Star Weekend, playing for the United States team.

Chris Michalak--35 years old, lucky 13th year in minors, over 150 IP in MLB at a 4.66 ERA clip. Why waste time on such garbage, even if its AAA injury insurances?

Jake Robbins--will be 30 in May, also starting his 13th year in minors as a HS draftee, 1-2/3 IP Major League service time, and his name comes up as a closer candidate when you have Wagner down there. Hopefully this is just a DanO hangover and Krivsky is not just giving us same song, second verse.

Tom Shearn--In his 3rd season in Louisville, must help with the books too, maybe works the concession stand until they need him?

And that's just the vaunted pitching staff.

KronoRed
04-05-2006, 04:58 PM
Bats should contend with that solid vet bunch.

TC81190
04-05-2006, 04:58 PM
that is flat ugly. Not a prospect in the bunch.

Ryan Wagner, William Bergolla.

flyer85
04-05-2006, 04:59 PM
BergollaI don't consider a player whose projection is as a utility infielder to be a prospect.

Aronchis
04-05-2006, 05:00 PM
Wagner isn't a prospect. You probably can throw the Lizard in there as well. Think he has a Harangian potential in a couple of years when he physically fills out and polishes up his pitches.

OnBaseMachine
04-05-2006, 05:03 PM
Jesse Gutierrez will provide some solid power off the bench for the Reds as soon as later this year.

Kozlowski and Shackelford could be loogies out of the pen and Wagner still has a future. Other than that, it's a sad squad.

flyer85
04-05-2006, 05:09 PM
The thing is you put that staff together and there is only even one decent arm in the bunch(Wagner) and he projects to middle relief. There just aren't potential impact players there. Nothing but bench fodder.

Doc. Scott
04-05-2006, 05:16 PM
Ryan Wagner does not "project to middle relief". He has done little to ruin his potential; he just hasn't had good results.

Most organizations do not put the lion's share of their prospects at AAA. Usually just the guys who are major-league ready beyond one aspect of their game (i.e. William Bergolla and plate discipline, Elizardo Ramirez/Justin Germano and bat-missing, Brian Shackleford and control, Ryan Wagner and the mental rigors of big-league pitching) or grinders who simply can't stay at lower levels but have done well enough to stick around or project as big-league bit players (Gutierrez, Bannon, Hopper, Hall). The rest are injury-contingency or Plan B veterans who can provide (Baseball Prospectus-defined) replacement-level results in the bigs at a moment's notice. Not unusual.

Now, the Reds have even less prospects at AAA than the average club because they have very few prospects above A ball, but the true indictment of the system is at the AA level (where they're likely to have the oldest team in the Southern League for the third year in a row).

Our AAA squad will do as fine a job as any at producing injury replacements or temporary fill-ins. This year it's unlikely to produce more than one or two big-league graduates. If we get two- say, Wagner and Bergolla- I'll be ecstatic. Two is what we got last year (Encarnacion and Denorfia, with maybe partial credit for Shackleford). Three in 2006 would be a dream.

reds44
04-05-2006, 05:47 PM
What happend to Sanchez starting the year in A ball?

gm
04-05-2006, 06:11 PM
What happend to Sanchez starting the year in A ball?

Almaraz originally planned to have Sanchez start at Class-A Sarasota to work his way into shape. But Sanchez, who played winter ball in Venezuela this offseason, came to camp ready to play and looked good in exhibition games.

He figures to be an asset for the Bats, who open their season today in Ottawa.

"He is just a hitting machine," Louisville manager Rick Sweet said


http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060405/SPT04/604050364/1071

reds44
04-05-2006, 06:29 PM
Almaraz originally planned to have Sanchez start at Class-A Sarasota to work his way into shape. But Sanchez, who played winter ball in Venezuela this offseason, came to camp ready to play and looked good in exhibition games.

He figures to be an asset for the Bats, who open their season today in Ottawa.

"He is just a hitting machine," Louisville manager Rick Sweet said


http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060405/SPT04/604050364/1071
Thanks :thumbup:

LexingtonRedsFan
04-05-2006, 08:13 PM
What happened to Long starting the year in Louisville? Is he staying behind?

corkedbat
04-06-2006, 11:11 AM
that is flat ugly. Not a prospect in the bunch.

I'm not that worried about the Bats roster this year because what realy is fugly is our minor league talent level in general - especially in the upper levels - there just aren't prospects to place. There are a handful of pitchers at Chattanooga, but not really much in the way of position players (Perez? nah).

The hodge podge may actually be able to win some games for Bats fans without having to worry about being disrupted by a major rash of callups.

Sarasota and Dayton aren't overflowing with talent, but do look better. It will take a couple of seasons and a couple of very soild drafts to see any serious talent at all levels.