There are a few surprises, but none that are involving major players.
A few interesting things I noticed:
-Yorman and Duran were both promoted. I thought Duran might have stayed a bit longer based on his strikeouts, and Yorman based on his age/performance, but apparently not. Perhaps they can get back some prospect value and confidence in a hitter's paradise.
-Cingrani skips up to Bakersfield. I guess he's going to get a trial by fire with regards to starting pitching, as he was a closer up until recently.
-Kyle McMyne in the bullpen. I'm glad they're going ahead and making the transition due to his struggles starting in rookie ball. Hopefully it brings back his value as a prospect.
-Sean Buckley is at first base. Guess they really don't believe in his defensive play, though it may be because Junior Arias is taking up the 3B slot. It'll be interesting to see if Buckley gets time there or if the change is permanent.
Buckley moved because they didn't see him as a third base option. They tried him in the outfield in instructional league, but the results weren't good enough to keep trying it out in the beginning.
Pitching looks a little suspect, but that lineup looks powerful.
It looks like they'll DH with Selsky, Sierra, O'Shea, and starting flotsam needed a break. (If Silva/ Waldrop/ O'Shea are particularly poor defensively, Sierra can move to the OF and the others slide accordingly.)
I can't seem to remember: did Johnson go the Tommy John route?
So Mitch Clarke gets promoted and I guess Ismael Guillon goes back to Billings (although Carlos Gonzalez doesn't, after pitching only 10 innings there)? Interesting. I'm guessing they want to work with Guillon in extended spring.
Lots of names I don't know. But a few that I'm VERY intrigued about. Looking forward to 2012 Dragons.Quote:
Catchers: Nick O'Shea; Yovan Gonzalez, Danny Vicioso.
Infielders: Sean Buckley, Ryan Wright, Juan Perez, Junior Arias, James Ewing.
Outfielders: Juan Silva, Jefry Sierra, Kyle Waldrop, Steve Selsky, Theo Bowe.
Starting Pitchers: Justice French, Stalin Gerson, Carlos Gonzalez, Tanner Robles, Radhames Quezada.
Relief Pitchers: James Allen, Carlos Contreras, Dan Jensen, Ryan Kemp, Kyle McMyne, Erik Miller, Jimmy Moran.
No Robert Stephenson? WTH?
I'll be there Thursday, I just hope the Reds game is close to finished by the time I leave.
Anyone else going?
I'm sure the plan this season is to limit the number of innings he throws (120 feels about right) Extend the amount of time he can see by having him pitch in warm weather Arizona in extended spring training, then head to Dayton around mid to late May to get the rest of his innings in before shutting him down for the season. No need to have him start his career by throwing 5-6 innings in the dicey midwest spring weather.