Re: 2012 Bats Look Totally Different
Kyle McCulloch—Starter/ Long man
Jordan Smith—Middle reliever
Comment: The strength of the team here. All have enough interesting tidbits to be considered as major league guys, but only Brackman looks like a difference-maker in that area. And that only if he can throw strikes. A nice mix of stuff, arm slots, and angles.
Comment: Chapman’s the main focus here. Everyone else is basically chaff, though I like Carroll’s stuff and Atilano’s history looks intriguing. Klinker may surprise. A solid staff for AAA.
C Corky Miller
C Brian Esposito
Comment: Meh. At least they’ll be coaches on the field. Nice to have them with the young staff at Slugger Field.
SS Jose Castro
3B Mike Costanzo
MI Kris Negron
1B Neftali Soto
2B Chris Valaika
Comment: This infield has all the makings of an interesting AAAA infield. Castro and Negron can play great defense. Soto can hit. Costanzo hit last season in Bakersfield and Chattanooga. Valaika has hit one or twice in his career. Only Soto, however, looks like a legitimate prospect for Cincinnati.
OF/1B/DH Danny Dorn
OF Daryl Jones
RF/CF Denis Phipps
2B/LF Cody Puckett
LF Bill Rhinehart
Comment: A good outfield for AAA, with upside in Phipps, power in Puckett’s bat and Rhinehart’s as well. Dorn plays versus RH and gives a blow to Soto. Puckett plays some 2B, especially when Valaika moves around the IF, at 3B or SS to rest those guys. Phipps and Puckett look like interesting bats for the major league level, but Rhinehart might help more.
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