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    Re: 2009 Carolina Mudcats roster

    Pedro Viola isn't listed on the updated Carolina roster, so it looks like he'll begin the season in the Louisville bullpen.
    I miss Adam Dunn.

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    Re: 2009 Carolina Mudcats roster

    Published: Apr 14, 2009 02:00 PM
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    Mudcats have the talent

    By D. Clay Best, staff writer
    ZEBULON — If you’re looking for power hitters, you’ll find them at Five County Stadium this season.

    Talented Reds prospects Juan Francisco, Todd Frazier and Logan Parker fit the bill there.

    If speed’s your thing, Chris Heisey and Sean Henry will fit the bill.

    There’s pitching as well, with a potentially stellar rotation that includes a pitcher who puzzled the Reds in a Futures’ Game start earlier this month — Dallas Buck, as well as Sean Watson and Jordan Smith, two of Cincinnati’s top-rated prospects.

    The 2009 season of Carolina Mudcats baseball takes on a new look with its association with the Reds’ franchise. The change comes at a time when Cincinnati’s entire organization is going through the early growing stages of a rebuilding effort led by veteran general manager Walt Jocketty. The changes have already rebuilt the Reds’ current roster into a blend of promise and young talent and will be on full display with the Mudcats’ roster this season.

    Carolina’s roster, under the direction of three coaches all with multiple years of Major League experience, features player after player viewed as potential keystones of the Reds’ big league efforts. “We’ve definitely got a nice little blend,” said Mudcats’ hitting coach Ryan Jackson, who was a collegiate All-American at Duke.

    The strong part of Carolina’s blend is the trio of Francisco, Frazier and Parker. All three possess game-changing power. Parker and Francisco already both have 20-plus home run seasons under their belts, while Frazier appears ready to pounce on a spot in the Reds’ lineup after his shift from the infield to left field.

    “We have some guys who are deep at certain positions,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “Todd is a guy that we like a lot. He has tremendous power. He can play first, third, short or the outfield. The main thing is finding the right place for him in the field.”

    With the left side of the infield in Cincinnati apparently set for the future with Alex Gonzalez at shortstop and Francisco headed for the hot corner, Frazier is learning how to play left field in a move to the Reds hope will put his potent bat into the Reds’ lineup down the line.

    “I can answer that better by the All-Star break,” said Terry Reynolds, the Reds’ director of player development. “We hope. ... We think that right now, that’s the best spot for him. It’s new for him. But he’s been out there for three weeks, so we’ll see.”

    Even with Joey Votto, who finished second in National League Rookie of the Year voting, at first base in Cincy, Parker’s future is seen as bright as well.

    “Those guys are going to be in the middle of the lineup,” Bell said of Frazier and Francisco. “One's a left-handed hitter and one’s a right-handed hitter and because of that, they’ll more than likely be back-to-back.”

    Joining Francisco in the infield will be shortstop Zach Cozart, who moves up from Low-A ball to Double-A this season. Second baseman Eric Eymann hit over .300 for Chattanooga in the Southern League last season.

    “The lineup has a good mix of speed and power,” Bell said. “We’re fortunate enough to have here some guys that are definitely considered prospects, that fit well together in a lineup.”

    Joining Buck, Wood and Smith in the rotation will be James Avery and Misael DeJesus.

    “They’re all different guys,” Bell said of his pitching rotation. “They’re all very highly though of in our system and they’re going to be fun to watch in this league.”

    Bullpen leaders are expected to be Ramon Geronimo, Sean Watson, Derrik Lutz, lefty Camilo Vazquez and 157-pound fireballer Ruben Medina.

    “We have several back of the bullpen type pitchers,” Bell said. “One of the things that's encouraged is to see these guys be able to pitch in different situations and roles and to stretch them out from time-to-time. There’s four or five guys that I wouldn’t hesitate to use in that role.”

    If Carolina pitching coach Rigo Beltran has his way, don’t expect to see huge strikeout numbers from the Mudcats in 2009. Beltran, who played with the Cardinals, Mets, Rockies and Expos in his four-year Major League career, wants to see plenty of ground balls coming off of the bats of Southern League foes.

    “One of the things that I’m teaching to them a lot is that we’re going to become ground ball pitchers,” Beltran said. “When you become a ground ball pitcher, you’re going after the strike zone with every pitch. I don’t want them nitpicking. I want them to attack the bottom of the strike zone with every pitch.”

    Buck showcased that potential in his start against the Reds, recording six ground ball outs and six strikeouts in a five-inning outing.

    Working to mold the Mudcats of today into the Reds of 2010 or 2011 will be Bell, a third-generation Major Leaguer (son of Buddy Bell, grandson of Gus Bell). It will be the first managing job an 11-year big league veteran who compiled 1,239 hits from 1995-2006.

    “One way to keep it simple is that everything you do on the field is to win the game,” said Bell of the approach he wants his team to have. “There's things that have to happen that I’ll expect to see for sure.”

    The overriding theme of Reds’ management when they made their trip to Five County Stadium for the Futures’ Game and the Mudcats’ coaches is a renewed emphasis on winning.

    “My goal is to help them go up,” Bell said. “The best way to help them do that is to learn how to do it in a way that when you get there, you’re going to be able to stay there. Now in the big leagues, it’s more about winning than it ever was. So if they understand that going in, you’re going to be prepared to succeed."

    “That’s why there’s a scoreboard.”

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    I miss Adam Dunn.

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    Re: 2009 Carolina Mudcats roster

    we're set for the future because we have Alex Gonzalez at shortstop?

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    Re: 2009 Carolina Mudcats roster

    Quote Originally Posted by princeton View Post
    we're set for the future because we have Alex Gonzalez at shortstop?
    Laughed at that one as well. But he does have a 2010 option on his contract...


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