This is just how I see next year's Dragons team shaping up. Needless to say, they will be better than this year's team. The talent will be significantly upgraded, and I imagine they could even have a shot at the playoffs.
Projected starting lineup:
2B Billy Hamilton
SS Devin Lohman
CF Yorman Rodriguez
DH Donald Lutz
1B Robert Maddox
LF Dayne Read
RF Stephen Hunt
C Tucker Barnhart
3B Oliver Santos
C Chris Berset
1B Donald Lutz
IF Adam Muenster
OF Theo Bowe
Catcher: Chase Weems should be cut. Jordan Wideman could get the same fate since Chris McMurray took over his role. If Yasmani Grandal starts in Lynchburg, don't be surprised to see Mark Fleury repeat.
First base: Dominic D'Anna and Robert Maddox have about equal chances here, but if Chris Richburg is sent to Carolina, then I suspect D'Anna gets the call to Lynchburg. Jaren Matthews may be a better hitter than both of them, but he's very raw and should get some extra attention in Arizona. I expect Tommy Nurre and Jonathan Kaskow to get cut. I could see Donald Lutz getting a lot of playing time in Dayton as well.
Second base: Billy Hamilton and Devin Lohman are interchangeable in the middle infield. Could we see Samuel Diaz or Ronald Torreyes given a chance here? I don't see that happening unless Lohman or Hamilton earns a quick promotion. But if that happens, they'll be stealing playing time from Brodie Greene, Henry Rodriguez, and Didi Gregorius in Lynchburg.
Third base: There isn't much room for Frank Pfister in the organization, so he could repeat Dayton. Then again, Oliver Santos is better defensively and has much better plate discipline, so maybe it's time to give him a try. If Pfister isn't cut, I could see him getting playing time at first base in Lynchburg.
Shortstop: Like I said, Hamilton and Lohman are interchangeable. Brandon Dailey and Junior Arias are probably both not ready for full-season ball.
Left field: I'd love to see Juan Duran here, but realistically, it's not going to happen. Cam Satterwhite could be retained, but A+ and AA are desperate for outfielders, so I think he'll get moved up. I expect Dayne Read to get most of the playing time here.
Center field: Raw as he is, Yorman Rodriguez is probably the best bet because you want him getting at-bats and learning plate discipline. If for some reason Rodriguez isn't the one, it would have to be Kurt Muller, who is having an excellent debut in Arizona.
Right field: This will probably come down to Stephen Hunt or Carlos Silva. Hunt is older, so I suppose he's the favorite, but Silva has been in the organization longer.
Reserve outfield: I'd say Sean Conner would have a chance at a corner outfield spot, but he's been so bad at the dish that he's a candidate to get cut. Alex Oliveras has had a terrible year, and I don't think he'll stick around. Theo Bowe will probably be the guy who is counted on to spell all three of the starting outfielders.
There are a lot of questions here. J.C. Sulbaran is young and might benefit from the Josh Ravin Treatment (AKA the Phil Valiquette Treatment). I expect Kyle Lotzkar to return to Dayton unless he blows away the competition in spring and goes straight to Lynchburg. Jonathan Correa and Tanner Robles have to get strong consideration for spots. Has Dan Corcino shown enough to earn a promotion so soon? Clay Shunick's age says he belongs in Lynchburg, but he's barely pitched above rookie ball. What will happen with Brian Pearl and/or Tim Crabbe? Is Jake Johnson going to stay in Dayton? Dan Renken has been a reliever this year, but will he go back to starting? Will Mitch Clarke be given a chance? What about Dan Corcino?
There are lots of good arms available here. Tony Amezcua, Drew Cisco, Dan Renken, Blaine Howell, Lucas O'Rear, Dan Wolford, Kevin Arico, Drew Hayes, and Tyler Cline are many of the early draft picks under consideration. Joel Ernst, Pat Doyle, Jose Marizan, Matt Leonard, Mike Henry, Ryan Smith, Porfirio Martinez, Nate Driessen, and El'Hajj Muhammed are all in the mix as well. Could Tzu-Kai Chiu, Ricky Bowen, Jamie Walczak, or Josh Smith repeat?
Let me know what you all think. If you like my review, maybe I'll do more of the other affiliates.