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Fort Myers Miracle 2018 Florida State League Champions?

Posted by Travis M , 17 March 2018 · 1,085 views

As a avid follower of the Fort Myers Miracle since 2014, there have been many ups and downs from the championship win that year, to have not gone to the playoffs in 4 years. But this year, things will change. The Fort Myers Miracle have a loaded lineup that is ready to win the Florida State League Championship.

My Prediction of the 2018 Roster
Coaches- Ramon Borrego, Steve Singleton, Henry Bollina
Pitchers- Vadim Balan, Carlie Barnes, Nick Brown, Christian Broussard, Edwar Colina, Randy Dobnak, Blayne Enlow, Calvin Faucher, Jared Finkle, Moises Gomez, Matt Albanese, Sandy Lugo, Kevin Marnon, Jose Martinez, Ryan Mason, Derek Molina, Jovani Moran, Patrick McGuff,Bailey Ober, Joe Record, Johan Quezada, Alex Schick, Ryley Widell
Catchers- David Banulos, Andrew Cosgrove, Bryant Hayman, Taylor Grzelakowski, Rainis Silva
Infielders- JJ Robinson, Ben Rodriguez, Carson Crites, Dane Hutcheon, Wander Javier, Royce Lewis, Jose Miranda, Andrew Bechtold
Outfielders- Matt Albanese, Akil Baddoo, Trey Cabbage, Mark Contreras, Alex Kirilloff

This roster has 2 first rounders and 6 out of the top 20 Twins prospects, all with great potential and will have a positive effect on the Miracle’s outcome in 2018. Here are some stats from the stand-out players on this year's team.

Royce Lewis- Lewis looks like he will live up to the hype of being the #1 draft pick in 2017. In the GCL and Cedar Rapids, Lewis hit .279 with a OBP of .381. Those are exceptional numbers compared to Buxtons first year with the Twins, he hit .216 with a OBP of .324. If Royce continues consistently hitting these numbers, he has a great change at becoming the next Twins breakout star.

Wander Javier- Javier is a very underrated prospect because in the Twins farm system Lewis and Gordon are in the spotlight as shortstops. In 2017 where he played in the GCL and Elizabethton Javier had an AVG of .301 and a .386 OBP. If either Lewis or Javier could switch to 2B then that would be a middle infield that could dominate offensively and defensively.

Alex Kirilloff- Kirilloff was a very promising prospect coming into 2017 but got stopped short when he tore his UCL and missed all of the 2017 season. However, before that Kirilloff dominated in the Appalachian League, earning the Appalachian Player of the Year. Kirilloff earned those honors by batting .306 with a .341 OBP

Blayne Enlow- Enlow pitched a total of 20.1 innings in the GCL after he got drafted in the 3rd round. Enlow posted a 1.33 ERA and gave up only 1 HR in those innings. Compared to the Rays first rounder Brendan McKay who pitched 20.0 who only had a 1.80 ERA and gave up 3 HR. Enlow has a fastball that reached the low-to-mid 90s and a developing changeup that he can throw in the low 80s.

Charlie Barnes- Barnes was drafted in the round after Enlow; the fourth round. Barnes played in Elizabethton and Cedar Rapids and put up a 2.61 ERA in the 48.1 innings he pitched and 46 SO for his 2017 season. Barnes has a 4 pitches that throw a batter off because he uses them properly keeping the batter off balance.

Ryley Widell- When Widell was playing for the Elizabethton Twins, he pitched 29.2 innings and averaged 12.44 SO per 9 innings pitched. Widell was picked in the 7th round this year and has a fastball that sits in the low 90s with a developing changeup and breaking ball.

I believe the trio of pitching newcomers Widell, Barnes and Enlow will dominate there opponents and carry the Miracle’s pitching staff. And the arrival of Lewis, Javier, Kirilloff, and Baddoo will bring the offensive fuel to bring a championship back to Fort Myers in 2018.

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Where did you get this roster?

 

I'll be surprised if the organization is that aggressive with all those players. Lewis might be fast-tracked, but I think a lot of those other top prospects end up in Cedar Rapids. I guess some of them could get mid-season promotions, but I doubt it will be more than a couple of them.

 

Enlow might go to CR, but I wouldn't be surprised if he's on the EST/E-Twins track.

 

I would also think Moran, Dobnak, Ober, Javier, Baddoo, Kirilloff, Bechtold, Mirandaand others will be spending most, if not all, of the season in the Midwest League.

 

 

    • rikker49 likes this
Well, this is the projected starting roster. However I this that all the pitchers will stay there because Widell and Barnes played for CR last season and Enlow did very good in the GCL.
I remember the Pirates did kindo of the same thing last season, putting 3 first rounders and about 4 of there top 20 prospects on the team from Bradenton.
I got the roster from Century Links Sports Complex (I live 15 minutes from there.)
So if you have any other questions, then just comment down below and I will answer them!

Is this possibly a spring training roster?

 

No catchers are listed.

 

Toby Gardenhire, Brian Dinkelman, Cibney Bello and Justin Willard are the Kernels staff, last I checked.

 

This honestly looks more like a Cedar Rapids Kernels projected roster minus catchers.

This is not a spring training roster, this is a projected roster for the 2018 season that the Twins Minor League Complex provided for fans.
I'm sorry that I forgot to add the catchers. They are David Banuelos, Andrew Cosgrove, Bryant Hayman, Taylor Grzelakowski, and Rainis Silva.
This is not a Cedar Rapids roster because most of these guys were on the team last year or Elizabethton.
They completely changed the coaching staff, but I provided the roster that the Twins Minor League Complex provided for me.
Thank you for catching my mistake and I hope you enjoyed my work!

I also think outside of maybe Lewis, most of these players start at Cedar Rapids.A few of them will make Fort Myers at midseason.

If Lewis starts at Fort Myers, I believe he will do well enough to move to Chattanooga in midseason.

Royce was already in Cedar Rapids last year, so why would they keep his talent there? He is still young so I thing he will stay in Ft. Myers all year.

 

This is not a spring training roster, this is a projected roster for the 2018 season that the Twins Minor League Complex provided for fans.
I'm sorry that I forgot to add the catchers. They are David Banuelos, Andrew Cosgrove, Bryant Hayman, Taylor Grzelakowski, and Rainis Silva.
This is not a Cedar Rapids roster because most of these guys were on the team last year or Elizabethton.
They completely changed the coaching staff, but I provided the roster that the Twins Minor League Complex provided for me.
Thank you for catching my mistake and I hope you enjoyed my work!

 

This was the spring training work groups when this article was written,, not a projected roster. This was just who was with the Miracle work group at the time. As most know by now, the rosters are closer now and most of this roster is now on the Cedar Rapids roster.