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Rochester Red Wings Season Preview

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Calling the 2013 Rochester Red Wings season a roller coaster ride would be considered a drastic understatement. Rochester started off the year at 2-11, went on to finish the season 77-67, clinched a wild card birth, and made their first playoff appearance in seven years.

This years team is completely different, none of the current pitchers were on last years opening day roster, and just three position players from opening day are returning. After the momentum that was built from the 2013 team, manager Gene Glynn has a lot of talent on this team, and the expectations are higher than ever.

Starting Rotation (With 2013 Teams & Stats)

Scott Diamond:
Fort Meyers: 0-0 7.20 ERA 5 IP 0 BB 3 SO
Rochester: 4-0 2.41 ERA 41.0 IP 9 BB 19 SO
Minnesota: 6-13 5.43 ERA 131 IP 36 BB 52 SO

Alex Meyer: 2013 Season
GCL Twins: 0-0 1.08 ERA 8.1 IP 3 BB 16 SO
New Britain: 4-3 3.21 ERA 70 IP 29 BB 84 SO
Glendale (AFL): 2-1 3.12 ERA 26 IP 7 BB 28 SO

Kris Johnson: 2013 Season
Indianapolis: 10-4 2.39 ERA 135.2 IP 43 BB, 94 SO
Pittsburgh: 0-2 6.10 ERA 10.1 IP 4 BB 9 SO

Trevor May: 2013 Season
New Britain: 9-9 4.51 ERA 151.2 IP 67 BB 159 SO

Logan Darnell: 2013 Season
New Britain: 6-6 2.61 ERA 96.2 IP 23 BB 77 SO
Rochester: 4-4 4.26 ERA 57 IP 22 BB 43 SO

Some familiar names are locked into the rotation for Rochester. Logan Darnell & Scott Diamond spent time with the Red Wings last season, and for Diamond it is the fourth straight year with Rochester. Alex Meyer, the 28th overall prospect according to MLB.com top 100-prospect list is the biggest name in the rotation, and also the one with the highest expectations. 2014 is an important year for every player, but I would argue that it’s even more important for Trevor May. With the Twins off-season free agent signings, the expectation that Meyer will join the rotation in 2015, the window for May to be a starting pitcher in Minnesota is a small one.

Standout Pitcher

The obvious choice is to go with Alex Meyer or Scott Diamond, but as previously noted I believe that Trevor May has the most to prove this season. For the past two seasons May has had an ERA well above four, and the strikeout to walk ratio was around two to one. In order for this season to be a successful, his strikeout to walk ratio will need to improve to at least three to one, which will bring his ERA down as well.

Starting Lineup (With 2013 Team & Stats)

CF: Darin Mastroianni: GCL Twins - .143, 0 HR 2 RBI, 2 SB
Fort Myers - .400, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 2 SB
Rochester - .240, 0 HR, 5 RBI, 4 SB
Minnesota - .185, 0 HR, 5 RBi, 2 SB

2B: James Beresford: New Britain - .316, 0 HR, 19 RBI, 5 SB
Rochester - .298 0 HR, 21 RBI, 5 SB

RF: Chris Parmelee: Rochester - .231, 3 HR, 22 RBI
Minnesota - .228, 8 HR, 24 RBI

1B: Brad Nelson: Iowa - .271, 20 2B, 20 HR, 71 RBI.

3B: Deibinson Romero: New Britain - .355 3 HR, 6 RBI
Rochester - .266, 10 HR, 50 RBI 4 SB

LF: Chris Rahl: Syracuse - .293, 8 HR, 42 RBI, 14 SB

DH: Eric Farris: New Britain - .500 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB
Rochester - .248, 3 HR, 31 RBI, 23 SB

SS: Danny Santana: New Britain - .297, 2 HR, 45 RBI, 22 2B, 30 SB.

C: Eric Fryer:Rochester- .215, 5 HR, 31 RBI, 8 SB
Minnesota - .385 1 HR, 4 RBI, 0 SB

Similar to the start of the 2013 season, the Red Wings have three catchers on their 25-man roster once again. Eric Fryer is expected to be the everyday catcher, however Dan Rohlfing & Chris Herrmann have experience playing other positions in addition to catcher.

Breakout Pick

Danny Santana is known for two things, his speed & his “shaky” defense. One of the things that the Red Wings prided themselves on last season was good defense and drawing walks, something that Santana has not done very well in either category. Hitting coach Tim Doherty stresses plate discipline and that is something Santana can benefit from, don’t be surprised to see Santana steal 40 bases in 2014, but also to draw 40+ walks as well, which would both be career highs.

Season Prediction

While Rochester has a very good team, Pawtucket & Buffalo have good rotations and perhaps a better overall offense than Rochester. Last season I drank the Kool-Aid and predicted a playoff birth. This season I expect the same, Rochester going 80-64, and for the first time since 1997, winning the IL North division title.
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