04-02-2012, 09:28 AM #1
New Britain Rock Cats Opening Day Roster
NEW BRITAIN ROCK CATS
Manager: Jeff Smith… Hitting Coach: Rudy Hernandez… Pitching Coach: Stu Cliburn
Pitchers: Andrew Albers, David Bromberg, Logan Darnell, Luke French, Deolis Guerra, Steve Hirschfeld, Brett Jacobson, Bobby Lanigan, Blake Martin, Lester Oliveros, Luis Perdomo, Daniel Turpen, Alex Wimmers
Catchers: Chris Herrmann, Danny Lehmann
Infielders: Chris Colabello, Nate Hanson, Estarlin De Los Santos, Darin Mastroianni, James Beresford, Pedro Florimon, Deibinson Romero
Outfield: Evan Bigley, Mark Dolenc, Aaron Hicks
There are several arms in New Britain that many of us assumed would be in Rochester, but that bodes well for the Rock Cats and for the development of these players. There is some surprise that Alex Wimmers is set to start the season with the Rock Cats. That means he must be throwing well, and most important, throwing strikes. Darnell and Lanigan will likely remain in the Rock Cats rotation. Jacobson, Hirschfeld, Albers (last year’s SethSpeaks.net Minor League Reliever of the Year) and Bromberg all could split time between the rotation and the bullpen. Chris Herrmann impressed in 2011, played great in the AFL, and showed well for himself in 2012 big league camp. Lehmann deserves more of an opportunity and is in the same category as the three AAA pitchers. The infield should be strong. Beresford and Florimon perform a great up-the-middle defense while de Los Santos comes back healthy. Colabello was Baseball America’s independent leagues player of the year last year, and Hanson just continues to progress well as he moves up. Romero had a solid comeback year last year with the Rock Cats showing some of the power that made the Twins put him on their 40 man roster three years ago. Mastroianni has played pretty exclusively at 2B since leaving big league camp, but he’ll likely also get time in the outfield behind a very talented starting three. Obviously it is a big league for Hicks in the eyes of prospect hounds, but it will be a challenge.
04-02-2012, 09:52 AM #2
04-02-2012, 10:47 AM #3
To me, it looks like the pitching staff will be ok, but I'm not sure the offense is going to be that productive. Other than Hicks, it doesn't seem to feature many real high-upside type guys. I hope some of our younger guys continue to play well this year, and we get to see some of the guys in A ball moved up quickly.
04-02-2012, 10:52 AM #4
Here is how I look for the Rockcat lineup to look let me know if you agree or disagree
04-02-2012, 11:28 AM #5
Seth, As I wrote on Saturday, the more I look at the lineup the more I like it. Hicks is the big prospect guy and if he can come thru, wonderful. But Herrmann is for real and a very good hitter. Don't underestimate Dolenc and Bigley, who both were solid hitters last year and should be even better this year. Mastroianni hit over .300 in the EL two years ago and stole 46 bases. Beresford gets on base a lot because of a good batting average (needs to take more walks) and Colabello could be huge plus. Then there is Romero who keeps coming back after being written off. Not the big names like last year, but very solid lineup that should score a lot of runs.
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