Saturday, October 22, 2011

Predicting the 2012 Wahoo's Opening Day Roster

Lot can change from now until Opening Day 2012. You have the Rule V draft were its possible the Reds could lose a player or two listed below or add a couple of Minor League Free Agents that will change the 2012 Opening Day designation for a lot of Reds Minor League Players. Trades could also change my guesses.  What we do know for sure is Billy Hamilton and Yorman Rodriguez should start out in High A Bakersfield while other players like Yasmani Grandal move on to AAA Louisville. So with all that said, here is my guess on the 2012 Opening Day Roster:

OF-  Ryan LaMarre, Bill Rhinehart, Josh Fellhauer, and Andrew Means

IF-  Henry Rodriguez, Chris Richburg, Didi Gregorius, Brodie Greene, Stephen Hunt, and Alex Bucholtz

C-   Mark Fluery, Kevin Coddington

SP- J.C Sulbaran,  Pedro Villarreal, Josh Ravin, Tim Crabbe, Matt Fairel, and Mark Serrano

Bullpen- Justin Freeman, Mace Thurman, Curt Partch, Clay Shunick, and Jordan Hotchkiss

Henry Rodriguez- The most interesting player to me. Overall ,he stole 30 bases and hit 13 homers with a nice .320/.372/.469 line split between Bakersfield and Carolina. His nickname is Pollo.

Didi Gregorius - features a nice arm at SS that could really turn into something with a little more work. Didi has no problem making contact and has good base-running instincts. 

JC Sulbaran-  Did pretty well considering he had to pitch in the California League.  His 119/42 K/BB ratio is impressive.

Ryan LaMarre.batted a combined .278 with 18 Doubles, 3 Triples, 6 Home Runs and 47 RBI’s in 117 Games with High-A Bakersfield and 5 Games with Double-A Carolina. He stole 55 bases on the season. Very impressive speed.
Roster is short a couple of players for the Southern league roster limit, I will play around with this roster later on down the road.

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