Author Topic: It's Been A While Since The Last One - 2087 Cheddar Bay Biscuits preview!  (Read 321 times)

Offline eriqjaffe

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I haven't written one of these in nearly a decade.  In that time, we won three titles so clearly these were holding me back.  But I don't expect to contend anyways so why not?

Key losses:

C Bo Tsu, SP Al Hairston, RP Del Hall, 3B Antonio Rivas, SP Ricky Parkinson, RF Ken Peternek, CF Ignacio Rivera, CF Juan Chavarria

Key additions:

CF Santiago Gonzalez, C Bill López, 1B Bobby Doyle, SP Chris Daye, 3B Alfredo Rosado

1B) Esteban Domínguez.  After a breakout 2085, Domínguez regressed to slightly more pedestrian numbers in 2086, hitting .268 with 20 home runs.

2B) Iván Morán.  Once expected to be a star contributor, Morán has settled into a career as a solid, if unspectactular, middle infielder.  He does have some pop, postiing careers highs in every extra-base hit last year, but his defense has struggled to keep up.

SS) Benoît Veilleux.  When healthy, he is a star.  Unfortunately that's been a problem with him, as he hasn't played more than 145 games a season in his career and has only been healthy enough to play in 96 games over the past two season.  He is a career .315 hitter and a strong defender if he can actually stay on the field.

3B) Alfredo Rosado.  A late free-agent acquisition, Rosado hit .269 with 19 home runs for Goliad in 2086 with strong defense at the hot corner. 

LF) Álex Cruz.  The one true bright spot in the lineup, it's kind of telling that a player who has put up 10.7 WAR over the past two seasons almost feels like a disappointment.  But Cruz continues to produce and that's all that really matters.

CF) Santiago González.  Was last year's .294/.351/.402 season with London a mirage?  Possibly so, but the club is hoping that he may have found himself, and even his production over the previous two years represents an upgrade from incumbent Sergio González, who finds himself filling a bench role this year.

RF) Melvin Richards.  Richards performed admirably in his September time last year (.313/.356/.482 in 22 games), and the outfield depth is thin enough for him to get the starting nod coming into the 2087 season.

C) Bill López.  The departure of Bo Tsu leaves a massive hole behind the plate, one that López (who hit .175 for Punxsutawney last year) will occupy.  Because he certainly won't fill it.

DH) Bobby Doyle.  A waiver pickup from Orlando during the offseason, Doyle is expected to bring some thump to the lineup (he hit 20 home runs in 65 AAA games last year) while hopefully providing better contact numbers than Plácido Morales did.

SP) Tony López, Keitaro Shimuzu, Chris Daye, Alfredo Rivera, Nick Pearson.  López may be taking his victory lap in Cheddar Bay, but the 38-year-old still managed to win 14 games and put up a 4.20 ERA last year.  Shimuzu (12-13, 4.52) probably has the best stuff of anybody on the starting staff, the question is just whether he'll be able to harness it.  Daye (10-13. 3.67 with Orlando) is a bargain free agent who has always been solid for the Stars.  Rivera (0-3, 3.38 in 17 games) and Rule 5 pickup Pearson (4-1, 2.36 in 38 AAA games) will round out the starting staff.

RP) Ramón Avalos, Roberto Rivera, Miguel Aguilar, Cliff O'Keefe, Mike Kern.  Lefty Avalos (3-1, 4.53) was decent in his rookie season last year.  Hopes are very high for Rivera, who made his debut last year and may be ready to step into the rotation if needed.  Aguilar (0-0, 1.29 in 8 games) is another young fireballer with promise.  O'Keefe (6-7, 3.10) was a strong presence out of the bullpen last year.  Onetime rotation stalwart Kern (1-9, 4.12) finds himself filling a long relief role, but may also be called upon to start again if needed.
CL) Logan Anderson.  Anderson was terrific in his second shot a tthe closer role, notching 38 saves while posting a 1.65 ERA.

Bench) IF Daniel Allen, IF Cisco Rivera, OF Sergio González, OF Milos Kralj, C Roosevelt Milton.  Both Allen (.199/.249/.317) and Rivera (.241/.272/.329) are versatile defenders who have both been used more than expected over the past couple of seasons largely due to Veilleux's DL stints.  González (.220/.310/.304), similarly, has been overexposed with an every day role but should be more effective as a backup.  Waiver claim Kralj (.276/.379/.492 in AAA) is a bat-first, glove-second player.  Milton (.165/.230/.313) will back up López, which goes to show how thin it is behind the plate in Cheddar Bay.

The Biscuits are coming off back-to-back losing seasons for the first time since 2064/5.  Is this squad improved enough to get back to .500?


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