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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Great Lakes' roster is up

on the official website. Some notes:

The pitching staff looks pretty deep, led by 2006 first rounder RHP Bryan Morris, who missed the 2007 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Morris should be the staff's ace, but if all goes well I don't expect him to stay in Low A for long. 2006 5th rounder RHP Kyle Smit returns to the Loons after a disappointing debut there last season. RHP Steven Johnson, who posted a 4.85 ERA in Great Lakes last year, is back to improve upon his 2007 performance. 2007 6th rounder RHP Justin Miller gets called up from the GCL to make his full season debut. One of the more surprising names is LHP Geison Aguasviva, who had spent the past two seasons in the Dominican Summer League. The 20 year old southpaw made the Dodgers' Top 30 Prospect list last year and should have a spot in the rotation.

The hitting looks even more impressive, with an infield consisting of 1B Jaime Ortiz, 2B Preston Mattingly and 3B Pedro Baez. Ortiz had spent the last 2 years in rookie ball, and he broke out with Ogden in 2007 by hitting 11 HR. Mattingly is coming off of a disappointing full season debut and needs to get back on track if he wants to maintain his prospect status. Baez was signed last January and made his Dodger debut in the GCL last summer where he hit .274 with 3 HR. He's currently #10 on the Dodgers' Top 30 Prospect list. The catching will likely be shared by Kenley Jansen and Alex Garabedian. Both big guys will try to improve upon their offensive output from a year ago.

The outfield looks equally impressive, with RF Andrew Lambo being the biggest name. Lambo was a 4th round draft pick last June and dominated the GCL with a batting line of .343/.440/.519. CF Jovanny Rosario showed off 4 plus tools in Ogden last season, and could bat leadoff where he'd put his good speed to good use. OF Scott Van Slyke returns to the Loons after struggling with the bat most of 2007. He'll compete for time with OF Travis Vetters, who led Ogden with 14 HR last season.

The complete roster can be viewed here:

http://loons.com.ismmedia.com/ISM3/std-content/repos/Top/Team/Loons%20Roster%20040108.pdf

9 Comments:

  • At 12:12 PM , Anonymous Jeff said...

    this is the team to watch this year

    morris could be a fast track candidate....smit still has good stuff......and that infield outfield combo could be very intimidating. there could be a lot of hrs hit on the lake this year.

    one thing to watch: will lambo's sweet stroke start going out of the park? if this kid starts getting more loft on the ball he has all the ability of a loney, and you can never have enough of those guys.

    is gallagher going to ogden again?

     
  • At 2:40 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Pretty deep roster there. I am expecting that they will be using a DH pretty heavily to get all the hitters enough AB's. Just look a the OF ....

    Andrew Lambo
    Jovanny Rosario
    Erik Kanaby
    Scott VanSlyke
    Travis Vetters

    One note of contention ... I thought Jonathan Dutton was a LHP?

     
  • At 2:48 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    With Baez at Great Lakes, I would take an educated guess and say that Austin Gallagher will start the year back in Ogden.

    Are you suprised by Baez jumping over Gallagher at 3B?

     
  • At 10:41 PM , Blogger Jared said...

    I really don't expect Morris to be there for long if he stays healthy. I look forward to seeing him live if and when he comes to Inland Empire. And with Lambo, he's been compared to Loney with more power, so I project him to hit about 15 HR this year.

    Kanaby looks like he's going to be the odd man out in the OF. Mathews and Vetters should get the majority of DH at bats. And yes, Dutton is left-handed.

    I'm not surprised that Baez is in Great Lakes, but I'm very surprised that Gallagher isn't. I'd assume he's injured and will join the team once he's healthy, but that's just a guess. His pro debut was good enough to get him into Low A IMO.

     
  • At 9:59 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I hope Kanaby isn't the odd man out, as he has the best leadoff skills of probably any prospect we have on the entire farm.

    He has plenty of speed, but does need to work with Maury on his take off and when to run.

     
  • At 10:14 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    vetters is a guy to watch...saw him play a couple times...hes good

     
  • At 11:36 PM , Blogger Jared said...

    You're right about Kanaby: he can get on base and he really needs to work on his base stealing. 10 CS in 18 attempts is no good. But I wouldn't worry too much, as I think all 5 guys will get some time in the OF or at DH.

    And Vetters' numbers will almost definitely drop due to the move from Ogden to Great Lakes, but he does look like he could provide some pop in the middle of the order.

     
  • At 2:16 PM , Anonymous jeff said...

    where is withrow at? dont tell me they are holding him in ogden or gcl!?!

     
  • At 2:27 PM , Anonymous jeff said...

    nevermind according to this:
    http://www.minorleaguebaseball.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080319&content_id=371631&vkey=news_milb&fext=.jsp
    he is on the loons dont know why he is not on their milb roster

     

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