Yesterday the Short Season-A Team, The Brooklyn Cyclones released their initial roster.
- Chris Viall
- Jose Medina
- Keaton Aldridge
- Kurtis Horne
- Jake Simon
- Darwin Ramos
- Gregorix Estevez
- Thomas Mcilraith
- Joe Napolitano
- Trent Johnson
- Nicolas Debora
For Catchers, Maria and Sanchez are interesting, both hitting well in rookie leagues last year with a bit of pop. The infield isn’t too exciting, but I have a feeling that the draft will bring either Dylan Snypes or Laine Huffman to shortstop, and possibly Gavin Garay or Jeremy Vasquez to first base. Rasquin is a small guy who plays 2nd, who can hit really well to start out and then fades with the season.
Outfield has a rehabbing Zanon, who is poised to join back to Columbia. Medina has pop, but struggled in both stops at full-season A-ball this year. Wolf was excellent at first base and left field. Strom is a plus center fielder, but his bat is iffy. Brooklyn looks to bring in Quinn Brodey and Matt Winaker, the 3rd and 5th round picks to play the outfield relatively soon.
As for pitching, they will find a large reinforcement from the draft with multiple draft picks who were senior signs. Connor O’Neill, Trey Cobb, and Cannon Chadwick. I estimate 4th rounder Tony Dibrell may be a possibility for the rotation, but he has been overworked this year. When First-Rounder David Peterson signs, he will likely get 3-5 starts, and pitch an allotted 25 innings max.
Other than that, Simon is a projectable lefty, but suggestions of him touching 95 have been overblown, he has been around 88-92 in Columbia. Horne is an intriguing Canadian Lefty, coming back from injury last year. Viall is a premium arm that can get up to 99 and pitched at Stanford, but has no control, whatsoever.
The squad isn’t too interesting with not many top prospects, but may contend this year.
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