Louis Coleman photo via Minda Haas Â
Kane County Cougars
Scott Alexander, LHP 6th Rd 2010
Aaron Brooks, RHP 9th Rd 2011
Eric Cantrell, RHP 7th Rd 2010
Edwin Carl, FA RHP 17.8 K/9 career 33 appearances
Jonathon Dooley, RHP 26th Rd 2010
Santiago Garrido, RHP IFA Â BP
Mike Giovenco, RHP 14th Rd 2010
Nick Graffeo, RHP 38th Rd 2010
Jason Mitchell, RHP 15th Rd 2010
Kellen Moen, RHP 7th Rd 2011
Brooks Pounders, RHP Trade
Matt Ridings, RHP 41st Rd 2010
Andrew Stueve FA
Strength of the Team: Up the middle on the infield Â Justin Trapp, Orlando Calixte and Daniel Mateo will make for a solid group of athletic infielders along with Antonio spelling them on days off.
Interesting Move: Â Tim Ferguson heads to the Midwest league after playing a full season at High A Wilmington last year.
UH OH: Â Murray Watts is a big 1b but after struggling in the Midwest league last year he’ll have to get off to a hot start this season to avoid players left in extended.
New Level New Star: Â Jorge Bonifacio and Mike Antonio both have oodles of power in their bat but they’ll both need to have a patient approach to succeed.
Most Intriguing: Â Edwin Carl has put up video game numbers in the Pioneer league will a new level prove he’s a one trick pony or not?
Promotion Bet: Â The Cougars are going to need to make way for some starting pitching with a likely move up from extended spring by one of Binford, Smith, Brickhouse or Junis meaning Brooks Pounders could be the guy moved up the quickest.
Jason Adam, RHP 2010 5th Rd
Greg Billo, RHP 2008 28th Rd
Chase Boruff, RHP FA
Ryan Dennick, LHP 2009 22nd Rd
Jon Keck, LHP 2009 42nd Rd
Sugar Ray Marimon, RHP IFA
Thomas Melgarejo, LHP IFA
Leondy Perez, RHP IFA
Nick Rogers, RHP FA
Sam Runion, RHP 2007 2nd Rd
Tyler Sample, RHP 2008 3rd Rd
Yordano Ventura RHP IFA
Cole White. RHP 2009 6th Rd
Cheslor CuthbertÂ 3b, IFA
Angel FrancoÂ 2b/3b IFA
Jake KueblerÂ 1B 17th Rd 2008
Alex McClureÂ SS 11th Rd 2010
Whit MerrifieldÂ 2b/OF 9th Rd 2010
Luis PitersonÂ IFA
Michael LibertoÂ 21st Rd 2010
Strength of the Team: Â Starting Pitching – The Kane County crew of Adam, Ventura and Billo combined with a repeat season out of Sample should lead to a decent start for the Rocks.
Interesting Move: Â Whit Merrifield who played the majority of last year in the outfield looks to be making a switch to 2b permanently. Â I like Whit’s chances of making a ML roster in the future as a Willie Bloomquist type.
UH OH: Â Sam Runion is the one to watch here after getting a few shots in the Midwest league if the former 2nd rounder can’t find himself in the pen early his career could be winding down.
New Level New Star: Â Brian Fletcher showed he could hit upper level pitching during spring training so a move to High A may not be a test to his bat.
Most Intriguing: Â Do the stud right handed starting pitchers whip through Wilmington like prospects of the past or do they hit a bump in the road?
Promotion Bet: Â Even without a great hitting environment I believe Brian Fletcher is a good enough hitter he’ll push his way to AA prior to the break.
NW Arkansas Naturals
Noel Arguelles, LHP Cuban Signee
Buddy Baumann, LHP 7th Rd 2009
Andrew Dobies, LHP Red Sox 3rd Rd
Chris Dwyer, LHP 4th Rd 2009
Blaine Hardy, LHP 22nd Rd 2008
Patrick Keating, RHP 20th Rd 2009
Brendan Lafferty, LHP 18th Rd 2009
Michael Mariot, RHP 8th Rd 2010
Justin Marks, LHP Trade
Tim Melville, RHP 4th Rd 2008
Jake Odorizzi, RHP Trade
Bryan Paukovitz, RHP 44th Rd 2006
Elisaul Pimentel RHP Trade
Kendal Volz RHP Trade
Strength of the Team: Â The Bullpen Paukovits, Keating, Volz, Hardy and Lafferty should make up a solid bullpen with good combination of power and finesse.
Interesting Move: Â Nothing too surprising here
UH OH: Â If Arguelles doesn’t start to show the stuff the Royals saw when he signed then he could have problems getting over all the lefties in the system even with the big contract.
New Level New Star: Yem Prades looks the part as a physically gifted player but can he turn that football body into a productive baseball player.
Most Intriguing: Â Tim Melville has the velocity to succeed but can he succeed. Â The Royals allowed him to throw his cutter/slider late last season, will that be the difference needed to succeed?
Promotion Bet: Â Wil Myers would be the safe bet here but I think the Royals would like to take it slow with the Future star and with Franceour on a two year deal they have that flexibility. Â With him out of the loop one must look at the bullpen for a Omaha replacement and I’ll choose Patrick Keating to shine after finally gaining some health in his arm.
Nate Adcock RHP Rule 5
Louis Coleman RHP
Roman Colon FA
Ethan Hollingworth Trade
Jeremy Jeffress RHP Trade
Vin Mazzaro RHP Trade
Zach Miner FA
Mike Montgomery LHP 1st Rd Supplemental 2008
Brandon Sisk LHP FA
Will Smith LHP Trade
Ryan Verdugo LHP Trade
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