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devinhester=R.O.Y 2006
07-04-2007, 10:29 AM
The Beloit Snappers and Lake Elsinore Storm will be facing off in a best of five series, please vote for which team that you feel would prevail in the five game series. Please feel free to leave comments on the teams or comments to why you voted a certain way.

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Beloit Snappers

Beloit Snappers Team Report

Pitching Rotation

#1 - 18. Daisuke Matsuzaka (R)
#2 - 47. Jo-Jo Reyes (L)
#3 - 33. Michael Bowden (R)
#4 - 29. Kasey Kiker (L)
#5 - 15. Rick Porcello (R)

The pitching rotation is headed by 26 year old rookie phenom Daisuke Matsuzaka. Matsuzaka will be the ace of a young rotation which also consists of Baseball America Top 100 prospect righty Mike Bowden, who will be the 3rd starter.Two young lefties will take the 2nd and 4th spots in the rotation. 22 year old Jo-Jo Reyes, who has been very hot to start the year, will be the #2 guy, while 19 year old Kasey Kiker will be the 4th starter. The staff will be anchored by Rick Porcello, who was the consensus top pitching prospect going into this years draft but fell due to signability concers. Porcello will be in the 5th spot so he can get a feel to professional hitters while he still learns the nuiances of the pro game.

Bullpen

Relief - 22. Brandon Hynick (R)
Closer - 35. Brandon Morrow (R)

The bullpen will consist of Hynick, who is a starter but will be converted to releiver. Hynick is also a good backup plan if any of the current starters go down with injury. Brandon Morrow will be the teams closer. Morrow is already in the bullpen in Seattle and will be groomed to be the closer for the team. Morrow has the potential to be a dominant closer given time.

Defensive Alignment

C - 10. Jarrod Saltalamacchia
1B - 25. Jeff Larish
2B - 12. Adrian Cardenas
SS - 11. Mike Moustakas
3B - 27. Josh Fields
LF - 24. Chris Marrero
CF - 20. Felix Pie
RF - 21. Tyler Colvin

The defensive is led by catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Josh Fields, and Felix Pie. They are the core of our defense and all of them have had some major league experience. The middle infield and corner outfield is very young with Moustakas, Cardenas, Marrero, and Colvin. But the defense is built on speed and should be able to track down many balls. The only drawback to having such young kids is a few mental mistakes and errors.

Bench

9. Beau Mills (DH/1B/3B)
8. Bryan Anderson (C)
17. Josh Flores (OF)
7. Jake Fox (C/1B/OF)

Batting Order

1 - Adrian Cardenas (2B)
2 - Felix Pie (CF)
3 - Josh Fields (3B)
4 - Jeff Larish (1B)
5 - Beau Mills (DH)
6 - Jarrod Saltalamacchia (C)
7 - Chris Marrero (LF)
8 - Tyler Colvin (RF)
9 - Mike Moustakas (SS)

Cardenas will be the leadoff hitter. He has a good on base percentage and good speed, two qualities I would want my lead off hitter to have. Cardenas also has some pop in his bat and can hit the longball. Pie will be in the 2 hole. Pie can get on base and also has good speed. Pie is not a big home run threat, but he can drive in runs. Fields will hit 3rd. Fields hits below .300, but he is going to be a guy that puts up power numbers for our team. He also can steal a base ever now and then. Larish will hit clean-up. Larish is a .230 or so hitter, but he has put up big power numbers. Larish has great abilty to hit home runs, and will drive in many RBI's with the ability of the guys ahead of him to get on. Mills will hit 5th. Hitting Mills in the 5th slot will be nice protection for Larish. People will be forced to throw to Larish knowing that a great hitter is waiting on deck. Mills has the ability to put up huge home run and RBI totals. Saltalamacchia will hit 6th. Jarrod will be looked at to drive in the power hitters. Saltalamacchia is not a runner, but will be a very average hitter for the team. Marrero will hit 7th. Marrero is another power hitter for the team, but since his is still relatively young I want to keep him lower in the order so he will see more fastballs from pitchers. The more fastballs Marrero sees the more HR's and RBI's he will have. Colvin will hit 8th. Colvin is an average hitter with great speed, can be a guy who turns some doubles into triples. Also has some pop in his bat and a home run will happen every now and then. Moustakas will hit 9th. Mike is the only high school hitter on the roster. I am keeping him in the 9 hole to give him the opportunity to see fastballs and learn the nuiances of hitting in the big leagues. The team has a good amount of power hitters in Larish, Saltalamacchia, Mills, and Fields. We also have great speed with Pie, Colvin, and Cardenas. The team will definetly be able to get on base for the big boppers that are coming up in the heart of the order.

The bench has Bryan Anderson who will be the backup catcher for Saltalamacchia. Anderson is an average power hitter, who can drive in runs. Jake Fox is the guy who can pretty much play anywhere. Fox is a power hitter who will be a key hitter off the bench in clutch situations. Josh Flores is going to be more of a pitch runner. Flores has above average speed and can just flat out steal bases.

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Lake Elsinore Storm

Pitching Rotation

1. Nick Adenhart (R)
2. Scott Elbert (L)
3. Mike Pelfrey (R)
4. Jeff Niemann (R)
5. Eric Hurley (R)

This pitching staff has no real ace, but instead 5 very quality productive pitchers that are capable of being aces on any other team. You know what to expect every night when these guys take the mound

Bullpen

Relief: Jonathon Sanchez (L)
Closer - Chris Perez (R)

This bullpen has the capability of being dominant. Starting off with fire-ball throwing lefty Jonathon Sanchez and finishing off with the strike out machine Chris Perez.

Defensive Alignment

C - Hank Conger
1B - Craig Brazell
2B - Dustin Pedroia
SS - Brandon Wood
3B - Alex Gordon
LF - Chris Young
CF - Adam Jones
RF - Josh Hamilton

Bench
Kyle Blanks- (DH,1B)
Eric Patterson (IF)
Matt Antonelli (3B,2B,OF)
Terry Evans (OF)

Antonelli is a gamer who is cabale of playing any position on any given day. He will give you 110% effort every play while also putting up respectable batting avg. and power numbers. Any player on my bench could easily take over for someone on the starting roster if need be.

Batting Order

1. Adam Jones (CF)
2. Dustin Pedroia (2B)
3. Brandon Wood (SS)
4. Alex Gordon (3B)
5. Chris Young (LF)
6. Craig Brazell (1B)
7. Josh Hamilton (RF)
8. Kyle Blanks (DH)
9. Hank Conger (C)

First off is Adam Jones, that prototypical 5-tool prospect that every team dreams about. He is a capable 30-30 guy. Next up is Pedroia who has had a terrific year so far in his first year at Boston. At #3 is Brandon Wood who is widely known around the baseball world as one of the best young prospects and some people have gone as far as to compare the young SS to Cal Ripken Jr. Batting cleanup is Alex Gordan who is capable of being a 40+ home run guy and is already starting to turn it around after his sub-par start of the year for the Royals. Batting in the 5 hole is Chris Young, who is also another 5-tool prospect capable of being a 30-30 guy. At #6 is Craig Brazell who's name might not sound familiar to the common baseball fan, but this guy already has 29 home runs this year in the minor leagues. If he could even do half that at the major league level he's ok by me. Most baseball fans now know about Josh Hamilton who really struggled with a substance abuse problem, but has since turned it around and he can hit for average and power. At #8 is Kyle Blanks who is 6-6 285 pound and can hit for average and power also. The only real question mark on my team is Hank Conger is still very young and raw, but also can be a big time power threat and for a catcher that is rear.

princefielder28
07-04-2007, 12:34 PM
The Storm due to their better lineup and the fact that neither team has outstanding pitching