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devinhester=R.O.Y 2006
07-06-2007, 01:28 PM
The Buffalo Bison and Durham Bullswill 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.

Buffalo Bisons


1. Homer Bailey, RHP, Reds
2. Donald Veal, LHP, Cubs
3. Will Inman, RHP, Brewers
4. John Danks, LHP, White Sox
5. Micah Owings, RHP, Diamondbacks


CL: Franklin Morales, LHP, Rockies
RP: Yohan Pino, RHP, Twins


1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF, Red Sox
2. Troy Tulowitzki, SS, Rockies
3. Andrew McCutchen, RF, Pirates
4. Adam Lind, DH, Blue Jays
5. Matt Wieters, C, Orioles
6. James Loney, 1B, Dodgers
7. Fernando Martinez, LF, Mets
8. Eric Campbell, 3B, Braves
9. Kevin Frandsen, 2B, Giants


Lars Anderson, 1B, Red Sox
Mark Reynolds, IF/OF, Diamondbacks
Drew Stubbs, OF, Reds

The Bisons are full of potential major league stars. The lineup is solid from top to bottom. Ellsbury and Tulo are an excellent 1-2 punch to start. Both have good speed and OBP, essential for the top of the lineup. McCutchen is the making of a five-tool outfielder. He is tremendous when hitting for average, accumulating a .298 career average in the minors through last year. Scouts believe he has the potential to hit 20-25 home runs in the big leagues. He has the speed and range to man RF for the Bisons. Proving that hitting for average is a key to the Bisons offense, Lind is tremendous at that. Sometimes considered a non-prospect out of the University of South Alabama, he won the Sun Belt batting title hitting .392. He has not stopped in pro ball with a career average of .319 through last year. Wieters is the complete package at catcher. He is 6'5'' and in college has shown tremendous power at the plate. He is also good defensively. Scouts have compared him to Joe Mauer and Jason Varitek. Loney has not stopped since being drafted out of high school. Recently the Dodgers moved mainstay Nomar Garciaparra to third just to make room for Loney. He has power to all fields. Martinez was the main international prospect two years ago. The Dominican is very young (18) and his ceiling is very high. Campbell and Frandsen, both top prospects in their respective organizations, complete the order. On the bench, the Bisons have power hitter Lars Anderson, who is tearing up high class A right now, Mark Reynolds, a solid average hitter who can play anywhere in the infield or outfield, and Drew Stubbs, an excellent defensive outfielder with a plus bat.

Our pitching staff is very underrated. Homer Bailey is a fireballer and has been unhittable in the minors. He projects to be the ace in Cincinnati in years to come. I was surprised to get Donald Veal so late. He too throws hard, with his fastball topping out at 95 mph. His curveball is his weapon though, and when it's working, is a nasty strikeout pitch. Will Inman is unarguably my favorite prospect in the minors. Since being drafted out of high school, he has compiled a 10-2 record with a 1.77 ERA in 37 games pitched. Inman, only 20, isn't overpowering but has the makeup to be a star. John Danks is the second lefty in our rotation. He has been the top prospect in Texas for a few years before his trade to the White Sox. His repertoire consists of four top notch pitchs, a four seamer a two seamer, a change up and a 1-7 curveball. Micah Owings was a top prospect out of Tulane, and like Inman, has been unhittable in the minors. In two years, Owings is 17-3 with a 3.23 ERA in 43 games. The Bison bullpen features Yohan Pino and Franklin Morales. Pino has been an under the radar prospect for Minnesota since 2004. And with the stats he put up it is almost unbelieveable. The Venezuelan has been 33-5 with a 1.93 ERA in 67 games since 04. He put up a 14-2 season with a 1.91 era for Beloit last year and a 10-1, 0.53 ERA season for the Twins DSL team in 04. His stuff isn't overpowering with his fastball topping at just 88 mph. But you can't argue with those numbers. Franklin Morales will play the role as a closer. I was surprised to get him late in the draft. He projects as a top of the rotation starter in Colorado. His fastball, which is consistently in the mid 90's, i sone of the best pitches in the minors.


Durham Bulls

1. Jason Heyward OF
2. Reid Brignac SS
3. Justin Upton OF
4. Ryan Braun 3B
5. Billy Butler OF
6. Bill Rowell DH
7. Matt LaPorta 1B
8. Chris Couglan 2B
9. Devin Morasco C

I have Heyward leading off. In my eyes he is like Grady Sizemore in the sense that he is not a prototypical leadoff hitter but will provide both speed on the bases and power from the top. Second if have Brignac who to me is a prototypical 2 hole hitter. 3rd i have Upton who is a no brainer, providing a nice average as well as plentiful extra base hits. Hitting cleanup i have Ryan Braun who just rakes. He will provide 35-40 hr's with many rbis. 5th i have Billy Butler who can flat out hit and will help Braun drive in runs. 6th i have Billy Rowell who will provide ridiculous raw power and is another hitter who can hit 35-40 hr's. 7th i have Matt LaPorta who will hit 7th only because of the other talented hitters on this team. He will provide an insane amount of power and production from the 7th hole. Chris Couglan will do fine in the 8 hole hitting for average and a bit of power and Devin Morsasco will do what he can in the 9 hole and will show his 5 tools both at the dish and behind the plate catching.

Angel Villalona
Elvis Andrus
Eric Duncan

This bench is all upside. If Villalona lives up to his potential he will be the next Miguel Cabrera. The hype is there and we have already seen he can hit and hit with power at only 16 years of old. Another phenom, Andrus has shown his skill at only 17. Both of these players can be truly special. Duncan will provide solid power and can play both 3rd and 1st.

Pitching Rotation:
1)Andrew Miller
2)Joba Chamberlain
3)Bryan Bullington
4)Kyle Drabek
5)Jarrod Parker

Starting it off will be the ace of the staff Andrew Miller. His lefty presence and excellent stuff will provide numerous ground balls and plenty of wins. Joba Chamberlain will provide ace numbers while 2nd in the rotation and will go under the radar while performing extraordinary. Bullington will live up to the hype he was given when drafted #1 overall in 2002 and will be a solid starter in the big leagues. My 4th and 5th starters are all about upside and i think both can be absolutely dominant. Drabek can hit 97mph and will make all the teams that passed on him regret basing their decision on his makeup. Parker has everything you look for in a pitcher and although he is undersized, will put up Roy Oswalt numbers while pitching from the back of the rotation

RP: Dellin Betances
Closer: Andrew Carignan

Betances will be converted in a relief role where he can go all out with his unbelievable raw talent. He will not have to worry about going easy and i think he will be untouchable as a set up man. Carignan has proven at UNC that he has what it takes to be an excellent closer and i see no reason why he does not continue his success in the big leagues.

07-06-2007, 02:30 PM
Durham Bulls