View Full Version : Vote MLB Prospect Draft: Beloit vs. Indianapolis (Week 3)

devinhester=R.O.Y 2006
07-06-2007, 01:34 PM
The Beloit Snappers and Indianapolis Indians 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.

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.


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.


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.


Indianapolis Indians

Batting Lineup:
1.Marcus Sanders 2B
2.Cameron Maybin Cf
3.Evan Longoria 3B
4.Carlos Gonzalez RF
5.Travis Buck Lf
6.Daric Barton 1B
7.Neil Walker DH
8.Erik Aybar SS
9.Miguel Montero C

i have marcus sanders leading off because he brings a lot of speed to the lineup. he can get on base and steal. people will ask why i dont have maybin leading off and the answer is because maybin can hit for more power then sanders which means more run opportunities for sanders if he gets on and steals a few bases. maybin at number two will bring good power/speed to the lineup. i have no doubt in my mind he will hit 20/20 for a long time. longoria at number 3 is a no brainer. he has the most power on the team plus he hits for a good average and plays solid defence. gonzalez at four is an intriging spot for him. he can also hit for a high average and hit 25-35 homers. with maybin and sanders on base that could mean a lot of rbi's for him. travis buck at number five is a really good spot for him. he will take care of the dirty work. he can drive balls in the gap,hit for average, and hit it out of the ballpark.daric barton will be the average guy and could lead the team in rbi's.while he doesnt have lots of power,he is a doubles machine and will drive the balls in the gaps. and he is only 21 and giving more time he will develop that doubles power to homer power.neil walker is my desingnated hitter. he has raw power and can hit for a high average.he also helps out the defense because he can play more then one position.aybar and montero round out my lineup.they both are good hitters that can drive in runs but they are not elite.but what aybar has is speed and he can steal bases as well.i say this is a very good lineup and is very dangerous.it has a very good balance of power and speed all through the lineup.

Jeff Mathis C
Michael Burgess OF
Brian Bixler SS/2B

mathis is a good player to have because he can give a day off to montero and we will not miss a beat because mathis is just as good as prospect as montero.burgess could possibly play all three outfield positions because he is a potential 5 tool prospect that teams love. bixler could play second or short and give aybar or sanders a day off. bixler has good speed and decent power as well

1.Clayton Kershaw
2.Luke Hochevar
3.Carlos Carrasco
4.Chris Volstad
5.Daniel Bard

this rotation is scary, i have possibly four potential aces in four spots in the rotation.even though its righty dominate it is extremely good.kershaw is a very good pitcher who will be the ace of the staff.he has good control and a really good fastball.hochevar could be a really good pitcher for us. he is the number one overall pick in the 06 draft and that is for a reason,he is really good.he has a good curveball which might be his out pitch. good pitcher.carrasco and volstad are really young and really good. both could be aces on their respected teams. they play in the same division and will be seeing a lot of eachother over the years. bard is a good pitcher, a projected number 3 starter at the five slot. glad to have him on our staff.

RP:Jeff Samardzija
CL:Casey Weathers

we moved samardzija from the rotation to the bullpen where i think he will be better at.he has four plus pitches and could with more time be a good closer.weathers is a good closer. he was the second best closer in his class but could make the majors first to help a bullpen in colorado. he was a former starter untill he got moved to the bullpen. i really like this bullpen.

07-06-2007, 02:33 PM
I choose the Snappers