Saturday, March 16, 2013

My Opening day Pirates roster perdiction.

First an apology to Travis Snider, I've been spelling his name Snyder whoops. My bad.

After watching some spring training and following a little bit of camp this is how I feel the Team will look like April 1st.

1B Garrett Jones
2B Neal Walker
3B Pedro Alvarez
SS Clint Barmes
LF Starling Marte
CF Andrew McCutchen
RF Travis Snider
C Russel Martin

Starting Pitching
Wandy Rodriguez
A.J. Burnett
James McDonald
Francisco Liriano (barring injury)
Jeanmar Gomez/Charlie Morton/Jeff Karstens/Jeff Locke

Jeanmar Gomez
Charlie Morton
Jeff Karstens
Jeff Locke
Tony Watson
Mark Melancon
Jared Hughes

Jason Grilli

Position bench players
Michael McKenry C
Josh Harrison 2B,3B,SS,LF,RF
Jose Tabata LF,RF/Alex Presley OF
Gaby Sanchez 1B/3B(maybe)

Starting position players, only real question at this point is right field. It seems the team is pushing Snider but Tabata looks in great shape this spring, other than that tattoo on his neck and has been hustling making a strong point of making the roster if not starting. Presley may get the nod only because he is a lefty and can play center, though moving Marte to center may be a better option if needed.

A couple players I'm rooting for are Jerry Sands(1B/RF), Tony Sanchez( C ), Kyle McPherson (P).

I think Jerry Sands will be up in September if not earlier. I think Sanchez would make the team or have a fighting chances but McKenry is very popular and solid. McPherson has some good stuff Should one of the Pitchers hit a rut or Karstens gets injured he will be on a short list to get a call.

Garrett Cole (P) and Jameson Taillon (P), two of the top 15 prospects on don't have a chance to make opening day. However, I feel as the trade deadline gets closer Wandy Rodriguez and A.J. Burrnet maybe dangled for trade depending how the season is going. If so they may get a call. One or both will most likely get a call in September.

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