December 31, 2018 at 12:25 pm #78970
The 2019 Memphis roster is shaping up to be very good once again. Gomber and Poncedeleon are likely going to start there due to lack of spots in the ML rotation. Maybe even Hudson as well. Likewise, Mayers, Webb, and Gallegos will potentially be held back to AAA due to lack of ML bullpen spots.
Offensively, they return another star-studded lineup with Knizner, Schrock, Urias, Sosa, Arozarena, Thomas, Williams, and Garcia. Wow.
Also Williams Perez and Mike Hauschild in there somewhere. Potentially, Drew Robinson will be too.December 31, 2018 at 1:43 pm #78971
One minor correction. I doubt Mayers pitches in Memphis. No options remaining and unlikely to clear waivers.
I don’t think you can count Edman out. He was the co-MVP of the PCL finals. My guess is that he may end up starting ahead of Schrock.
Another assumption is that the roster clutter is cleared enough between now and then that both Munoz and O’Neill are in St. Louis. That would probably not be the case if the season opened today.
It looks to be another very strong team.December 31, 2018 at 1:49 pm #78972
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They lack the big bats of Voit, Wisdom and O’Neill from last year. Thomas could regress (he doesn’t have a long track record of power – last year was his first with more than 8 HR.) So they could have a power shortage.
Do you think Mayers would pass through waivers?December 31, 2018 at 8:24 pm #78980
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Reyes, O’Neill, the Hudson-Hudson battery, Nogowski, EMendoza shouldn’t be dismissed Edman and over Shrock.January 1, 2019 at 11:52 am #79018
Forgot about Mayers lacking the option. I guess I blocked his 2016 appearances out of my memory.
Mendoza would have a hard time cracking the Memphis infield since D. Robinson, Sosa, and Urias are on the 40-man while Schrock and Edman loom as well. He also wasn’t impressive at Double-A. We let Mejia get away after a stellar Triple-A campaign (in 2017) so I don’t see Mendoza getting moved up.
Ravelo blocks Nogowski too, which isn’t a bad thing. I’d like to see some depth at Springfield. They will have Jeremy Martinez, Nogowski, Edman maybe, Robertson, Mendoza, (maybe Montero). I wouldn’t mind seeing Montero pushed a bit, but starting the year in High-A.
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Memphis should be very good again and Springfield may struggle again.January 1, 2019 at 11:59 pm #79034
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There appear to be too many pitchers. Barring injury some prospects may have to pitch at Springfield.January 2, 2019 at 6:57 am #79040
Also, we should not assume that all of the veteran free agent pitchers signed will be kept.
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