Tag:Position battles
Posted on: January 30, 2009 7:06 pm

Athletics Spring Battles and Roster

The A's have the biggest log jam in the OF. The 4th/5th OF are yet to be determined.

4th and 5th OF: Travis Buck vs. Chris Denorfia vs. Rajai Davis vs. Aaron Cunningham vs. Ben Copeland vs. Eric Patterson vs. Matt Carson.

Travis Buck is the best. Denorfia is a good veteran. Patterson is more of a 2B. Rajai Davis is decent. Aaron Cunningham had a good rookie year. Matt Carson is an ex yankee minor leaguer, but might not be ready yet. Copeland was a rule 5 draft selection, but I think he will be returned. Patterson could be away from the organization soon. Buck and Rajai are who should be kept. Denorfia will compete closely. Cunningham will also.

3B: Eric Chavez vs. Jack Hannahan

Chavez, although much better, will not be ready for the start of the year. Hannahan will start the season there. Baisley or Eric Patterson may start the season on the team while Chavez is on the DL. I think Chavez will eventually get the job back.

5th SP: Josh Outman vs. Dallas Braden

Both very young. Outman is in his 2nd year. Braden is entering his 3rd. I give the job to Braden for he pitched better and 3x as much last year.

6th and 7th RP: Jeff Gray vs. Kevin Cameron vs. Chris Schroder.

Gray really should not have a chance. Schroder had a good year 2 years ago. Kevin Cameron is really good. He should make the team. Schroder has a good shot because Gray is out.

Ryan Webb, the the 6th SP, and Jerome Williams might also have an effect on the bullpen.

Kurt Suzuki, Jason Giambi, Daric Barton, Mark Ellis, Bobby Crosby, Jack Hannahan, Matt Holliday, Ryan Sweeney, Jack Cust                  Rob Bowen, Jeff Baisley, Rajai Davis, Travis Buck

Justin Duchscherer, Sean Gallagher, Dana Eveland, Gio Gonzalez, Dallas Braden                               Brad Ziegler, Joey Devine, Jerry Blevins, Santiago Cassilla, Russ Springer, Chris Schroder, Kevin Cameron

When Eric Chavez is signed, Hannahan takes a seat on the bench and Baisley is left out. If Denorfia and Eric Patterson are eligible to go to the minors then they will have some team down there with Aaron Cunningham and Matt Carson joining them. Ben Copeland would be sent back to the Giants. When Baisley is sent down to join Cliff Pennington, Yung Chi-Chen, and Tagg Bozied the IF will be good as well. The A's have a nice bunch of young players. Bozied is not very young though just to point out.

If the A's want to have a good season then Matt Holliday has to prove to be able to hit. Dallas Braden is going to have to reach 10 wins. That shouldn't be too hard with the A's back end of the bullpen. They will be impossible to beat. Bobby Crosby is a liaility at the plate. They will also need to have Daric Barton hit well and hope Giambi can act like he did in his first stint if that is even possible without steroids. Travis Buck is really good defensively. The A's pitching is already good enough and they need production from the hitting. Gio Gonzalez also needs to bring his ERA down. Gallagher might have to as well.

Category: MLB
Posted on: January 30, 2009 4:21 pm

Spring Training Battles

Angels: SS and Middle Infielder: Macier Izturis vs. Erick Aybar vs. Sean Rodriguez vs. Brandon Wood    Edge: Macier Izturis and Erick Aybar. Izturis was the man for most of last year. Aybar and Sean Rodriguez will likely fight it out for the middle IF role with Robb Quinlan being a corner infielder. Brandon Wood has a ton of talent, but would be better at third.

5th starter: Dustin Mosely vs. Nick Adenhart   Adenhart has more talent, but did not pitch well in the majors last year. Mosely is a good long man if he does lose

6th and 7th bullpen men: Dustin Mosely vs. Kevin Jepson vs. Jason Bulger vs. FA   Angels weakness will be this this season. Thye really need a FA if they want to do well here. Mosely likely won't even be an option.

1B: Not really a battle, but Quinlan vs. Morales and Morales has a big advantage.

C and back up C: Mike Napoli vs. Jeff Mathis vs. Ryan Budde   Budde is kind of a new comer. When Napoli was injured last year people were begging to keep Mathis in the starting spot. Mathis wound up hitting only .194 for the entire season. Napolit has a ton of power and a bunch of speed for a catcher, but he does not drive in runs or even score too much.


Overall if the Angels can have their rotation do well and not have to use long relievers often then they are destiend for a good year. However if the 5th starting role is not stable and there is no one to mop it up in the dreadful long relief this could be a long year. Whoever gets the SS spot needs to produce along with hopefully Napoli. They also need Gary Matthews, Jr. to get on track and be a good DH. Juan Rivera needs to show he can start in place of Garret Anderson. I think the Angels will have a decent season. They could be even better if they can get a reliever. This doesn;t have to be Juan Cruz. If they do get a reliever which lets Darren Oliver pitch in that long relief role that pitches well, then they could be AL runner ups.

Category: MLB
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