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Monday, March 23, 2009

Predicting the Thunder roster

I'll admit it: I stole this idea from Peter Abraham (and probably everyone else's) blog. Unoriginality aside, I'd like to take a moment about two weeks before Opening Day (April 8) to make my best guess about what the Thunder roster will look like when the season begins.

And heeeere we go:

C - Francisco Cervelli
C - Kyle Anson
C - Joe Muich
1B - Jorge Vazquez
1B - Kevin Smith
2B - Reegie Corona
SS - Eduardo Nunez
3B - Marcos Vechionacci
IF - Walter Ibarra
OF - Colin Curtis
OF - Tim Battle
OF - Seth Fortenberry
OF - Edwar Gonzalez

SP - George Kontos
SP - Eric Hacker
SP - Zach McAllister
SP - Christian Garcia
SP - Jason Stephens

P - Humberto Sanchez
P - Kevin Whelan
P - Michael Dunn
P - Jose Valdez
P - Wilkins Arias
P - Michael Gardner
P - Josh Schmidt

- At first glance that rotation is pretty nasty looking, although Kontos may well be in Triple-A. Brett Smith, who was injured all last season would seem to be the obvious choice to take his place.

- That bullpen, the lefties especially, looks pretty intimidating, especially if Whelan and Sanchez rebound.

- Carrying three catchers is unorthodox, but Tony Franklin did it a lot last season (P.J. Pillittere, Muich, Eladio Rodriguez) so it wouldn't shock me to see him do it again.


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