Thursday, October 11, 2012

AL NORTH - Season #23 Preview

Detroit Wolverines

Top Newcomers: Free Agent Signee SP Lorenzo Guillon( signed away from division rival Philadelphia), and Rookies SS Bartolo Padilla(Rule 5 Draft), LF Ken Montgomery, and CF Tim Taylor

The Offense is led by 4th Year CF Roland Street, Street came into his own last year scoring over 120 runs, 104 RBI’s and 68 SB’s. Street has some powerful friends in 3B Anthony Thomas who hit over .300 last Season and recorded his 9th Season of over 100 RBI’s in his big league career. There is definitely speed to burn on this team with 2B Javy Jimenez, RF Charlie Little, and LF Ken Montgomery all expected to have 30 plus SB’s this season. DH Enrique Bolivar had 30 HR’s last season and is expected to provide the power along with 1B Michael Lee. Lee has hit 28 or more HR’s in 8 Consecutive Seasons. Fausto Martin is moving into the starting SS role after being in the Outfield the last few seasons. The catching duties are split between Left Handed hitting Reid Barker and Right Handed Hitting Robbie Belisle.

The Starting Pitching is led by new acquisition Lorenzo Guillon, and also includes Angel Estrella, J.D. Randall, Horacio Sierra and Doc Blair. This is a young group. The average age is 26. The oldest are 28 years old.

The Relief Pitching is a mixed bag with a few players in new roles led by last season’s late acquisition Neal Goodman now in the Closer’s role. Rob Rekar goes back to his set up role where he performed well in past seasons after struggling as the closer last year.

Detroit is hoping to make a run to the top of the division after 6 consecutive years finishing in 2nd. It's definitely a young team with only 1 Starter over the age of 30.

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