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 Post subject: Robins Roundup 2033/5
PostPosted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 7:01 pm 
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Roster Reveal

Lineup VS RHP : DH Antonio Valentin (9/7/2/4/10 Ratings)
1B Holden Blackwell (8/6/3/3/9 Ratings)
LF Henry Rectenberg (8/6/7/7/7 Ratings)
RF Enrique Salazar (6/5/8/4/7 Ratings)
3B Luis Soto (6/4/7/5/10 Ratings)
CF Francisco Chacon (6/6/7/4/6 Ratings)
C Sean Smith (7/8/7/5/5 Ratings)
SS Omar Aparicio (5/8/2/3/7 Ratings)
2B Tony Gustafsen (7/6/1/4/8 Ratings)

C Ernesto Ruiz (6/5/1/4/10 Ratings)
DH/1B Maximo Ochoa (6/6/8/3/6 Ratings)
INF Martin Cooper (5/5/2/2/9 Ratings)
2B/OF Carlos Camacho (6/8/5/6/6 Ratings)
1B/OF Harold Smith (7/8/7/4/8 Ratings)
Lineup VS LHP : DH Antonio Valentin (9/7/2/4/10 Ratings)
3B Holden Blackwell (8/6/3/3/9 Ratings)
LF Harold Smith (7/8/7/4/8 Ratings)
1B Maximo Ochoa (6/6/8/3/6 Ratings)
2B Luis Soto (6/4/7/5/10 Ratings)
CF Tony Gustafsen (7/6/1/4/8 Ratings)
CF Carlos Camacho (6/8/5/6/6 Ratings)
SS Martin Cooper (5/5/2/2/9 Ratings)
C Ernesto Ruiz (6/5/1/4/10 Ratings)

C Sean Smith (7/8/7/5/5 Ratings)
INF Omar Aparicio (5/8/2/3/7 Ratings)
1B/OF Francisco Chacon (6/6/7/4/6 Ratings)
OF Henry Rectenberg (8/6/7/7/7 Ratings)
DH/COF Enrique Salazar (6/5/8/4/7 Ratings)
Starters : 
Jon Chandler (9/7/7 Ratings)
Mario Gonzalez (8/7/8 Ratings)
Jose Morales (8/7/8 Ratings)
Gerardo Castillo (7/6/7 Ratings)
Jose Olvera (6/7/7 Ratings)/Francisco Ruiz (10/7/4 Ratings)
Bullpen : CL-Corey Jackson (10/7/5 Ratings)
SU-Leon Ramirez (10/7/3 Ratings)
SU-Jose Garcia (8/7/6 Ratings)
MR-Ingo Bennaars (10/6/5 Ratings)
LR-Tony Canales (7/7/7 Ratings)
LOOGY-Conan Harris (10/6/4 Ratings)
LOOGY-Skip Glendenning (4/8/7 Ratings)
L/ROOGYJose Olvera (6/7/7 Ratings)/Francisco Ruiz (10/7/4 Ratings)

26 year old backstop Sean Smith enters his third season in the BBA. His ratings have finally filled out and Brooklyn is banking on him as he enters the prime of his career. Smith is a unique blend of offense/defense that, quite frankly, you don't see too much from BBA catchers. He may not win a Diamond Glove nor a Golden Bat, but he is rock solid on both sides of the ball. Backing him up this season is Ernesto Ruiz. Ruiz is a right handed hitting offensive catcher that fits the Brooklyn mold of slap hitters. While most of the Brooklyn team is "bullet proof", catcher is the most vulnerable. An injury to Smith and Brooklyn may have no choice then to look outside the organization.

It may be a bit of a shocker that Omar Aparicio "won" the starting shortstop gig. The 33 year old Aparicio lumped in both contact and infield range over the winter and had just one hit in 12 spring at bats. But the Robins feel like they know who he is. They also like his veteran leadership. Backing up Aparicio is another unexpected choice. Martin Cooper will stick around(for the time being at least). It was down to him and Marcellin Clément for the final spot. Brooklyn likes Clément a lot, but they also see value in Cooper. The decision came down to two factors. The first is options. Clément could be sent down no questions asked while Cooper would have needed to be sent back to Huntsville and then a trade would have to be worked out. The other reason is that Cooper profiles better to fill the role needed. When talking about a utility infielder, you kind of want a speed and defense guy. Cooper is better in those two areas.

The rest of the infield is status quo. Tony Gustafsen was used primarily at SS last season. He will start at 2B this season to strengthen the defense. Though he was trained to play CF this spring in the event Chacon is traded or struggles. Soto, who played mostly played 2B, will move to third while Blackwell moves from the hot corner to first. Of course on any given night we could see a different alignment based on matchups.

While there aren't really any additions to the Robins offense, they may be drastically better through progression. Henry Rectenberg looks like he is primed and ready for a breakout season. Then there is Harold Smith. Brooklyn intended to move on from Enrique Salazar to clear a space for Smith to be an everyday player. When Salazar resigned for pennies on the dollar it pushed Smith back to the bench. I guarantee you he won't stay there long. This kid has an all start bat.

Starting Pitching
Not much is to be said about the Brooklyn rotation that hasn't already been said. A controversial trade turned an abomination of a rotation into a not so bad looking rotation. #1-3 are pretty much set in stone. Castillo could be moved to the pen if he struggles. For now we are hoping for a halfway decent innings eater role from him. Olvera and Ruiz will platoon as the "#5 guy". Consider Brooklyn to have a four man rotation and them both as swingmen who will be sprinkled in based on matchups and to keep everyone else rested.

A few unlikely choices make the opening day bullpen. Skip 'Crunchy' Glendenning will stick around a little while longer. Brooklyn wanted to keep 3 lefties in the pen. So while Lawrence Hernadez begins his rehab assignment, Crunchy will hold down his spot. There are some other obscure factors involved such as veteran leadership and the timing of releasing a player with lumping popularity. Ingo Bennaars won a spot in the pen with an inspired spring. He checks all the boxes in what is slowly becoming a concept bullpen. Tony Canales saved his job with a strong spring and talk from a scout. While several managerial candidates assisted in the decision to place Leon Ramirez as set up man.

Alan Ehlers
GM of the Brooklyn Robins

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 7:02 pm 
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Ooooooohhh. Fancy.

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California Crusaders (2021-present)

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