Monday, February 14, 2011

S19 Prospectors Preview

Salt Lake City Prospectors

S18 record: 108-54
2010 final payroll: $ 89 million
Estimated 2011 opening day payroll: $96 million

Offseason action:

Gone are Starting Pitchers Dennis Nation, Hugh Aldridge and Josias Martin. Both had their moments Martin still has a few moments left. Former closer Tarrik McGee had a few good seasons and it is a surprise he was not re-upped or even picked up in FA. New are Cy Young starter and most sought after free agent Ryan Perry and by trade Tony Iglesias who is a step down from McGee.

Reality check
The Prospectors are one of the most balanced attacks in the league. This is why they had the most wins in season 18. Anthony Allen is a 25/25 guy. He is a tweener on defense though and will try his hand at CF. Carlos Santiago has the same problem at SS and has been a 20/20 guy the past 3 seasons. David Tejada could be the best choice for CF, but is slated for 2B to shore up the weak infield. Tejada could have the best potential of a 30/60 season among the players in SLC. Edgar Tarraga is the power on this team, but also contributes with 40 base stealing speeds. Add in power man Scott Clarke and this team is hard to get through the batting order without trouble.

Ryan Perry
Salt Lake City
Age: 34B/T: R/R
Born: Russell, KY
Position(s): P (SP3)
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The rotation has one of the better 1-2 punches in the league Ryan Perry is a 4-time Cy Young Winner. He could be a 1st ballot Hall of famer with his credentials already. Marty Hooper has not been as glamorous, but he still is a 2 time all-star who has put up great numbers in his career peaking last season at 17-4 record with a 3.10 ERA. 2nd year man Jack Coke had mixed results in season 18. He has the skills, but lacks the stamina if he gets extended too much he falls apart and gets rocked. If he gets his command early and controls his pitch count he could be a huge X factor in Season 19. Hector Tarasco is a cult hero in Salt Lake City. He's a guy who did next to nothing in other markets. He never pitched all that effective, yet in SLC he's 40-15 with a 3.75 ERA. I'm not sure how long he can keep that illusion up, but ride that train as long as you can. Eric Erickson has also had a lot of success in SLC and has carved a nice niche that I don't think can be translated onto another team. The Pen is well established with the likes of Eugene Overbay and Trenidad Guerrero providing efficient relief. Closer Wilson MacRae Seems to be transitioning to a setup role, but has shown success as a closer. The current configuration is a closer by committee approach.

Summing it up with Quote:

"No comment." SP Hector Tarasco When asked about the mysterious substance under the bill of his cap and the file like attatchment on his belt seen numerious times the last 2 seasons.

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