We are just 4 days from opening day in the 2016 Sally, Thursday will be here before we know it. I can’t wait, it’s been a long Winter.
All 14 teams will be releasing their 2016 official team rosters no later than Wednesday and I’m going to do a preview like this for each team over the next week or so.
The Augusta Greenjackets released theirs over the weekend so I’ll start with them. The Greenjackets are part of the San Francisco Giants franchise.
With the help of Giants prospector Avi Watters (on Twitter @giantsprospects) I speculated who might be coming to Augusta back in January Previewing the 2016 Augusta Green Jackets. We were pretty spot on with the pitching and middle infield, not so much in the corner infield and outfield. It’s a good read and there are a bunch of player bios on there.
Notes from the Sally is a scouting site and once I see the Greenjackets (on the preliminary schedule for 6/10, 7/20, 8/10) You can expect write ups on most of these players.
Lets meet the 2016 Augusta Greenjackets
Nestor Rojas will be back for a 2nd season as manager.
This team will be led by top young arms: Phil Bickford, Mac Marshall and returnee Michael Santos.
Other notables include: Shortstops Lucius Fox and Jalen Miller also high profile outfielder Gustavo Cabrera is making the trip.
Around the infield
C- Zack Bowers, Matt Pare and Adam Sonabend will be the backstops.
Returnee Skyler Ewing should get the bulk of the looks at 1st.
Lucius Fox and Jalen Miller are both shortstops. It will be interesting to see who plays where, I would guess it’s 50/50, while the other one DH’s. One could slide over to 2nd base but Avi Watters told me in January that Kevin Beltre would likely be the 2nd baseman on this team and he’s here as well.
Third base looks to be manned by Dillon Dobson
Also on the roster is 2B-SS Tyler Brown and he could see time at 3rd spelling Dillon Dobson.
Around the outfield
Getting the bulk of the playing time in center is likely Gustavo Cabrera. Returnee Seth Harrison could see time here also
Ashford Fulmer and returnee Dylan Davis both have spent most of their time in right.
Jean Angomas has seen significant time at all 3 outfield spots.
Phil Bickford, Mac Marshall, Michael Santos and Logan Webb will make up a good portion of the starting staff.
Michael Connoly is back but this time he might be starting.
Lefty Grant Watson could be a starter as well.
In the Pen
Lefty Ryan Halstead and right hander’s Heath Slatton and Caleb Smith should be the back end guys.
Also in the pen are newcomers Ryan Koziol, Cory Taylor and Matthew Pope and returnees Tyler Cyr, Connor Kaden and Jacob McCasland.
Augusta looks to have a strong squad this year I’m looking forward to seeing them.