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I'm optimistic. On the bump, Murdoch is back along with Sperling. I think

the highly rated Mike Vasil will compete with Griff McGarry for the third weekend starting slot.

Two relievers will see heavy duty time--the dependable Andrew Abbott (who seemed to have 30-35 good pitches an outing his first year) and Ches Harrington back from sitting a season due to injury. I'd guess Abbott will play long reliever in big games with Ches as closer. I'll put in a plug for Grant Donahue, a 4th year. He has struggled in the past, but he looked really good in fall ball. Hopefully he can burn some innings, maybe as a weekend starter.

We lost a strong prospect in fall ball to injury (Brandon Neeck). No word on his injury, but a parent told me not to expect him to play.

In the field, we lost a lot of players: Caleb Knight, Charlie Cody, Andy Weber, Justin Novak. However, all but Weber struggles at the plate with Novak getting some hits and holding down third. I think we'll be better at the plate with some of the second years and first years.

We'll start with Tanner Morris at short, who held down the starting position all season. We have Cam Simmons back with his completeness and speed. Eikoff can play 1st or 3rd. Cayman Richardson can play outfield (he played a good defensive center last year when we needed him badly) or second. Alex Tappen made good progress in right field although his break to the ball was shaky at times He has good power and will start.

As for the other positions, First year Zack Gelof looked really good in fall ball. My guess is that we'll see him on the hot corner from the get go. Catcher Brenden Rivoli made good progress as a lefty hitter. I'm not sure how good his defense is. I could see him being a very good lefty DH and pinch hitter if he doesn't catch. Drew Blakely will likely get a shot at the plate if his Tommy John surgery permits.

Others who will get some action and could rise if others struggle are Devin Ortiz, Will Alloca, Nic Kent, and perhaps a couple other first years.

So...we could be back in the post season hunt if our pitchers stay healthy and the newer guys can find the zone.

We are shopping for tickets to Phoenix as we speak. Opening weekend is a traditional vacation for Mrs. Shen and I. Soak some sun, get an early peek at the new talent. What's not to like.

FWIW, Karl Hess wrote a good summary on the new guys at Hoos Rising. He published it after the spring signing so (I'm looking at you KH) it's a little dated.

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Posted: 12/11/2018 at 5:03PM


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So what's our team look like for this coming season? -- Oregon Hoo 12/11/2018 4:29PM
  Thanks Shenhoo (More) -- Wahoo Josh 12/14/2018 2:16PM
  That's good stuff, thanks for being so informative. ** -- Oregon Hoo 12/11/2018 6:57PM
  New guys... -- Karl Hess 12/11/2018 8:25PM
  Absolutely -- Karl Hess 12/12/2018 8:29PM
  Re: Absolutely -- VBHOO 12/13/2018 10:43AM
  Re: Absolutely -- Karl Hess 12/13/2018 10:25PM
  Noah. Ches. Jake. Cam. -- Shenhoo 12/12/2018 9:59PM

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