Sunday, March 27, 2005

Updated Roster Predictions

This was my projection on February 13th. As of now, it appears that three of my original projections will not break with the club when they head back to Milwaukee next week.

Ben Hendrickson was sent down to AAA, again, due to the fact that he couldn't hit the broad side of a barn with his pitches this spring. Brooks Kieschnick will be outrighted and has either 10 days to clear waivers or to be traded. And lastly, outfielder Dave Krynzel appears to be ticketed along with Hendrickson to AAA Nashville in order to play everyday.

In their places, it appears Gary Glover has the inside track to take over Hendrickson's spot as the 5th man in the rotation. Based on grumblings out of the desert, it appears as if the prodigal son, Jeff Cirillo, will take over Krynzel's bench spot and serve as an extra utilityman and provide veteran leadership. The 25th and final spot on the roster still appears to be up for grabs, although it can be fairly safe to say that it will go to someone from the bullpen, possibly Derrick Turnbow.

Projected 2005 Opening Day Roster

CF Brady Clark
2B Junior Spivey
1B Lyle Overbay
LF Carlos Lee
RF Geoff Jenkins
3B Russell Branyan
C Damian Miller
SS J.J. Hardy

C Chad Moeller
3B Wes Helms
MIF Bill Hall
OF Dave Krynzel
OF Chris Magruder

RHP Ben Sheets
LHP Doug Davis
LHP Chris Capuano
RHP Ben Hendrickson
RHP Victor Santos

RHP Mike Adams, closer
RHP Ricky Bottalico, setup
RHP Justin Lehr, setup
RHP Matt Wise, middle relief
LHP Jorge de la Rosa, middle relief
RHP Brooks Kieschnick, middle relief
RHP Wes Obermueller, long relief


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