Looks like Pawtucket could have plenty of players who are fun to watch this season, so I was wondering what the lineup and pitching staff should be like.
Looks like Lavarnway is ticketed to start the season in AAA, barring an injury or trade. Nava should be in a battle to make the Red Sox, but with Carp in town and out of options, I think Nava will end up starting in AAA too.
I think because of the bullpen numbers game at the big league level, Tazawa is going to be starting the season in AAA. I hope not, but if so, he would be another guy who would be fun to watch down there.
Here's what Pawtucket's club might look like to start the season. I'm sure those of you with deeper knowledge of the system will jump in here and correct any mistakes.
C: Lavarnway, Butler?
1B: Mark Hamilton, Mauro Gomez
2B: Brock Holt
3B: Drew Sutton, maybe Gomez?
OF: Justin Henry, Nava, JC Linares, Buckshot Brentz, Hazelbaker, with Hassan and Kalish when available.
I hope Sutton will agree to stay in the minors, assuming he won't make the big club. He's a really useful guy to have around. Looks like there will be a battle for OF playing time, especially when the injured guys are ready.
There will also definitely be a couple more IFs on there, I just don't know who yet.
SP: Rubby, Webster, Wright, C. Hernandez
RP: Tazawa, A. Wilson, Carpenter, De la Torre, Beato, Dolye?
Who else is a rotation candidate, or should be on the staff? I'm sure I missed a few guys, both pitchers and everyday players.
If it shakes out this way, this should be a Pawtucket team that's more interesting to me than most of them have been in recent years. Some real prospects, and some interesting older guys who could end up helping the big club if needed: Gomez hit well in AAA and winter ball, Holt gets on base, Hamilton looked good before last year, Linares seems like he can hit, Sutton can cover a lot of positions and get on base, Nava could be down there, and there should be a knuckleballer in the rotation possibly Tazawa in the pen.
And then there are prospects/former prospects like Rubby, Webster, Lavarnway, Brentz and Iglesias, hopefully Kalish fairly soon.
Seems like they should have a good team OBP and solid pitching.