Monday, September 15, 2008

A.L. South Division Predictions

Jacksonville Seminoles (AL)
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Season 9: 2nd Place (93-69)
Season 10 Prediction: 1st Place

The Skinny:
It's gonna be a tight race to the end between Richmond and Jacksonville again this year, but I'm gonna go with Jacksonville. I think Jacksonville's youth and top of the rotation will carry them past Richmond by a few games to win the division.
Not too many additions for the Seminoles, but they did bring in the veteran bat of Luther Taylor, perhaps to be a leader to the young hitters like Cesar Urbina and Alex Maradona. The Seminoles also called up catcher Russell Wilson from AAA and he will platoon with Alex Contreras behind the plate. Both catchers are excellent defensively and will make Vance Collier, Ahmed Sanford and crew that much better. Sanford, by the way, will surpass 100 career wins early this season.

Season 9: 1st Place (96-66)
Season 10 Prediction: 2nd Place

The Skinny:
This division is really a coin flip. The front of Richmond's pitching staff should be able to match Jacksonville's top 2 with Gerald Krause who's good for double digit wins every season and the newly acquired Clay Runyan who makes his way to Richmond via Florida. And of course, we can't talk about Richmond without mentioning former Cy Young award winner and 3 time Fireman of the Year winner Andy Scott. If you're losing to Richmond and the game gets to teh 9th inning, it's probably time to start the bus. Offensively, the Generals will be led by veteran leaders, Albert Lecuona, Odalis Lopez and Andrew Post.

Jackson Bootleggers (AL)
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Season 9: 4th Place (66-96)
Season 10 Prediction: 3rd Place

The Skinny:
Like the top 2 teams in the division, the bottom 2 were only separated by a few games as well. I think Jackson is going to fair a little better this year, especially since Pablo Ordonez got the contract he was looking for this offseason. Ordonez is a 5-tool guy and I suspect he's going to have a big year. In addition to Ordonez, the Bootleggers have some other very good young bats including Goose Michalak and Moises Reynoso. Reynoso has been a bit of a disappointment thus far in his career and has been shopped around so we'll see what his future holds as the season progresses. The rotation is very young, but if they all stay healthy, Jackson could have quite a squad in a few years led by Max Guerrero and Carmine Byrd.

Charlotte Moose Hunters (AL)
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Season 9: 3rd Place (70-92)
Season 10 Prediction: 4th Place

The Skinny:
The Moose Hunters did add a couple names in the offseason, but they're in the middle of a rebuild having been through 7 owners in 10 seasons. In fact, jmil just needs 1 more season in Charlotte to be the longest tenured owner in their history at 3 seasons! The lineup will include Philip Lowry who makes his way to Charlotte from Scranton and Bronson Gibson who needs to start swinging the bat like he did when the team was located in St. Louis. Charlotte also has a couple nice arms in Louis Hennessey and Trenidad Guerrero, but I think things will get worse before they get better. Nothing that can't be corrected with a little steady ownership.

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