The New Hampshire Fisher Cats’ 2019 Preliminary Roster is out and here it is, with players from six countries (including Canada) and 10 returning players from the championship team last year.
As expected, Patrick Murphy headlines the starting rotation for the 2019 Fisher Cats while he’ll be joined by a couple of other top prospects. Here are the 2019 expected starters (note, it’s possible one or two will be relievers and one or two relievers will be starters):
I’m a little surprised by Diaz’s inclusion in the Fisher Cats’ rotation although I was expecting Logue after seeing him in spring training and all of the injuries to the staff in the upper minors. Expect to see T.J. Zeuch back with New Hampshire after he recovers from his injury.
I’m a little surprised that William Ouellette isn’t on the Fisher Cats to start the year and Fishman gets a jump after I expected him and Baker to start the year in Dunedin.
On the infield, there are a couple of players I expected to see in either Buffalo or Dunedin who are listed here, so that’s an exciting development.
It’s a bit of a thin infield with two first basemen and only two true middle infielders with Kevin Smith able to play short, second and third and Santiago Espinal also able to play those positions. Brandon Grudzielanek and Kacy Clemens are both up from where I expected them to start in Dunedin. Interestingly, I saw that Yeltsin Gudino had been traded (listed as a transaction on MiLB.com) and I’m trying to get confirmation of who or what he was traded for.
In my predictions (at least the most recent ones after the Jays traded away Dwight Smith Jr. and Dalton Pompey and Jonathan Davis got hurt), I nailed the outfield, predicting Brock Lundquist, Rodrigo Orozco, Josh Palacios and Forrest Wall would make up the outfield.
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