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Randar68
08-16-2001, 12:17 PM
Well, the AFL rosters were released today, but are subject to change.

The Sox have placed their 6 players on the Mesa Solar Sox, They are:

Pitchers:
Mitch Wylie
Matt Guerrier

IF:
Tim Hummel

C:
Miguel Olivo

OF:
Joe Borchard
Mario Valenzuela



Teams usually tend to send their better high-level prospects. This will explain why Delvis Lantigua, Corwin Malone, Dennis Ulacia, and Casey Rogowski were left off this list.

Rauch may still be added, but it looks like he will be doing his rehab at the Sox Arizona training facility this winter, and may or may not play Winter ball.....

Bmr31
08-16-2001, 02:11 PM
Originally posted by Randar68
Well, the AFL rosters were released today, but are subject to change.

The Sox have placed their 6 players on the Mesa Solar Sox, They are:

Pitchers:
Mitch Wylie
Matt Guerrier

IF:
Tim Hummel

C:
Miguel Olivo

OF:
Joe Borchard
Mario Valenzuela



Teams usually tend to send their better high-level prospects. This will explain why Delvis Lantigua, Corwin Malone, Dennis Ulacia, and Casey Rogowski were left off this list.

Rauch may still be added, but it looks like he will be doing his rehab at the Sox Arizona training facility this winter, and may or may not play Winter ball.....


randar please explain this league further. Its a league for top prospects? Dont those players get burned out, playing all year?

Randar68
08-16-2001, 03:03 PM
randar please explain this league further. Its a league for top prospects? Dont those players get burned out, playing all year?

Each team sends 6-8 players to this league where they play together with other top prospects. There is the chance for some of them to get burned out. The season is only about 2 months long, if that...

The idea is for the top prospects to be put in an environment where they will end up playing a major league length season (summer + fall league), play against other top prospects, play against a consistently high level of competition, and get additional hands-on instruction.

I don't think it hurts development too much, the last game of the AFL is in mid-november, so the players still get some time off to train and lift and such...

Randar68
08-16-2001, 03:08 PM
BTW, they play 40-42 games.

Last year's Sox reps:

Joe Borchard
Joe Crede
Jackie Rexrode
Mark Roberts
Aaron Myette
Ken Vining

Bmr31
08-16-2001, 03:10 PM
Originally posted by Randar68


Each team sends 6-8 players to this league where they play together with other top prospects. There is the chance for some of them to get burned out. The season is only about 2 months long, if that...

The idea is for the top prospects to be put in an environment where they will end up playing a major league length season (summer + fall league), play against other top prospects, play against a consistently high level of competition, and get additional hands-on instruction.

I don't think it hurts development too much, the last game of the AFL is in mid-november, so the players still get some time off to train and lift and such...

so the sox 6-8 play on teh same team with prospects from other organizations?

Randar68
08-16-2001, 03:17 PM
so the sox 6-8 play on teh same team with prospects from other organizations?

Yep, here's the Mesa Solar Sox roster:

Pitchers
Ken Chenard Mets
Scott Chiasson Cubs
Tim Christman Rockies
Mark Corey Mets
Cam Esslinger Rockies
Geoff Goetz Marlins
Jason Grilli Marlins
Matt Guerrier White Sox
Josh Kalinowski Rockies
Gary Knotts Marlins
Blaine Neal Marlins
Kevin Olsen Marlins
Jason Saenz Mets
Jae W. Seo Mets
Pat Strange Mets
Tyler Walker Mets
Mitch Wylie White Sox
Colin Young Rockies
TBA Cubs

Catchers
Brad Cresse Diamondbacks
Ryan Jorgensen Cubs
Yoon-Twins Kweon Cubs
Miguel Olivo White Sox

Infielders
Hee Seop Choi Cubs
Nate Frese Cubs
Bobby Hill Cubs
Tim Hummel White Sox
Aaron McNeal Mets
Kevin Nicholson Rockies
Ryan Owens Rockies
Nate Rolison Marlins
Earl Snyder Mets

Outfielders
Joe Borchard White Sox
David Kelton Cubs
Robert Stratton Mets
Mario Valenzuela White Sox

It can be good and bad. Last year, Joe Crede had to split time with Shea Hillenbrand of Boston, and several pitchers who've always been starters will have to pitch in relief, that's just the way it is....

Bmr31
08-16-2001, 03:19 PM
Originally posted by Randar68


Yep, here's the Mesa Solar Sox roster:

Pitchers
Ken Chenard Mets
Scott Chiasson Cubs
Tim Christman Rockies
Mark Corey Mets
Cam Esslinger Rockies
Geoff Goetz Marlins
Jason Grilli Marlins
Matt Guerrier White Sox
Josh Kalinowski Rockies
Gary Knotts Marlins
Blaine Neal Marlins
Kevin Olsen Marlins
Jason Saenz Mets
Jae W. Seo Mets
Pat Strange Mets
Tyler Walker Mets
Mitch Wylie White Sox
Colin Young Rockies
TBA Cubs

Catchers
Brad Cresse Diamondbacks
Ryan Jorgensen Cubs
Yoon-Twins Kweon Cubs
Miguel Olivo White Sox

Infielders
Hee Seop Choi Cubs
Nate Frese Cubs
Bobby Hill Cubs
Tim Hummel White Sox
Aaron McNeal Mets
Kevin Nicholson Rockies
Ryan Owens Rockies
Nate Rolison Marlins
Earl Snyder Mets

Outfielders
Joe Borchard White Sox
David Kelton Cubs
Robert Stratton Mets
Mario Valenzuela White Sox

It can be good and bad. Last year, Joe Crede had to split time with Shea Hillenbrand of Boston, and several pitchers who've always been starters will have to pitch in relief, that's just the way it is....

cool. doesnt look like they get much PT anyway, making it difficult to burn out....

Randar68
08-16-2001, 03:25 PM
Yeah, Hummel and Hill will probably share a lot of time at 2B.

It's nice to see there will be only 4 OF'ers, though, as Borchard and Mario will both get some significant PT....Borchard is the only guy who plays CF out of them as well, so he should play almost every game....good experience in CF....

Guerrier and Wylie will probably both end up pitching in relief....although they usually don't let the starter throw too many innings and have guys pitch a good portion of the game in relief

Bmr31
08-16-2001, 03:31 PM
Originally posted by Randar68
Yeah, Hummel and Hill will probably share a lot of time at 2B.

It's nice to see there will be only 4 OF'ers, though, as Borchard and Mario will both get some significant PT....Borchard is the only guy who plays CF out of them as well, so he should play almost every game....good experience in CF....

Guerrier and Wylie will probably both end up pitching in relief....although they usually don't let the starter throw too many innings and have guys pitch a good portion of the game in relief


that roster makeup is weird. 4 catchers and only 4 OF guys?

rmusacch
08-16-2001, 03:51 PM
Originally posted by Randar68
Yeah, Hummel and Hill will probably share a lot of time at 2B.

It's nice to see there will be only 4 OF'ers, though, as Borchard and Mario will both get some significant PT....Borchard is the only guy who plays CF out of them as well, so he should play almost every game....good experience in CF....

Guerrier and Wylie will probably both end up pitching in relief....although they usually don't let the starter throw too many innings and have guys pitch a good portion of the game in relief

Why would Hill play second base? Isn't he a shortstop? I thought Hummel was too.

Randar68
08-16-2001, 03:51 PM
that roster makeup is weird. 4 catchers and only 4 OF guys?

Yeah, I thought so too. Perhaps the teams have agreements with the league that they specify 1 player that is the only player at their position on a given team.....

Randar68
08-16-2001, 03:52 PM
Why would Hill play second base? Isn't he a shortstop? I thought Hummel was too.

While they were both drafted as SS's, both have been permanently moved to 2B after error and defensive problems...