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Randar68
08-18-2004, 02:23 PM
McCarthy, Rogowski, Anderson, Gonzalez, Bajenaru and Ulacia are on the initial Mesa Solar Sox roster:

http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/leagues/winter/04aflrosters.html

MRKARNO
08-18-2004, 02:46 PM
With McCarthy and Anderson on the roster this year, it should be more interesting to watch the AFL this year than last year.

Randar68
08-18-2004, 02:53 PM
With McCarthy and Anderson on the roster this year, it should be more interesting to watch the AFL this year than last year.
The Sox are sending better talent than they have in years.

California Sox
08-18-2004, 03:06 PM
The Sox are sending better talent than they have in years.
No kidding. It's not a complete stretch to imagine every one of those guys appearing in the majors and a couple of them could have pretty nice careers.

This is why I keep saying, in spite of trades where KW has surrendered a lot of talent, our farm system is not in that bad of a shape. Not great, but the sky is not falling either. :wink:

Randar68
08-18-2004, 03:14 PM
No kidding. It's not a complete stretch to imagine every one of those guys appearing in the majors and a couple of them could have pretty nice careers.

This is why I keep saying, in spite of trades where KW has surrendered a lot of talent, our farm system is not in that bad of a shape. Not great, but the sky is not falling either. :wink:
In spite of all the trades and all the crying from some fans about the farm system, there are 4 of their 6 teams with a chance to make the playoffs, with a couple of them in the driver's seat. Great Falls, W-S, Birmingham, and Charlotte all have chances to get in, with W-S, Birmingham and Great Falls the best bets. I agree, outside of Ulacia, the other 5 could be on MLB rosters in 2 years or less. I'm a tad surprised they aren't sending Sweeney instead of Rogo, but maybe they're rewarding him for a great season and being stuck in W-S all year w/o a promotion.

habibharu
08-18-2004, 03:47 PM
wonder why honel isnt on them? doesnt he need work with all of his injuries and everything?

Randar68
08-18-2004, 04:44 PM
wonder why honel isnt on them? doesnt he need work with all of his injuries and everything?
Didn't you just answer your own question?

Daver
08-18-2004, 04:50 PM
I'm a tad surprised they aren't sending Sweeney instead of Rogo, but maybe they're rewarding him for a great season and being stuck in W-S all year w/o a promotion.
Or maybe they are showcasing him for a trade, like they did with Valenzuela a couple years ago.

Fungo
08-18-2004, 05:00 PM
A good friend from back in college is the head baseball coach down at Dunedin HS in Florida, which produced Brian Dopirak, a 1B prospect for the cubs, also playing for the Solar Sox. This kid is a monster. A year later, Ryan Harvey, another Dunedin HS product, was chosen in the first round by the cubs as well. Poor kids. Kinda neat seeing these guys playing back then.

Randar68
08-18-2004, 05:35 PM
Or maybe they are showcasing him for a trade, like they did with Valenzuela a couple years ago.
Maybe, but I think it would be more common for them to try that with a guy in AA or new to AAA just to hope they put up big numbers and entice some bites. I find it harder to believe they'd be expecting that from a guy who sat out 2 years with injuries then was playing in W-S all year.

Stranger things have happenned (*Note: Valenzuela never ended up being traded!)

Rex Hudler
08-19-2004, 03:34 AM
I'm not high on Ulacia at all....... haven't seen Rogo yet but I am intrigued. The others I do believe have legit shots to make some kind of contribution. Andy G. needs to repeat AA next year. He is overmatched right now, but I defintely see potential.

Randar68
08-19-2004, 11:46 AM
I'm not high on Ulacia at all....... haven't seen Rogo yet but I am intrigued. The others I do believe have legit shots to make some kind of contribution. Andy G. needs to repeat AA next year. He is overmatched right now, but I defintely see potential.Remember, Gonzalez played his first few games this year in Kannapolis and then W-S where he struggled there (although he showed a ton of plate patience, too much IMO, out of nowhere), and now in Birmingham. IMO, both Valido and Lopez are better SS's defensively, hands down. I imagine you may actually see Valido in W-S, and Lopez, Gonzalez, Fields, and Rogowski in AA next year. That's a ton of IF turnover! Add in Sweeney and maybe Brice as well, Tracey in the rotation...

Going to be a whole new team there for you to watch, Rex.

Rex Hudler
08-19-2004, 01:32 PM
Remember, Gonzalez played his first few games this year in Kannapolis and then W-S where he struggled there (although he showed a ton of plate patience, too much IMO, out of nowhere), and now in Birmingham. IMO, both Valido and Lopez are better SS's defensively, hands down. I imagine you may actually see Valido in W-S, and Lopez, Gonzalez, Fields, and Rogowski in AA next year. That's a ton of IF turnover! Add in Sweeney and maybe Brice as well, Tracey in the rotation...

Going to be a whole new team there for you to watch, Rex.
Could be a very interesting team here next year. I just hope that there is some pitching.

I don't know if you saw this or not because I didn't post it on here, but I recently talked to a veteran scout that covers the southeast a Major League team (not Sox). I quizzed him about some of the Sox guys he had seen in Winston and Kannapolis.

He said that he had all three SS (Gonzalez, Valido and Lopez) rated as potential Major Leaguers. If I recall correctly, I think he felt like Valido would eventually hit and would be the best of the bunch, but said they could all play.

He liked McCarthy and Sweeney a lot too. He felt Sweeney would be better long term than Anderson, even though he liked Anderson. He felt that Anderson would end up being a corner OF and that Sweeney being LH and having a great arm gave him a slight edge over Anderson.

I didn't have time to ask him about guys like Brice and Rogo and he had only seen Fields once, so he didn't offer a lot about him.

he_gone_89
08-19-2004, 07:30 PM
Or maybe they are showcasing him for a trade, like they did with Valenzuela a couple years ago.
http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/images/2003/10/27/iukGrPt9.jpg
"uh...That's why we have minor leagues team,right?"

hogsmom
08-21-2004, 09:53 PM
Rogo is amazing at 1st base. He is a big man and has lots of power , but can do a split to get an out. His speed is improving, but his ba has dropped a few points over the last few weeks. Tom Brice is playing in Athens and we are missing an outfielder, Rogo has been playing there at times. He may just need a day off.

Mohoney
08-23-2004, 08:48 PM
Maybe McCarthy is auditioning to skip AA and go straight to AAA?

Maybe Bajenaru is auditioning for a spot in the bullpen in '05?

I wonder what Kenny has planned?

This does seem like an awful lot of talent to risk injury to.

Randar68
08-24-2004, 12:54 AM
Maybe McCarthy is auditioning to skip AA and go straight to AAA?

Maybe Bajenaru is auditioning for a spot in the bullpen in '05?

I wonder what Kenny has planned?

This does seem like an awful lot of talent to risk injury to.

Ummmm, McCarthy is already in AA and has made 2 starts.

Mohoney
08-24-2004, 01:39 AM
Ummmm, McCarthy is already in AA and has made 2 starts.

I know. I'm talking about skipping AA in '05.

But it's nice to see you again, Mr. Insult. If you see Randar around, can you tell him that a little civility once in a while is a good thing?

habibharu
08-24-2004, 02:28 AM
Ummmm, McCarthy is already in AA and has made 2 starts. and theve both been pretty damn good! :) :)

Randar68
08-24-2004, 10:48 AM
I know. I'm talking about skipping AA in '05.

But it's nice to see you again, Mr. Insult. If you see Randar around, can you tell him that a little civility once in a while is a good thing?
I didn't even insult or attack you, just clarified something that was unclear in your post.

Talk about Mr. Sensitive. :whiner:

jeremyb1
08-28-2004, 01:51 AM
Ideally, I'd like to see McCarthy get the summer off after shouldering an average size workload as a 21 year old but presumably the club has the good sense to take it easy with him.

Randar68
08-28-2004, 04:49 PM
Ideally, I'd like to see McCarthy get the summer off after shouldering an average size workload as a 21 year old but presumably the club has the good sense to take it easy with him.
the summer off???? You sure about that????:gulp:

jeremyb1
08-30-2004, 12:43 AM
the summer off???? You sure about that????:gulp:

Haha. Whenever the offseason takes place.