Each Wednesday over the next four weeks I will be looking at the projected starting rosters for the four full season teams. Today we will look at the Dayton Dragons, the Low-A affiliate.
Catcher – Joe Hudson
Joe Hudson never got his career started last year after the draft due to breaking his wrist in practice before the season began in Billings. He is likely to be the starting catcher for the Dayton Dragons. Nick O’Shea could serve as his back up as well as see time at first base. Also watch for Brandon Dailey who spent time at catcher in instructional league and could see time as well.
First Base – Carlos Sanchez
Carlos Sanchez isn’t your prototypical first baseman, standing in at 5′ 11″ tall, but he had a strong season in Billings in 2012 as he hit .308/.346/.574 with 15 doubles, 12 triples and 8 home runs.
Second Base – Taylor Wrenn, Brandon Dailey
Wrenn and Dailey split time at second base for the Billings Mustangs and could do the same for Dayton this year. Wrenn hit .274 with nearly as many walks as strikeouts, while Dailey hit .308 with the Mustangs while slugging .528. Dailey struggled with Dayton last season though, but will get a chance again in 2013.
Third Base – Seth Mejias-Brean, Junior Arias
Seth Mejias-Brean could jump to Bakersfield with a good spring, but looks primed to take over third base for the Dragons. He had an outstanding debut with Billings, showing off good power, ability to hit for average and good plate discipline. If he jumps to Bakersfield, Junior Arias may find his way back to third.
Shortstop – Zach Vincej
Vincej, once signed, was the Mustangs shortstop nearly every day. He is known for his glove, but hit for a good average in his debut. Moving forward, he should be a glove-first guy, but he should man the position for Dayton for 2013.
Left Field – Jeff Gelalich
Gelalich struggled in his debut while dealing with a hand injury for the Billings Mustangs. A 2012 supplemental first round pick, he has solid tools and was a good hitter in college.
Center Field – Beau Amaral
Amaral is a good defender who makes the most of his tools by using outstanding reads and routes to make up for a lack of elite speed to play center. He may hit for a good average, but he doesn’t have much power to work with on the offensive side of the ball.
Right Field – Jesse Winker
Winker had one of the stronger debuts for a high school draft pick in recent memory as he finished among the league leaders in average, on-base percentage and OPS in the Pioneer League in his debut. He and Gelalich could both play some left and right. Winker could be the Dragons best hitter.
Drew Cisco – Cisco recovered well from Tommy John surgery that caused him to miss all of 2011 as he went to Billings and posted a 3.39 ERA in 58.1 innings with just 7 walks and 45 strikeouts. A big control pitcher, he could see plenty of success in Dayton.
Ismael Guillon – He will return to Dayton where he finished up last season. The lefty was strong in the short time he was in Dayton with a 2.55 ERA in 24.1 innings with 7 walks and 27 strikeouts.
Jon Moscot – The Reds 4th rounder from 2012 posted a 2.88 ERA in limited innings with Billings. He is a four pitch guy who is polished and could be the “veteran” of the Dragons staff to begin the season.
Sal Romano – Romano will be the young gun on the roster at just 19-years-old. He posted a 5.32 ERA in Billings, but had good peripherals and his stuff is strong. A groundball machine in 2012, he could be a part of a strong starting staff in Dayton.
Robert Stephenson – Stephenson will return to Dayton, where he finished his 2012 season. The top pitching prospect in the system, he can reach triple digits with his fastball and brings a strong set of offspeed pitches to the table as well with his curveball and change up.
Relievers – They are just too difficult to project. Guys can jump over levels with ease at times, so I am going to just skip over them.