A few notes/observations to close out the night:
-I’m going to Spring Training March 23rd-25th. I’ll be arriving in Bradenton on the 23rd, going to the Red Sox/Pirates game on the 24th, and either going to the Braves/Pirates game on the 25th, or going to Pirates City for some minor league games over there. I’m hoping to have some video, as well as a lot of photos. You can access my updates from Spring Training via my Twitter feed, and you can see all of the photos by becoming a fan of the BUCCO Fans Facebook page.
-After watching several games this week, I have a few observations and guesses as to how the 25-man roster will shape up:
- I think Vinnie Chulk is a strong contender for a spot in the bullpen out of Spring Training. At this point I’d be surprised if he doesn’t make the team.
- Delwyn Young needs to make the bench. He’s a good hitter, and while his defense isn’t good enough to be a starter anywhere, he’s capable as a backup player. I’d say he’s equal or better than Ramon Vazquez at second base, which eliminates any need for Vazquez.
- I wouldn’t mind Bobby Crosby being our starting shortstop. His defense is more of a guarantee than Ronny Cedeno, and Crosby has strong numbers in his career against NL teams. His strong performance so far in Spring Training only adds to his case to be the starter.
- If I had to guess, I’d say that Jack Taschner is a strong candidate to make the 25-man roster. If Taschner, Chulk, and D.J. Carrasco all make the team, two players would have to be removed from the 40-man roster (Jose Ascanio would clear the third spot by moving to the 60-day DL). That’s not a problem, as two from the Brandon Moss/Ramon Vazquez/Delwyn Young/John Raynor group are guaranteed to be removed from the 40-man by the time Spring Training breaks.