The Altoona Curve Opening Day Roster is set, according to the Altoona Mirror. The roster is as follows:
A few surprises here. First, the omission of Jeff Locke from the list suggests he will start the 2010 season back in Bradenton. That makes some sense, as Locke didn’t have the best 2009 season, although he did well in his time in Lynchburg when I wasn’t in attendance.
Tony Watson listed as a reliever is a surprise. Maybe he’ll be piggybacking with Crotta or Hughes, or maybe they’re just trying to speed up his path to the majors. That seems to be the case with Uviedo and Moskos, both of whom will be moving to the bullpen. I expected Moskos to move up to AAA after fairly good numbers at the AA level, but it looks like he’ll return to the bullpen at this level. With good performances, both Moskos and Uviedo could challenge for a spot in the majors later in the off-season.
Shelby Ford starting the year on the bench doesn’t speak well for his future. He was the second baseman of the future heading in to last year, and now looks more like organizational depth. Even though he struggled in AAA, then again in his demotion to AA, I expected him to return to AAA to get another shot at the level.
Another guy who has kind of fallen out of favor is Jeff Sues, although there’s still a chance Sues could revive his career out of the bullpen.
Overall this will be a fun group to watch. You’ve got top 10 prospects like d’Arnaud, Hernandez, Alderson, and Owens, plus some interesting guys in Harrison, Mercer, Hague, Wilson, Uviedo, and Moskos. I’ll be following the team in their trips to Richmond this year, with some video recaps and scouting reports from the games. I’m hoping to see Alderson and Hernandez before they reach the AAA level, although the first game between the two teams in Richmond is in May, so that might not be possible if one, or both, get off to a fast start.