West Virginia and Bradenton Rosters Set

The 2010 West Virginia Power roster, plus the 2010 Bradenton Marauders roster, were both set today.  The West Virginia roster can be found on their official site, while the Bradenton roster was announced through this press release.

The Indianapolis roster has been partially released, although it’s still incomplete.

My guess on the lineups/rotations is as follows:

West Virginia

C – Ramon Cabrera
1B – Aaron Baker
2B – Benjamin Gonzalez
SS – Jarek Cunningham
3B – Jesus Brito
OF – Evan Chambers
OF – Wesley Freeman
OF – Rogelios Noris

SP – Hunter Strickland
SP – Jeffrey Inman
SP – Nathan Baker
SP – Phillip Irwin
SP – Quinton Miller

Kyle Morgan will probably get some time in the outfield, as well as backing up Baker at first base.  Jason Erickson, Kyle McPherson, and Maurice Bankston will probably work out of the pen, although each player could see some significant innings, possibly piggybacking starts.

I found it interesting that Nelson Pereira wasn’t on the West Virginia roster.  I expected him to make that jump, although maybe it’s still a possibility for later in the year.  I also expect Victor Black to be on the Bradenton roster at some point this season.
I didn’t expect Wes Freeman to make the West Virginia roster, although maybe he’s just there to get a full season of ball, rather than getting half a season at State College.  Freeman has some raw talent, but didn’t have the best season last year in the GCL.  The Brito/Cunningham/Gonzalez infield at West Virginia provides another situation where you have three guys who could be capable of playing multiple positions.  I think Cunningham plays shortstop, since he’s the best of the three, with Brito playing third and Gonzalez playing second, due to their previous experience at the positions.

Bradenton

C – Tony Sanchez
1B – Calvin Anderson
2B – Brock Holt
SS – Rodolfo Cardona
3B – Jeremy Farrell
OF – Quincy Latimore
OF – Robbie Grossman
OF – Starling Marte

SP – Aaron Pribanic
SP – Bryan Morris
SP – Jeff Locke
SP – Nathan Adcock
SP – Casey Erickson

I’ve got Brett Lorin listed at the level on the BUCCO Fans Player Page index, as I think Lorin will start the season in Bradenton when he returns from his injury.  The Bradenton roster has a lot of talent, with some of the guys (Sanchez, Morris, Locke) candidates for a quick ascension to Altoona. Diego Moreno, Tom Boleska, Tyler Cox, and Brian Leach add strong arms out of the bullpen.  I could see Cox and Leach piggybacking with Adcock and Erickson, while Moreno and Boleska work 2-3 inning outings out of the pen.  Michael Colla and Noah Krol are two more interesting bullpen prospects at the level.

A few omissions were Erik HuberHarrison BishopChris Cullen, and Chris Garcia.  I stored them on the State College roster for now, at least until official word comes out.  Huber, Bishop, and Cullen were on the Bradenton roster last year, and Garcia was expected to play there this season.  The Altoona and West Virginia rosters have been announced, so either these players are injured to start the year, or they’ve been released.

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