I’m normally on David Todd’s show on ESPN 970 on Wednesday. However, David is heading down to Bradenton today for Spring Training, which means two things. Number one is that you’ll probably see a lot of Untappd check-ins for me on Twitter in the next week as I take David to the best local craft beer places. The second thing is that we did our weekly interview yesterday. The podcast is below, and here are the highlights:
**We started off discussing the battles for the final spots on the roster. I feel that Cole Figueroa has an inside track, Alen Hanson would only make the team if Jung-ho Kang can’t start the season, and the final bullpen spot is up in the air. I also think they’ll go with Michael Morse and Jason Rogers off the bench, and would be fine with Sean Rodriguez and Figueroa holding down the defense with those two on the roster.
**Juan Nicasio, to me, looks more like a typical Ray Searage reclamation project than Jon Niese and Ryan Vogelsong. We talked about him as the number six starter. I’ll have an article on Nicasio either today or tomorrow.
**Speaking of starting depth, we discussed how the Indianapolis rotation could shake out. I could see one of Steven Brault or Trevor Williams going to Altoona at the start of the year, with Kyle Lobstein getting a spot in the Triple-A rotation.