Sunday, July 27, 2008
NL North Preview
Star Watch: David Lee, Derek Hall, Juan Franco,
Rookie Watch: Garrett Vander Wal, Artie Browne
Analysis: Big free agent additions were supposed to put them over the top. Will it work? And if this team is close, will jpgerstu move one of his pitching prospects for a batter to help the ML squad?
Draft Focus: C, a Power Bat
Season 4 record: 88 - 74 3rd place
Star Watch: Douglas Stafford, Alvin Tomlinson
Rookie Watch: Raymond Brooks
Analysis: Trying to return to the playoffs in a very tough division. Will the veteran pitchers perform as hoped for?
Draft Attention: Pitching, 1B
Season 4 record: 81-81 4th place
Star Watch: Not much
Rookie Watch: J.J. Floyd
Analysis: This team is in the decline. Can the new owner turn it around? There are several holes on the pitching staff that need to be addressed.
Draft Attention: Almost everything except for 3B, 2B and CF.
Season 4 record: 94-68 1st place
Star Watch: Pep Baker, Mark James, Damaso Lopez, Nate Thomas, Hersh O'Malley
Rookie Watch: Troy Lilly
Analysis: Practically the exact same squad returns, but will it be enough considering the improvements of the Augusta and Chicago franchises?
Draft Attention: 1B, 2B/SS, Pitching