Sunday, July 27, 2008
NL West Preview
Season 4 record: 79-83 3rd place
Star Watch: Al Estrada
Rookie Watch: Carlos Fernandez, Irv Rooney
Analysis: This is a very young team, in a deep division. They could challenge for a wild card spot this year though.
Draft Focus: 1B, Pitching
Season 4 record: 102-60 1st place
Star Watch: Shep Beck, Ernie Regan, Diego Martin
Rookie Watch: Walt Wilson, Crash Reynolds, Tony Yamamoto, Robinson Aurilia
Analysis: This team has won 2 World Series already, and there is no reason they can't win a third. The best pitching team in the NL, and a young staff to boot. The offense is on the decline though, and getting older.
Draft Attention: 3B, Young Position Players
Season 4 record: 91-71 2nd place (Wildcard)
Star Watch: Russell Rizzuto, Dustin Durrington, Norman Mantei, Pablo Alvarado, Rogers Clifton
Rookie Watch: Not much
Analysis: A veteran squad that made the playoffs last year, Honolulu made some big free agent additions to get them back there this year.
Draft Attention: 1B, C, Pitching
Season 4 record: 66-96 4th place
Star Watch: Russell Thomas
Rookie Watch: Benito Benitez, Will Dunham
Analysis: After doing very well in Season 1, this team entered a rebuilding phase. They have some nice young pieces but are unlikely to get out of the NL West cellar this year.
Draft Attention: Pitching, 1B, LF