Batavia MuckDogs Preview

The Batavia MuckDogs open up their 2006 season Tuesday night at home against Auburn. Many of the college players drafted just a couple of weeks ago have found themselves onto the Batavia roster along with other players moving through the system.

Perhaps one of the bigger prospects on the Batavia roster is right-hander Edgar Garcia. The 18 year old phenom pitched in the Gulf Coast League last season and scouts are very excited about his potential. "This is a kid who is going to break out," said one scout who has followed Garcia.

Last season in the GCL, Garcia went 4-4 with a 3.56 ERA.

As things stand now, shortstop Jason Donald is the highest drafted player from the 2006 Draft to make his way onto the Batavia roster. Donald was drafted in the third round of the draft out of the University of Arizona. The lowest drafted player to appear on the Batavia roster is infielder/outfielder Brian Capps who was drafted in the 30th round out of Texas Tech.

First rounder Kyle Drabek has yet to sign and supplemental pick Adrian Cardenas, a high schooler, is likely headed to the Gulf Coast League. Second rounder Andrew Capenter hasn't officially been assigned, but one scout believes that Carpenter, who pitched at Long Beach State, could actually start the year at Class-A Lakewood.

Behind Garcia in the rotation will likely be Dan Brauer (Northwestern, 6th round), Andrew Cruse (South Carolina, 9th round), Ben Pfinsgraff (Maryland, 22nd round) and Lenin Gazo, who pitched in the Gulf Coast League last season. Carpenter would join the group if he did wind up assigned to Batavia.

There are currently four catchers listed on the Batavia roster. Both Tim Kennelly and Joel Naughton were in the GCL last season and join Batavia this summer. Kennelly caught just one game last year, playing the bulk of the time (34 games) at third base. Trey Johnston, a converted third baseman and Shawn McGill, who the Phillies drafted in the 23rd round out of Boston College are the other two catchers on the roster.

The infield will feature all players taken in this year's draft, with the exception of Phillip Cuevas, who was in the GCL last season. The 20 year old second baseman spent all or part of the last three seasons in the GCL and hit just .167 at that level last season.

The outfield also has just one "veteran" player in Doug Morales. The 19 year old Morales played in the GCL last season and played seven games for Lakewood (hitting .182) and 13 games at Clearwater (hitting .250) this season. While Morales figures to see time in the outfield, he has played primarily at first base in his career.

Quintin Berry and Jay Miller are the other two key outfield prospects to watch. Berry was selected in the 5th round of this year's draft and played under Tony Gwynn at San Diego State, while Miller came to the Phillies in the 17th round out of Washington State.

There are still two roster spots open on the Batavia roster, with 28 of the available 30 spots being filled.

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