2009 Beloit Snappers Season Preview

Here is the 2009 Beloit Snappers Season Preview. We take a look at the entire Opening Day roster, and pick out some storylines that will play out in 2009. The Snappers have some big-time prospects on their roster, as they look to claim the Midwest League title.

Pitchers
Michael Allen, Daniel Berlind, Steven Blevins, Danny Hernandez, Shooter Hunt, Brian Kirwan, Bobby Lanigan, Curtis Leavitt, Blake Martin, Dan Osterbrock, Henry Reyes, Danny Rondon, Michael Tarsi, Joe Testa, Brad Tippett, Thomas Wright

Catchers
Juan Richardson, Alexander Soto, Eli Tintor

Infielders
James Beresford, Dominic de la Osa, Nathan Hanson, Paul Kelly, Nicholas Romero, Henry Sanchez, Ramon Santana, Andrew Thompson, Jonathan Waltenbury

Outfielders
Evan Bigley, Michael Harrington, Ozzie Lewis, Angel Morales, Adan Severino

Let's Start
The Snappers starting rotation features Shooter Hunt, who some consider to be the best right-handed starting pitching prospects the Twins have. He throws the best curveball in the system, and couples it with a mid-90s fastball. Bobby Lanigan and Daniel Osterbrock are two right-handers that TwinCitiesDugout.com named as players to watch in our 2009 Prospect Guide. Former relief prospect Bradley Tippett will also be in the rotation in Beloit in 2009, and they are hoping he brings his trademark control to the bump.

Mashing In The Outfield
Angel Morales and Evan Bigley are two of the Twins better hitting outfield prospects, with Morales being one of the top position player prospects in all of baseball. Bigley has big-time pop, and is coming off a short-season where he blasted 14 home runs.

"I didn't start hitting home runs until my senior year of high school," Bigley told TwinCitiesDugout.com. "But I guess you can say that I am a power hitter."

Ozzie Lewis is a former Appalachian League Player of the Year, and Michael Harrington is a very raw, but toolsy player.

Who Can Pick It?
James Beresford is a very good defensive shortstop, who also has the ability to hit for average. Ramon Santana can play both middle infield positions, and the Twins want to get his bat in the lineup often. The Midwest League has been killer to infielders' defensive statistics, just as all the top prospects who had their worst defensive seasons in Beloit, so it will be a battle for whoever they put in the field.

Jonathan Waltenbury has the potential to be the best first baseman in the Midwest League in 2009, and has the classic left-handed power stroke that gets scouts buzzing. If he is consistent in 2009, he could hit 20 home runs. Nathan Hanson figures to be the team's third baseman, if he hits.

TCD Outlook
The Snappers will need to get some great efforts from their bullpen if they wish to challenge in the Midwest League in 2009. They have some big bats in the lineup, and front of the rotation starters, but they will need to fill in some gaps. Lewis, Bigley, and Morales are three very good outfielders, and Waltenbury could lead the league in home runs and RBI this season. If they get the pitching, they will be fine.


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