Slowing building towards the future
I'll be happy with a .500 year here in Philly. The focus with the team is work on the future. I hope to field a competitive team and continue to build the farm system. Philly will be a contender soon, so this is just a fair little warning to the rest of the National League North. Those where just some of the words that the philly manager fritz44 said early this week Without further ado, let’s introduce you to your Season 9 Philadelphia HeadHunters:
C Endy Hemingway (36 years old)/ Tanyon Strong (33 years old) - Hemingway will see action against the right handers while Strong will start against left handers. Strong is a better hitter but lacks the defense capablities that Hemingway can provide.
1B Rudy Adams (28 years old) - Adams is nothing put a pure power hitter and nothing else. Last season Adams had 31% go over the fence with his 23 homeruns. Adams numbers from last season where .248/.341/.525.
2B Curtis Palmer (28 years old) - Palmer really had himself a very nice rookie season and will be really looking to improve with those numbers this season. It depends where he's put in the order he could get around 100 RBI's this season . Last year he went .282/.350/.481.
SS Sean Cepicky (29 years old)- The Russian Wizard Sean Cepicky isn't really going to scare anyone with his bat but his great glove would be a welcomed addition to any team. Cepicky already has 20 great plays during his three year career. Gomez hit .262/.330/.302.
3B Pedro Alvarez (27 years old) - Alvarez only had 141 at bats last season but he made such a great impression with the Headhunters managers that it looks like he will get a starting spot this season. He just went over the plate apperances to be considered a rookie last season, so no shot at the Rookie of the Year award for him. Last year Alvarez hit .333/.405/.489.
CF Sammy Aguilar (29 years old) - Aguilar had his best season last year setting career high in games played, at bats, runs, hits, doubles and walks. With last seasons number Aguilar earned himself a nice 3 year, 22 million dollar contract extension. Aguilar hit .288/.378/.472.
LF Bruce Melfi (26 years old) - Melfi has to be one of the best rule 5 draft picks from last season as he had a very nice rookie year for the Headhunters. At 26 years old you should see his power numbers improve this season and with the team having more trust in him, the RBI numbers should also improve. Melfi hit .291/.352/.511.
RF R.A. Donavan (27 years old)- It was a mixed bag for Donavan last season, he improved his average by 30 points but saw the rest of his numbers hit all time lows. The team has to expect more from someone making just over 4 million dollars this year. Donavan last season hit .285/.329/.460
Coming off the bench will be defensive outfielder and main pinch runner Albert Jimenez (24 years old), fifth infielder Wally Henson (28 years old) and big power bat rookie Jose Toca (25 years old).
SP1- Al McKinley (28 years old) - McKinley is still looking for his first winning season which it looked liked he had a shot at it last season until sorness in should hurt his season. The secret to McKinley's success will need to be hit the hit totals down has he losses control at times during a game.
SP2- Sammy Goya (35 years old) - Goya was signed last season to be the staff ace and in a way he was as he had double digit win total for the third straight year but saw his ERA jump to 4.66 as well. The team will really need him to get another 10 victories this year if they are looking to get to the .500 mark.
SP3- Aaron Hodges (30 years old) - Hodges played for the Los Angeles Galaxy minor league system last season before being traded to the Headhunters. The team is really taking a chance on him this season as he really struggled with his short stint in the majors last year.
SP4- Junior Guerrero (32 years old) - Guerrero led the team in victories last season with 13 and fell short one inning from pitching 200 innings pitched as well. At the age of 32 Guerrero is really taking advantage of being able to play in the majors after spending so long in the minors.
SP5- Keith Donovan (37 years old) - Injuries have really hurt Donovan during the late part of his career. He's gone 17-18 the last two season but his ERA is still low enough that if he can stay healthy you could do some real damage against some teams this season.
Closer- Philip Price (35 years old) - After losing his closer job in Washington last season the Headhunters brought him as he was thinking he could put this team over the .500 mark.