Besides the trading deadline, draft, and international free agency period one thing I look forward to this time of year is the start of short-season ball. Here is your Boise Hawks roster (from www.KTVB.com)
No. Name Pos. B/T Ht. Wt. DOB Hometown
45 ARIAS, Jose RHP R/R 6-5 220 01/17/91 Santiago, DR
29 CRUZ,Willengton LHP R/L 6-2 170 08/08/90 Romana, DR
37 DICKSON, Ian RHP R/R 6-5 215 09/16/90 Northport, NY
27 DIPLAN, Rafael RHP R/R 6-1 190 10/27/91 Licey Al Medio, DR
43 LEVITT, Pete RHP R/R 6-5 235 04/24/89 Chesapeake, VA
28 PAULINO, Amaury RHP R/R 6-1 185 08/31/91 Santo Domingo, DR
40 PICHARDO, Roderik RHP R/R 5-10 190 09/24/90 Santo Domingo, DR
5 PUGLIESE, James RHP R/R 6-3 205 08/12/92 Hamilton, NJ
25 SCOTT, Tayler RHP R/R 6-3 195 06/01/92 Roodeport, So. Africa
17 SHAFER, Bryce RHP R/R 6-0 180 11/14/88 Wabash, IN
44 SPENCER, Matt LHP L/L 6-5 245 01/27/86 Morristown, TN
26 SIMPSON, Hayden, RHP R/R 6-0 175 5/20/1989 Magnolia, AR
19 CONTRERAS, Willson C R/R 6-1 175 05/13/92 Puerto Cabello, VZ
13 AMAYA, Gioskar 2B R/R 5-11 175 12/13/92 Bejumas Edo Carabobo, VZ
14 CANDELARIO, Jeimer 3B S/R 6-1 180 11/24/93 San Pedro de Macoris, DR
7 HERNANDEZ, Marco SS L/R 6-0 170 09/06/92 Moca, DR
1 INOA, Brian 2B S/R 5-10 170 02/21/91 Santiago, DR
24 SHOULDERS, Rock 1B S/R 6-2 225 09/26/91 Tampa, FL
23 BATISTA, Xavier OF R/R 6-3 210 01/18/92 San Pedro de Macoris, DR
DUNSTON Jr., Shawon OF L/R 6-1 160 02/05/93 Fremont, CA
18 GONZALEZ, Eduardo OF L/L 5-10 170 02/09/92 Barinas, VZ
20 KIM, Dong-Yub OF R/L 6-4 200 07/24/90 Chungcheongnam, So. Korea
Prospects to watch
Marco Hernandez was starting to hit his stride in Peoria but the Cubs needed to make room for Javier Baez. Hernandez is the better defender at SS and perhaps the only true SS in the system right now. He is athletic and has good all-around skills -- good bat, average power, runs well, and has nice range in the field with a solid arm. It may not be a bad thing to see him thrive in Boise rather than tread water in Peoria.
Jeimer Candelario, a switch-hitting 3B, with quick hands, a good approach, and gap power. He has the ability to hit for high average and perhaps power down the road. Finding a defensive home for him will be the key. His bat will play best at 3B, but no guarantee he can stay there.
Shawon Dunston, Jr., is a plus CF with great speed, and a good arm, although, ironically, I wouldn't call it Dunston-esque. He has a chance to hit for average with some decent power.
Gioskar Amaya, 2B, is a natural hitter who punches line drives all over the field. Smart, instinctual player with excellent makeup. He has good hand and a solid arm and should stick somewhere in the infield.
Xavier Batista, OF, tall, lean (6'3", 190) with big power potential. Hit 10 HRs in the DSL last year, a high number for that league.
Dong-Yub Kim, OF, is a 20 year old, 6'4", 200 lbs power hitter out of South Korea with suprising speed for his size. He has the potential to be a 20/20 guy. The swing can get a little long and he can get pull-happy but he certainly is one to keep an eye on.
Rock Shoulders, 1B: The aptly named first baseman is a big-framed, power hitter with a solid approach at the plate. He was one of the Cubs many late round overslot signings in the 2011 draft.
Jose Arias, RHP: The 6'5", 220 lbs, hard-throwing righty out of the Dominican Republic dominated the DSL last season, pitching 43.1 innings walking just 8 hitters and striking out 50. He gave up just 31 hits on his way to a 2.28 ERA. At this point, his body is pretty close to being maxed out, so we'll find out a lot about how good he is at this higher level of competition.
Tayler Scott, RHP: Scott was a 5th round pick last year out of high school. He is inexperienced, having played soccer in his native South Africa. Scott is highly projectable at 6'3", 170 lbs and already shows low 90s velocity and a feel for secondary pitches. As a very good athlete, he figures to repeat his delivery well and have good command.
James Pugliese, RHP: Pugliese's best pitch is a low 90s sinker and he also throws a slider, curve, and change . He has pretty good command for a 19 year old. There's still some projection left in his tall, lean frame.
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