|Welcome back, Kellen Sweeney... maybe.|
Minor League spring training games have begun, so let's take a swing at the Lugnuts' lineup this season:
CF Dalton Pompey
LF Nick Baligod
2B Christian Lopes
1B Seth Conner
DH Matt Newman
RF Carlos Ramirez
3B Kellen Sweeney
SS Jorge Flores
C Tucker Frawley
C - Tucker Frawley / Daniel Klein, each moving up from Vancouver, with prospect Santiago Nessy waiting in the wings.
1B - Seth Conner, moving up from Bluefield / dare I say, perhaps, The Great Balbino Fuenmayor, after a successful 2012 postseason with Vancouver. This would have been Art Charles's spot, but he was traded to Philadelphia.
2B - Christian Lopes, rated the Jays' #23 prospect by Baseball America (though he moves up with the trading of Travis d'Arnaud and Noah Syndergaard), moving up from Bluefield/Vancouver in 2012. Possibly returnees Jorge Vega-Rosado and/or Andy Fermin, too.
SS - Jorge Flores, moving up from Vancouver / Shane Opitz, returning to Lansing for a second season. (Andy Burns figures to start at shortstop for Dunedin, a level above.)
3B - Kellen Sweeney, who began last year with the Lugs before playing a full season with Vancouver.
OF - Dalton Pompey, returning to Lansing
OF - Nick Baligod, returning to Lansing
OF - Carlos Ramirez, moving up from Vancouver
OF - Matt Newman, moving up from Vancouver
Pretty straightforward amongst the outfielders. I hope Nick Baligod likely moves upward to Dunedin, though, and Carlos Ramirez might stay for a little more seasoning in Vancouver.
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My hope is for OF - D.J. Davis, the Blue Jays' 1st round pick last year, entering this year as the #6 prospect (#4 when subtracting d'Arnaud/Syndergaard). If D.J. comes to Lansing, he immediately becomes the team's leadoff hitter, moving Dalton down to the #2 spot.
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