2011 New Hampshire Fishercats Projected Opening Day Roster

Ladies and Gentlemen, your 2011 projected opening day roster for the New Hampshire Fishercats is listed below! Yet another talent loaded affiliate for the Jays!

This projected roster was announced on the NH FC website, in an article available here.

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Manager - Sal FasanoBatting Coach – Justin Mashore / Pitching Coach - Pete Walker

C - Travis d’Arnaud, Yan Gomes

1BMichael McDade

2B - John Tolisano

SS - Adeiny Hechavarria, Jonathan Diaz

3B - Mark Sobolewski, Craig Stansberry

OF – RF Moises Sierra, CF Anthony Gose, LF Adam Calderone, 4th OF Ricardo Nanita

SP (1) Zach Stewart

SP (2) Joel Carreno

SP(3) B.J. LaMura

SP (4) Rey Gonzalez

SP (5) Willie Collazo

RP – Alan Farina (closer), Ronald Uviedo, Clint Everts, Vince Perkins, Bobby Korecky, Matt Daly, Evan Crawford,

Beginning the Season On the DL - RP Boomer Potts, 2B Callix Crabbe, 3B Scott Campbell, SS Luis Sanchez

You have to be very impressed with the talent on this squad. Travis d’Arnaud, Moises Sierra, and Anthony Gose join Adeiny Hechavarria and Zach Stewart as a collection of some of the very best Jays prospects in the system. Even with all of those talents on board, I’m most interested in seeing how Michael McDade does on a much better offensive team and whether Joel Carreno can take a leap forward and build on his amazing 2010 season.

Of note is the fact that Alan Farina had previously been assigned to Las Vegas and seems to have been sent to New Hampshire since then, and also the fact that Chad Jenkins, Henderson Alvarez, and A.J. Jimenez represent a talented trio of players that didn’t get to make the jump to AA to begin the season. However, with d’Arnaud and Stewart likely to get promoted at some point in 2011, that could change very quickly.

Other big notes from looking through this roster are the omissions of Eric Thames, David Cooper, Adam Loewen, Roan Salas, and Matt Liuzza, all players that may wind up being on the Las Vegas opening day roster once it’s announced.

Looking through this roster, there’s no doubt in my mind that they’ll be extremely hard to beat in 2011 and should have an excellent shot at winning a championship this season.

- MG

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Tags: Adeiny Hechavarria Alan Farina BJ Lamura Clint Everts Craig Stansberry Evan Crawford Joel Carreno John Tolisano Luis Sanchez Matt Daly Michael McDade Moises Sierra Rey Gonzalez Ricardo Nanita Ronald Uviedo Scott Campbell Travis D'Arnaud Yan Gomes Zach Stewart

  • JayTeam

    The non-promotions of Farina and especially Stewart are interesting, though not unexpected. In other organizations, a 24 yr old like Stewart repeating AA would be the kiss of death as a prospect. However, it seems the Jays 1) are OK with promoting directly from AA as evidenced by Drabek and Reyes and 2) are not going to send their top pitching prospects to Vegas. As to why they won’t use Vegas, I think there are a combination of reasons. Both the altitude and especially the sun baked infield, cause ERA’s to soar. This can sap confidence in young pitchers, cause development of bad habits such as nibbling rather than challenging hitters and makes evaluation more difficult. It may also be sending a message to the Vegas franchise owners that they won’t get our top prospects until the infield issue is resolved, and may cause them to be more aggressive in pursuing a different partner next time, allowing the Jays to find a better AAA home.

    • Mat Germain

      Entirely agree on the LV bit JayTeam. There are numerous organizations out there who tend to use AA as the last big test for their top prospects, while those who may have more hurdles to cross get a “taste” of AAA. It is very telling that the entire OF from NH in 2010 will now get a chance in AAA, while only Brett Lawrie will get a promotion from AA in the infield.

      I really do believe that the Jays want to bring their AAA affiliate closer to home. Where? Who knows. But I do know that they’ll jump on the chance to do so when that becomes a possibility. I’d say that anything in the NE of the U.S., in Canada, or around the Great Lakes would be the likeliest destinations once the Jays move their affiliation.

      • Keith

        Agreed Mat,
        However I could see AA and Beeston trying to go for a return to baseball to Montreal. How great would it be to a return of the Montreal Royals as the Jays AAA franchise? The kids would be close to home for coaching and internal scouting purposes.
        I ton would have to be done to make this happen including a 10,000 – 12,000 seat baseball facility and setting up an ownership team. But Montreal is a good baseball city and would make sense for the Jays in terms of how they want to market this team going forward i.e. Canada’s team.

  • Ryan

    My mistake, he is on the DL in Dunedin.

  • Mamboon

    The strength of the Fisher Cats this year is defence in the middle infield. This year the double (and triple) play machine of Hechaverria (SS) and Diaz (2B) will be augmented by Mike Mcdade (1B)… who was named Defence Player of the Year in the Blue Jays Org. Diaz got the award last year. BTW, Diaz spent most of spring training at 2nd in big league camp. He filled in while Hill was on the mend and was one of only 2 position players who made it all the way through spring training as a non-roster invitee. Tolisano will be in left field. He saw duty there in spring training while he was in big league camp.