Forecasting the Buffalo Bisons Starting Rotation
Feb 25, 2015; Dunedin, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays catcherRussell Martin
(55) and starting pitcherLiam Hendriks
(31) arrive for spring training workouts atBobby Mattick
Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Liam Hendriks– de-facto Ace
The 26-year-old native of Perth Australia will be back with the Herd after finishing 2014 with the Kansas City Royals. His stellar play in 2014 earned him some very impressive accolades. He was added to the mid-season All-Star game and the Triple-A All-Star game, earned him a call to Toronto where he made 3 starts. It was his impressive minor league stats which increased his value enough to be shipped off to the Royals with Erik Kratz for Danny Valencia, where he made 3 starts and 3 relief appearances.
2015 Prognosis: Another dominate year in minors and would be the second arm called up when the need arises.
Austin Biben-Dirkx- Swingman
The 29-year-old Bibens-Dirkx split 2014 between the starting rotation and the bullpen with the Bisons and the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Entering his 10th minor league season, Austin will give the Bisons quality veteran leadership, while contributing when and where he’s asked. There’s always room on the roster for a guy like this.
2015 Prognosis: Will spend the year moving in and out of the bullpen. Will see role decrease as younger arms force their way up the organization.