Forecasting New Hampshire Fisher Cats Starting Rotation

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The Manchester based Double-A team last finished above .500 in 2011, and only three times since the Blue Jays took over the team in 2004. In 2015, the New Hampshire (NH) Fisher Cats finished 22.0 games behind Portland Sea Dogs and tied for second last in the Eastern League with Reading Fightin Phils with a 66-76 record.

Last year’s pitching staff consisted of Scott Copeland, Casey Lawrence, Aaron Sanchez, Austin Bibens-Dirkx, and a mix-match of Deck McGuire, Matt Boyd, Radhames Liz, Daniel Norris, P.J. Walters, and bunch of relievers making a spot start here and there.

Lawrence and Copeland anchored the staff with 22 starts a piece, which was 8 more than Aaron Sanchez who made the second most starts for the Fisher Cats. NH had the privilege of seeing Kendall Graveman, Sanchez and Norris, three Blue Jays pitching prospects who sky-rocketed through the system in 2014. They will not have the privilege of seeing them again in 2015, as Graveman has changed organizations, and it’s possible that Sanchez and Norris will both be starting the year in Toronto.

This year’s edition of the Fisher Cats rotation will have several promising arms, with a couple hyped prospects that will soon follow, and we’ll like have some arms come down from Buffalo.

Let’s get to it.