Forecasting New Hampshire Fisher Cats Starting Rotation

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It is more likely that starters from the Bisons will get sent down New Hampshire to shore up the Fisher Cats staff than a member of last years Lansing Lugnuts staff making the jump, but that isn’t going to stop me from providing names to keep an eye on.

The Buffalo Bisons have a number of starters that could be pushed down a level and start the year in New Hampshire. Here are my choices: Scott Copeland, Austin Biben-Dirkx, and Michael Lee. All these guys could just as easily be moved to the bullpen to make room for guys with more upside. Of the three, Lee and Biben-Dirkx are the more likely candidates for demotion to NH, with Copeland likely remaining with the Bisons.

Two pitchers that have impressed in Spring Training, Miguel Castro and Roberto Osuna, could both find their way on to the Fisher Cats staff if they don’t make the opening day roster. This would seriously mess with my starting five, Dunedin’s staff, and maybe Lansing’s staff. It is also possible that Castro and Osuna begin the year with the D-Jays and quickly begin their ascent to Buffalo.

With an average age of 24.6 year old the staff is right in line with the league average, so there should be no excuses for being over matched. It will be tough, not impossible, for any of these starters to force their way on the Bisons staff. It is more likely that they will spend the year in NH or be used in trades. Either way the Fisher Cats the Fisher Cats starting five will have more promise than it has in many years.

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